July 30, 2010

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In this Blue Oval Connect Weekly Briefing…
  • 2011 Ford Edge Blends Technology, Design and Class-Leading Powertrains in Revamped Package
  • World's First Inflatable Second-Row Seat Belt Latest Innovation in Ford Explorer Safety Story
  • Annual Truck and Car Show Brings Crowds to PDC
  • The Rest of the Ford Story
  • Ford Opens the History Book on Freedom's Sisters for a New Generation
  • Video: (MSNBC) Alan Mulally Unveils New Explorer, Touts Attributes
  • Outside Voices: (USA Today) New 2011 Ford Explorer Priced from U.S. $28,190

 

Announcements
Ford Model Year End Sales Event

Ford Model Year End Sales Event
Now is the best time to own a new Ford during the Model Year End Sales Event.

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.


Global Week of Caring – September 4 - 11, 2010
The 5th annual Ford Global Week of Caring runs Sep. 4 - 11, and this year we're coloring Global Week – Green. Thousands of Ford employee and retiree volunteers on six continents have come together each year to create projects that meet the needs of people in their local communities. To read this message from Bill Ford in full, click here.

Please go to the Ford Volunteer Corps website at www.volunteer.ford.com and register to volunteer for a MODEL Teams project.


@Ford Magazine
Peer Support to Provide Health Care Insurance Assistance Year Round
When our Peer Support salaried retiree volunteers start working again in October to provide health care insurance information to their colleagues, we hope to make the service a year-round activity. That way we can assist retirees nearing their 65th birthdays and registering for Medicare, as well as those already in Medicare and considering a switch in coverage.

Our team of volunteers from 2009 helped hundreds of retirees. We are now seeking about 10 additional volunteers, men and women who would enjoy a stimulating and satisfying experience under the Ford umbrella. If you would like to know more, please e-mail Patty Klimek at PATTYKLIMEK@comcast.net and include your phone number. A Peer Support volunteer will contact you. We provide training and support. You do NOT need to live in Southeastern Michigan, but you do need to be comfortable working in e-mail.

The 2010 Health Care Reform legislation will bring numerous important changes and decisions for retirees in the next several years. In 2010, however, Medicare-age retirees are NOT required to make changes in their coverage. Some Medicare-age retirees, who selected Private Fee for Service plans in 2007 when Ford eliminated their coverage, will need to select again because their plans are being eliminated. Others "who do their homework" may find new or different programs that better address their health care and financial requirements.

Ford Motor Company is not responsible for the content on the Peer Support website.


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
2011 Ford Flex
2011 Ford Edge Blends Technology, Design and Class-Leading Powertrains in Revamped Package
Style and technology – the hallmarks of Ford Edge since it took the midsize crossover segment by storm starting in 2006 – come together in an all-new way, offering customers even more of what they love for the 2011 model year.

Customers made the Ford Edge the No. 1-selling vehicle in its segment in its first full year on the market, and more than 330,000 have been sold since its launch in late 2006. The 2011 Ford Edge now aims to redefine the segment with a wide-ranging scope of improvements.

To read the full article, click here.

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World's First Inflatable Second-Row Seat Belt in Ford Explorer
World's First Inflatable Second-Row Seat Belt Latest Innovation in Ford Explorer Safety Story
The new 2011 Ford Explorer has been reinvented, raising the bar on SUV safety by combining technologies to help avoid crashes with those that set new standards of protection in the event of one.

The comprehensive Explorer safety story adds new features plus an innovative new Ford safety technology – inflatable rear seat belts.

Explorer showcases Ford’s commitment to crash prevention by offering buyers an unprecedented array of crash avoidance technologies.

To read the full article, click here.

 

Ford News
Jim Farley's 1934 Ford Hotrod
Annual Truck and Car Show Brings Crowds to PDC
The 2010 Annual PDC Truck and Car Show was held earlier this month at the Product Development Center (PDC) in Dearborn. Ford employees, retirees and car enthusiasts alike traveled from all around Southeastern Michigan to attend one of the largest Ford employee-sponsored vehicle shows.

Each year, a variety of car lovers bring their pride and joy out from its prolonged hibernation and haul it out to the PDC for a day in the spotlight. And car owners aren't the only ones living the dream – a large crowd of visitors and onlookers come to see what's new that year.

To read the full article, click here.

Sheryl Connelly
The Rest of the Ford Story
Predicting the future in an ever-changing world isn't ever easy. But for Ford, it's a vital aspect of planning. As the Global Consumer Trends and Futuring Manager for Ford Motor Company, Sheryl Connelly is responsible for identifying and tracking trends that will shape consumers' value, attitudes and beliefs in the future. In her monthly column on @Ford, Connelly shares unique insight into trends outside the automotive industry with specific focus on social, technology, economic, environment and political arenas.

Illiteracy rates in emerging countries, the global shortage of clean drinking water and the spread of HIV/AIDS were among the topics covered at a trend conference I attended several years back. The state of global affairs as laid out by one presenter after another was so overwhelming that emotions were running high among everyone in the audience.

In an era where mistrust in business has never been higher, community involvement and corporate social responsibility may matter more than we think.

To read the full article, click here.

Ford Opens the History Book on Freedom Sisters
Ford Opens the History Book on Freedom's Sisters for a New Generation
They are known today as Freedom's Sisters. The courage and determination of these extraordinary African-American women helped change the course of history and laid a foundation for the future.

Ford Motor Company Fund, in partnership with the Cincinnati Museum Center and the Smithsonian Traveling Exhibition Service (SITES), has brought the Freedom's Sisters story to the Jimmy Carter Presidential Library and Museum in Atlanta.

To read the full article, click here.

 

Executive Q&A
Amy Marentic

Amy Marentic
Group Marketing Manager
Ford Motor Company

This week Ford revealed the 2011 Ford Explorer. The all-new vehicle has been completely reinvented, raising customers' expectations of sport utility vehicle (SUV) fuel efficiency, safety, technology, capability and quality. Amy Marentic, Group Marketing manager, discussed the new vehicle with @Ford.

Q: Is the Explorer an SUV or a CUV?
A: The new Explorer is an SUV, engineered and built for today's SUV customers. In addition to its styling, the new Explorer features the Terrain Management System (TMS), which allows owners to use a simple dial to choose the setting that matches that surface they are on. The settings are Normal, Sand, Mud and Snow. The new Explorer also features a simple to use Hill Descent Control system that gives customers the confidence to tackle steep hills. The new Explorer has the ground clearance the customers expect from an SUV.

Q: Does Ford need an Edge, a Flex and an Explorer?
A: Absolutely. We're a full-line automaker, and our plan includes a balanced portfolio for customers with a variety of vehicle needs. In research, customers defined the vehicles in very different ways and recognized the strengths of each. Edge was seen as a CUV with great style but no off-road capability and five seats. Flex was viewed by many as a modern interpretation of a people mover with stand-out styling but not off-road capability. Explorer was very clearly defined as an SUV with attributes that customers look for in an SUV such as off-road capability, towing and the command driving position.

To read the full Q&A, click here.

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Global Notes
1,000,000th Fiesta
Ford Brazil Celebrates 1,000,000 Fiesta Produced in Camašari Plant
This month, Ford Brazil reached the production milestone of one million Ford Fiesta units (Brazilian models – both the Hatchback and Sedan versions) at Ford's Camašari Plant in Bahia. A pioneering vehicle model with high production numbers in the Northeast region, the Ford Fiesta is one of the best-selling cars in Brazil and has revolutionized the compact-car segment, offering a distinctive combination of design, space, drivability, equipment and price.

To read the full article, click here.

Transit Celebrations 2010
Happy Birthday Ford Transit: 45 Years of Success
Ford's iconic Transit has a significant birthday next month, celebrating 45 years of success. The Ford Transit, the pioneer of the ubiquitous white van, has led the U.K. market ever since the year that Jim Clark won the Indianapolis 500 and F1 World Championship, Tom and Jerry and Thunderbirds made their TV debuts, the Sound of Music movie was released and Mary Quant invented the mini skirt.

To read the full article, click here.

New C-MAX to Receive
Exclusive Online Version of the New C-MAX will Receive a "Democratic" Equipment Package
The choice of the Valencia Plant as the exclusive production center for the new C-MAX is a reason for satisfaction at Ford of Spain. To celebrate the good news, the Blue Oval has launched a limited edition of its people carrier called C-MAX First Edition. This exclusive version for the Spanish market will be available only online from July 28 until Oct. 30, when the new C-MAX actually hits the Spanish showrooms.

With this initiative, Ford has become the first automaker to create and sell a limited edition model online with direct collaboration from potential owners. Ford of Spain has created the microsite www.comonuncalohasvisto.com.

To read the full article, click here.

Ford Transit Connect
Improved Fuel Economy and Lower Emissions for Transit Connect and Tourneo Connect
Ford Transit Connect and Tourneo Connect customers can now benefit from improved fuel economy and lower emissions by choosing the new 1.8-liter Ford Duratorq TDCi engine option that exceeds the new Euro Stage 5 (LDT2) emission requirements. The engine will be available in all power levels of the 1.8-liter Duratorq TDCi – 75 PS, 90 PS and 110 PS.

The introduction of Euro Stage 5 Emissions Legislation starts in January 2011 and over time will apply to passenger cars and light duty vehicles. This legislation sets tighter limits for atmospheric pollutants such as particulates and nitrogen oxide for vehicles sold in EU markets.

To read the full article, click here.

Ford's New Test Methodology
Aachen Develops Methodology to Measure Color Deviations
Can you trust your eyes? Researchers at Ford's European Research Centre in Aachen, Germany, have developed a test to investigate to what extent color differences are perceived by the human eye.

For example, when components of the same color border each other in a vehicle interior but are made of different materials or textures, deviations in color may occur. Ford researchers have now developed a new test methodology that can identify the degree to which the human eye is able to perceive these deviations.

To read the full article, click here.

 

Video Corner
Ford Oval
Alan Mulally Unveils New Explorer, Touts Attributes
(MSNBC) Ford CEO Alan Mulally is interviewed and unveils the new 2011 Ford Explorer and touts its attributes, features and technologies. Click here to view video.

Alan Mulally and Mike Rowe Introducing the 2011 Ford Explorer
Countdown to Explorer Reveal with Mike Rowe and Alan Mulally
(YouTube) Mike Rowe stopped by Herald Square to "explore" the set of our New York City reveal event. Ford CEO, Alan Mulally, gives Mike a tour, as well as an exclusive sneak peek at the vehicle that wasunveiled on July 26th! Click here to view video.

Alan Mulally on CNBC
A Morning Drive with Mually
(CNBC) Discussing Ford's strategy, with Alan Mulally, Ford Motor CEO and CNBC's Phil LeBeau. Click here to view video.

Alan Mulally on CNBC – Mad Money with Jim Cramer
Alan Mulally Surprises CNBC's Jim Cramer
(CNBC – Mad Money with Jim Cramer) Cramer goes one on one with Ford CEO Alan Mulally about how he was able to turn things around and discusses the all-new Ford Explorer. Click here to view video.

2011 Ford Explorer
Analyst – New Ford Explorer Could Change the Market
(The Street) Wall Street Strategies analyst David Silver says the new Ford Explorer could change the industry. Click here to view video.

 

Outside Voices
New 2011 Ford Explorer Priced from U.S. $28,190
(USA Today) Having spent much of the week chasing news about the new Ford Explorer, we thought we should clear up some of the remaining questions about the vehicle. To read the full article, click here.

Nissan Hatchbacks Recalled to Fix Spills
(Detroit Free Press) Nissan is recalling 46,000 of its Cube hatchbacks because of possible problems with fuel spilling during rear-end collisions. To read the full article, click here.

GM Said to Sell Chevrolet Volt for About U.S. $40,000
(Bloomberg) General Motors Co., the largest U.S. automaker, plans to sell its Chevrolet Volt electric car for about U.S. $40,000, said a person familiar with the plans. To read the full article, click here.

Toyota to Kill Sequoia, Tundra Redesigned in 2014
(Autoblog) At it's peak in 2002, Toyota was selling over 70,000 Sequoias. Last year, that number dropped to below 20,000 units. To read the full article, click here.

Chrysler to Post a Profit for Second Quarter
(Detroit News) Chrysler Group LLC next month will report a second-quarter operating profit, Sergio Marchionne, chief executive of Chrysler and partner Fiat SpA, said Wednesday. To read the full article, click here.

Toyota Subpoenaed by Federal Grand Jury
(Detroit Free Press) Toyota said it has been subpoenaed by a federal grand jury in New York to submit documents related to problems with rods that connect a vehicle's steering system to its front wheels. To read the full article, click here.

Honda Announces Plans to Offer BEV and New Plug-in Hybrid in U.S. in 2012
(Edmunds) Honda will introduce new advanced environmental technology vehicles, including a battery-electric vehicle and a new plug-in hybrid vehicle, to the U.S. market in 2012, the company announced in the mid-year address by Honda President and CEO Takanobu Ito. To read the full article, click here.

Safety-Driven Software Aims to Block Texting While Driving
(USA Today) Technology is emerging that could solve a growing menace on the nation's highways: texting while driving. 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 Websites 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.


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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.

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Microworld
AntiVirus & Content Security

Welcome to the world of eScan – Immunize yourself from all digital threats, today and tomorrow. Ford retirees receive 30 percent off eScan Anti-Virus and eScan Internet Security software, which helps to protect your computer from the current digital threats that have expanded from virus infections, spam, to information theft, computer hijacks and more.

Click here for more information.

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Davey Tree
Proven Solutions for a Growing World

Between June 15 and Dec. 31, Ford employees and retirees can take advantage of a free tree and landscape inspection, and 10 percent off of pruning, removal or deep-root fertilization services. 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. 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. Our members receive our monthly 9th Line newsletter, which enables us to stay in contact with retirees from coast to coast. Each year, two golf tournaments take place, as well as an annual picnic in August, both of which are TBA. 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.

 

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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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