July 15, 2011

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In this Blue Oval Connect Weekly Briefing…
  • Volkswagen, Ford Lead in U.S. Auto Quality Survey
  • Ford Statement on U.S. Driver Distraction Legislation
  • Ford is First Automaker in North America to use State-of-the-Art Tool in Wind Tunnel 8
  • Ford Trials Complimentary Live Operator Assistance for SYNC Services; Free Business Search and Address Entry Support
  • Sustainability Seals the Deal: Ford Recycles Tires and Soybean Oil in the Engine Compartment
  • Video: (YouTube) Front & Center With Ford's Tony Brown
  • Outside Voices: (USA Today) Hatchbacks are Making a Comeback

 

Announcements
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BCBSM Increases Premiums for Medigap Legacy C Holders by 9 Percent and Will No Longer Offer the Product to Ford Salaried Retirees Reaching Age 65
Under the terms of the settlement reached between the Michigan Attorney General and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan, holders of Medigap Legacy coverage including a significant number of Ford Salaried retirees were grandfathered but are now being notified that their premiums will increase by 9 percent effective August 1. It was the first increase in 19 months.

At the same time, the Blues confirmed to Peer Support that retirees reaching age 65, who will receive an HRA from Ford or other companies, would no longer be eligible for the lower-priced Legacy "C" coverage. The formal settlement took no position regarding the Blues' contention that the HRA is a subsidy, which should therefore preclude recipients from eligibility for the low-priced Medigap Legacy "C." The petitioners, who brought the action to the Attorney General advise that they plan to challenge the HRA subsidy matter further with the State Insurance Commissioner. Blue Cross Blue Shield also is expected to again file a rate proposal seeking higher Medigap rates including income means testing in the future perhaps as early as in 2012.

Information on this subject and other health care insurance issues can be found on the Peer Support website (http://www.ford-umbrella-group.org). Retirees with individual inquiries can e-mail peer-support@ford-umbrella-group.org.


The Best Place to be Sales Event
The Best Place to be Sales Event
Now is a great time to get behind the wheel of the best-selling brand in America.1

Best-selling because you don't have to sacrifice or compromise. You can get a quality-built Ford car, truck, SUV or CUV and save. Check out Ford Taurus, the most innovative full-size sedan in America.2 Take a look at the available SYNC® with MyFord Touch,3 which puts 10,000 commands at your fingertips, available in the new 2012 Ford Focus. And, of course, don't forget F-Series pickups, simply the best-selling trucks for 34 years running.

See your local Ford Dealer now to take advantage of the Best Place To Be Sales Event. Click here for more information on this event.

Disclaimer:
1Based on CYTD sales.
2Based on the total number of first-in-class/class-exclusive features. Class is Full- Size Non-Luxury Sedans.
3Driving while distracted can result in loss of vehicle control. To avoid driver distraction, only use mobile phones/MyFord Touch/other devices, even with voice commands, when it is safe to do so. Some features may be locked out while the vehicle is in gear.

 

Top Stories
Ford Oval
Volkswagen, Ford Lead in U.S. Auto Quality Survey
Below is the Reuters story on Strategic Vision's quality survey that was released on Tuesday, July 12, 2011.

(Reuters) Less than a month after Ford was pummeled in one quality survey, a second survey has ranked it the No. 2 highest-quality U.S. automaker.

The second survey, released by Strategic Vision Inc on Tuesday, said that customers' overall feeling about their vehicles is more important than particular problems.

Ford owners reported more problems with their vehicles than the industry average, but rated the overall quality of the vehicles highly, according to the survey. They were particularly happy with the Ford Mustang coupe and convertible, the Flex, and the F-150 and 250/350 pickup trucks.

To read the full article, click here.

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Ford Oval
Ford Statement on U.S. Driver Distraction Legislation
The following is a statement from Pete Lawson, Ford vice president, Government Affairs, supporting distracted driving legislation recently introduced by Congresswoman Carolyn McCarthy of New York:

"Ford endorses Rep. McCarthy's legislation because it represents a practical, commonsense approach to a national problem.

Distracted driving is an important issue, and that's why Ford became the first automaker to support proposed legislation banning hand-held texting while driving in 2009 and why we are proud to support Rep. McCarthy's legislation that will ban using hand-held devices while driving."

To read the full article, click here.

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WindTunnel8
Ford is First Automaker in North America to use State-of-the-Art Tool in Wind Tunnel 8
Ford is the first automaker in North America to use a state-of-the-art tool called an exterior microphone array system for aeroacoustic vehicle wind testing.

The tool – an apparatus equipped with a camera and dozens of highly sensitive microphones – will be used in Ford's Wind Tunnel 8, which recently marked its 10th anniversary.

The system will enable engineers to measure exterior noise sources on a vehicle much earlier in the production process when the car or truck is still in the clay model phase. Ford engineers typically utilize Aachen Heads – mannequins with microphones in the ears that record and measure the sounds of the vehicle at various speeds – in vehicle testing but Aachen Heads cannot be put inside vehicles that are made of clay.

To read the full article, click here.

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Ford News
SYNC Services
Ford Trials Complimentary Live Operator Assistance for SYNC Services; Free Business Search and Address Entry Support
Getting directions or finding a business using SYNC® Services has become even easier thanks to a new feature called Operator Assist that allows users to instantly connect with a live person.

Operator Assist is only a voice command away, making it part of the growing list of cloud-based driver aids offered by Ford Motor Company. The new feature provides customers with the ability to safely connect with a live person who can quickly access information databases to help drivers get where they're going.

Operator Assist is currently in a beta test trial phase and being offered as a complimentary feature for registered users of SYNC Services. No additional software or hardware is needed.

To read the full article, click here.

Ford Recycles Tires
Sustainability Seals the Deal: Ford Recycles Tires and Soybean Oil in the Engine Compartment
Ford and Recycled Polymeric Materials (RPM) have found a way to put discarded tires to good use. By combining recycled tires with bio-renewable content, they are delivering environmentally friendly seals and gaskets for Ford Motor Company vehicles.

The gaskets and seals are derived from 25 percent post-consumer, recycled tire particulate and 17 percent bio-renewable content from soy.

In total, more than 2.2 million pounds of rubber from recycled tires has been made into RPM seals and gaskets and more than 210,000 used tires have been recycled. Additionally, 150,000 pounds of soy has been used to create the materials.

To read the full article, click here.

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Ford Says Goal
Ford Says Gooooooal this Sunday
Ford is partnering with Hispanic TV network Galavisión to broadcast live and in Spanish the championship game between USA and Japan for the 2011 FIFA Women's World Cup.

As exclusive automotive sponsor, Ford is bringing the excitement of the game to millions of Hispanics this Sunday at 2:30 p.m. EST.

To read the full article, click here.

Action Sports Program
Ford Goes Extreme with Launch of Octane Academy – Builds on Most Comprehensive Action Sports Program
Ford is taking action sports to the extreme with the launch of Octane Academy, a new consumer-focused program aimed at a younger, more diverse generation of action sports and race enthusiasts.

The Ford Octane Academy will unite ultimate fans with their favorite Ford action sports driver – Ken Block, Brian Deegan, Tanner Foust and Vaughn Gittin, Jr. – for the unique opportunity to get behind the wheel and experience the extreme excitement of performance driving.

To read the full article, click here.

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Global Notes
Charging Facility Opened
Green Charging Facility Opened By U.K. Transport Minister
U.K. Transport Minister, Norman Baker MP, has opened a new solar-assisted electric vehicle charging facility at the Centre of Engineering and Manufacturing Excellence in Dagenham.

To read the full article, click here.

Trailer Sway Control
Ford Adds Towing Safety Technology to More Vehicles
Ford has expanded its innovative Trailer Sway Control technology – which was first introduced on the Kuga – to Focus, C-MAX and Grand C-MAX models. The company also said it will offer the technology on its upcoming redesigned Ranger due out later in 2011 and on the next-generation Kuga, scheduled for a 2012 launch.

To read the full article, click here.

Ford Oval
Blind and Visually Impaired Prove Good Drivers at Ford's Test Track
A group of 30 blind and visually impaired people gathered at Ford's test track last week to experience something many of them may have thought was beyond their reach – driving a car.

To read the full article, click here.

Ford Focus
Ford of Europe Increases Sales and Market Share in June
Strong demand for the all-new Focus, C-MAX and the Transit helped Ford increase sales by 6.6 percent in June to 151,700 units across the 51 European region markets.

To read the full article, click here.

 

Video Corner
Tony Brown
Front & Center With Ford's Tony Brown
(YouTube) As Ford's purchasing chief, Tony Brown oversees a U.S. $65 billion annual procurement budget. In this June interview, he explains his strategy for battling rising commodity prices and discusses a network of preferred suppliers among other topics. Click here to view video.

Vehicle-to-Vehicle Technology
Ford Shows Off Vehicle-to-Vehicle Technology in Chicago
(WGN-TV) Ford's vehicle-to-vehicle technology is shown off in Chicago. Ford has partnered with the DOT. Click here to view video.

 

Outside Voices
Hatchbacks are Making a Comeback
(USA Today) The hatchback — a car with a top-hinged rear door, or hatch, instead of a separate trunk — has for years been held in such low esteem by buyers that automakers invented euphemisms to describe them, if they offered them at all. Now, they're making a comeback, driven by a push to roomy, fuel-efficient alternatives to crossovers or bigger cars. To read the full article, click here.

Chrysler Recalls 242,000 Ram Trucks
(AP) Chrysler is recalling nearly 250,000 Ram pickups because a bad part in the steering system can cause drivers to lose control of the truck. To read the full article, click here.

Gas Fume Catchers at Pump Could Go Away
(USA Today)You know those bulky black rubber doohickeys in some states that keep gasoline fumes from wafting out when you fill up your car at a service station, but also make it harder to gas up? They might go away starting in 2013. To read the full article, click here.

Auto Dealers Add Shine to Showrooms to Create Buyer 'Experience'
(Detroit News)Domestic auto dealers who survived the recession's dealership purge are spending big to spiff up showrooms with added perks such as in-house cafés and quick-lube service centers. To read the full article, click here.

Economists Finally Admit: We're Clueless About Jobs, Too
(CNBC) If you're confused over high unemployment, you're not alone. The people who are best supposed to understand this issue don't have much of a clue either. To read the full article, click here.

Surprise! The Big Bad Bailout is Paying Off
(CNN Money)The bailout of the financial system is roughly as popular as Wall Street bonuses, the federal budget deficit, or LeBron James in a Cleveland sports bar. You hear over and over that the bailout was a disaster, it cost taxpayers a fortune, we didn't really need it, it didn't work, it was a failure. It has become politically toxic, which inhibits reasoned public discussion about it. To read the full article, click here.

Young Car Buyers Going Foreign
(Detroit News) In a troubling sign for Detroit, import brands appear to be winning over the new generation of American car buyers, people between the ages of 18 and 27. To read the full article, click here.

Toyota Sees Prius Beating 2010 U.S. Sales as Supply Grows: Cars
(Bloomberg) Toyota, with as little as one day's worth of Prius cars on dealers' lots after the March earthquake, says sales of the hybrid will still beat 2010. To read the full article, click here.

 

FERA
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Ford Employees Recreation Association (FERA)

Location:
Lower Mezzanine of Ford World Headquarters Tuesday, Thursday and Friday
Ford Conference Event Center Wednesday (on Village Road across from The Henry Ford)

Desk hours:
10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Club Information:
Find a club that's right for you we have 45 Clubs!
If you don't find what you are looking for we can help you organize one!

Fun and Travel FERA Discounts:
Cedar Point Tickets - $38
Kings Island Tickets - $30
Golf Michigan Play Books - $10
2011 Entertainment Books - $25
Travel Cruises and Resorts

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

 

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

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

 

Special Offers
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 retirees 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.

Renewal by Andersen
Renewal by Andersen
Window Replacement

Renewal by Andersen provides 10 percent 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.

You can find these offers and many, many more by 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, Sept. 13, at the Ford Regional Office (13010 Morris Rd. Corporate Center One Ste. 500) from 10 a.m. - 1 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.

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

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

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

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

Chicago Stamping Plant Retiree Reunion (Lexington, Tenn.)
The Chicago Stamping Reunion is held annually the weekend before Labor Day (Aug. 26-28) at the Pin Oak Lodge inside Natchez Trace State Park (24845 Natchez Trace Rd.). For more information, contact Marvin Huffstutler at 618-841-4764 or Ace Dempsay at 931-520-0427 or e-mail at ADEMPSAY@frontiernet.net.

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.

Cincinnati Transmission Plants Salaried Retirees Club
Fourth Wednesday of Every Month (Cincinnati, Ohio)

The Ford Batavia and Sharonville Transmission Plants Salaried Retirees and guests meet each month on the fourth Wednesday at noon for lunch at various locations. Although the group consists mostly of salaried retirees, all are welcome. The group has two picnics per year in May and September. For more information, monthly notices and reminders, please contact Richard Holthaus at HOLTHAUSRA@earthlink.net or call 513-825-0494.

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Dearborn Engine and Fuel Tank Retirees luncheon will be held at Fire Mountain Restaurant (34615 Warren Rd.) at 11 a.m. For more information, contact Hazel Parker-Fuller at HJFULLER@ameritech.net or call 313-310-3537.

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 Luncheon
Twice a Year (May, Oct.) (Westland, Mich.)

The group meets twice a year for a luncheon get-together. Guests are welcome. For more information, contact Pat Heavener at PHEAVENER@mi.rr.com.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Ford Pensionaerverein Saarlouis e.V.
Every Thursday of Every Week (Saarlouis, Germany)

The Ford Pensionaerverein Saarlouis e.V. club meets every Thursday of every week at the Lachwaldschenke, Saarwellingen at 14 clock for walking, depending on the weather. In addition, we take day trips and multi-day trips. If you would like further information about this club, please contact Manfred Hager at MHAGER1@web.de.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Kansas City Ford Salaried Retiree Club
Fourth Wednesday of the Month (Mar, May and Sep) (Kansas City, Mo.)
The next Kansas City Ford Salaried Retiree Club luncheon will be at Finnigan's Hall (503 East 18th Avenue) on Sept. 28. If you are a salaried retired Ford employee and have an interest in joining old friends, fellow co-workers and colleagues, please contact us and RSVP. Spouses of deceased members are welcome. So please continue to come to the lunches. For additional information, please contact Frank Scott by e-mail at RUDY3207@hotmail.com. Our annual Christmas Party will not be held in December this year. We will have it on Oct. 29 on the Plaza at the Marriot Hotel. Details to follow soon.

Local 723 Retirees
Fourth Thursday of Every Month (Monroe, Mich.)

The Local 723 Retirees meet at the Local 723 Union Hall (281 Detroit Ave.) at 1:00 PM. Come and meet old friends, make new friends, and learn what is going on. A benefit Rep will be on hand if you have benefit questions. Spouses are welcome. From time to time there will be guest speakers. A catered meal for your pleasure will be provided at a cost of $5.00 per person. Please call 734-241-6320 to RSVP on the Monday before the meeting. For additional information, please contact Robert S. Cebina (president) by e-mail at RCEBINA@comcast.net or call 734-241-6320.

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

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

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

The Manatee-Sarasota County Ford Retirees next meeting will be at 10 a.m. on April 12 at Sarasota Ford (707 South Washington Blvd.) This will be the last meeting until Fall comes around. For more information, contact Den Ras at DRAS22@msn.com or Tony Ridley at RIDLEYS@comcast.net.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

This group meets twice a year. The next meeting will be held at Gracie See Pizzeria ∓ Sports Lounge (6889 Greenfield) at 6 p.m. on April 6. For more information, contact Judy Hernandez at JUDY42KAY@yahoo.com.

St. Louis Assembly Plant Salaried Retiree Club
Fourth Monday of Every Even Numbered Month (Old Florrisant, Mo.)

This group meets every fourth Monday of even numbered months (Feb, Apr, June, etc.). The picnic meeting in June includes picnic style food and games, while the December meeting will have a special lunch, live entertainment and Christmas center pieces to be given away. Meetings are held at the VFW Hall (410 Saint Francois St.) at 11 a.m. For more information, contact Doug Kalusniak at DOUGLYNN1@gmail.com.

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

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

UAW Local 1219 Retirees
First Tuesday of Every Month (Except Jan, Feb, July & Aug.) (Lima, OH.)

The group meets at 12 p.m. for lunch at our UAW Local 1219 Park (1750 Bible Road). Our Retirees bring in a covered dish/desert. Drinks and a meat are furnished. Meetings start at 1 p.m. and are very informative and all UAW Local 1219 Retirees are encouraged to attend. For additional information, contact Leonard Staley at 1219NEWS@gmail.com.

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Calendar Ahead
Mustang Owners Club of Southeastern Michigan
August 7:
Mustang Owners Club of Southeastern Michigan's 23rd Annual Mustang Memories All Ford Car Show & Swap (Dearborn, Mich.)

Mustang Owners Club of Southeastern Michigan proudly presents the 23rd Annual Mustang Memories All Ford Car Show & Swap at Ford World Headquarters (One American Road) from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. This event will feature the Mustang Dream Giveaway and Boss Mustang Reunion. Admission is $5 (children under 16 are free) and spectator parking is free. For more information, go to www.mocsem.org.


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