March 25, 2011

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In this Blue Oval Connect Weekly Briefing…
  • Ford Electric Vehicle Owners Will Have Ability to Remotely Monitor, Engage and Control Vehicle Settings via the AT&T Wireless Network
  • Ford's Energy Efficiency Efforts Earn Sixth ENERGY STAR Award
  • Ford Fiesta Gets Personal for 2012, Gives Owners Bursts of Color, Customization Inside and Out
  • Ford Engines Are Getting Smaller, While Fuel Economy and Horsepower Are Growing
  • Ford Multigenerational Family Stories – In Your Words
  • Mustang Enthusiast Shares Experience-of-a-Lifetime
  • Video: (Mashable.com) Meet Doug, the 2012 Ford Focus's New Spokespuppet
  • Outside Voices: (EgmCarTech) Ford's Mark Fields: Rising Gas Prices May Cause Shift in Car Market

 

Announcements
@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.


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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
Focus Electric
Ford Electric Vehicle Owners Will Have Ability to Remotely Monitor, Engage and Control Vehicle Settings via the AT&T Wireless Network
Ford and AT&T announced an agreement to wirelessly connect the Ford Focus Electric, Ford's first all-electric passenger car. Announced in January at the 2011 International CES, the new Focus Electric enters production at the Michigan Assembly Plant in late 2011.

Through the new MyFord Mobile smartphone app, using the embedded AT&T wireless connection, Ford Focus Electric vehicle owners will have the ability to send and receive data about their car providing command and control of vehicle settings while away from it.

MyFord Mobile technology provides Focus Electric owners in North America with a powerful tool to stay connected, monitor and control their vehicle. Through a smartphone app or secure website, MyFord Mobile invites Focus Electric owners to plan trips, monitor the vehicle’s state of charge, receive various alerts for vehicle charging, as well as provides several other features designed to simplify the electric vehicle ownership experience.

To read the full article, click here.

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Ford's Energy Efficiency Efforts Earn Sixth ENERGY STAR Award
Ford's actions to reduce the amount of energy used to manufacture vehicles and support its U.S. operations have earned it the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's coveted 2011 ENERGY STAR Award for the sixth-consecutive year.

The 2011 ENERGY STAR Award for Sustained Excellence recognizes Ford's continued leadership and commitment to protecting the environment through energy efficiency.

To read the full article, click here.

Ford Fiesta Interior
Ford Fiesta Gets Personal for 2012, Gives Owners Bursts of Color, Customization Inside and Out
The small car style Ford Fiesta delivers is expanding for 2012 with three new packages to give customers even more options for personalizing.

The new packages build on the success of the current personalization choices Fiesta customers enjoy today, with nearly 40 percent purchasing at least one accessory. To date, more than 26,000 Ford Custom Accessories items have been purchased by Fiesta owners.

A recent study by the Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) found that accessories drive sales, with the availability of accessories influencing more than 1 million new vehicle sales each year.

To read the full article, click here.

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Ford Engines
Ford Engines Are Getting Smaller, While Fuel Economy and Horsepower Are Growing
Ford is leading the way in the transformation of the automobile engine around the world. For most of Ford's 107 years, engineers have answered the call for higher horsepower and more torque with larger, heavier and thirstier engines. But the company’s 2006 commitment to lead or be among the leaders in fuel economy in every sales segment has changed the way Ford designs its engines.

The advanced technologies adopted and enhanced by Ford’s engine development team – EcoBoost™, twin independent variable camshaft timing (Ti-VCT) and direct injection, for example – have made the old saying "There's no replacement for displacement" as obsolete as the carburetor.

For consumers, horsepower per liter is as important as the speed of an Internet connection – the higher the number, the better the performance.

To read the full article, click here.

 

Ford News
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Ford Multigenerational Family Stories – In Your Words
Hundreds of people shared their multigenerational Ford stories with Ford Employee Communications. The stories were plentiful, and full of amazing history and so much pride. All of us felt privileged to read them.

Because there were so many, we're going to be sharing them with the broader Ford family over the next several MONTHS. We begin today with just a few excerpts from the entries, but we will keep sharing in this space, and will be contacting many of you for more. In May, we'll focus on some great Mom stories and fascinating information from our veterans. In June, we'll look at Dads and at history as our company turns 108.

To read the full article, click here.

Do you belong to a Ford Multigenerational Family? We are looking for employees and retirees who have family members who have worked for Ford over the generations. Click here to email your story or email FCNNEWS4@ford.com.


Ford Fiesta
Ford Partners with Top Universities in Research Initiatives
Ford scientists and engineers are looking outside of the auto industry to partner with the best and brightest professors, researchers and students at top universities around the world to develop new ideas and technologies.

Just last year, Ford collaborated on more than 150 projects with universities worldwide. Research efforts stem from formal alliances, the global University Research Program (URP) and departmental funding. In the U.S., formal alliances exist with Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), University of Michigan (U-M) and Northwestern University.

To read the full article, click here.

Vince Capka
Mustang Enthusiast Shares Experience-of-a-Lifetime
When Vince Capka talks about his Mustangs, it's much like a proud father regaling friends with stories about his newborn baby.

In fact, the 54-year-old retired software developer had the rare opportunity to witness the "birth" of his two beloved pony cars on the final assembly line at the AutoAlliance International (AAI) plant in Flat Rock, Mich. – the first a 2008 Mustang Shelby GT500 and the second a 2012 Mustang Boss 302 Laguna Seca.

To read the full article, click here.

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Jonathan Klinger
365 Days of Model A
Twenty-nine-year-old Jonathan Klinger is on a mission to prove that vintage cars belong on the road, not in the museum.

Klinger is an antique car buff who works as public relations manager for Hagerty Insurance, a Traverse City, Mich., company that specializes in insuring collector cars. One day, he and his boss got to talking about some of the common misconceptions people have about antique cars.

To show people just how affordable, dependable – and enjoyable – antique cars can be, Klinger put his 1999 Ford Explorer into storage and vowed to spend 365 days behind the wheel of a 1930 Model A, which his boss purchased for U.S. $11,000.

To read the full article, click here.

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Ford Volunteers Spring into Action for Children and Families on Ford Accelerated Action Day
In recognition of the importance of children and families, the Ford Volunteer Corps enlisted hundreds of volunteers for projects focused on their needs during the first Ford Accelerated Action Day of the year.

MODEL Teams of more than 300 Ford volunteers worked in shelters, schools and community centers. They are painted, cleaned, built and renovated in support of urgent projects identified by Ford's nonprofit agency partners.

To read the full article, click here.

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Global Notes
London Minicab
London Minicab Firm Orders 1,200 Galaxy MPVs
Europe's largest private hire firm, Addison Lee, has taken delivery of the first of the 1,200 Galaxy models which will join its fleet this year.

To read the full article, click here.

Sao Paulo Fire Department
Ford Brazil Delivers 70 Cargo Trucks to the São Paulo Fire Department
The versatility of special applications of the Ford Cargo line was again demonstrated with the supply of 70 trucks to the Fire Department of Sao Paulo state. The symbolic handover of the units was made to state Governor Geraldo Alckmin and held the display of a Ford F-600 truck from the corporation collection, which showed the brand's heritage in providing for firefighter's needs.

To read the full article, click here.

Transit Connect Electric
Norwegian Post Becomes First European Customer for Transit Connect Electric
Norwegian Post has signed a contract to purchase 20 Transit Connect Electric vehicles, with an option to order more vehicles in the future. Norwegian Post is the largest provider of mail and logistics services and the biggest employer in Norway.

To read the full article, click here.

Silverton Body Shop
South Africa Gears Up for Heavy Duty Body Building
The newly built Silverton Body Shop will play a central part in Ford Motor Company of Southern Africa's new role as a mass production hub for the all-new global Ranger pickup. The new facility has been designed to produce up to 100,000 vehicles annually.

To read the full article, click here.

Ford Focus
400,000th Focus Produced in St. Petersburg Plant
The 400,000th Russian-built Focus rolled off the production line at the Ford plant in Vsevolozhsk, near St. Petersburg.

To read the full article, click here.

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"Ford Ranger Challenge" Offers Unique Test Opportunity in Real-Life Conditions
Ford announced today that it is asking people in selected markets around the world to suggest or nominate tough, real-life challenges for the all-new Ford Ranger. Five lucky participants in each selected market will then be chosen to get behind the wheel of a new Ford Ranger to turn their tough challenge into reality.

To read the full article, click here.

 

Video Corner
Doug
Meet Doug, the 2012 Ford Focus's New Spokespuppet
(Mashable.com) Move over, Mike Rowe. Ford has a new spokesman, or more accurately, spokespuppet. In the past couple of weeks on the Internet, Ford has quietly introduced Doug, an orange puppet, to virally publicize the company's 2012 Focus. Click here to view video.

2012 Ford Focus
Ford Celebrates Launch of the 2012 Ford Focus
(NBC) Ford is celebrating the launch of the 2012 Ford Focus, its first true global vehicle. Two million of the C-Platform vehicles will eventually be built. Click here to view video.

 

Outside Voices
Ford Dethrones Toyota as 2011 Harris Poll EquiTrend Full Line Automotive Brand of the Year
(Harris Interactive) Continuing their steady climb back into the hearts and minds of consumers, domestic brands Ford and Chevrolet nabbed the top two spots in the 2011 Harris Poll EquiTrend® study while last year's highest ranked brand, Toyota, fell to fourth in the rankings, behind Honda. To read the full article, click here.

GM vs. Ford: The Hundred-Year War
(Fortune) It's the mother of all corporate rivalries, bigger than Coke vs. Pepsi, older than Nike vs. Reebok, and more compelling than Pampers vs. Huggies. It's fought with billion-dollar budgets for new models and marketing, and it is subject to more ups and downs than the stock market. To read the full article, click here.

Ford's Mark Fields: Rising Gas Prices May Cause Shift in Car Market
(EgmCarTech) Mark Fields, Ford's president of The Americas, says that with gas prices rising back to 2008 levels, there may come a shift in consumer's buying patterns. To read the full article, click here.

March Stock Mania: Ford Topples Apple
(CNN Money) Though it's had a rough year so far, Ford's stock proved that it is built strong and tough. To read the full article, click here.

2011 Ford Explorer: A Big Improvement
(MarketWatch) Mother Nature cooperated nicely in the road test of the redesigned Ford Explorer, hitting it with some heavy rain, sleet and a light dusting of snow that turned the woods into something almost magical in this West Virginia hamlet. To read the full article, click here.

Ford Set to Gain in the Electric Car Market
(Energy and Capital) Last year, 13,000 drivers ponied up deposits to reserve a Nissan LEAF, Nissan's first all-electric vehicle. To read the full article, click here.

Best of Green Readers' Choice: Cars and Transportation
(Treehugger.com) Vote for the car you think is the best upcoming electric car. To read the full article, click here.

Honda Delaying Orders to U.S. Dealers
(USA Today) General Motors stopped production at the Tonawanda plant in Buffalo that makes engines for the Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon pickups. Assembly of the pickups was halted last week in Shreveport, La., because of a parts shortage. To read the full article, click here.

2011 J.D. Power Vehicle Dependability Survey U.S. Results
(Car Advice) Ford's luxury car brand in the U.S., Lincoln, has topped recent survey for original buyer vehicle dependability. To read the full article, click here.

 

FERA
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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 email addresses for important Ford Motor Company contacts can now be found on @Ford Online at: http://www.at.ford.com/B2B/Pages/Directory2.aspx.

For benefit questions, please contact the NESC at 1-800-248-4444 or email NESC@ford.com.

 

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

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Wells Fargo
Home Mortgage

Planning to take advantage of today's historically low interest rates and lower housing prices? You can get homebuying help with The Employee Mortgage Program® from Wells Fargo. Begin with PriorityBuyer® mortgage preapproval to pinpoint your price range before you begin your search. This shows sellers and real estate agents that you are credit-checked and ready to buy and allows you to house-hung with confidence.

Call us to speak to a dedicated home mortgage consultant at 1-800-644-8083 or visit us online at www.employeemortgage.com/FordMot0082.

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BOLT Lock
Security

Save $10 on your order of BOLT Series Locks – the locks that work with your Ford vehicle key! Simply insert your key, turn once, and the lock learns your key! Offer ongoing. Click here to visit the website.

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.

 

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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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