July 2, 2010

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In this Blue Oval Connect Weekly Briefing…
  • No June Swoon. Ford Sees Double-Digit Sales Gain.
  • Ford Reduces Debt by U.S. $4 Billion
  • Ford Introduces New Curve Control Technology to Help Protect Against Crashes on Curves
  • F-Series Dominates U.S. Pickup Market
  • Ford Customers in Canada Benefit from Higher Resale Values
  • Fiesta Returns to X Games with an All-Star Driver Lineup
  • Ford Super Duty Customer Testing Extended; More Power, Fuel Economy
  • Video: (WXYZ-TV) 2011 Mustang Achieves 48 MPG Under Strict Conditions
  • Outside Voices: (Detroit Free Press) Ford Stock Jumps 6 Percent

 

Announcements
Ford Model Year End Sales Event

Ford Model Year End Sales Event
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Experience the quality, fuel efficiency and innovation that has helped put Ford at the top of everyone's shopping list. And now, were making it even easier to get behind the wheel in the Ford of your choice with great rates and cash back too!

See your local Ford Dealer now to take advantage of the Model Year End Sales Event.
Click here for more information.


Ford Employee Tire Discount Program
Save up to 20 percent on a set (four) of many name brand tires like Michelin, Goodyear, Continental and Yokohama! Call Ford Tire Program Headquarters at 888-353-3251 to receive your PIN number and to receive specific discount information. Click here to view the flyer for further information.

 

Top Stories
Ford Mustang
No June Swoon. Ford Sees Double-Digit Sales Gain.
Ford posted a June U.S. sales increase of 15 percent for its Ford, Lincoln and Mercury brands to finish the first half of 2010 up 28 percent compared to the same period a year ago.

Strength was evident across all segments for Ford, with cars, utilities and trucks up 27 percent, 24 percent and 32 percent, respectively, calendar year to date.

To read the full article, click here.

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Lewis Booth
Ford Reduces Debt by $4 Billion
I am pleased to inform you that we are taking another significant step in our ONE Ford plan to transform Ford into a healthy, sustainable company poised for long-term profitable growth.

We are taking actions to reduce debt by more than U.S. $4 billion, primarily by paying down debt owed to the UAW VEBA Trust well ahead of schedule. Per an agreement with the VEBA Trust, we are making scheduled payments in cash totaling about $860 million on Notes A and B held by the VEBA Trust – including about $250 million due under Note A, and $610 million due under Note B. We had the option to pay Note B with cash or Ford stock but agreed to pay with cash. In addition, Ford and Ford Credit, are paying a combined $2.9 billion to pre-pay the entire remaining obligation on Note A at an agreed upon discount of 2 percent.

To read the full article, click here.

Curve Control – A New Innovation
Ford Introduces New Curve Control Technology to Help Protect Against Crashes on Curves
Ford this week introduced a new innovation – Curve Control – designed to help drivers maintain control of their vehicles when taking a curve too quickly.

Curve Control debuts as standard equipment on the all-new 2011 Ford Explorer going into production later this year, and will be offered on 90 percent of the company's North American crossovers, sport utilities, trucks and vans by 2015.

To read the full article, click here.

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Ford F-Series
F-Series Dominates U.S. Pickup Market
Take it from Peter De Lorenzo: "Ford is just like monstrous when it comes to trucks … They will just crush you," said the outspoken automotive journalist on a recent Autoline After Hours webcast.

Crush may be a bit strong, but F-Series is definitely putting the squeeze on other full-size pickup competitors, single-handedly accounting for about 50,000 of the 60,000-unit increase in the segment during the first five months of 2010 compared to the same period a year ago. Take away F-Series' whopping 35 percent sales increase January through May and the overall segment would be even with a year ago.

To read the full article, click here.

 

Ford News
Ford Oval
Ford Customers in Canada Benefit from Higher Resale Values
The resale value of newer Ford vehicles in Canada rose 28 percent during the past 18 months, the result of stronger demand for Ford's new vehicle lineup and improved quality and durability ratings, according to the RVI Used Car Price Index.

Ford vehicles with two-to-five years on the road are fetching higher resale values at auction in the last 18 months compared to the same period the previous year. That translates to an average increase of U.S. $2,196 per Ford vehicle.

To read the full article, click here.

Ken Block Partners with Ford in the World Rally Championship
Fiesta Returns to X Games with an All-Star Driver Lineup
The Ford Fiesta had a memorable debut at the X Games in 2009, winning gold and taking bronze in its first X Games rally competition. This year the Ford Fiesta will return to defend its title with an all-star four-man driver lineup that includes Ford rally superstar Ken Block at X Games 16 in Los Angeles, July 29 to Aug. 1.

Block will be joined by last year’s trio of gold medal winner Kenny Brack, bronze medal winner Tanner Foust and Brian Deegan, who edged Block in a quarterfinal matchup in 2009.

To read the full article, click here.

2011 Ford F-Series Super Duty
Ford Super Duty Customer Testing Extended; More Power, Fuel Economy
The new 2011 Ford F-Series Super Duty is fitting in so well on the job that it's being asked to stick around longer. Based on customer requests, Ford is extending its unprecedented Ford F-Series Super Duty fieldwork evaluation program through the end of 2010 to select extreme-duty commercial customers. That means these preproduction Super Duty models will have earned their keep for a full year in some of the toughest work environments around.

The overwhelmingly positive feedback from these severe-duty users – and their desire to extend the program – confirms the thoroughness of the rigorous testing procedures developed for the 2011 Super Duty as it evolved from raw data to computer images to actual vehicle.

To read the full article, click here.

 

Executive Q&A
Ali Jammoul

Ali Jammoul
Chief Engineer
Ford Chassis Engineering

Ford has announced that its exclusive, new Curve Control system will debut on the all-new 2011 Ford Explorer, which goes into production later this year. Curve Control, developed in-house as part of Ford's AdvanceTrac with Roll Stability Control (RSC) system, is designed to help drivers maintain control of their vehicle when driving into a curve too quickly. Ali Jammoul, chief engineer, Ford Chassis Engineering, discusses the newest innovation in Ford's suite of safety technologies with @Ford Online.

Q: How does Curve Control work?
A: Curve Control helps drivers follow their intended path when driving too quickly into a curve on dry or wet roadways by slowing the vehicle with reduced engine power and/or smart braking. In order to slow the vehicle most efficiently, the braking is tailored for the exact amount required on each wheel and can include full four-wheel braking.

Q: How does the system detect the situation?
A: The system measures how quickly the vehicle is turning and compares it to how quickly the driver wants to turn. When the driver's rate of turning is greater than the measured rate of turning, the vehicle is "pushing" or straying outside the intended path, and Curve Control activates.

To read the full Q&A, click here.

 

Global Notes
Silverton Assembly Plant in Pretoria
APA President Joe Hinrichs Visits South Africa to Launch New Assembly Plant and Training Center
Ford Asia Pacific and Africa (APA) President Joe Hinrichs joined Jeff Nemeth, president and CEO, Ford Motor Company of Southern Africa (FMCSA), and Plant Manager Wallace Yearwood in Struandale, Port Elizabeth, this week to unveil a new assembly facility and training center that will strengthen South Africa's position as an export base for Ford vehicles and engine components.

Hinrichs' appearance in South Africa was part of a whirlwind tour throughout the APA region, where significant progress is being made towards the implementation of the ONE Ford Plan.

To read the full article, click here.

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50th Birthday of the Ford Falcon
Ford Falcon Turns 50
Ford is celebrating the 50th birthday of the Ford Falcon, the longest running vehicle nameplate in Australian motoring history.

Since the first Falcon XK rolled off Ford Australia's production line on June 28, 1960, Ford has produced 27 different models of the Falcon in Australia and New Zealand, resulting in almost 3.5 million Falcons on the road clocking up an estimated 450 billion kilometres.

To read the full article, click here.

Ford Figo
Ford India Posts Record Sales in First Financial Quarter
Ford India posted record-setting sales in the first quarter with a total of 22,858 units sold from April-June, compared to 6,184 units in the same period last year. Sales in the March-June 2010 period have already exceeded the company's total sales volume for calendar year 2009.

In the month of June, Ford India sales grew by 267 percent. The company sold a total of 7,269 units, compared to 1,982 units in June 2009. That success was driven mainly by the popularity of the Figo.

To read the full article, click here.

Ford's Port in Brazil
Ford's Port in Brazil Reaches 500,000 Vehicles Handled
Following five years of operation, the Private Terminal Miguel de Oliveira, located next to the Ford Northeast Industrial Complex in Bahia, has reached the milestone of 500,000 vehicles handled within export and import operations. tion.

The terminal plays an important role in Ford Brazil's logistics and is Ford's only private port worldwide, providing a dynamic quickness, efficiency and quality to operations.

To read the full article, click here.

 

Video Corner
2011 Ford Mustang V-6
2011 Mustang Achieves 48 MPG Under Strict Conditions
(WXYZ-TV) The new 2011 Ford Mustang achieved 48 mpg under strict conditions by Ford engineers. The tests were conducted on a closed track at 43 mph, with no air conditioning use, no stops and starts, and no engine revving. Click here to view video.

 

Outside Voices
Ford Stock Jumps Six Percent
(Detroit Free Press) Ford's stock price rose 60 cents, or 6 percent, after the company announced it would reduce its total debt by more than $4 billion, much of through earlier than required payments to a UAW health care trust fund. To read the full article, click here.

Ford Mustang Makes NASCAR Debut Friday
(USA Today) Sure, the Ford Fusion sedan makes a decent NASCAR racer. But Fusion, a family sedan on a race track? To read the full article, click here.

Edmunds.com Lists Top Used Vehicles
(Detroit News) Not feeling bold enough to go out there and buy a new car? Edmunds.com, a go-to website for car shoppers, has compiled a list of the best used cars and trucks in a variety of segments. To read the full article, click here.

Can the Ford Explorer Stage a Comeback?
(Forbes) When trying to reinvent the Ford Explorer for the 2011 model year, designers and engineers at Ford found themselves at cross-purposes. To read the full article, click here.

Toyota Sells 2.5 Million Hybrids Worldwide
(GreenCarReports.com) Hybrid vehicles have been alternately portrayed as the saviors of modern transportation or the last gasp of the dying oil-based economy. To read the full article, click here.

Chrysler to Introduce Manly Minivan
(U.S. News) As automakers battle for market share in the popular muscle car and small car segments, an unlikely duel has emerged between minivans. To read the full article, click here.

With Gas Prices So Low, Will Anyone Buy a Volt?
(Detroit Free Press) Talk about an awkward position: General Motors, under pressure to be profitable and start selling stock again, is benefiting from relatively cheap gasoline. To read the full article, click here.

Last PT Cruiser Will Roll Off Assembly Line July 9
(Detroit Free Press) The last Chrysler PT Cruiser will roll off the assembly line in less than two weeks, signaling the end of the line for a historic and beloved little car. To read the full article, click here.

Mazda's Core Models Contribute to Global Production and Sales Increase
(The Auto Channel) Mazda Motor Corporation's global production and sales results for the month of May continue to demonstrate growth with increases in both domestic (Japanese) production and sales and exports to all regions. To read the full article, click here.

 

Share Ideas
Got an Idea, Share It!
Ever had an idea for a new product or a suggestion for a current vehicle you'd like to share with the Ford team? If so, do we have some Web sites for you!

If you have an idea for a new product or technology you'd like to see on a Ford vehicle, click to the Ford New Ideas site at www.FordNewIdeas.com.

If you have a suggestion for a current Ford Motor Company product, click here to connect to the Customer Relationship Center.

Through these two sites, your ideas and comments will be directed to the appropriate teams within the company … One team, one plan, one goal … ONE Ford.


FERA Logo
Ford Employees Recreation Association (FERA) Desk Hours

Location:
Lower Mezzanine of Ford World Headquarters

Desk hours:
Tuesday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m

The FERA desk handles discount tickets for Cedar Point, Kings Island, the North American International Auto Show, the Michigan Renaissance Festival and other events; the desk also has the Entertainment Book and Golf Michigan Play Books.

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 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.

Hewlett-Packard
Hewlett-Packard
Shop for Products and Services

Ford employees, retirees and contract personnel receive up to 10 percent off HP and Compaq consumer products, accessories and supplies by becoming a member of the HP Employee Purchase Program. Additional discounts are offered throughout the store including mail-in and instant rebates, coupons and exclusive EPP offers on a range of HP products, including Notebook and Desktop PCs, printers, print supplies, accessories and more.

If you'd like to join, visit the HP Home & Home Office Store at www.hpshopping.com/epp and register using the Ford company code: 3673. Or, click here to check out the specials for the month.

Village Ford
Village Ford (Dearborn, Mich.)
Tire & Auto Center

All of Village Ford's new and used vehicles have prices online, but call 1-800-257-1538 for the latest incentives on the vehicle of your choice to further reduce your price! Click here for more information.

You can find these offers and many, many more by simply visiting Discount Marketplace, 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
Second Tuesday in September (Milton, Ga.)

The next general membership meeting will be held on Tuesday, September 14, at the Ford Regional Office (13010 Morris Rd. Corporate Center One Ste. 500) from 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. If you would like further information about the meetings 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.

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@sympaticao.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 44010). 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 June with a location that is to be announced. Meetings last for three hours and comprise of a discussion on various topics such as an assortment of Ford issues, new products, product issues and shares along with a lunch that follows. All FCSD retiree pensioners are welcome. 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 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 meets at the Quality Inn (754 Bronte Rd., Oakville, Ontario) in the Hampton Room at 9:30 a.m. Additionally, all members receive our 9th Line newsletter. Each year, two golf tournaments take place along with an annual picnic in August, both of which are TBA. 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 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 (Jan, Mar, May and Sep) (Kansas City, Mo.)
The next luncheon for the Kansas City Ford Salaried Retiree Club is on September 22 and will be at Finnigan's Hall (505 East 18th Avenue).

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 (Location TBA, Fla.)

The Manatee-Sarasota County Ford Retirees next meeting will be October 12 at the Tara Golf & Country Club (6602 Drewrys Bluff) at 10 a.m. 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 (Riverview, Mich.)
The group meets at 11 a.m. at the Riverview Highlands Golf Course (15015 Sibley Rd – east of I-75, between Allen Road & Fort St). 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.

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.

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.

August 27 - 28:
Chicago Stamping Reunion (Wildersville, Tenn.)

This year's Chicago Stamping Reunion will be held at Natchez Trace State Park (24845 Natchez Trace Road). For more information, contact (Ace) Dempsay at ADEMPSAY@frontiernet.net or call 931-260-0427.

 

Calendar Ahead
July 1 – July 4:
18th Annual "Salute to America" Concert (Dearborn, Mich.)

The Detroit Symphony Orchestra will be performing at the Greenfield Village at the Henry Ford for the 18th Annual "Salute to America" Concert. The gates will open at 6 p.m. every day and the prices at the door are discounted for Ford retirees. Call the DSO Box Office at 313-576-5111 – your code for the discount is Ford Employees. Click here to view the flyer for more information.

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July 6 – July 30:
University of Michigan – Dearborn (Dearborn, Mich.)

UM-Dearborn offers basketball, hockey, and volleyball camps all throughout the month of July. If you choose to sign up one of your grandchildren, now is the time to register because all Ford retirees receive a 10% discount on the cost of camps. Click here to view the flyer. For additional information, please contact Bryan Earl at EARLB@umich.edu or visit GOWOLVES.net.

Falcon Club
July 15 – 17:
Falcon Club of America 2010 National Convention (Dearborn, Mich.)

The Metro Detroit Chapter of the Falcon Club of America is hosting the 2010 National Convention at the Hyatt Regency Dearborn and celebrates the 50th anniversary of the Ford Falcon. Because the 50th anniversary is a significant milestone, the club anticipates over 400 Falcons and their owners to attend from all over the United States and Canada. Please visit fca2010detroit.webs.com for additional information and to download a copy of the registration form or contact Alan Aniol at 734-282-8188 or e-mail at JOANAL@wideopenwest.com.

Mustang Owners Club of Southeastern Michigan
August 8:
Mustang Memories 2010 All Ford Car Show & Shop (Dearborn, Mich.)

Mustang Owners Club of Southeastern Michigan proudly presents the 22nd annual "Mustang Memories 2010 All Ford Car Show & Swap" at Ford World Headquarters (One American Road) from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. rain or shine. For more information, go to www.mocsem.org.

Ford Athletic Swim & Triathlon Club
August 15:
Ford Athletic & Triathlon Club – F.A.S.T. (Novi, Mich.)

F.A.S.T. presents its 8th Annual Island Lake of Novi where a Triathlon & 1.5 Mile Open Water Swim will be held. This event is comprised of a 5 mile swim, 12 mile bike ride and a 3 mile run. To register, visit http://www.swimfasttrifast.com/index.php/island-lake-of-novi-triathlon.html or to learn more about this event, click here.

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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