July 1, 2011

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In this Blue Oval Connect Weekly Briefing…
  • Bill Ford Delivers Keynote Speech at Research and Advanced Engineering Recognition Event
  • Why the World Faces a Massive Traffic Jam
  • Make Holiday Driving a Breeze with Safety Tips from Ford
  • Chicago Stamping Plant Celebrates Longest-Tenured Ford UAW Employee at 60th Anniversary Celebration
  • All-New 2012 Ford Focus Launch Campaign to Be Integrated Across Multiple Univision Communications Platforms
  • How to Make Your Mustang Patriotic for July 4th
  • Video: (Leftlane News) Ford Details Future of Sync, Talks MyFord Touch with Leftlane
  • Outside Voices: (Auto Guide) Ford CEO Alan Mulally Named "2011 Chief Executive of the Year"

 

Announcements
Umbrella Group Logo
State of Michigan and Blue Cross/Blue Shield Reach Settlement on Rate and Legal Issues for Ford Salaried Retirees with Legacy Medigap Coverage
Under the agreement reached between the Attorney General and the Blues, Ford Medicare-age Salaried Retirees and others holding Medigap Legacy C policies will be grandfathered with the present terms but with a 9 percent increase in premium, effective Aug. 1, 2011. There had been no increase in rates for 19-months.

The Blues withdrew their request for significantly larger increases for this group and also withdrew their rate proposal to institute "means testing" tiers on all their Medigap products. The important question as to whether the Blues contention that HRAs should be treated as a subsidy was not directly addressed. Peer Support believes that new applicants for the Legacy policy, who answer the questionnaire by saying they receive an HRA stipend may be denied or only offered the higher rate. We are seeking clarification from BCBSM.

Peer Support volunteers are avalable to respond to email inquries on this subject and other Medicare healthcare insurance at peer-support@ford-umbrella-group.org. Further information can be found at our website (http://www.ford-umbrella-group.org).

 

Top Stories
Bill Ford
Bill Ford Delivers Keynote Speech at Research and Advanced Engineering Recognition Event
Ford Executive Chairman Bill Ford, Jr., delivered the keynote speech at the 2011 Ford Research and Advanced Engineering Recognition event held Monday at the Ford Research and Innovation Center in Dearborn. The 19th annual event recognized Research and Advanced Engineering employees for their technical and innovative achievements.

Ford spoke about the future of transportation, specifically the issue of global gridlock and the fact that the number of vehicles on the road is expected to increase from 800 million today to between 2 and 4 billion by 2050.

To read the full article, click here.

Bill Ford
Why the World Faces a Massive Traffic Jam
Sustainability is the biggest issue facing global business in the 21st century. While breakthroughs like improved battery technology will likely provide a solution to the CO2 challenge, another issue – global gridlock – is quietly taking its place.

Global gridlock can be defined by numbers. The world's population is growing and is becoming more affluent. There are approximately 6.8 billion people in the world today. Within our lifetime, that number will approach 9 billion. Today, there are about 800 million vehicles on the road worldwide, but by midcentury that number could grow to between 2 and 4 billion.

To read the complete op-ed on CNN., click here.

Safety Tips
Make Holiday Driving a Breeze with Safety Tips from Ford
Screaming kids, congestion, road work, scorching weather: While we all like to get away for the summer, issues such as these can make a lot of stress for people who are driving long distances, especially during the busy Fourth of July weekend.

But Ford has some helpful safety tips for travelers heading out on the roads for the holiday season, to ensure that the trip is memorable for all the right reasons – even if the kids keep asking "Are we there yet?" from the minute you take off.

To read the full article, click here.

 

Ford News
Harold Michalak
Chicago Stamping Plant Celebrates Longest-Tenured Ford UAW Employee at 60th Anniversary Celebration
Last week marked a milestone for both Ford and Chicago Stamping Plant (CSP). On Tuesday, June 21 the plant held a surprise celebration for their veteran electrician, Harold Michalak who is celebrating his 60th year of working for the company. Hourly co-workers, plant management and Ford/UAW retirees gathered in the Training Center of CSP in honor of Michalak – sharing stories and achievement awards over cake and coffee.

To read the full article, click here.

Univisions Personalities
All-New 2012 Ford Focus Launch Campaign to Be Integrated Across Multiple Univision Communications Platforms
Univision Communications, the premier media company serving Hispanic America and Ford have teamed up to create a one-of-a-kind national consumer promotion for the launch of the all-new 2012 Ford Focus. As part of the "Te Da Más" (It Gives You More) campaign, Ford will enlist various Univision on-air personalities to encourage viewers to participate in an online sweepstakes. Three contestants will be chosen – one in each category of sports, entertainment and empowerment. Each contestant will then experience an astonishing "day in the life" adventure, joining personalities reporting from Univision's Sports, Entertainment and News divisions, while capturing their experiences on video. These videos will be submitted to Ford, giving each of the three contestants a chance to win the grand prize, an all-new 2012 Ford Focus.

To read the full article, click here.

2011 Mustang Features
How to Make Your Mustang Patriotic for July 4th
The Ford ambient lighting system, MyColor, is already a favorite among customers because it's a quick and easy way to personalize the interior to match their mood on any given day. Feeling playful? There’s a color for that. Need something soothing? Choose a MyColor hue for that. Are you all over the map today? Create a custom color by mixing the palette. There's even a way to customize your Mustang gauges for the Fourth of July, as a nod to the tri-color pony emblem or just because you like the look, thanks to the specific "red, white and blue" setting, giving each of the three gauges those colors.

MyColor works like this: When the headlamps are off, the instrument-cluster gauges are backlit in white. When they are on, you can select one of the preset colors for the nighttime gauge backlighting to create up to three custom colors using the MyColor feature. For ambient color, you can select one of the preset colors for ambient lighting or create up to three custom colors; ditto halo color. The headlamps or parking lamps will need to be on to set up the colors.

To read the full article, click here.

Children
Southeast Michigan Children Will Enjoy a Hunger Free Summer in 2011
Forgotten Harvest and Gleaners Community Food Bank of Southeastern Michigan (Gleaners) are partnering with Ford Fund, Charter One Foundation, and other corporate and community donors to provide 2 million meals to hungry southeast Michigan children this summer through their Hunger Free Summer campaign.

More than 300,000 children in southeast Michigan receive free or reduced-fee meals during the school year. In the summer months, they often go without. During the ten-week Hunger Free Summer campaign, (through Sept. 1) donations will be matched dollar-for-dollar up to U.S. $50,000 by Ford Fund and Community Services. Charter One, Enterprise Rent-A-Car, Hiller's and The Young Foundation also will provide funding. Additionally, Hiller's and Hollywood Market(s) shoppers can add a Hunger Free Summer donation to their bill at checkout registers.

To read the full article, click here.

 

Executive Corner
Joe Hinrichs

Joe Hinrichs
Ford Group Vice President and President, APA
Ford Motor Company
@Ford Online recently spoke with Joe Hinrichs, Ford group vice president and president, Asia Pacific and Africa, regarding the opportunities and challenges facing Ford Motor Company as well as the industry in the APA region. Below is an excerpt from that discussion.

Q: Why is Asia Pacific and Africa so important to Ford right now?
A: I think Asia Pacific and Africa are important to Ford right now for several reasons. First off, it's where most of the growth is occurring in the industry. And as a global player, we want to make sure that we have a balanced portfolio around the world.

The second reason it's so important is because we're competing now with companies from Japan and Korea and in the future we'll be competing with companies from China, India, etc., and we need to have a presence there and understand the cost base and the methodologies used to deliver the products as well as the customers that are there.

The third reason is simply that by 2020, some estimates are that half of the world's volume could be coming from this region of the world. So again, if you want scale, if you want to have the global presence necessary to be a large player like we are, it's very important.

The last thing I would say is with the One Ford strategy and global platforms, the growth that's occurring in APA is helping to fund products around the world. And conversely the ability of the other regions to help support our growth all works in concert together. So when we do a global platform vehicle, we all share in the costs and the growing role that APA is playing helps pay for more and more of the costs of developing a vehicle so that all the regions of the world can afford more new vehicles as well as more freshening to vehicles.

To read the full discussion, click here.

 

Global Notes
Innovation Awards
Focus Wins AutoWeek Innovation Awards
AutoWeek, the leading Dutch car publication, has presented its annual Innovation Awards. Ford was the main winner, receiving the overall award, a category award and two nominations.

To read the full article, click here.

Ford Executives
Ford Venezuela Launches the New F-250
Ford Venezuela successfully launched the new F-250 at a press and dealer event in Caracas. The venue was attended by approximately 250 people, where Ford executives presented the key features of the vehicle. The event drew significant positive coverage, including TV, newspapers, social media and specialized magazines. With the new F-250, Ford Venezuela returns to the full size pick-up segment of the market.

To read the full article, click here.

Hero Engine
Ford's 1.6-Liter EcoBoost 'Hero' Engine In Huge Demand
Since the introduction of the 1.6-liter EcoBoost engine in late 2010, Ford's Bridgend Engine Plant in the U.K. has been working flat out to meet customer demand.

To read the full article, click here.

Stephen Odell
"Globalization Of The Car Industry Is A Great Opportunity For Europe" – Stephen Odell
"The auto industry is one of the world's great growth industries," Ford of Europe chairman and CEO, Stephen Odell told delegates at yesterday's Automotive News Europe Congress in Cologne.

To read the full article, click here.

AB35 Fiesta
Ford New Zealand Reveals the Limited Edition AB35 Fiesta
Ford of New Zealand recently unveiled its much anticipated AB35 Fiesta, an All Blacks inspired limited edition Fiesta to celebrate Ford New Zealand's 17-year sponsorship of the All Blacks.

To read the full article, click here.

Ford Survery Highlights Parking Stress
Ford Survey Highlights Parking Stress
Call it "parkophobia," the nerve-jangling, sweat-inducing feeling that grips drivers as they try in vain to parallel park, often with impatient motorists behind and amused onlookers on the pavement.

To read the full article, click here.

 

Video Corner
Ford Oval
Ford Details Future of SYNC, Talks MyFord Touch with Leftlane
(Leftlane News) Given the recent news that Ford's perceived quality had taken a hit largely over its infotainment system, we relished the opportunity to take a more in-depth look at what the Dearborn automaker is up to. Click here to view video.

 

Outside Voices
Ford President and CEO Alan Mulally Named "2011 Chief Executive of the Year"
(Auto Guide) Nominated by magazine readers, the top 10 picks were then chose and the title decided by a committee of peers. With the award Mulally joins the ranks of past winners like Bill Gates, Jack Welch, Michael Dell, A.G. Lafley, John Chambers, Anne Mulcahy, Larry Bossidy, Andy Grove and Herb Kelleher. To read the full article, click here.

How Alan Mulally Saved Ford
(International Business Times) Approaching the Fourth of July, America's national celebration of freedom, I thought of what company best embodies that spirit this year. To read the full article, click here.

What Automaker Offers the Most Made-in-America Models?
(Autoguide) Topping the list it's a tie between Chevrolet and Ford, which each produce 12 models here. Second place does, however, belong to Toyota with nine. Third place is also a tie between Honda and GM truck-brand GMC each with eight. (And yes, we're also struggling to think of eight different GMC models). To read the full article, click here.

Fiesta, Focus Among Coolest
(Detroit Free Press) Kelley Blue Book editors included the Ford Fiesta and Focus among their "Top 19 Coolest New Cars Under U.S. $18,000." To read the full article, click here.

Ford, GM, Chrysler Asked to Study Fuel Economy Rules of 56.2 MPG
(Bloomberg) Automakers including Ford and Toyota that sell vehicles in the U.S. may have to boost car and light truck fuel economy to an average 56.2 miles per gallon by 2025 under a White House proposal presented last week. To read the full article, click here.

Four Top Vehicles Turn Greener
(The Street) High fuel prices could make some auto models obsolete, but automakers including Ford and GM aren't allowing that to happen. To read the full article, click here.

Toyota Recalls Highlander, Lexus RX to Fix Faulty Hybrid Drive
(USA Today) Nothing is more important to Toyota these days than its hybrid system – which has made it the industry leader in this critical technology – so this recall has to hurt: Toyota is recalling 45,500 Highlander hybrid and 36,700 Lexus RX 400h vehicles sold in the U.S. to fix a bad solder joint that can cause malfunctions in sacred hybrid drive systems. Both are crossover models from the 2006 and 2007 model years. To read the full article, click here.

 

FERA
FERA Logo
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 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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