July 9, 2010

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In this Blue Oval Connect Weekly Briefing…
  • Ford CEO Alan Mulally to Serve on the President's Export Council
  • New 2011 Lincoln MKX Delivers Best-in-Class Power, Torque and Fuel Economy
  • Ford Canada Sales Up 16 Percent; Best Month in 10 Years
  • As States Mull Bans, Ford Improves SYNC to Give Drivers Safer Alternative to Hand-Held Texting
  • New 2011 Ford Edge is Official Vehicle of 2010 U.S. Ironman Event Series
  • Ford of Canada Launches Ford Employee Pricing
  • Personalize Your Ford Fiesta: Accessories, Body Kits and Graphics Pave the Way
  • Video: (WJBK-TV) Mulally Among Business Leaders Who Met with President Obama
  • Outside Voices: (USA Today) Death of PT Cruiser Seen as a Symbol of Industry's Problems

 

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
Alan Mulally
Ford CEO Alan Mulally to Serve on the President's Export Council
This week, President Barack Obama announced that Ford CEO Alan Mulally will serve on the President's Export Council (PEC). The PEC advises the President on export enhancement and ways to encourage companies to increase exports and enter new markets. The following is a statement from Ford President and CEO Alan Mulally.

President Obama recently set a national goal of doubling U.S. exports over the next five years. We applaud this forward-looking goal and I am honored to serve on the President's Export Council and work toward helping America achieve it.

To read the full message, click here.

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Lincoln MKX
New 2011 Lincoln MKX Delivers Best-in-Class Power, Torque and Fuel Economy
Lincoln's 2011 MKX is the newest vehicle in the premium-maker's lineup to offer best-in-class horsepower and torque and the best fuel economy of any luxury crossover vehicle on the market.

The 2011 Lincoln MKX received final fuel economy certification this week, achieving 19 mpg city and 26 mpg highway, with a combined fuel economy of 21 mpg, topping all competitors, including the Lexus RX350 and Cadillac SRX.

To read the full article, click here.

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Ford Canada Sales Up 16 Percent; Best Month in 10 Years
Ford of Canada saw sales increase 16 percent in June, marking the best month on record in 10 years. With 31,707 units sold, Ford of Canada posted its highest monthly sales since May 2000.

Ford finishes the first half of 2010 with sales up 23 percent, making the company the top-selling automaker in Canada. This marks the first time in more than 50 years that Ford has lead the market for two consecutive quarters.

To read the full article, click here.

 

Ford News
MyFord Touch
As States Mull Bans, Ford Improves SYNC to Give Drivers Safer Alternative to Hand-Held Texting
As the issue of texting while driving grows in prominence nationally, Ford is expanding its SYNC technology with new features to give drivers safer alternatives to hand-held texting and keep them more focused on the road.

To help make the in-car connection safer, Ford is improving the SYNC text message readback feature and empowering drivers with a "Do Not Disturb" button so they can decide the level of connectivity and communications they want to manage while in the car. Ford also is taking the proactive step to "lock-out" capabilities that are not relevant to the task of driving while the vehicle is in motion.

To read the full article, click here.

2010 U.S. Ironman Event Series
New 2011 Ford Edge is Official Vehicle of 2010 U.S. Ironman Event Series
Much like a determined triathlete, the Ford Edge started out strong and is getting even better. Since its launch in late 2006, more than 380,000 crossovers have been sold.

So it's fitting that the all-new 2011 Ford Edge is the official vehicle of the 2010 U.S. Ironman event series, a competition that symbolizes strength, leadership and endurance.

To read the full article, click here.

Ford Employee Pricing
Ford of Canada Launches Ford Employee Pricing
July 1 marked the launch of Canada's Ford Employee Pricing event. Until Aug. 31, 2010, customers across Canada can take advantage of Ford employee prices on most 2010 and 2011 Ford and Lincoln vehicles.

Ford also is inviting consumers across Canada to visit their local dealership for the expanded Drive One Challenge. Test drive any new Ford or Lincoln vehicle – from our award winning Ford Fusion, Ford Taurus and Ford F-Series, to the luxurious Lincoln MKS – and if customers decide to purchase any new vehicle from another manufacturer within 100 hours of the test drive, they will receive CAN $100 (U.S. $97.00) from Ford.

To read the full article, click here.

Ford Fiesta
Personalize Your Ford Fiesta: Accessories, Body Kits and Graphics Pave the Way
Ford is giving Fiesta customers even more reasons to love their new car with an assortment of personalized options such as custom accessories, body kits, a Fiesta tattoo and graphics.

Vehicle personalization is a booming trend, with the Specialty Equipment Manufacturers Association (SEMA) anticipating the automotive aftermarket and accessories business to generate more than U.S. $27 billion this year.

To read the full article, click here.

 

Executive Q&A
Michelle Moody

Michelle Moody
Cross Vehicle Marketing Manager
Ford Motor Company

MyFord Touch and MyLincoln Touch, Ford's new driver connect technology, will debut later this summer in the redesigned 2011 Ford Edge and Lincoln MKX. Cross Vehicle Marketing Manager Michelle Moody discusses the education and training aspects of the groundbreaking in-vehicle experience for both consumers and dealership employees.

Q: What is Ford's approach to educating customers about MyFord Touch?
A: It's not just one thing. Everyone learns a little differently. Some learn by seeing or doing. Others learn by reading. So we're trying to be mindful of those different learning styles. Therefore, we need to provide a range of tools for customers as well as for our dealers.

Learning a new technology is a process that takes place over a period of months before and after someone purchases a vehicle. It starts during shopping. We know that about 80 percent of all shoppers visit fordvehicles.com before purchasing. That property has a huge reach among our customers. So, we're putting together a visual experience that will be available through that site, on our tech hub and on the Edge and MKX pages that will allow customers to familiarize themselves with some of the features and see how they work and might benefit them. There are some key experiences around using the navigation system, making calls and other features.

Referring back to learning style, many people are probably button pushers. They wouldn't read a manual if their life depended on it. Yet, we have a significant number of customers who read the owner's manuals – cover to cover. It is an important learning tool for us. The good news is that button pushers tend to marry manual readers, so they tend to help each other out! We are mindful of that and have put a lot of energy into the owner's manual. And there is a new form of owner's manual – a mobile Web site that offers the owner's manual along with video content. It's well done, and I think it will really add to our portfolio of tools for consumers.

To read the full Q&A, click here.

 

Global Notes
Environmental Conservation Award
Ford Brazil Opens Space for Dealers in Environmental Conservation Award
Nearly 500 Ford Brazil dealers will be invited to take part in the Ford Environmental Conservation Award. The addition of the Dealer category adds a new element to the fifteenth edition of the prize which is considered one of the most prestigious environmental acknowledgments in the country.

To read the full article, click here.

Ford Everest
Ford Group Philippines First Half Sales Jump 34 Percent
Ford Group Philippines' (FGP) aggressive sales and marketing efforts helped drive impressive first half sales that rose by 34 percent to 4,562 units.

Through the first six months, sales of Ford vehicles rose 20 percent from the same period a year ago, while Mazda vehicles maintained their collective zoom-zoom trajectory, with an increase of 77 percent year-over-year.

To read the full article, click here.

Job 1 Production of New Ford Fiesta Celebration
Ford Celebrates Job #1 Production of New Ford Fiesta at State-of-the-Art Thailand Facility
Production of Ford's globally popular small car, the Ford Fiesta, kicked off this week during an official ceremony at AutoAlliance Thailand's (AAT) new, state-of-the-art passenger car manufacturing facility in Rayong, Thailand.

Ford executives Raj Nair, vice president, Operations, Asia Pacific and Africa, and Peter Fleet, president, ASEAN, drove a pair of the first Thai-built Fiestas – a Highlight Silver four-door sedan and Chili Orange five-door hatchback – off the line to mark the official start of production.

To read the full article, click here.

Transit Connect Electric Light Commercial Vehicle
Ford U.K. Electric Vehicle Test Set to Go Live
Ford's global electric vehicles plan is benefitting from participation in the U.K. Government's "Ultra-Low Carbon Vehicle Demonstrator" program.

Ford's European electrification program, announced in March, sees the introduction of two zero-emission full battery-electric vehicles, including the Transit Connect Electric light commercial vehicle in 2011, followed by the next-generation Focus Electric in 2012. A hybrid and a plug-in hybrid derivative of the new C-MAX, plus another hybrid-electric model will follow by 2013.

To read the full article, click here.

 

Video Corner
Alan Mulally Meets with Obama
Mulally Among Business Leaders Who Met with President Obama
(WJBK-TV) Ford CEO Alan Mulally updated President Obama on Ford's plan going forward. He also stressed to the president the importance of manufacturing, in order to keep the U.S. competitive. Mulally was one of a number of business leaders to meet with the president. Click here to view video.

 

Outside Voices
Death of PT Cruiser Seen as a Symbol of Industry's Problems
(USA Today) For many, news that Chrysler is about to stop making the PT Cruiser will come as a surprise: "Wait, they still make that car?" To read the full article, click here.

Ford Pickups Emerging as Leaders in Quality
(Detroit News) On a list of today's best-built vehicles, you might expect to find a sleek Mercedes sedan or an iconic Porsche convertible. To read the full article, click here.

GM Predicts 68 Percent Rise in Brazil Sales on Luxury Demand
(Bloomberg) General Motors expects sales in Brazil to grow by 68 percent to 1 million vehicles by 2014 as growth in Latin America's largest economy stokes demand for fancier cars, said the automaker's South America chief. To read the full article, click here.

Driving While Blind? Maybe, with New High-Tech Car
(USA Today) Could a blind person drive a car? Researchers are trying to make that far-fetched notion a reality. To read the full article, click here.

Tesla Motors' Electric Car Maker Shares Plunge 16 Percent
(Detroit Free Press) Shares of electric car maker Tesla Motors ran low on voltage Tuesday, falling beneath the stock's initial public offering price after a stunning run-up last week. To read the full article, click here.

Minivan Image Gets Makeover
(Detroit News) The words "swagger" and "minivan" aren't heard often in the same sentence, but that's the theme of a popular YouTube video that tries to take some of the dorkiness out of driving a minivan. To read the full article, click here.

Chrysler, Jeep to Drop Hemi Name
(Cars.com) The Hemi name — famously resurrected for the 21st century — will no longer be found on Chrysler and Jeep vehicles. To read the full article, click here.

Will Electric Cars Cause More Summer Power Outages?
(The New York Times) Temperatures reached a record 103 degrees in New York City on Tuesday. The heat also strained the electric grid all over the country, with utilities reporting scattered outages. 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.


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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.

Renewal by Andersen
Renewal by Andersen
Window Replacement

Renewal by Andersen provides 10% off on your window and door replacement project.

To schedule your free in-home consultation: call 1-866-713-4667 (Please identify yourself as a retiree of Ford) or click here.

Verizon
Verizon
Electronics Corporation

Save on calling plans, wireless devices, calling features and accessories from Verizon Wireless. 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. 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.

 

Calendar Ahead
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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.

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July 13:
Taurus SHO Car Show (Dearborn, Mich.)

Come and enjoy the 19th Annual Taurus SHO Club Convention in the front visitors' parking lot of Ford World Headquarters from 12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. Close to 100 Taurus SHO vehicles will be on display from the original 1989 model to the latest 2011 Taurus SHO. The first 50 employees or retirees to attend the event will receive a free give-away! Parking is available for all attendees in the visitors' parking lot.

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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