June 11, 2010

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In this Blue Oval Connect Weekly Briefing…
  • Five Ford Vehicles Earn Top Safety Picks by IIHS; Ford Leads Industry with Most Top Crash Ratings
  • Ford Adds Google Maps 'Send to SYNC' Service to Beam Driving Directions into Car; No Extra Cost
  • Ford Expands Alternative-Fuel Conversion Capability to F-450, F-550 Super Duty
  • Help Dad Keep His Favorite Ride on the Road this Father's Day with Ford Licensed Restoration Parts
  • Mascarenas Named SAE International Fellow
  • Ford Blue Oval Scholars – Inspiring the Next Generation of Innovators
  • Video: (WJBK-TV)) 2011 Ford Edge to Match or Beat Fuel Economy of Others in Class
  • Outside Voices: (Detroit Free Press) More Executive Positions Shuffled Around at GM

 

Top Stories
Lincoln MKZ
Five Ford Vehicles Earn Top Safety Picks by IIHS; Ford Leads Industry with Most Top Crash Ratings
Five more 2010 Ford Motor Company vehicles – Ford Flex, Ford Fusion, Lincoln MKZ, Lincoln MKT and Mercury Milan – have earned Top Safety Picks from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). The rating also applies to the Fusion Hybrid and Milan Hybrid.

Ford has 11 IIHS Top Safety Pick ratings for 2010 model vehicles – the most of any automaker – as well as the leading number of five-star safety ratings from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).

To read the full article, click here.

Google Maps
Ford Adds Google Maps 'Send to SYNC' Service to Beam Driving Directions into Car; No Extra Cost
Drivers who enjoy the convenience of Ford SYNC® with Traffic, Directions & Information (TDI) soon will be able to select a destination on Google Maps and send it to their Ford, Lincoln or Mercury vehicles.

'Send to SYNC' is a new capability added to the Ford Service Delivery Network, the company's cloud-based architecture, which provides a suite of voice-activated services accessible through a customer's mobile phone.

To read the full article, click here.

2011 Ford F-Series F-550
Ford Expands Alternative-Fuel Conversion Capability to F-450, F-550 Super Duty
Ford told some 500 North American fleet customers that it will begin offering an alternative-fuels engine prep package for its 6.8-liter F-450 and F-550 Super Duty chassis cab.

At the annual Ford Fleet Product and Business Conference in Dearborn, Ford presented details of the conversion option, which will become available this fall and enables the use of efficient, clean-burning compressed natural gas (CNG) or propane (LPG, or liquefied petroleum gas).

To read the full article, click here.

 

Ford News
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Help Dad Keep His Favorite Ride on the Road this Father's Day with Ford Licensed Restoration Parts
As Father's Day approaches, Ford is proud to support the millions of enthusiasts nationwide who keep antique and classic Ford-built vehicles on the road. And nowhere is that support more evident than through the official Ford licensed restoration parts program.

With a growing parts portfolio containing more than 9,000 part numbers, the program licenses parts for Ford-built vehicles from the Model T to those made as recently as the early 2000s. Every component is produced by one of the officially licensed suppliers, made to Ford Motor Company standards using original factory tooling. No longer do enthusiasts have to spend hours online looking for rare new old stock parts, nor do they have to wander through scrap yards looking for used parts for their classics. Chances are the part is available new and just a mouse click away.

To read the full article, click here.

Paul Mascarenas
Mascarenas Named SAE International Fellow
Paul Mascarenas, vice president of Engineering for Ford Global Product Development, has been named a 2009-2010 SAE International Fellow, the highest grade of membership bestowed by the global engineering organization.

The honor acknowledges outstanding engineering, scientific and leadership accomplishments by an individual that have resulted in meaningful advances in automotive, aerospace, and commercial vehicle technologies.

To read the full article, click here.

Ford Blue Oval Scholars
Ford Blue Oval Scholars – Inspiring the Next Generation of Innovators
Ford Motor Company knows that investing in education is investing in the future. Ford's continuing commitment to education is reflected in the latest "Blue Oval Scholar" celebration in Detroit. Scholarships totaling $100,000 were awarded to 145 high school seniors in Southeast Michigan.

The Ford Blue Oval Scholarship program drew applicants from schools with high drop-out rates. There are more than forty schools with dropout rates of forty percent or higher in Wayne, Oakland and Macomb counties. Ford also is sponsoring a grant program for a local high school that submits the winning proposal to create a mentoring program that pairs younger students with juniors and seniors. A Back to School Empowerment Seminar hosted by former NBA player Jalen Rose also will be presented at the winning school.

To read the full article, click here.

 

Executive Q&A
John Murphy

John Murphy
Senior Research Analyst
'Car Wars' Report

The new Bank of America Merrill Lynch 'Car Wars' report shows Ford increasing U.S. market share during the 2011-2014 model years to the 17-18-percent range. The annual study, which uses product replacement cycles and average showroom age to forecast market share for individual automakers, calculates Ford's average replacement rate over the four-year period at 30 percent, second only to Honda's 32 percent average. Senior Research Analyst and Car Wars author John Murphy discusses details of the report with @Ford Online.

Q: What is the purpose of the Car Wars report?
A: The goal of the report is to measure the relative competitiveness of the product cycles of the automakers in the U.S. over the next four model years (2011-2014). The ultimate goal is to come up with a measurement of replacement rates and average showroom age to help forecast market share shifts over the next four years.

To read the full Q&A, click here.

 

Global Notes
Ford Kuga
Saarlouis to Celebrate 40th Anniversary
This Sunday, June 13, Ford will celebrate 40 years of production at its plant in Saarlouis, Germany. Approximately 12 million vehicles have been manufactured at the plant to date.

With 6,500 employees and an additional 2,000 employees at the neighboring supplier park, Ford Saarlouis is today the German State of Saarland's biggest employer.

To read the full article, click here.

New Ford Econo
Ford Econo Check Helps to Reduce Fuel Bills and C02 Emisisons
Ford of Europe's Customer Service Division (FCSD) is launching Ford Econo Check – an innovative service that will help customers to reduce fuel bills by up to 25 percent.

Ford Econo Check offers both a vehicle inspection and an extended electronic analysis of driving style to generate a report for each driver and provide advice on how to improve fuel economy.

To read the full article, click here.

Sixth Millionth Ford Transit
Sixth Millionth Transit
The sixth millionth Ford Transit has been delivered to a German fleet customer.

Bernard Mattes, chairman, Ford of Germany, handed the keys to the milestone vehicle to Markus Lietsmann, fleet manager of Mobil Sport & Offentlichkeitswerbung GmbH, at the Niehl plant on June 7.

To read the full article, click here.

Engine Plant
Ford India Hosts Inaugural "Bloggers Only" Facility Visit
Recognizing the increasing popularity and influence of auto-focused blogs, Ford India recently reached out to some of the country's top motoring bloggers through a new social media engagement program.

As part of this, 10 widely followed auto industry bloggers were invited to attend Ford India's first ever "bloggers only" facility visit at the Maraimalai Nagar plant near Chennai.

To read the full article, click here.

Ribbon Cutting
Ford India Expands Servicing Footprint in Busy Southern Chennai
Ford India, in collaboration with dealership partner, MPL Ford, extended its customer service footprint with the opening of the new MPL Brand@Retail service workshop in southern Chennai on June 4.

Strategically located near the city's busy IT corridor, the new centre was officially opened by Brian Colianni, executive director, Customer Service Operation, Ford Asia Pacific and Africa (APA), Ford India, and Metelo Arias, general manager, Customer Service Operations, Ford India.

To read the full article, click here.

 

Video Corner
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2011 Ford Edge to Match or Beat Fuel Economy of Others in Class
(WJBK-TV) Ford officials say the 2011 Ford Edge will match or beat fuel economy of any V6 in its class. It will get 18 mpg in the city and 27 mpg on the highway. Click here to view video.

 

Outside Voices
More Executive Positions Shuffled Around at GM
(Detroit Free Press) The massive General Motors product development organization, which had largely avoided the executive shake-ups that have touched other areas of the company under CEO Ed Whitacre , saw extensive shuffling last week. To read the full article, click here.

Fiat to Begin Output of All-New Model in Serbia Next Year
(WardsAuto.com) Fiat Automobili Srbija d.o.o., the joint venture of Fiat Automobiles SpA and the Serbian state, will launch production of a completely new model at its plant in Kragujevac next year. To read the full article, click here.

Hyundai-Kia to Begin Low-Volume Production of Fuel-Cell Vehicles Within Two Years
(egmCarTech) Top Korean auto manufacturer Hyundai-Kia will begin low-volume production of at least one fuel cell vehicle within the next two years. Though it is still not known whether the vehicle will be a Hyundai or a Kia, it will definitely be a hydrogen-powered version of an existing model. To read the full article, click here.

Chrysler Recalls Nearly 700,000 Jeeps, Minivans
(Detroit News) Chrysler is recalling almost 600,000 minivans and Jeep Wranglers in the United States and another 100,000 elsewhere because of brake or wiring problems that could create safety issues, the company and federal regulators said Monday. To read the full article, click here.

New Ford Explorer to Make Debut on Facebook
(USA Today) As Ford Motor attempts to make itself more relevant to the masses, it's taking a unique marketing approach for the all-new Ford Explorer: launching it on Facebook instead of at an auto show. To read the full article, click here.

Gas Prices Fall for Fourth Week -- In Time for Summer
(USA Today) The average price of a regular gallon of gasoline has dropped for the fourth week in a row despite the official start of the summer driving season, government figures released today show. To read the full article, click here.

GM Reveals Management Stock Awards
(Detroit Free Press) In filings with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission today, General Motors gave insight into what kind of stock awards its senior management has been given for post-bankruptcy work. To read the full article, click here.

Edmunds.com Unveils Winners of 2010 "Lowest True Cost to Own" Awards
(Edmunds' Inside Line) The 2010 Ford Shelby GT500, the 2010 Audi TT and the 2010 Nissan Cube are among the winners of the Edmunds.com 2010 Annual Lowest True Cost to Own Vehicle Awards announced on Monday. To read the full article, click here.

Fiesta Sure to Lure B-Car Buyers
(WardsAuto.com) For the B-car segment to grow, reeling in American consumers is a must, and the '11 Ford Fiesta is the perfect bait. To read the full article, click here.

Toyota Stunned by Strong Response to Prius Hybrid
(Business Standard Motoring) The Toyota Prius hybrid, the world's largest selling one, has caught the imagination of environment-friendly and deep- pocketed Indians in just three months of its debut on Indian roads. To read the full article, click here.

Study: A 50 Percent Increase in Fuel-Efficiency May Add $9,000 to Cost of New Vehicle
(egmCarTech) A long-delayed report based on a National Academies of Science report which was supposed to be released in 2008, finds various options for increasing fuel-efficiency by up to as much as 50%, but may add up to $9,000 to the cost of a new vehicle. To read the full article, click here.

Battery-Only Cars Face Avalanche of Negatives
(Detroit News) I didn't think I could come up with another reason why battery-electric cars make no sense for the foreseeable future, but try this. To read the full article, click here.

Ford Galaxy and S-MAX Get UK Awards
(autoevolution) Ford’s Multi Purpose Vehicle (MPV) range has received two awards in the UK, with the Galaxy claiming the BusinessCar overall MPV award for the fourth year running, and the S-MAX being awarded the Mini-MPV award. To read the full article, click here.

Chrysler Vows to Retain -- and Improve -- its Hemi Engine
(USA Today) That thing got a Hemi? Yup. And the red-blooded American V-8 is going to stick around and be improved to make it more fuel efficient, says Chrysler Group's manufacturing chief. To read the full article, click here.

Honda to Resume Production at China Car Factories Tomorrow
(Bloomberg) Honda Motor Co., Japan’s second- largest automaker, plans to restart two shuttered car factories in China tomorrow after a strike at a supplier ended. To read the full article, click here.

Nissan Adds Pedestrian Warning Sound System to Leaf, Previews 'Test' Models
(Edmunds) Nissan Motor Co. is providing the first test drives in what it is calling "production test" units of its Leaf EV to a lucky 500 shareholders, government officials, analysts media types and early customers in Japan over the next nine days. To read the full article, click here.

Chevrolet's Good Reasons for Ditching 'Chevy'
(Detroit Free Press) Chevy nickname was hatched by members of its global marketing team who face a serious and potentially expensive problem. 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.

 

Special Information
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Ford Motor Company American Red Cross Online Donation Site
Please join in the Ford Motor Company Giving Campaign to support the American Red Cross and their efforts to help those in crisis following the earthquake in Haiti. Ford will be matching employee and retiree donations up to a total of $50,000.

Click here to donate.


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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.

DELL
Dell
Home and Home Office

Customize any system and get an additional 7 percent discount on top of generally advertised Dell Home and Office promotions.

Click here for more information.

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, UK)

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 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
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. 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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