June 25, 2010

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In this Blue Oval Connect Weekly Briefing…
  • Ford Recognized for Business Turnaround of the Year by American Business Awards
  • Ford F-150 Takes Top Spot in kbb.com Full-Size Pickup Truck Comparison Test
  • Ford Thunderbird Owners Head to Dearborn to Celebrate 55 Years of History
  • Ford Adds Soy Foam Seat Cushions to Ford Explorer
  • Ford Fiesta Unwraps Itself with Unique New Interactive Owner Delivery Experience
  • Ford E-Series Vans Cut Fuel Costs, CO2 Emissions in Unique Way
  • Video: (The Wall Street Journal) Bill Ford Speaks on Ford's Comeback
  • Outside Voices: (Bloomberg) GM Board Member Kresa Said to Retire as Soon as July

 

Announcements
Explorer Employee Experience Logo
You’re Invited To a Next-Generation Explorer
Reveal and Deep Dive

Join us during the week of July 12 in the Product Development Showroom to learn about this iconic SUV's outstanding fuel economy, safety, smart features and evolutionary design. Explorer is truly an SUV for the 21st century.

During the session, two members of our executive team will go through a high-level overview of Explorer and then you'll go off on an exploration of your own, during which you will:

  • Compare Explorer design to key competitors
  • See MyFord Touch features in action
  • Understand why fuel economy will be a 'wow' factor for Explorer
  • Experience the latest safety innovation from Ford
  • Learn about our new Terrain Management System, making it easier for customers to drive in any condition
  • Put Explorer's storage capability to a test against a key competitor

This is your opportunity to learn about the Explorer!

NOTE: There will be a high demand to participate in this event and availability is extremely limited for each session. Registration will be on a first-come, first-serve basis.

WHO: Ford Retirees in Southeastern Michigan
WHEN: 3 sessions will be available:

  • July 13, 3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
  • July 15, 8:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.
  • July 15, 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.

WHERE: Ford Product Development Showroom (Dearborn, Mich.)

PARKING: Please park in the parking lots directly outside of the PDC Showroom. Parking extends along the east side of the building. Bring signed confidentiality agreements. No cameras will be allowed inside the showroom. Click here to register for the event. Registration is limited and spaces will be granted on a first-come, first-serve basis. This event is for Ford retirees only and guests will NOT be permitted. Doors open 15 minutes prior to the start of the event.

 

Top Stories
Business Turnaround of the Year Award
Ford Recognized for Business Turnaround of the Year by American Business Awards
Ford Motor Company was honored with the "Business Turnaround of the Year for Companies with More Than 2,500 Employees" award this week at the 2010 American Business Awards. The event was held in New York City at the Marriott Marquis Hotel with more than 500 in attendance.

The award recognizes the continued efforts of the ONE Ford plan which allowed Ford to weather a global storm in 2009, with the looming economic and financial crisis as well as the unprecedented events in the U.S. automotive industry.

To read the full article, click here.

2010 Ford F-150
Ford F-150 Takes Top Spot in kbb.com Full-Size Pickup Truck Comparison Test
The Ford F-150 took the top spot in an all-new full-size pickup comparison test, First to Worst: Kbb.com Ranks Five Full-Size Pickups, by the expert editors from Kelley Blue Book www.kbb.com, the leading provider of new car and used car information.

The kbb.com editors lauded the F-150 not only because it was outstanding in all areas, but because it offered a well-rounded, thoroughly developed package that does everything to a high standard, saying "If you cant find something here to suit your fancy, you need to look again." In addition to winning high marks in driving dynamics due to its enhanced level of ride and handling, the kbb.com editors praised the F-150 for both its exterior and interior styling, noting that it strikes "a nice blend of the style and function that should define a pickup." The F-150 also scored well because it is the only pickup in the segment to offer Roll Stability Control as standard, coupled with its AdvanceTrac electronic stability control.

To read the full article, click here.

 

Ford News
1962 Thunderbird
Ford Thunderbird Owners Head to Dearborn to Celebrate 55 Years of History
The Ford Thunderbird is known for its classic design cues and the character of a true American sports car. But it also has 55 years of history to go along with that, and owners across the country are coming together to celebrate.

Nearly 300 Ford Thunderbirds and their owners will be heading to Dearborn, Mich., to honor the 55th anniversary of the classic car with a car show at Ford World Headquarters on Saturday, June 26. Drivers will be coming from more than 30 states, with several coming from Canada.

To read the full article, click here.

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Soy Foam Seat Cushion
Ford Adds Soy Foam Seat Cushions to Ford Explorer
The 2011 Ford Explorer will feature soy foam in seat cushions and seatbacks. The bio-based polyurethane foam will be one of the new, eco-friendly features in the Ford Explorer which goes in to production later this year.

The addition of soy foam in the Explorer expands Ford Motor Company's commitment to using more sustainable materials in all its vehicles. By year's end, nearly 100 percent of Ford's North American vehicle lineup will feature the eco-friendly material.

To read the full article, click here.

Interactive USB
Ford Fiesta Unwraps Itself with Unique New Interactive Owner Delivery Experience
When 2011 Ford Fiesta owners pick up their new car, they'll enjoy learning about it in a whole new way through the use of an interactive USB. Ford created the new delivery program for the Fiesta to make the initial owner experience as unique as the owners themselves, and is the first automaker to create such a program.

As part of the Ford Retail Movement, a dealer-readiness program, Ford has been working with targeted dealers, focusing on three key areas – preparing the sales force, engaging the customer, and creating a distinct new car delivery experience. The Fiesta delivery is designed to be particularly unique, since the approach is different than anything Ford has ever done before.

To read the full article, click here.

Ford E-Series Van
Ford E-Series Vans Cut Fuel Costs, CO2 Emissions in Unique Way
Thousands of Ford E-Series vans are achieving a whopping 150 passenger-miles per gallon each day as commuter vehicles for VPSI, a leader in developing and maintaining world-class vanpool programs.

A combination of Ford E-150, E-250 and E-350 models represent about 70 percent of VPSI's 5,000-vehicle fleet and transport more than 40,000 people in the United States to and from work each day.

To read the full article, click here.

 

Executive Q&A
David Leitch

David Leitch
Group Vice President and General Counsel
Ford Motor Company

Ford Motor Company has been named to the Ethisphere Institutes list of 2010 Worlds Most Ethical Companies, the only automaker among the 100 global corporate honorees. Group Vice President and General Counsel David Leitch discussed the award and the importance of ethics at Ford during a recent live chat on theFordStory.com. Below are excerpts from the chat.

Q: Why is ethics an important topic in business today? Shouldn't it just be a given at this point?
A: Ethics should definitely be a given at this point, but unfortunately history seems to continue to repeat itself as scandal and instances of unethical conduct continue to crop up.

Why is ethics important? (There are) many, many reasons. First, conducting business in an ethical way permeates all a company does and gives consumers and business partners confidence that the company they're dealing with is treating them fairly. Customers increasingly demand to know that the companies from which they're buying products are ethical companies. Ethics therefore helps the bottom line.

Second, employees are more proud of and loyal to a company that encourages and supports right conduct. Third, ethical compliance keeps the company out of legal and public relations disasters. Those are a few of the reasons why it's important.

To read the full Q&A, click here.

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Global Notes
 FordFocus
Ford Announces U.S. $450 Million Investment for Vehicle Plant in Thailand
Ford Motor Company this week announced it is investing $450 million in a new state-of-the-art passenger vehicle manufacturing plant in Rayong, Thailand, scheduled for completion in 2012.

The facility will begin building the next-generation Ford Focus in 2012 for Thailand and other markets in the Asia Pacific region. The highly flexible plant will be capable of building a diverse range of vehicles in the future.

To read the full article, click here.

Cuautitlan Plant
Ford of Mexico Achieves 85 Year Milestone
This week, Ford of Mexico celebrates its 85th anniversary with 7,500 employees across the nation. Although Ford sales started with the Model T in 1916, the company was officially constituted on June 23, 1925, as the first automotive company fully established in Mexico.

Ford of Mexico has played a key role in the transformational growth of Ford Motor Company through the years, contributing to Fords manufacturing, engineering and purchasing strength.

To read the full article, click here.

Fords New Fiesta.MOVE 2
New Ford Fiesta.MOVE Arrives in Venezuela
After a successful pre-launch campaign with the participation of 233 Venezuelans in direct competition to become a Fiesta Agent, Fords new Fiesta.MOVE 2011 is finally revealed to the eager consumers throughout Venezuela.

The traditional vehicle of Venezuelan youth changes its face and after a makeover leaves behind some of its characteristic features in search of a more robust and bold personality which is accomplished on Fiesta.MOVE that looks fun and adventurous.

To read the full article, click here.

Five Focus RS Le Mans Classic Vehicles
Unique Models Pay Tribute to Legendary Ford Le Mans Racers
Ecurie Ford France, one of the partners of the Le Mans Classic event which takes place July 9-11, has prepared five Focus RS cars in unique color schemes, each paying tribute to the Ford cars which made blue oval history at the Le Mans 24 Hours.

Each of the five Focus RS Le Mans Classic vehicles will be finished in the colors of one of the Ford cars which made 24 Hours history for Ford.

To read the full article, click here.

Trainers and Participants
DSFL to Make a Bigger Difference Across Asia Pacific and Africa
Ford recently signaled its intention to further expand its globally recognized safe and fuel-efficient driver education program in the Asia Pacific and Africa (APA) – Fords Driving Skills for Life (DSFL) – with the region hosting its third "Train-the-Trainers" (TTT) workshop in Chennai. TTT programs were held in Shanghai last year and Bangkok in 2008.

Australia and South Africa this year will become the latest markets to launch Fords DSFL program, after joining their Indian counterparts for the two-day TTT workshop on June 7-8 that was hosted by Ford India.

To read the full article, click here.

 

Video Corner
Bill Ford Speaking on Fords Comeback
Bill Ford Speaks on Ford's Comeback
(The Wall Street Journal) WSJ's Deputy Editor-in-Chief Gerard Baker talks with Ford Chairman William Ford about how the auto company has weathered the difficulties facing the industry and the impact of the governments intervention. Click here to view video.

 

Outside Voices
GM Board Member Kresa Said to Retire as Soon as July
(Bloomberg) General Motors Co. board member Kent Kresa, who served as interim chairman during the automakers bankruptcy, will retire as a director as soon as July, said two people with direct knowledge of the matter. To read the full article, click here.

Jeep has Lead Role in Chryslers Foreign Growth Strategy
(Detroit Free Press) Jeep hopes to build vehicles in Russia and China and export growing numbers of SUVs from the U.S. to other countries around the world as the iconic American brand plays a lead role in Chryslers growth strategy. To read the full article, click here.

Toyota Prius Plug-In Launched
(autocar.co.uk) Toyota will lease 20 plug-in Prius in the U.K. from next month, as part of its plans to bring the car to market within the next three years. To read the full article, click here.

Electrics, Hybrids Grab Concept Vehicle Awards
(Detroit Free Press) Electric vehicles and hybrids swept the 2010 North American Concept Vehicle Awards. To read the full article, click here.

Detroit Three Could Benefit from China's Rising Currency
(Detroit News) Signs that China's currency is set to rise further bode well for Detroit's automakers, which would benefit from stronger demand for cars in China – including popular U.S. brands. To read the full article, click here.

Smiles Fade at the Pump: Gas Prices Going Back Up
(USA Today) Retail prices for gasoline in the United States have climbed over the past week and are headed back toward a national average of $2.80 to $2.90 per gallon with higher prices on the West Coast, said Tom Kloza of the Oil Price Information Service. To read the full article, click here.

GM's Opel Surpasses Fiat as Top Discounter in Germany
(Bloomberg) General Motors Co.'s money-losing Opel unit overtook Fiat SpA as the top discounter in Germany last month as the brand seeks to halt a slide in sales. To read the full article, click here.

Dealers Sidestep New Consumer Protection Bill
(The Car Connection) American auto dealers were dealt a winning hand yesterday as the U.S. House of Representatives agreed to exclude auto loans from an upcoming consumer protection bill. 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
Red Cross Logo
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.


FERA Logo
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% discount on top of generally advertised Dell Home and Office promotions.
Click here for more information.

Pringle
Pringle Home Building Group, LLC.
Homebuilding Group

Pringle's Florida Lifestyle Preview Program lets qualified visitors learn more about Pringle's Communities. To see if you qualify to participate in the preview program, call at 1-800-325-4471, or click here to submit your information and have a representative contact you to answer your questions.


You can find these offers and many, many more by simply visiting Discount Marketplace, Ford Motor Company's Employee Purchase Program.

 

Retiree Club Info
Click here to check out the @Ford Online listing of known Retiree Clubs and Groups.

Atlanta Salaried Retirees
Second Tuesday in September (Milton, Ga.)

The next general membership meeting will be held on Tuesday, September 14, at the Ford Regional Office (13010 Morris Rd. Corporate Center One Ste. 500) from 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. If you would like further information about the meetings or the Ford Metro Atlanta Salaried Retirees Club, please contact Bob Loovis at COUNTRYCOVEFARM@comcast.net.

Automatic Transmission Product Design & Engineering Retiree Breakfast Club
Second Wednesday of Every Month (Northville, Mich.)

The group meets at 9 a.m. for breakfast at Senate Coney Island off Haggerty Road just south of 6 Mile Road on the west side of the street (39430 Dun Rovin Drive). For additional information, contact Mike Carlin at OLDSEADOG@wowway.com.

Building "H" Club – Michigan Information Technology Systems Retirees
Second Thursday of Every Month (Dearborn, Mich.)

The club meets at 11:30 a.m. at Building H on Michigan Avenue. For more information, call 313-402-0044 or e-mail FLCOTE@aol.com.

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

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

Chicago Stamping Plant Salaried Retiree Club
Twice a Year (June, Dec) (Schererville, Ind.)

The group meets twice a year at Tiebel's (U.S. 30 & Hwy. 41). Spouses are welcome. For more information, contact Ray Schmelzer at RAYTIREE@aol.com.

Cleveland Engine and Casting Plants Salaried Retiree Club (North Olmsted, Ohio)
If you would like to join the Cleveland Engine and Casting Plants Salaried Retiree Club, it is $15 a year, which can be made payable to the Ford Retiree Club (P.O. Box 566, North Olmsted, OH 44010). It is $10 for surviving spouses and retirees over the age of 80. For more information, please contact Mary Kay Dessoffy at FORDRETIREES@yahoo.com.

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

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

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

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

Dearborn Frame Plant Retirees (Southfield, Mich.)
Second Tuesday of Every Month

The group meets for breakfast and networking at L George's (26799 Greenfield Rd). For more information, contact Sandra Hutson at SKHUTSON@sbcglobal.net.

Field Accounting Department (F.A.D.)
Second Thursday of Every Other Month (Livonia, Mich.)

The F.A.D. retiree group meets on the odd months of the year on Jan., March, May, July, Sept. and Nov. We meet at G. Subo's Leather Bottle Restaurant (20300 Farmington Rd.) For more information, contact Bob Briolat at REBRIOLAT@aol.com. Spouses are always welcome.

Ford 5R55 Automatic Transmission Systems Design Retirees Group
Third Wednesday of Every Month (Livonia, Mich.)

The retiree group meets at Richard's Restaurant (39305 Plymouth Road) at 10 a.m. All are welcome to join us. For more information, contact Jeff Ebersole at EBERSOLE.JEFF@gmail.com.

Ford Air Transportation Office Retirees
First Thursday of Every Month (Taylor, Mich.)

Ford Air Transportation Office retirees meet once a month at noon for lunch at the Lakes of Taylor Restaurant (25505 Northline Road). For more information, contact Pauline Smart Bozyk at PSMARTY@att.net.

Ford Body & Assembly Operations/Vehicle Operations Salaried Retiree Group
Twice a Year (May, Oct.) (Westland, Mich.)

The group meets twice a year for a social get-together at Hawthorne Valley Golf & Banquet Facility (7300 N. Merriman R). Guests are welcome. For more information, contact Pat Heavener at PHEAVENER@mi.rr.com.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Ford Salaried Retirees Association meets at the Quality Inn (754 Bronte Rd., Oakville, Ontario) in the Hampton Room at 9:30 a.m. Additionally, all members receive our 9th Line newsletter. Each year, two golf tournaments take place along with an annual picnic in August, both of which are TBA. 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 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
July 1 – July 4:
18th Annual "Salute to America" Concert (Dearborn, Mich.)

The Detroit Symphony Orchestra will be performing at the Greenfield Village at the Henry Ford for the 18th Annual "Salute to America" Concert. The gates will open at 6 p.m. every day and the prices at the door are discounted for Ford retirees. Call the DSO Box Office at 313-576-5111 – your code for the discount is Ford Employees. Click here to view the flyer for more information.

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July 6 – July 30:
University of Michigan – Dearborn (Dearborn, Mich.)

UM-Dearborn offers basketball, hockey, and volleyball camps all throughout the month of July. If you choose to sign up one of your grandchildren, now is the time to register because all Ford retirees receive a 10% discount on the cost of camps. Click here to view the flyer. For additional information, please contact Bryan Earl at EARLB@umich.edu or visit GOWOLVES.net.

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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