January 7, 2011

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With the North American International Auto Show right around the corner, there is more news coming your way. This Monday, you will receive a special Auto Show Newswire edition of Blue Oval Connect, which will keep you updated on the latest products and technologies Ford has to offer.

 

In this Blue Oval Connect Weekly Briefing…
  • Introducing All-New Focus Electric – Go Fuel-Free with First Zero-Emissions Passenger Car from Ford
  • Ford's 2010 Sales Up 19 Percent
  • Strong Car Sales Drive Ford to No. 1 in Canada
  • Teams Selected, At-Home Play Begins for Focus Rally: America, Ford's Interactive Reality Show
  • Consumer Reports Critical of MyFord Touch
  • Decade of Change: Top 10 Ways Your Car Has Changed in 10 Years
  • Ford SYNC Now in 3 Million Vehicles
  • Two Ford Mustang Legends Join Forces for Charity at 40th Annual Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale Auction
  • Video: (ABC) Morningstar Names Alan Mulally 2010 CEO of the Year
  • Outside Voices: (USA Today) Five Questions for Bill Ford

 

Announcements
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Salaried Medicare-Age Retirees Can Change Their Existing Medicare Advantage Plans in January and February
Medicare created for 2011 what is called the Annual Disenrollment Period (ADP). This permits retirees to disenroll from their Medicare Advantage Plan between Jan. 1- Feb. 14 and return to coverage under Medicare A, Medicare B and Medicare D, regardless of when they started the Advantage Plan. At the same time, retirees who make this choice can apply for a Medigap Plan; however, they may be subject to insurability questions. Click here to see how the National Council on Aging explained this new variation.

People interested in considering this alternative may want to check with at least two of the three Decision Navigators found on the Peer Support website (http://www.ford-umbrella-group.org) to better understand the alternatives of the ADP.

Peer Support volunteers will continue providing information to salaried retirees who have inquiries. You may e-mail your inquiries to peer-support@ford-umbrella-group.org.


Are You On Medicare and Have Yet to Use Your HRA?
Medicare salaried retirees, spouses and same-sex domestic partners of retirees, and surviving spouses are enrolled in the Health Reimbursement Arrangement, also known as the HRA. The HRA is an account that has been established for your use to help offset the costs associated with your out-of-pocket health care expenses. Each year, up to U.S. $1,800 is credited into your HRA for each eligible participant. Your unused balance carries over from year to year.

Records we have received from WageWorks, the HRA administrator, show that some retirees have not yet made any claims for reimbursement from their HRA accounts.

If you have eligible health care expenses, including your out-of-pocket costs for health care insurance plan premiums or Medicare Part B premiums, you can be reimbursed up to the amount credited in your HRA. You can even submit eligible expenses that you incurred in previous years going back to the effective date you were enrolled in the HRA.

If you need help getting started, please call WageWorks at 1-866-840-0911 for assistance or information on how to get started for reimbursement of your eligible out-of-pocket expenses. Also, if you know of a fellow retirees who has not used their HRA account, please encourage them to contact WageWorks to get started.

 

Top Stories
Focus Electric
Introducing All-New Focus Electric – Go Fuel-Free with First Zero-Emissions Passenger Car from Ford
Ford unveiled today its all-new Focus Electric – the company's first-ever all-electric passenger car. The zero-CO2-emissions, gasoline-free version of Ford's popular small car is the flagship of the company's growing fleet of hybrid, plug-in hybrid and all-electric vehicles coming to North America and Europe by 2013.

The Focus Electric will launch in late 2011 and is designed to offer enough range to cover the majority of daily driving habits of Americans. It will offer a mile-per-gallon equivalent better than Chevrolet Volt and competitive with other battery electric vehicles.

A full recharge is expected to take three to four hours at home with the 240-volt charge station – half the charge time of the Nissan Leaf.

To read the full article, click here.

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Ford Fusion
Ford's 2010 Sales Up 19 Percent
Vehicles from all categories – cars, utilities and trucks – contributed to the company's sales success in December and throughout 2010.

Ford's December U.S. vehicle sales were up 17 percent versus a year ago, and the company's full-year sales for 2010 were up 19 percent – the largest increase of any full-line automaker, according to Ford Sales Analyst George Pipas.

Among cars, the Fusion set a record with sales over 219,000, marking the first time that a Ford car surpassed 200,000 since 2004. The Ford Escape utility vehicle also set a sales record with nearly 119,000 units sold and F-Series maintained its prowess for the 34th year-in-a-row as America's best-selling truck.

To read the full article, click here.

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Ford Oval
Strong Car Sales Drive Ford to No. 1 in Canada
As the only major automaker to increase car sales in 2010, Ford of Canada, Limited finishes the year as best-selling manufacturer in the industry – the first time in more than 50 years. Ford continues its streak as the F-Series marks 45 consecutive years as the top-selling pickup truck in Canada. With 97,913 units sold in 2010, the F-Series is also the best-selling vehicle ever in a single year in Canadian history.

In 2010, car sales were up 20 percent, truck sales increased 19 percent and total vehicle sales rose 19 percent. Results were driven by strong performance across the entire lineup including the Ford Focus, Fusion, Mustang, Taurus, Transit Connect, Escape, Edge, Lincoln MKX and MKT, which all saw year-over-year sales gains.

To read the full article, click here.

Focus Rally America Teams
Teams Selected, At-Home Play Begins for Focus Rally: America, Ford's Interactive Reality Show
After poring through more than 1,000 applications and conducting hundreds of interviews, the final cast has been selected for Focus Rally: America, a five-week interactive reality show featuring the 2012 Ford Focus. And starting this week, fans can begin participating in the game from home.

The 12 participants (six teams of two) have diverse backgrounds and come from different parts of the country – from New York to Washington. Some are friends. Others are couples. But all have something very important in common, says Jeff Eggen, manager, Ford Experiential Marketing.

To read the full article, click here.

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Ford News
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Consumer Reports Critical of MyFord Touch
Earlier this week, Consumer Reports said it would not recommend two company vehicles – the Ford Edge and the Lincoln MKX – due to the magazine's assessment of the products' MyFord Touch and MyLincoln Touch technologies. In case your family and friends ask, here are some key facts and perspective from Ford Group Vice President of Global Product Development Derrick Kuzak:

"MyFord Touch and MyLincoln Touch driver connect technology provides a smarter, safer, simpler way to connect drivers with in-car technologies and their digital lives. It uses the same common interfaces as many consumer appliances and electronics , including full voice control, 5-way buttons on the steering wheel and touch screens. Customer feedback has been very positive for both MyFord Touch and Ford SYNC. We take all feedback – including Consumer Reports' – seriously and will use it as we continuously improve and upgrade these technologies."

The following SYNC and MyFord/MyLincoln Touch facts might also be useful for your discussions:

  1. SYNC is a must-have technology, with a take-rate of nearly 80 percent on current 2011 models – up about 4 percentage points compared to 2010 models
  2. More than 80 percent of SYNC owners are likely to recommend the system to others, a 5 percentage point increase over last year's research
  3. SYNC users rely on its voice recognition system, with nearly 70 percent usage rate while driving 7– more than a 5 percentage point increase over previous year
  4. Of heavy SYNC users, 80 percent say they are completely satisfied
  5. More than 80 percent of new Edge vehicles sold are equipped with MyFord Touch; Edge is now the fastest turning vehicle in the Ford showroom at 16 days
  6. MKX, which features MyLincoln Touch, is now the fastest turning vehicle in the Lincoln showroom at 13 days

In other Consumer Reports news, the magazine also highlighted Ford this week for its significant improvement in brand perception and health, citing strengths in our new vehicles as well as improvements tied to our commitment to Quality, Green, Safety and Smart Technologies. Please take time to read Consumer Reports' perspective on our collective progress.

Click here to read "Ford Leads in the Factors that Matter Most to Car Shoppers"

Decade of Change
Decade of Change: Top 10 Ways Your Car Has Changed in 10 Years
The past decade has been revolutionary for several parts of our society, but few sectors have seen as much change since 2000 as the auto industry.

Ten short years ago, automakers were touting the number of cupholders in the cabin and the increased off-road capabilities of family haulers. Today, these same companies are racing to offer increasingly hands-free mobile communication, eye-popping fuel economy and technologies aimed at helping drivers avoid accidents.

To read the full article, click here.

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Ford SYNC Now in 3 Million Vehicles
Ford is ringing in the new year with a noteworthy milestone, by installing the industry-leading Ford SYNC® in-car connectivity system on its 3 millionth vehicle in North America.

Ford SYNC was first available for the 2008 Ford Focus, with an option price of U.S. $395, in the fall of 2007 and quickly migrated across Ford's product lines. Today, SYNC is available on all Ford and Lincoln products, except those that are largely commercial or fleet use. The option price remains at $395 for most vehicles, but now includes several new standard features such as 911 Assist™, Vehicle Health Report, and SYNC Services.

To read the full article, click here.

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Ford Mustang
Two Ford Mustang Legends Join Forces for Charity at 40th Annual Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale Auction
A racing legend and a race-inspired car will team up to raise money for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) at the 40th Annual Barrett-Jackson Collector Car Auction at WestWorld in Scottsdale, Ariz.

A spectacular, one-of-a-kind factory-painted Grabber Blue 2012 Ford Mustang Boss 302 Laguna Seca will be sold to the highest bidder with none other than racing great Parnelli Jones providing commentary from the auction stage with Ford's Mustang team. Jones won the 1970 Trans-Am season opener in a Boss 302 and the Laguna Seca is named after the track where he won that race. The event will be televised live on SPEED channel.

To read the full article, click here.

 

Global Notes
Ford Focus Cold Testing
Red Hot Chilly Focus
All-new Focus has been tested in some of the most extreme environments on the planet. It's been super-chilled in Arctic Sweden and cooked to a crisp in the Arizona Desert. It's also been pushed to the limit at a special climate laboratory in southern England and conditions there don't come any tougher.

To read the full article, click here.

FLH Operating Committee
Ford Taiwan Introduces New EcoBoost Engine Technology on Ford Mondeo
Ford Lio Ho officially launched the new Ford Mondeo with EcoBoost™ and PowerShift technologies to more than 80 journalists on Dec. 21. The event made FLH the first Completely Knocked Down manufacturer in Taiwan to offer this green technology to consumers.

To read the full article, click here.

Ford Figo
New Year Shines with String of Awards for Figo
The phenomenal Ford Figo has made a triple award winning start to 2011 with BBC Top Gear magazine naming it the "2010 Small Car of the Year." In addition, Figo was voted CNBC TV18-Overdrive's "Compact Car of the Year" and the "Viewer's Choice" awards by a panel of prestigious jury members and viewers, respectively.

To read the full article, click here.

Ford S-MAX Fleet
Ford S-MAX – A Family MPV for All Seasons and Outdoor Adventures
Scenic nature reserves, snow capped mountains and popular coastal spots featured prominently in Changan Ford's recently concluded "MAX Go with Your Family" campaign.

To read the full article, click here.

2011Ford Territory
Territory Wins Car-of-the-Decade Kudos from Australian Media
The Drive motoring supplement in The Age and Sydney Morning Herald has ranked the Ford Territory and Fiesta among its Cars of the Decade.

To read the full article, click here.

 

Video Corner
Alan Mulally
Morningstar Names Alan Mulally 2010 CEO of the Year
(ABC) Ford President and CEO Alan Mulally has been named 2010 CEO of the Year by Morningstar. Ford's share price rocketed 59 percent in the past year. Click here to view video.

 

Outside Voices
Five Questions for Bill Ford
(USA Today) Ten years ago, Ford Chairman Bill Ford got a call from actor and philanthropist Paul Newman. Would Ford help Newman's Own, famous for donating all after-tax profits to charity, get fresh produce to the hungry in rural America by providing refrigerated food trucks? Ford said yes. To read the full article, click here.

Ford Soars, Toyota Stumbles in Consumer Reports Survey
(The New York Times) Ford has matched Toyota and outdistanced Honda in a new survey by Consumer Reports that tries to gauge how positively consumers perceive various brands. To read the full article, click here.

Detroit 3 Ready for a Smoother Ride to Recovery in 2011
(Detroit Free Press) The U.S. auto market, with the trauma of 2009 in its rearview mirror, is poised for an even stronger comeback year. To read the full article, click here.

Honda December U.S. Sales Jumped 21 Percent, More Than Triple Analysts' Estimate
(Bloomberg) Honda's unadjusted December U.S. vehicle sales rose 21 percent. The average estimate of analysts surveyed by Bloomberg was for an increase of 7.2 percent. To read the full article, click here.

Chrysler's Big 2011
(CNBC) After more than a year of quietly taking important steps to get Chrysler breathing again, CEO Sergio Marchionne is making it clear this is the year the company will take some big steps. To read the full article, click here.

GM Shares Get a Boost; Ford Up 2.7 Percent
(Detroit Free Press) GM common stock rose 20 cents this week to close at U.S. $37.06, its highest price since returning to the market on Nov. 18, as Wall Street continued to show confidence in the post-bankruptcy company. To read the full article, click here.

Fuel Efficiency Is the No. 1 Priority for the World's Car Buyers
(Daily Finance) Fuel efficiency remains the top concern among new car buyers, and that priority is likely to boost demand for hybrid and electric vehicles during the next five years, according to a report released Thursday by accountancy KPMG. To read the full article, click here.

 

Share Ideas
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Ford Employees Recreation Association (FERA) Desk Hours

Location:
Lower Mezzanine of Ford World Headquarters

Desk hours:
Tuesday, Thursday & Friday, 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m, and Wednesdays during the Auto Show and Summer Programs

FERA Discount Autoshow Tickets:
FERA any day ticket prices: Adult – $9
Children (7-12)/Senior (65+) – $6

Autoshow tickets are on sale at the FERA WHQ Desk Tuesday through Friday from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Come to the FERA Conference and Event Center Desk for the Grand Opening on Wednesday, Jan. 19, from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Raffle prize entry will be available on-site along with discounted Autoshow tickets, FERA club information and Travel Agents.

For more FERA information, click to http://www.fera.org/.

 

Directory
Directory Information Now Online
Phone numbers and e-mail addresses for important Ford Motor Company contacts can now be found on @Ford Online at: http://www.at.ford.com/B2B/Pages/Directory2.aspx.

For benefit questions, please contact the NESC at 1-800-248-4444 or e-mail NESC@ford.com.

 

Special Offers
We're pleased to announce that we've added a Special Offers section to the Blue Oval Connect newsletter.

Each week we will highlight various special offers from a number of outside companies all offering valuable deals exclusive to Ford employees, retirees and contract personnel.

DELL
Dell
Home and Home Office

Customize any system and get an additional 7 percent discount on top of generally advertised Dell Home and Office promotions.
Click here for more information.

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John Deere
Farm & Agricultural Equipment

John Deere offers two discounted purchases a year on some of their most popular equipment lines. Convenient and easy to use, this discount coupon offers additional savings on purchases of John Deere equipment at your local John Deere dealership. Click here for more information.

You can find these offers and many, many more by simply visiting
Discount Marketplace
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Ford Motor Company's Employee Purchase Program.

 

Retiree Club Info
Click here to check out the @Ford Online listing of known Retiree Clubs and Groups.

Atlanta Salaried Retirees (Roswell, Ga.)
The next event will be the Annual Holiday Dinner on Tuesday, Dec. 7, beginning at 6:30 p.m. at Sugo's Restaurant (625 West Crossville Road). If you would like further information about the event or the Ford Metro Atlanta Salaried Retirees Club, please contact Bob Loovis at COUNTRYCOVEFARM@comcast.net.

Automatic Transmission Product Design & Engineering Retiree Breakfast Club
Second Wednesday of Every Month (Northville, Mich.)

The group meets at 9 a.m. for breakfast at Senate Coney Island off Haggerty Road just south of 6 Mile Road on the west side of the street (39430 Dun Rovin Drive). For additional information, contact Mike Carlin at OLDSEADOG@wowway.com.

Building "H" Club – Michigan Information Technology Systems Retirees
Second Thursday of Every Month (Dearborn, Mich.)

The club meets at 11:30 a.m. at Building H on Michigan Avenue. For more information, call 313-402-0044 or e-mail FLCOTE@aol.com.

Buffalo Stamping Salaried Retirees
Every First Monday in the Month (Buffalo, N.Y.)

The Buffalo Stamping Salaried Retirees group meets the first Monday of each month at 12 p.m. If the first Monday is a holiday, the group meets the second Monday instead. The group meets for lunch at Danny's Restaurant (4300 Abbott Road) at the corner of Route 20A and Abbott Road. For more information, contact Bob Mueller at MKZMUELLER@verizon.net.

Canadian Ford Alumni
Third Wednesday of Every Month (Oakville, Ontario, Canada)

The Ford Alumni is made up of retirees from Ford of Canada's Sales, Marketing, Parts, Service and Central staffs. Breaking Ford news is provided electronically to members and we have a luncheon on the third Wednesday of each month. For more information, please contact Bob Rideout at BRIDEOUT@sympatico.ca.

Chicago Stamping Plant Salaried Retiree Club
Twice a Year (June, Dec) (Schererville, Ind.)

The group meets twice a year at Tiebel's (U.S. 30 & Hwy. 41). Spouses are welcome. For more information, contact Ray Schmelzer at RAYTIREE@aol.com.

Cleveland Engine and Casting Plants Salaried Retiree Club (North Olmsted, Ohio)
If you would like to join the Cleveland Engine and Casting Plants Salaried Retiree Club, it is $15 a year, which can be made payable to the Ford Retiree Club (P.O. Box 566, North Olmsted, OH 44070). It is $10 for surviving spouses and retirees over the age of 80. For more information, please contact Mary Kay Dessoffy at FORDRETIREES@yahoo.com.

Dearborn Assembly Plant Retirees
Third Wednesday of Every Month (Livonia, Mich.)

Dearborn Assembly Plant retirees and guests meet each month at Richard's Family Restaurant (39305 Plymouth Road). The group meets at 12:30 p.m. for lunch from the restaurant's menu and followed by announcements, jokes, camaraderie, and so forth. All Ford retirees from the area are welcomed to join us. For additional information, contact Rose at ROZLAF@aol.com.

Dearborn Assembly Retiree Breakfast Club
First Monday of Every Month (Dearborn, Mich.)

The Dearborn Assembly Plant Retiree Breakfast Club meets at 9 a.m. at the Big Boy Restaurant (13001 Michigan Avenue at Miller Road) the first Monday of every month. Everyone is welcome. For more information, contact Henry Russell Jr. at HRARJR@yahoo.com.

Dearborn Frame Plant Retirees (Southfield, Mich.)
Second Tuesday of Every Month

The group meets for breakfast and networking at L George's (26799 Greenfield Rd). For more information, contact Sandra Hutson at SKHUTSON@sbcglobal.net.

Field Accounting Department (F.A.D.)
Second Thursday of Every Other Month (Livonia, Mich.)

The F.A.D. retiree group meets on the odd months of the year on Jan., March, May, July, Sept. and Nov. We meet at G. Subo's Leather Bottle Restaurant (20300 Farmington Rd.) For more information, contact Bob Briolat at REBRIOLAT@aol.com. Spouses are always welcome.

Ford 5R55 Automatic Transmission Systems Design Retirees Group
Third Wednesday of Every Month (Livonia, Mich.)

The retiree group meets at Richard's Restaurant (39305 Plymouth Road) at 10 a.m. All are welcome to join us. For more information, contact Jeff Ebersole at EBERSOLE.JEFF@gmail.com.

Ford Air Transportation Office Retirees
First Thursday of Every Month (Taylor, Mich.)

Ford Air Transportation Office retirees meet once a month at noon for lunch at the Lakes of Taylor Restaurant (25505 Northline Road). For more information, contact Pauline Smart Bozyk at PSMARTY@att.net.

Ford Body & Assembly Operations/Vehicle Operations Salaried Retiree Group
Twice a Year (May, Oct.) (Westland, Mich.)

The group meets twice a year for a social get-together at Hawthorne Valley Golf & Banquet Facility (7300 N. Merriman R). Guests are welcome. For more information, contact Pat Heavener at PHEAVENER@mi.rr.com.

Ford of Canada Ladies' Retirees Group
Second Wednesday of Every Month (Oakville, Ontario, Canada)

The Ladies' Retirees group consists of all FOC Ladies retired from Head Office in Oakville, Regional Offices, Oakville Assembly Plant, and Bramalea Parts Distribution Centre. The Ladies meet at the Oakville Golf and Country Club for lunch. For more information, please contact Judy Killeavy at MKILLEAV@sympatico.ca.

Ford Chassis Retirees Breakfast (Livonia, Mich.)
First Monday of Every Month

The group (OLD Bldg #5 Chassis Designers, Checkers, Detailers, CAD retirees) meets at Big Boy's (37123 6 Mile Road) at 9 a.m. For more information, contact Vince Asta at VASTA1955@att.net.

Ford Dearborn Engine & Fuel Tank Retirees
First Thursday of Every Month (Taylor, Mich.)

Dearborn Engine & Fuel Tank retirees and guests meet the first Thursday of the month at the Fire Mountain Restaurant (14691 Huron), starting at 11 a.m. For more information, contact Hazel Fuller at HJFULLER@ameritech.net.

Ford FCSD Retiree Lunch Club-GB
First Wednesday of the Month (Mar, June, Sept and Dec) (Essex, U.K.)

The next general meeting will be held the first Wednesday of March, June, September & December with a location that is to be announced locally. Informal meetings last for three hours and comprise of discussions on various topics such as an assortment of Ford issues, new products, product issues and shares along with a lunch that follows. If you would like further information about the meetings or the Ford FCSD Retiree Lunch Club-GB, please contact Dennis Gull at DENNIS@GULL1619.freeserve.co.uk.

Ford Glass UAW Local 737 Retirees
Fourth Tuesday of Every Month (except Dec.) (Nashville, Tenn.)

Ford Glass UAW Local 737 retirees meet each month at 10 a.m. Business is discussed and problems are approached. The group has guest speakers, as well as guest representatives to help keep retirees informed. There also is a Retiree Banquet in October of each year. A very large gathering of old friends and a great time. All retirees of the UAW-FORD in the area are invited and welcome. For more information, contact Bill Fry at BFRY10@aol.com.

Ford Human Resources Retiree Group
Third Wednesday of Every Month (Detroit Area)

The Human Resources Retiree Group meets monthly. For more information, contact Don Hayes at DNLDHAYES@aol.com.

Ford Old Timers Club
Twice a Year (May, Sept.) (Dearborn, Mich.)

The Ford Old Timers Club meets twice a year for a mid-May Luncheon and a mid-September Fall Dinner at Park Place Catering (23400 Park St.) A guest speaker, usually a Ford executive, attends to discuss a special subject of interest at that time. Most recent speakers were Alan Mulally, Mark Fields, Peter Horbury and Greg C. Smith. Any Ford retiree and his/her spouse are welcome at any time. If you would like further information about the meetings or the Ford Old Timers Club, please contact Donald J. Van Kirk, president, at 1-313-563-0029 or D_VANKIRK@comcast.net .

Ford PRC
First Monday of Every Month (Taylor, Mich.)

Ford PRC meets the first Monday of every month at 8:30 a.m. at Little Daddy's (22250 Eureka Rd.) If you would like further information about the event, please contact Charlie Pickins at CPICKENS4946@att.net.

Ford Retired Workers Chapter 906 of Mahwah, N.J.
Second Thursday of Every Month (Mahwah, N.J.)

Meetings are held at 10:00 a.m. at Immaculate Conception Church (900 Darlington Avenue). Coffee and buns will be served before the meeting for the convenience of our members. As always, we will have all of our Benefit Representatives; medical; hearing; dental and vision. There are no meetings during the months of July or August. All retired workers, spouses and surviving spouses are welcome. For more information, contact Mike DiMilta at MIKIE426@gmail.com.

Ford Retirees Club of The Villages Florida
Third Thursday of the Month (The Villages, Fla.)

The Ford Retirees Club of the Villages Florida has been formed and are meeting at 10:30 a.m. at Laurel Manor Recreational Center in the Monroe Room (1895 Laurel Manor Drive). There will be no meetings the months of June, July and August. For more information, contact Weldon Gorlich at WGORLICH@comcast.net or 1-352-753-1950 or Richard Hitz at DICKHITZ@comcast.net or 1-352-259-2635.

Ford Rouge Plant Railroad Operations Retiree Group
Last Tuesday of the Month (Dearborn, Mich.)

The Ford Rouge Plant Railroad Operations Retiree Group meets at Leon's Restaurant (23830 Michigan Ave.) at 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Ford Rouge Plant Transportation Services retirees also are welcome. For more information, contact Frank Evanko at FEVANKO123@comcast.net.

Ford Rouge Transportation Retirees
First Wednesday of Every Month (Woodhaven, Mich.)

The Ford Rouge Transportation retirees meet each month for breakfast at Louie's Restaurant (I-75 and West Road) at 9 a.m. The group has been meeting since 1999. The gatherings are well attended with good conversation and discussions on the future of Ford and the auto industry. For more information, contact Leo R. (Dick) Esper at DMESPER@chartermi.net.

Ford Salaried Retirees Association
First and Third Thursday of Every Month (Oakville, Ontario, Canada)

The Ford Salaried Retirees Association meet at the Quality Inn (754 Bronte Rd., Oakville, Ontario) in the Hampton Room. Additionally, all members receive our 9th Line newsletter. Each year, two golf tournaments take place along with an annual picnic in August. We pride ourselves on staying in contact with retirees from coast to coast. For more information, please contact Irene Saunders at ISAUNDERS@sympatico.ca.

Ford Salaried Retirees Club – Louisville Kentucky
Twice a Year (Location TBA)
The club represents both Louisville Assembly plants and is involved in Dare to Care (food distribution), golf leagues and Race Day's at Churchill Downs. We have two annual luncheons. For more information, contact President Ken Jones at KEN.POPPY@insightbb.com.

Ford Technical Illustration and Graphics Retirees – EEE, Bldg. 3, FMCC, WHQ (Northville, Mich.)
First Monday of Every Month

The group meets for lunch at 11:30 a.m. at George's Senate Coney Island Restaurant (39430 Dun Rovin Drive – first traffic light south of Six Mile Rd., on Haggerty Rd.). For more information, please contact Grant Beard at GBEARD3741@aol.com.

Ford Tool and Die Skilled Trades Retirees
First Wednesday of the Month (Mar, June, Sept and Dec) (Dearborn, Mich.)

Ford Tool and Die Skilled Trades Retirees meet at 10 a.m. at Local 600 (10550 Dix Avenue), with coffee and donuts served at 9:30 a.m. Ladies always welcome. For more information, contact Bud Lusk at BVLTAL@aol.com.

Frame Plant Survivors Salaried Retirees
Third Wednesday of Every Month (Dearborn, Mich.)

The Frame Plant Survivors Salaried Retirees meet at 11 a.m. at the Dearborn Hills Golf Course (1300 S. Telegraph Road). For more information, contact Bob Grodus at 248-682-0422 or RGRODUS@aol.com.

FRAW (Ford Rawsonville Area Women) Retirees
First Thursday of Every Month (Ypsilanti, Mich.)

The retiree group is comprised of females that formerly worked at the Rawsonville Plant. The group meets at Haab's Restaurant (18 West Michigan Ave.) at 1 p.m. If anyone would like to be included on the group's mailing list or is interested in more information, please contact Rhonda Colthorp at RCOLTHORP@peoplepc.com.

Indianapolis Ford Retirees
First Monday of Every Month (Indianapolis, Ind.)

The Indianapolis retirees meet the first Monday of each month with the exception of September which will be on the Sept. 14 this year due to the Labor Day holiday. For more information, contact Joe Hendricks at JOE_HENDRICKS_742@comcast.net.

Kansas City Ford Salaried Retiree Club
Fourth Wednesday of the Month (Mar, May and Sep) (Kansas City, Mo.)
The Kansas City Ford Salaried Retiree Club will meet at Finnigan's Hall (503 East 18th Avenue). We will have a special meeting the first Wednesday in November at Finnigan's with the different Insurance agents to discuss future plans and assistance for Medical INS and Medicare coverage for those turning 65. For additional information, please contact Frank Scott (Club President effective Jan. 1, 2011) by e-mail at RUDY3207@hotmail.com asap.

Lorain Local 425 Retirees
Third Thursday of Every Month (Lorain, Ohio)

The Local 425 Retirees meet at the Union Hall (5300 Baumhart Rd.) at 9:30 a.m. Activities include guest speakers and members doing all kinds of trips. Come meet old friends. Spouses are always welcome to attend. For more information, contact George at WALKER4471@yahoo.com.

Manatee-Sarasota County Florida, Ford Retirees
Second Tuesday of Every Month (Bradenton, Fla.)

The Manatee-Sarasota County Ford Retirees next meeting will be at 10 a.m. on Jan. 11 at Panera Bread (1277 S. Tamiami Trail). Our February meeting will be at Sarasota Ford (707 South Washington Blvd.) on Feb. 8. For more information, contact Den Ras at DRAS22@msn.com or Tony Ridley at RIDLEYS@comcast.net.

Maumee Ford Retirees
Second Tuesday of Every Month (Maumee, Ohio)

The Maumee Ford Retirees meet at the Region 2B Union Hall (1691 Woodlands Dr.) at 10 a.m. For more information, contact BBIRR@bex.net or 1892UAWRETIREES@gmail.com.

Nebraska – Iowa Ford Retirees (Omaha, Neb.)
Wednesdays Every Week

NIFTY (NE.-IA. Ford Together Yet) retirees and guests meet at 9 a.m. at the Summer Kitchen (130th West Maple Road). The group orders from the menu and they share fun, camaraderie and information. For more info, contact Claudia Preddy at CLAUDIAEPWORTH@cox.net.

Norfolk Ford Assembly Plant Retirees
First Monday of Every Month (Chesapeake, Va.)

The Norfolk Assembly Plant Retirees meet at Shoney's (721 Battlefield Blvd. N) starting at 7 a.m. All Ford Motor Company retirees and former employees in the area are welcome. For more information, contact Theron Koon at TEKOON@cox.net.

PDC/Body Engineering Illustration Retirees
First and Third Tuesday of Every Month (Canton, Mich.)

PDC/Body Engineering Illustration Retirees meet twice a month at the 4 Friends Bar & Grill (44282 Warren Road; on the North side of Warren Road nestled in a small strip mall just east of Sheldon Road) at 1 p.m. The group mainly consists of illustrators who produced manuals that instructed assembly plants how to assemble Ford car and trucks. Anyone who ever had dealings with our unique artistic provisions etc. are more than welcomed to join the group and enjoy stepping on a path down memory lane! For more information please contact Al McDonald at COOKY015@earthlink.net.

Plant Engineering Office Retirees
Second Tuesday of Every Month (Livonia, Mich.)

The Plant Engineering Office retirees meet at 11:30 a.m. for lunch at the Elks Lodge (31117 Plymouth Road). All retirees, associates and friends are invited to attend. This group has been in existence since 1993. For more information, contact Russ Van Zanten at 734-728-7308 or RUSS514@comcast.net.

Product Development, Body Design and Engineering Retirees
First Wednesday of Every Month (Dearborn Heights, Mich.)
The group meets at 11 a.m. at Stephan's Banquet Hall (23900 W. Warren Ave.; NE corner of Warren and Telegraph Road). For more information, contact Jim White at JWHITE13453@gmail.com.

Research Laboratory Retiree Brunch Club
First Monday of Every Month (Ann Arbor, Mich.)

The group meets at 10 a.m. for brunch at Flim Flam (2707 Plymouth Rd). For additional information please contact Mohammad Haghgooie at RAMMGB@sbcglobal.net.

Rouge Office Building Retired Cafeteria Workers
Twice a Year (Allen Park, Mich.)

This group meets twice a year. The next meeting will be on Apr. 6 with a location to be announced. For more information, contact Judy Hernandez at JUDY42KAY@yahoo.com .

UAW Eastern Carolina Retirees
Second Wednesday of Every Month (Little River, S.C.)

The UAW Eastern Carolina Retiree Council invites retirees to join them for a monthly meeting at the Little River S.C. V.F.W. Hall (111 Highway 57 North). For more information, contact Bob Artus at 803-481-3622.

UAW Local 1895 Retirees Meeting and Luncheon
Third Thursday of Every Month (Except June, July, Aug. & Dec.) (Broken Arrow, Okla.)

The group meets at 10:30 a.m. at the U.A.W. Local 1895 Union Hall (2001 West Detroit). The business meeting starts at 10:30 a.m. and the luncheon starts at 11 a.m. with main course and drinks provided. Please bring a covered dish. A guest speaker and a benefits representative are present each month. For additional information, contact Liz McGhee, Retiree Chairperson, at MCGHEEE61@yahoo.com or 1-918-638-0191 or Wade McCaleb, Financial Secretary – Treasurer, at . MCCALEB@uaw1895.com or 1-918-251-2900.

USA Ford UAW Local 600
Every Fourth Sunday in the Month (Dearborn, Mich.)

This group meets at 10 a.m. every fourth Sunday of the month at the Local Hall (10550 Dix Avenue). Coffee and doughnuts are always available, and two televisions are raffled off at each meeting. For more information, contact Rudy Nelson at RETIREES600@yahoo.com .

Van Dyke Plant Retiree Luncheon Club (Sterling Heights, Mich.)
First Tuesday of Every Month

The group meets for its monthly luncheon at noon at various local eateries. Although the group consists of mostly salaried retirees, all are welcome. For more information, monthly notices and reminders, contact Allan Yee at ALLAN.YEE@att.net.

 

Calendar Ahead
February 11:
10th Annual Ford-Visteon Luncheon (Sebring, Fla.)

The luncheon starts at 11:30 a.m. at Homer's Buffet (1000 Sebring Square) in the Sebring Shopping Center across the street from Walmart. Spouses and friends are welcome. Please RSVP to John Welch at JJ13WELCH@strato.net, JJCWELCH@gmail.com or call his home phone at 1-863-357-1581 or his cellular phone at 1-863-634-8540.

February 21:
8th Annual SW Florida Ford Retiree Golf Outing (Ft. Myers, Fla.)

The golf outing will take place at Pelican Preserve Golf Club (9802 Pelican Preserve Blvd.) and begin at 1 p.m. Golf, cart, range balls, prizes, tee gift and dinner is $105. Cocktails and dinner ($20) will begin at 5:30 p.m. To make your reservation, please make a check out to Tom Howard and send to 9401 Chartwell Breeze Dr. Bonita Springs, Fla. 34135 no later than Feb. 13. Also, please provide a phone number or e-mail address so a confirmation can be sent to you. For more information, please contact Don Morgan at 239.948.7171 or D07MORGAN@aol.com or Tom Howard at 239.948.8876 or THHOWARD50@comcast.net.

March 6:
SAAC-MCR Winter All Ford Swap Meet (Woodhaven, Mich.)

Swap Meet takes place snow or shine at Gorno Ford (22025 Allen Rd.) from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. (Vender set up 7 a.m.) For more information, call Kurt Fredrickson 1-734-837-9614 or visit www.saac-mcr.net.

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March 26:
Mustang Owners Club of Southeastern Michigan 2011 Annual Spring "Swap & Shop" (Detroit, Mich.)

Mustang & Ford Swap Meet at Village Ford (23535 Michigan Ave.) from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Village Ford is located on the south side of Michigan Avenue, between Telegraph and Outer Drive roads. For more information go to www.mocsem.org.

First and Third Monday of Every Month:
Ford Euchre Club (Dearborn, Mich.)

The Ford Euchre Club is looking for players and with a mere $6 admission fee you can become one of them. Anyone is welcome to play so feel free to bring your friends and relatives. Registration starts at 5:15 p.m. and the games begin at 5:45 p.m. This event is held at O'Kelly Knights of Columbus (23663 Park St.). Click here for more information or contact Dennis Natoli at DENISNATOLI@aol.com.


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