June 18, 2010

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In this Blue Oval Connect Weekly Briefing…
  • Ford Brand Now Has the Highest Initial Quality Among All Non-Luxury Brands in the Industry
  • Blue Oval on a Green Streak: Ford Details Progress on Eco-Initiatives in Latest Sustainability Report
  • 2011 Lincoln MKZ Hybrid is the Most Fuel-Efficient Luxury Sedan in America
  • Verizon to Cut CO2 Emissions by Converting 501 New Ford E-Series Vans to Run on Natural Gas
  • Ford Receives Two Telematics Awards
  • Video: (CNBC) Ford's Comeback Story
  • Outside Voices: (iStockAnalyst) Ford Motor Company Dominating the Competition

 

Announcements
@Ford Magazine - June Edition
@Ford North America Now Available
The June 2010 edition is now available, with stories covering Ford's announcement to end production of Mercury vehicles in the fourth quarter of this year, plans to accelerate the Lincoln brand by introducing seven new, significantly upgraded Lincoln vehicles in the next four years, including our first-ever C-segment vehicle, the introduction of Eco-Route to MyFord Touch technology, and more.

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Top Stories
Ford Oval
Ford Brand Now Has the Highest Initial Quality Among All Non-Luxury Brands in the Industry
For the first time, the Ford brand has the highest initial quality among all non-luxury brands in J.D. Power and Associates’ 2010 Initial Quality Study (IQS).

The Ford brand moved to fifth place among all brands from eighth last year. This is the highest rank position Ford has achieved in the IQS since ranking 23rd in 2004.

Both the Ford and Lincoln brands demonstrated significant improvements, with the Ford brand moving to the best in the industry among all non-luxury brands. Lincoln, which was 26th on the list last year, now sits at eighth.

To read the full article, click here.

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Latest Sustainability Report
Blue Oval on a Green Streak: Ford Details Progress on Eco-Initiatives in Latest Sustainability Report
Did you know Ford Motor Company cut its global water use by more than 16 percent in 2009 and became the first automaker to join a global program to help establish a water disclosure protocol for companies around the world?

Did you know Ford reduced carbon dioxide emissions of its 2009 model year vehicles for North America by 12 percent compared to a 2006 baseline, and is on track to meet its goal of a 30 percent CO2 reduction by 2020?

Did you know Ford delivered on its 2006 pledge to double the number of flexible-fuel vehicles produced in the United States by the end of 2010?

To read the full article, click here.

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Lincoln MKZ
2011 Lincoln MKZ Hybrid is the Most Fuel-Efficient Luxury Sedan in America
Lincoln's first-ever hybrid – the 2011 Lincoln MKZ Hybrid – is now officially the most fuel-efficient luxury sedan in America with an EPA-certified 41 mpg rating in city driving and 36 mpg on the highway.

The 2011 Lincoln MKZ Hybrid's final fuel economy certification was completed this week, and the vehicle will carry an EPA label of 41 mpg for city driving and 36 mpg on the highway when it goes on sale this fall. It tops its nearest competitor – the 2010 Lexus HS 250h – by 6 mpg. It also trumps the Lexus HS 250h with room for one more passenger and more standard luxury and segment-exclusive safety features.

To read the full article, click here.

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Ford News
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Verizon to Cut CO2 Emissions by Converting 501 New Ford E-Series Vans to Run on Natural Gas
Verizon, a global leader in delivering broadband and other wireless and wireline communications services, expects to save 1.62 metric tons of CO2 each year by adding 501 Ford E-250 cargo vans upfitted with clean-burning compressed natural gas (CNG) engine packages versus conventional gas models.

Verizon's purchase and upfitting of the 2010 Ford E-250 vans is part of the company's comprehensive sustainability effort designed to conserve energy, reduce greenhouse gas emissions and contribute to improved air quality in the communities it serves, according to Ken McKenney, Sustainable Fleet-Technical Engineering Lead for Verizon.

To read the full article, click here.

Ford Work Solutions
Ford Receives Two Telematics Awards
Ford Motor Company was honored with two awards at the tenth annual Telematics Detroit Conference last week recognizing the efforts Ford has committed to becoming an industry leader in technology. Ford received awards for Telematics Leadership and Best Service and Applications for commercial vehicles.

The Telematics Detroit Conference offers companies the opportunity to showcase their latest telematics projects to the world. The award winners are pioneers in their categories who continue to push the telematics industry to new heights with worldwide exposure.

To read the full article, click here.

Parking Lot Filled with eWaste
Ford Volunteers Pave the Way for a Greener Tomorrow
Waste reduction helps conserve resources for future generations and contributes to a cleaner environment. Last week, Ford and TEKsystems volunteers collected e-Waste for safe disposal and recycling. In keeping their zero landfill policy, TEKsystems eradicates data on hard drives in all computer equipment that is collected in compliance with Department of Defense standards.

A number of employees dropped off their personal e-waste without even having to leave their car. Volunteers unloaded a hefty amount of PCs, laptops, external drives, monitors, keyboards, mice, phones, printers, printer cartridges, cables, VCRs, faxes, stereo components, cell phones, DVD players, TVs and even a foot massager.

To read the full article, click here.

 

Executive Q&A
John Viera

John Viera
Ford Director of Sustainability & Environmental Policy
Ford Motor Company

Ford released its 11th annual Sustainability Report for 2009/2010 on June 15. Titled "Blueprint for Sustainability: The Future at Work," the report details the company's progress on improving fuel economy, reducing greenhouse gas emissions and operational sustainability. Ford Director of Sustainability & Environmental Policy John Viera discusses the report with @Ford Online.

Q: What is new about Ford's sustainability efforts since the last report?
A: Earlier this year, Ford became the first automaker to join the Water Disclosure Project. The program is sponsored by the Carbon Disclosure Project, commonly known as CDP. We have been reporting to the CDP on our successful efforts to reduce the company's carbon footprint since 2003. Now, Ford will be doing the same with water.

It's yet another example of our commitment to reduce our impact on the environment. Incidentally, from 2000 to 2008, Ford cut its global water use by 56 percent, or 9.5 billion gallons. And water conservation projects played a major role in our Global Week of Caring employee volunteer efforts in May of this year.

To read the full Q&A, click here.

 

Global Notes
Ford Fusion
Ford Vehicles Stand Out in Brazilian Magazines
Once again, Ford vehicles achieved great results in comparative tests published by important Brazilian specialized car publications this June.

Motorshow highlighted Ford Fusion in the Top of the Line category, beating competitors like Honda Civic and Toyota Corolla. The magazine gave special attention to the more spacious interior, more powerful engine, impressive design and price around $4,500 lower than the competitors. In a second test, Fusion V-6 won against Honda Accord EX 2.0, being considered the best equipped, with more safety items and a more powerful engine.

To read the full article, click here.

Students in Ford of Mexico School
Ford of Mexico School Building Project Opens Milestone Facility
The opening ceremony for the 210th Ford School, took place last June 7 in San Josť del Cabo, Baja California Sur, Mexico. The School Building Project is an initiative that Ford and its dealer body began in Mexico more than 40 years ago, and currently, has a presence in almost every state of the country.

The total investment to build the school was close to $717,000. The school has all the necessary facilities to provide a functional environment for the 110 children that will study there everyday, including a media room equipped with 20 computers.

To read the full article, click here.

Ford Mondeo
Mondeo Upgrades Combine Efficiency and Performance
The Ford Mondeo boasts improved fuel economy, lower emissions and stronger performance thanks to high efficiency Ford EcoBoost petrol-injection turbo and upgraded Ford Duratorq TDCi diesel engines now on sale.

New for Mondeo are the turbocharged 203PS 2.0-liter Ford EcoBoost petrol engine and significantly improved 2.0-liter TDCi diesels with 115, 140 and an impressive new 163PS version. Additionally Ford PowerShift, the six-speed dual-clutch transmission system, comes to the Mondeo lineup. The enhancements are set to continue Ford Mondeo's leading position within its segment.

To read the full article, click here.

Ford Ranger
Ford Ranger "Plays Tough" in Taiwan
Ford Lio Ho (FLH) president Albert Li unveiled the new Ford Ranger to more than 100 journalists at a special media launch event held in downtown Taipei on June 7.

To highlight the Ford Ranger's rugged good looks and impressive horsepower, torque and fuel economy performance features, the event was themed around FLH's launch marketing campaign slogan of "We Play Tough" with surfboards, quad bikes and eye-catching adventure sport related photo backdrops placed throughout the large studio launch venue.

To read the full article, click here.

Fiesta SportVan
Ford Wins Thatcham Green Van Award for Security
Ford's Fiesta Sport Van is the first winner of Thatcham's new "Green Van" award. The new category is aimed at rewarding vans that are not only among the most secure available on the U.K. market, but which also produce the lowest carbon emissions.

With its sporty hot-hatch looks and spirited performance, the new Fiesta Sport Van conveys a powerful image for any business, but emits just 110g/km CO2 and has a fuel economy of 67.3 mpg.

To read the full article, click here.

 

Video Corner
Mark Fields
Ford's Comeback Story
(CNBC) Mark Fields, Ford Motor President, discusses the US automaker's fifth-place position in the J.D. Power and Associates' annual Initial Quality Survey and how far the company has come in the last few years. Click here to view video.

Ford/AAA Student Auto Skills Logo
High School Students Compete in the Ford AAA Auto Skills Competition
(WXYZ-TV) Pairs of high school students from each state competed in the Auto Skills Competition in Dearborn this week giving each a chance to earn well over $11 million in scholarship money. This event marks the 61st year for the competition, which is sponsored by Ford and AAA. Click here to view video.

Inflatable Rear Seat Belts
Ford Shows Off Inflatable Rear Seat Belts
(KRON-TV) Tech Reporter Gabe Slate reports on Ford's new inflatable rear seat belts. So far, Ford has gotten a positive response from consumers who have tried the seat belts, which will first be available on the new Ford Explorer coming out later this summer. Click here to view video.

 

Outside Voices
Ford Motor Company Dominating the Competition
(iStockAnalyst) Jumpstart Automotive Group, a leading automotive marketing and publishing network, today announced that Ford has officially separated from the rest of the automakers, trumping primary competitors like Chevrolet, Toyota and Honda across Jumpstart's portfolio of 11 automotive shopping websites. To read the full article, click here.

Chrysler to Build Lancia Flagship in North America
(Motor Authority) The product plans of Chrysler and Fiat are undergoing a major shakeup that should last the next couple of years, as the expanding Fiat Group and its demanding CEO Sergio Marchionne pull all the strings. To read the full article, click here.

Pickup Sales Picking Up and Economy Hitches a Ride
(Detroit News) If you want a hint about the economic recovery, follow that truck. Pickups are a kind of rugged indicator of the nation's financial health. To read the full article, click here.

Whitacre Seeks ‘Bigger, Bolder’ GM IPO as 32 Offerings Shelved
(Bloomberg Businessweek) Ed Whitacre has General Motors Co. in better shape now than it’s been in years. Pushing ahead with an initial public offering this year may be tougher to manage. To read the full article, click here.

UAW Delegates Elect Electrician King as 10th Leader
(Bloomberg) Bob King, an electrician with a law degree, today was elected the 10th president of the United Auto Workers union at its constitutional convention in Detroit. He defeated Gary Walkowicz 2,115 to 75. To read the full article, click here.

Tesla Motors to Raise $185 Million in IPO, Toyota Deal
(Detroit News) Electric car maker Tesla Motors Inc. set terms for its highly anticipated IPO today, saying it now hopes to raise about $185 million by selling shares to the public and to Toyota Motors Corp. To read the full article, click here.

EPA Lists the Most Fuel-Efficient Cars of the Past 25 Years
(Cars.com) It's no surprise that over the past 25 years, cars have gotten less fuel efficient as safety equipment and weight have been added. To read the full article, click here.

 

Share Ideas
Got an Idea, Share It!
Ever had an idea for a new product or a suggestion for a current vehicle you'd like to share with the Ford team? If so, do we have some websites for you!

If you have an idea for a new product or technology you'd like to see on a Ford vehicle, click to the Ford New Ideas site at www.FordNewIdeas.com.

If you have a suggestion for a current Ford Motor Company product, click here to connect to the Customer Relationship Center.

Through these two sites, your ideas and comments will be directed to the appropriate teams within the company … One team, one plan, one goal … ONE Ford.

 

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.

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Davey Tree
Proven Solutions for a Growing World

Between June 15 and December 31, Ford employees and retirees can take advantage of a free tree and landscape inspection, and 10 percent off of pruning, removal or deep-root fertilization services. Click here for more information.

The Henry Ford
The Henry Ford
New Member Special

The Henry Ford is offering a $99 Family membership – 20 percent off. Members receive free admission to Henry Ford Museum and Greenfield Village, great discounts and more. Click here to print your required coupon. 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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