March 18, 2011

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In this Blue Oval Connect Weekly Briefing…
  • Lincoln Claims Top Spot in Annual J.D. Power and Associates' Vehicle Dependability Study
  • Ford Named to Ethisphere's 2011 "World's Most Ethical Companies" for Second Year in a Row
  • A Reason to Celebrate at Michigan Assembly Plant
  • Ford SmartGauge with EcoGuide Receives Two Patents for Helping Drivers Maximize Their Fuel Economy
  • Ford Honors Global Suppliers for Strong Performance in 2010
  • Video: (CNBC) Ford: Rebuilding an American Icon
  • Outside Voices: (USA Today) Tsunami Destroys 2,300 Nissans Headed for U.S.

 

Announcements
Drive One Experience
You're Invited to Experience Focus and See Our New York Auto Show News First!

After months of anticipation, the new Ford Focus is moving off the line at the Michigan Assembly Plant and making its way into dealerships all over the country. That means that you're all sure to get a lot of questions around your neighborhoods and from your families about our next great new product.

We'd like to help you be ready for all this 'Focus'ed attention, so...

Please join us to Experience Focus
  • Take our Focus Fact Challenge in the WHQ Auditorium.
  • Take a short spin in the Ford Focus to be one of the first to get behind the wheel (WHQ parking lot)
  • Try Active Park Assist – be amazed at how this technology feels in a compact car
  • Test the Focus' storage capacity and see just how much really fits in the car

But there's more!

To continue our commitment to show you upcoming products first, you will get a sneak peek at what's coming up at the New York Auto Show in April.

What: Focus Experience and New York Auto Show Preview
When:Wednesday, March 30
Where:Starting at WHQ Auditorium
Timing:One-hour sessions from 8:45 a.m. – 10 a.m.
Parking:Parking will be available at the WHQ north lot - entrance is through the north lobby

Click here to register.

For General Questions, send e-mail to: Driveone.


@Ford Magazine
@Ford North America Magazine
The latest issue of @Ford is out now, featuring stories about Bill Ford presenting at TED, the all-new Ford Explorer marketing campaign, Titanium series on Flex and Focus and more.

Click here to view an electronic version of the publication.


Lincoln Event Logo
Lincoln Spring Forward Event
Now is a great time to get behind the wheel of a 2011 Lincoln and take a smarter look at luxury…because it's more than plush leather seating and a smooth ride. It's about including things that make driving more enjoyable, more rewarding and safer. It's about including technology that keeps you connected to your life and the roads on which you travel.

Now during the Lincoln Spring Forward event, you can get it all. Plus, every new Lincoln now comes with the assurance of a four-year, $0-deductible, complimentary maintenance program.

See your local Lincoln dealer starting Feb. 14 to take advantage of the Lincoln Spring Forward Event. Event ends April 4. Click here for more information.


Reminder – Take Actions by March 31, 2011!
Attention: U.S. Retirees (who are NOT eligible for the HRA) and are enrolled in a Ford Motor Company Salaried Retiree Health Plan. You are reminded to complete the steps required to continue/qualify for the Enhanced Benefit Level of your health plan by March 31, 2011. Should you choose to ignore the requirements and do nothing, you will continue with Ford sponsored health care coverage, but will be transferred to the Standard Benefit Level with higher out of pocket costs effective April 1, 2011.

For more information contact the your Health Plan:

Blue Cross Blue Shield (includes BMP-PPO, FMP-PPO, and CMP-PPO) contact Care Allies at 1-800-838-3975
Blue Care Network 1-800-662-6667
CIGNA Networks 1-800-244-6224
Health Alliance Plan 1-800-422-4641
PriorityHealth 1-800-446-5674

 

Top Stories
2008 Lincoln MKZ
Lincoln Claims Top Spot in Annual J.D. Power and Associates' Vehicle Dependability Study
Lincoln received the highest score for long-term durability among all vehicle brands in the annual J.D. Power and Associates' 2011 Vehicle Dependability Study (VDS).

The Lincoln MKZ is the second-highest performing model in long-term durability in the entire study.

Ford Motor Company vehicles received awards in four segments:

  • Lincoln MKZ, Entry Premium Car
  • Ford Fusion, Midsize Car
  • Ford Mustang, Midsize Sporty
  • Lincoln Navigator, Large Premium Crossover/SUV

To read the full article, click here.

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Ethisphere Logo
Ford Named to Ethisphere's 2011 "World's Most Ethical Companies" for Second Year in a Row
Ford has been recognized by the Ethisphere Institute as one of the 2011 World's Most Ethical Companies. Out of a record number of nominations for the award, Ford secured a hard-earned spot on the list by going the extra mile and implementing upright business practices and initiatives that are instrumental to the company's success, benefit the community, and raise the bar for ethical standards within the industry.

This is the fifth year Ethisphere, a think-tank dedicated to the creation, advancement and sharing of best practices in business ethics, corporate social responsibility, anti-corruption and sustainability, has published the WME rankings, which appear in Ethisphere Magazine's Q1 issue and the second year in a row Ford has made the list.

To read the full article, click here.

Mark Fields
A Reason to Celebrate at Michigan Assembly Plant
Thursday was a day for celebration at Michigan Assembly Plant (MAP) as thousands of people – including plant employees, Ford executives, UAW representatives, Ford dealers, local and state government officials and members of the media – crowded into the facility's Final Assembly area to mark the official launch of the all-new 2012 Ford Focus.

The Focus is the first vehicle to be built at the newly renovated MAP, which recently completed a U.S. $550 million transformation into an industry-leading green, flexible manufacturing plant.

To read the full article, click here.

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SmartGuage with EcoGuide
Ford SmartGauge with EcoGuide Receives Two Patents for Helping Drivers Maximize Their Fuel Economy
Ford has received two patents related to SmartGauge with EcoGuide, an innovative instrument cluster for hybrid owners. The technology provides real-time information to help change driving behaviors and help maximize fuel efficiency.

The first patent was awarded earlier this year and covers EcoGuide, the display of leaves and vines that "reacts" to short-term driving habits and coaches drivers in a way that helps them achieve the best fuel economy. The second patent – awarded March 1 – covers the power threshold gauge that measures and displays power demand at any given moment.

To read the full article, click here.

World Excellence Awards
Ford Honors Global Suppliers for Strong Performance in 2010
Ford recognized its 2010 top performing global suppliers Wednesday evening with the World Excellence Awards, the company's highest recognition for its suppliers across the globe. Forty-seven suppliers representing 16 countries were recognized at the 13th annual event.

The World Excellence Awards honor production and nonproduction suppliers that have aligned themselves with the values and operating practices of Ford while reaching the highest quality, technology, cost and delivery standards. The winning companies represent thousands of employees who bring diverse cultures, values and ideas to Ford in the products and services they provide.

To read the full article, click here.

 

Ford News
Ford Focus
Efficient Ford Six-Speed PowerShift Automatic Cuts Fuel Use By Up to 10 Percent, Helps Fiesta, Focus Get 40 MPG
With gasoline already more than $4 per gallon in some American cities, the new fuel-saving dual dry-clutch Ford PowerShift six-speed automatic is the right transmission at the right time.

Ford PowerShift – the company's most sophisticated transmission ever – is part of a suite of advanced fuel-saving technologies available immediately on the Fiesta and the all-new Focus, enabling both cars to deliver as much as 40 mpg on the highway.

The all-new Focus, available in sedan and five-door bodystyles and featuring a 160-horsepower, direct-injected 2.0-liter engine, is arriving now at Ford dealers across the nation.

To read the full article, click here.

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Visual Performance Evaluation Lab
Ford's Lighting Lab Replicates Dawn to Dusk Sunlight to Test Glare on Vehicle Interiors
Flip a switch in a Ford lab, and you've just turned on 6,000 watts of electrical energy generated by 270 spotlights and floodlights.

Mahendra Dassanayake, a Ford lighting technical specialist, stands beneath a planetarium-like dome that can replicate sunlight conditions from dawn to dusk. This lab can mimic the fading light of dusk or turn the room black, like a dark backwoods road with no city lights and no moonlight.

The Visual Performance Evaluation Lab (VPEL) is a high-performance lighting lab that simulates the phases of the earth's revolution around the sun. This gives Ford designers and engineers a controlled environment in which to test how light affects a vehicle's interior from the driver's perspective. How visible are the controls, how much glare and reflection is generated on smooth surfaces, how does the look of textures and materials change with the light? The work in Ford's VPEL helps answer those questions.

To read the full article, click here.

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Sheryl Connelly
The TEDTalk That Made Me Proud
Predicting the future in an ever-changing world isn't ever easy. But for Ford, it's a vital aspect of planning. As the Global Consumer Trends and Futuring Manager for Ford Motor Company, Sheryl Connelly is responsible for identifying and tracking trends that will shape consumers' value, attitudes and beliefs in the future. In her column on @Ford, Connelly shares unique insight into trends outside the automotive industry with specific focus on social, technology, economic, environment and political arenas.

I recently had the opportunity to join 1,200 people in Southern California for the annual TED conference.

TED began as a conference targeting the fields of Technology, Entertainment and Design over 20 years ago. Since then, the scope has significantly broadened, but the original purpose remains the same: to bring together the world's most fascinating thinkers and doers and give them a forum to share ideas that they believe are worth spreading.

To read the full article, click here.

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Focus Rally: America Logo
Focus Rally: America Wraps Up 6,000-Mile Road Rally on 'Jimmy Kimmel Live!'
The conclusion of Ford's groundbreaking, real-time road rally, Focus Rally: America, was celebrated this week on Jimmy Kimmel Live!, where the winning team was announced. This will help mark the conclusion of the interactive rally that had six teams of two traveling the country in the all-new Ford Focus, covering more than 6,000 miles and 10 states. The teams were supported by more than 30,000 followers who helped by participating in challenges remotely.

To read the full article, click here.

Ford Designer Mark Conforzi
Ford Designer's Labor of Love Turns into Winning Dealer Incentive
Magical things can happen when two lifelong passions intertwine.

Ford Designer Mark Conforzi has always had a great love for cars. He also is a gifted artist who finds immense joy in painting.

So when Conforzi – who serves as chief designer for Ford Vehicle Personalization – was approached to take part in a unique dealer incentive program that would enable him to combine his two passions, he was delighted to help.

To read the full article, click here.

Ford Oval
Full Harvest of Ford Greener Fuel Solutions for Commercial Customers Showcased at NTEA Work Truck Show
Ford's ever-growing portfolio of fuel-efficient products extends to commercial customers, including those interested in alternative-fuel vehicles to "green" their fleets.

Visitors to the annual National Truck Equipment Association (NTEA) show can see firsthand how Ford delivers the most comprehensive alternative-fuel solutions for commercial customers. The wide variety of vans and trucks with alternative-fuel capability is backed by support for customers looking to switch their vehicles from gasoline power to another fuel, such as compressed natural gas or propane. By 2012, half of all Ford vehicles will be capable of running on alternative fuel.

To read the full article, click here.

 

Global Notes
Ford Oval
All Ford Japan Employees and Dealers Accounted For – Working to Resume Normal Operations
Ford Japan is doing its best to resume normal operations following the massive earthquake and tsunami that devastated large swathes of northern Japan on Friday. All Ford Japan employees were evacuated at around 4:30 p.m. on Friday from the corporate offices in Tokyo, about 300km (180 miles) away from the earthquake's epicentre.

To read the full article, click here.

Ford F-350
Ford is the Brand of the Year for Light Trucks with the F-350
Ford was elected the "Brand of the Year" in the light truck segment and also received the prize of "Light Truck of the Year" at the Lotus Award ceremony, promoted by Editora Frota, one of the most important of the Brazilian commercial vehicles. Both awards were won by the Ford F-350 leading sales, which totaled 3,059 units in 2010 and obtained a 35 percent share in the 2.5 to 6 tons segment.

To read the full article, click here.

Ford C-MAX
Best Value Award for C-MAX
The C-MAX Titanium has been named as the U.K.'s best value Multi-Purpose Vehicle in the first annual awards presented by Parkers, a leading car-buying website.

To read the full article, click here.

Ford Focus
All-New Focus Arrives in U.K. Showrooms
The all-new Focus is now on sale in Britain and receiving an enthusiastic welcome from car buyers.

To read the full article, click here.

 

Video Corner
Alan Mulally
Ford: Rebuilding an American Icon
(CNBC) CNBC's Phil LeBeau takes you inside one of the great comeback stories of the American auto industry. Now available for download by visiting itunes.com or http://www.hulu.com/cnbc-originals and search: Ford: Rebuilding an American Icon. Click here to view video.

Ford Fiesta
Ford among most-researched vehicles on KBB.com
(Fox) Ford, Chevrolet, Toyota and Honda are the most-researched vehicles on KBB.com. The site say those researching the vehicles are looking for durability, reliability and fuel efficiency. Click here to view video.

Alan Mulally
Alan Mulally Talks Taking Over Ford To Stanford Business Students
(Mustang Evolution) Alan Mulally recently spoke to a group of Stanford Business students about what it was like to go from Boeing to Ford and the challenges he faced in his first few days. Click here to view video.

 

Outside Voices
Tsunami Destroys 2,300 Nissans Headed for U.S.
(USA Today) While most of Japan's major auto factories were spared by the earthquake-triggered tsunami, about 2,300 Nissan and Infiniti cars awaiting shipment to the U.S. were destroyed, Automotive News reports. To read the full article, click here.

Ford CEO Alan Mulally: Louisville a Center for New Vehicle Lineup
(Detroit Free Press) Ford CEO Alan Mulally touted the automaker’s investment of about U.S. $900 million in its two Louisville factories Tuesday night, calling the city the “center of excellence” for a new lineup of vehicles. To read the full article, click here.

Ford Ready for $4 a Gallon Gas Says CEO Mulally
(AutoGuide) The automaker has put into place a new global plan with strong offerings in the compact and sub-compact set, while also proliferating the use of fuel-efficient technologies (ranging from direct-injection, to turbocharging, to both) in its models. To read the full article, click here.

Jim Cramer Sees Ford as Good Long-Term Story
(Street Insider) Shares of Ford shares have fallen back recently since hitting a post recession high of near $19, but CNBC Mad Money host Jim Cramer sees the company as a strong long-term play. To read the full article, click here.

Buyers Move Toward Better Fuel Economy
(Automotive News) After one of the biggest two-week jumps in gasoline prices on record, fuel economy has rocketed to the top of buyers' minds. To read the full article, click here.

Cars Built in Metro Detroit to Fill Key Roles for Fiat Brands in Europe
(Detroit Free Press) "Imported from Detroit" just became more than an advertising catchphrase. To read the full article, click here.

Earthquake Dents Japan's Chances in China's Luxury Car Market
(Reuters) Japan's car makers, already reeling from the country's natural disaster, may find that their woes extend to an increasingly important market: China's luxury car segment. To read the full article, click here.

GM Plant Shuts Down Over Japanese Parts Delay
(Cars.com) We have just received the first official word from a U.S.-based automaker that the aftereffects of the Japanese earthquake and tsunami could significantly alter production here. To read the full article, click here.

 

FERA
FERA Logo
Ford Employees Recreation Association (FERA)

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

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

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

Fun and Travel FERA Discounts:
Auto Rama, Feb. 25-27, 2011 - Tickets $14
Golf Michigan Play Books - $10
2011 Entertainment Books - $25
Travel Cruises and Resorts

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

 

Directory
Directory Information Now Online
Phone numbers and 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 1-800-248-4444 or e-mail NESC@ford.com.

 

Special Offers
Each week we will highlight various special offers from a number of outside companies all offering valuable deals exclusive to Ford employees, retirees and contract personnel.

Hewlett-Packard
Hewlett-Packard
Shop for Products and Services

Ford retirees receive up to 10 percent off HP and Compaq consumer products, accessories and supplies by becoming a member of the HP Employee Purchase Program. Additional discounts are offered throughout the store including mail-in and instant rebates, coupons and exclusive EPP offers on a range of HP products, including Notebook and Desktop PCs, printers, print supplies, accessories and more.

If you'd like to join, visit the HP Home & Home Office Store at www.hpshopping.com/epp and register using the Ford company code: 3673.

Renewal by Andersen
Renewal by Andersen
Window Replacement

Renewal by Andersen provides 10 percent off on your window and door replacement project. To schedule your free in-home consultation: call 1-866-713-4667 (Please identify yourself as a retiree of Ford) or click here.

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

 

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

Atlanta Salaried Retirees
Saturday, May 21 (Canton, Ga.)
The next meeting will be an outdoor picnic at Bob Loovis' Arabian horse farm on May 21. If you would like further information about the meetings or the Ford Metro Atlanta Salaried Retirees Club, please contact Bob Loovis at COUNTRYCOVEFARM@comcast.net.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The retiree group is comprised of females that formerly worked at the Rawsonville Plant. The group meets at Haab's Restaurant (18 West Michigan Ave.) at 1 p.m. If anyone would like to be included on the group's mailing list or is interested in more information, please contact Rhonda Colthorp at 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 (Mar, May and Sep) (Kansas City, Mo.)
The Kansas City Ford Salaried Retiree Club will meet at Finnigan's Hall (503 East 18th Avenue). We will have a special meeting the first Wednesday in November at Finnigan's with the different Insurance agents to discuss future plans and assistance for Medical INS and Medicare coverage for those turning 65. For additional information, please contact Frank Scott (Club President effective Jan. 1, 2011) by e-mail at RUDY3207@hotmail.com asap.

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

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

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

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

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

The Manatee-Sarasota County Ford Retirees next meeting will be at 10 a.m. on March 8 at Sarasota Ford (707 South Washington Blvd.) At 11:30 there will be a short presentation by Larry Ledford and/or Darrin Chrisman. For more information, contact Den Ras at DRAS22@msn.com or Tony Ridley at RIDLEYS@comcast.net.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

This group meets twice a year. The next meeting will be on Apr. 6 with a location to be announced. For more information, contact Judy Hernandez at JUDY42KAY@yahoo.com .

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Calendar Ahead
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March 18 & 19:
Championship CCHA – Hockey in the D (Detroit, Mich.)

If you're a hockey fan, don't miss out on Hockey in the D. On Friday, March 18, Semifinal Game 1 starts at 4:35 p.m. and Semifinal Game 2 starts at 8:05 p.m. On Saturday, March 19, the Third Place game starts at 3:35 p.m. and the CCHA Championship game starts at 7:35 p.m. Tickets are as low as $5. Click here to view the flyer.

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March 26:
Mustang Owners Club of Southeastern Michigan 2011 Annual Spring "Swap & Shop" (Detroit, Mich.)

Mustang & Ford Swap Meet at Village Ford (23535 Michigan Ave.) from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Village Ford is located on the south side of Michigan Avenue, between Telegraph and Outer Drive roads. For more information go to www.mocsem.org.

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April 7:
Celtic Woman – Songs from the Heart (Detroit, Mich.)

For one night only Madstone Productions in association with Celtic Woman Ltd. presents Celtic Woman – Songs from the Heart. This event starts at 7:30 p.m.at the Fox Theatre (2211 Woodward Avenue). Ford retirees save up to $6.50 per ticket! For the best seats, order today by calling 313-471-3099. Click here to view the flyer.

April 8 & 9:
The Color Purple (Detroit, Mich.)

Come see the show Time Magazine is calling "Fabulous! A soaring, joyful musical!" For two nights, the Fox Theatre is featuring The Color Purple on Friday, April 8 at 8 p.m. and Saturday, April 9 at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. Retirees can get tickets for as low as $27.50. For the best seats, call 313-471-3092. Click here to view the flyer.

April 28:
"Ernie" (Detroit, Mich.)

"Ernie" is a new play written by Mitch Albom about the famed broadcaster and baseball legend, Ernie Harwell. The show opens April 28 and runs through the end of June. You can catch a show any weekend at City Theatre (2301 Woodward Ave.), one of Detroit's newest theatre gems located inside the Hockeytown Cafe, next to the Fox Theatre. Ford retirees save up to $5 per ticket! For the best seats, call 313-471-3092. Click here to view the flyer.

June 12 & 13:
SAAC-MCR 36th Annual Show and Go (Dearborn, Mich. & Clarkston, Mich.)

On June 12 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., the show and swap meet will take place at Ford World Headquarters in the SE lot (Southfield Freeway and Michigan Ave.) and on June 13, the track event will take place at Waterford Hills Road Race Course (4770 Waterford Road, Clarkston, Mich.) from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, click to www.saac-mcr.net or contact Jim Binder at SASGROUP@comcast.net.

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 p.m. 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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