March 26, 2010

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In this Blue Oval Connect Weekly Briefing…
  • Ford SYNC Hits Two Million Mark; Boosts Resale Value, Purchase Consideration and Customer Satisfaction
  • Ford Transit Connect Builds on Energy Company's Sustainability Efforts
  • Ford Motor Company Recognized as One of the World's Most Ethical Companies by Ethisphere
  • Ford is Winning More New Customers from Competing Brands, Fueling Market Share Gains
  • Achieving Health and Safety Excellence
  • Video: (CNBC) Toyota Says Its Investigation of Runaway Prius Showed Things Were Working Normally
  • Outside Voices: (USA Today) Mitsubishi MiEV Electric Car Earns Thumbs-Up for Fun

 

New York International Auto Show Logo
Announcements
Ford plans to make news at next week's 2010 New York International Auto Show and you're invited to watch it live via webcast.

Click here to watch the Press Conference on March 31, 10:30 a.m. - 10:55 a.m. EDT


Lincoln Launch Event
Announcing Lincoln Launch Event
Now's the time to consider Lincoln with attractive short-term lease rates now available on select new Lincoln vehicles.

Offer ends March 31. Click here for more information.


Savings Plan Administration Change – FAQs Available
The transition of the savings plan administration from Fidelity to Affiliated Computer Services, Inc (ACS) occurred Jan. 5, 2010. We have developed a list of answers to the most Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) from employees and retirees. We hope you take a moment to view them on @Ford Online (http://www.at.ford.com/).

If you are a Salaried Retiree, click here to view the recent FAQs. If you are a Hourly Retiree click here to view the recent FAQs.

To visit the savings plan Web site, go to: http://www.myfordbenefits.com/ and follow the instructions to log in.


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.

 

Top Stories
Ford SYNC
Ford SYNC Hits Two Million Mark; Boosts Resale Value, Purchase Consideration and Customer Satisfaction
The popular Ford SYNC voice-controlled communications and infotainment system has been winning over buyers at its fastest pace ever, with Ford announcing SYNC has now been installed on more than two million Ford, Lincoln and Mercury vehicles.

"The success of SYNC proves that customers want to be connected," said Ken Czubay, Ford vice president of U.S. Marketing, Sales and Service. "The speed with which we’ve hit the two million mark, the premium SYNC adds at auction, and the improvements in purchase consideration show that it is a true differentiator for us, adding real value for the customer."

SYNC, built on the Microsoft Windows Embedded Automotive software platform, hit two million units only 10 months after Ford delivered its 1-millionth SYNC-equipped vehicle, a 2010 Fusion Hybrid, to Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer. The first SYNC systems were delivered in fall 2007.

To read the full article, click here.

Ford Transit Connect
Ford Transit Connect Builds on Energy Company's Sustainability Efforts
DTE Energy, a company that provides natural gas and electric utility services to 3.4 million Michigan homes and businesses, recently purchased 19 Ford Transit Connects and is exploring ways to integrate the new compact van into its vehicle fleet.

"What interested our team in the Ford Transit Connect was the fuel economy," said Gerard Huvaere, DTE Energy Fleet Operations. "It provides better fuel economy than many of the full-size pickup trucks and vans we have in our fleet."

According to Huvaere, the initial 19 Transit Connects are being used internally to transport materials from warehouses to various locations, to deliver interoffice mail and to move electric meters throughout the system. Some also are being used by the company's facilities maintenance personnel.

To read the full article, click here.

 

Ford News
Ethical Companies by Ethisphere
Ford Motor Company Recognized as One of the World's Most Ethical Companies by Ethisphere
Ford Motor Company has been recognized as one of the world's most ethical companies by the Ethisphere Institute, a leading business ethics think tank.

Ford is among 100 global companies chosen for the designation from a field of thousands of companies in more than 100 countries and 36 industries. Ford is the only automaker to receive the honor in 2010. The results are based on an extensive review of companies' social responsibility efforts, corporate governance and business practices.

"Ford Motor Company is honored and pleased to receive this recognition," said Ford Executive Chairman Bill Ford. "At Ford, we're not only committed to making great products and building a strong business, we believe in contributing to a better world and doing business in an ethical way."

To read the full article, click here.

Ford Taurus
Ford is Winning More New Customers from Competing Brands, Fueling Market Share Gains
Ford is increasingly attracting customers who are trading in vehicles from competing brands, one of the keys to Ford’s recent market share gains in U.S.

For the Ford brand, the rate of customers who traded in competitive brand vehicles rose 18 percent from the 2005 to 2009 model year. The conquest rate for Lincoln rose 61 percent, while Mercury saw a 12 percent increase from 2005 to 2009.

Among Ford vehicles, the Fusion Hybrid, Escape Hybrid and Mustang attract the most customers who trade in competing brands. For example, more than 60 percent of trade-ins for the Fusion Hybrid were non-Ford vehicles. More than 50 percent of trade-ins for the Ford Mustang were competitive brands.

To read the full article, click here.

Achieving Health and Safety Excellence
Achieving Health and Safety Excellence
Each year the Ford Motor Company President's Health and Safety Awards are presented to individuals, plant facilities and staff organizations within the Company.

This year the Roman Krygier Award for Health and Safety Leadership was presented to Felix Guillen, director, Manufacturing Operations and Product Development for Ford of Mexico.

This award is founded upon the health and safety leadership principles demonstrated by Roman Krygier during his tenure with the Company, including his lifelong commitment for employee health and safety and process discipline. Eligible candidates for this award must be nominated by their peers, satisfy required judging criteria and demonstrate contributions that have resulted in significant improvements in an organizations health and safety performance and culture.

To read the full article, click here.

 

Executive Q&A
EcoBoost Four-Cylinder Advanced Turbo-Charge Petrol Direct Injection Engine

Tony Della Zanna
Powertrain Technology Specialist
Ford Motor Company

While Ford moves ahead with its vehicle electrification strategy, which includes hybrids, plug-in hybrids and battery electric vehicles, the company continues to improve the fuel efficiency and performance of its gasoline engines. Powertrain Technology Specialist Tony Della Zanna discusses the recent technologies Ford has introduced on its gasoline engines and what may be ahead for these proven powerplants.

Q: How much of the energy produced by a gasoline internal combustion engine is used to actually turn the wheels of a car or truck?
A: Gas engine efficiency – converting fuel energy into mechanical work – runs somewhere between 30 to 34 percent in conventional engines at their optimum running point. But during typical driving, the average efficiency is only about 25 to 30 percent.

Q: How does EcoBoost engine technology help improve the efficiency of gasoline engines?
A: EcoBoost, utilizing turbocharging and direct fuel injection technologies, improves vehicle fuel efficiency by allowing the use of reduced-displacement engines, which operate closer to the optimum running point during typical driving. Boosting, whether turbocharging or supercharging, increases engine specific output – torque and power – enabling the use of smaller engines without compromising real-world vehicle performance.

Q: What is the difference between turbocharging and supercharging?
A: Turbocharging utilizes engine exhaust gases to rotate a high-speed turbine, which drives a compressor. The compressor pressurizes the air/fuel mixture, cramming more into the cylinder, which helps increase power. Normally, a supercharger is mechanically-driven by a belt connected to the engine crankshaft. Therefore, the supercharger actually consumes engine power to spin and compress the intake air, which leads to added fuel consumption versus the turbocharger.

To read the full Q&A, click here.

 

Global Notes
Ford Focus
Ford Brazil Launches Focus 2.0-Liter with Flex Fuel Engine
After launching the 1.6 Flex Fuel Sigma engine version, Ford Brazil complements the 2010 new Focus line-up with the introduction of Duratec 2.0 Flex Fuel engine. The new version was presented at regional events in the cities of São Paulo, Porto Alegre, Campinas, Brasilia and Recife. In total, 118 journalists participated in the Engineering and Marketing technical presentations and in a drive appraisal.

In addition to the introduction of the Duratec 2.0 Flex Fuel engine, the model also received new equipment, including a modern sound and connectivity system, and comes with extremely competitive pricing in the hatches and mid-size sedans segments.

To read the full article, click here.

Alan Mulally
Ford Chief Goes East
After flying to India, where he met the little Ford Figo, Ford President and CEO Alan Mulally continued on to China where he brought the same good news of Ford's exciting progress around the world to employees, media and a key business forum.

"We are two to three years ahead of what anyone thought we would ever be," he said. "The neat thing is because we've been able to recover from the recession, accelerate the development of new products, start paying back our loans, Ford is in a very, very solid financial position right now."

To read the full article, click here.

Chassis Cab Version of Transit Connect
Ford Transit Chassis Cab, A New Solution for Urban Transportation in Brazil
Ford Brazil recently launched the chassis cab version of the Transit. The vehicle, which was presented last week to a group of 50 specialized journalists during an event in Sao Paulo, expands the most modern passenger and cargo van line available in the Brazilian market.

In addition to having all the advantages already known to the Transit, like performance, economy, safety and technology, the model represents a new solution for transporting bulky loads in urban areas. It offers ease of attachment installation and may include a trunk up to 20.3 m3, providing the best use of space in the category.

To read the full article, click here.

Celebrating 10 Years of Youth Sports Tournament
Ford and its Dealers Celebrate 10 Years of Youth Sports Tournament
Ford and its dealers in Mexico support the philosophy that education is the most valuable investment toward improving society, which is why the Civic Committee was created back in 1966. As a result, the School Building Project evolved to support activities that represent these ideals.

The project's main objective is to open elementary schools that provide a quality education to children living in underprivileged areas. To date, the program has built 209 schools in nearly every state of Mexico, 150,000 children attend these Ford schools everyday, and more than 2 million children graduated from them.

To read the full article, click here.

Related Material:

Ford S-MAX
S-MAX Voted Best MPV in UK Awards
The S-Max was named Best MPV at last week's 2010 Fleet News Awards. The award judges commented: "Good design, practical, high quality, flexible and driver appeal ensure the S-Max retains its MPV crown. This car allows people to choose a people carrier without feeling like they are driving a big car."

To read the full article, click here.

 

Video Corner
Toyota Prius
Toyota Says Its Investigation of Runaway Prius Showed Things Were Working Normally
(CNBC) Toyota said in a news conference that its investigation showed there were no problems with the alleged runaway Prius in California. Click here to view video.

 

Outside Voices
Mitsubishi MiEV Electric Car Earns Thumbs-Up for Fun
(USA Today) It's small, thrifty and fun to drive. That's Paul Scott and wife Zan Dubin Scott's verdict on the Mitsubishi iMiEV, an electric car headed to America. To read the full article, click here.

Chrysler Whistle-Blower's Tip Brings U.S. Charges of Global Bribery by Daimler
(Detroit Free Press) Nine years ago, Chrysler auditor David Bazzetta was shocked to hear from DaimlerChrysler executives in Germany that the company regularly bribed foreign governments for business – even though they knew it violated U.S. law. To read the full article, click here.

Try to Beat this Police Car – to be Powered by BMW
(USA Today) Police cruisers of the future may catch more speeders than ever – and the reason is under the hood. That police car could be powered by BMW – a BMW diesel engine to be exact. To read the full article, click here.

2013 Fiat 500 EV Confirmed for U.S. Debut in 2012
(Edmunds Inside Line) With the 2011 Nissan Leaf and the 2011 Chevrolet Volt in the crosshairs, Chrysler on Monday confirmed that it will launch the 2013 Fiat 500 electric vehicle in the U.S. sometime in 2012. To read the full article, click here.

Nissan’s Global Auto Production May Rise 13 Percent Next Fiscal Year
(Bloomberg) Nissan Motor Co., Japan’s third-largest automaker, may raise its global output by about 13 percent next fiscal year. To read the full article, click here.

Ford to Sell Edge as SUV in China
(Detroit Free Press) Ford said late Wednesday that it plans to ship the Ford Edge from Canada to China as part of an effort to broaden its lineup in one of the world's fastest-growing automotive markets. To read the full article, click here.

Toyota will Replace Pedals for Unhappy Owners
(Detroit Free Press) Toyota has told dealers it will provide replacement accelerator pedals to owners who are unsatisfied with their repairs under the massive recall following dozens of complaints about the fix. To read the full article, click here.

 

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

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

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

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

 

Special Information
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Ford 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/.

Upcoming Fera Club Events

March 23 – April 21:
Ford Employee's Softball Association – FESA (Dearborn, Mich.)

The Ford Employee's Softball Association (FESA) is looking for teams, partial teams, and individual players, to play at Rotunda Fields for the 2010 season. The leagues will start at the beginning of May. For more information, click here, or contact Mike Parsons at 313-594-6765 or MPARSON1@ford.com.

Ford Athletic Swim & Triathlon Club
March 30 & April 1:
Ford Soccer Club – Men's Outdoor Tryouts (Dearborn, Mich.)

For anyone who plays soccer and is looking for a competitive team, the Ford Soccer Club is holding Men's Outdoor Tryouts. Tryouts will take place at OL Smith Middle School (23851 Yale Street) on Tuesday, March 30 at 5:30 p.m. and Thursday, April 1 at 5:30 p.m. For more information, click here, or contact Kevin Payne at 979-575-8043 or KPAYNE13@ford.com.

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.

 

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. Discounts are made available to you from a wide array of businesses ranging from clothing, accessories and consumer electronics to financial services, travel and entertainment. Our new Special Offers section makes it easy for you to shop around for the best prices.

This Week's Specials…

Renewal by Andersen
Renewal by Andersen
Window Replacement

Renewal by Andersen provides 10% off on your window and door replacement project.

To schedule your free in-home consultation: call 1-866-713-4667 (Please identify yourself as an employee of Ford) or click here.

Target
Target

Save 10 percent off at Target.com.

Target has everything from furniture and home decor to clothing and the latest electronics. Get ready for the biggest sale of the season with spring just around the corner. Click here to begin shopping.

Jackson Hewitt Tax Service
Jackson Hewitt
Tax Service

Save $25 on tax preperation.

Let Jackson Hewitt review a prior-year tax return, whether prepared by you or another tax preperation company. Jackson Hewitt alerts you of any missed deductions or credits and then, for a fee, will file your amended return.

To find the nearest location, call 1-800-234-1040 or visit www.jacksonhewitt.com.

Click here to view your coupon.

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 of Every Month (Milton, Ga.)

The next general membership meeting will be held on the second Tuesday in April at the Ford Regional office. If you would like further information about the meeting 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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The retiree group is comprised of females that formerly worked at the Rawsonville Plant. The group meets at Haab's Restaurant (18 West Michigan Ave.) at 1 p.m. If anyone would like to be included on the group's mailing list or is interested in more information, please contact Rhonda Colthorp at RCOLTHORP@peoplepc.com.

Indianapolis Ford Retirees
First Monday of Every Month (Indianapolis, Ind.)

The Indianapolis retirees meet the first Monday of each month with the exception of September which will be on the Sept. 14 this year due to the Labor Day holiday. For more information, contact Joe Hendricks at JOE_HENDRICKS_742@comcast.net.

Kansas City Ford Salaried Retiree Club
Fourth Wednesday of the Month (Jan, Mar, May and Sep) (Kansas City, Mo.)
We're pleased to invite everyone to our next luncheon occuring on Wednesday, March 24.
If you are a retired salaried Ford employee in the Kansas City area and would like to join our club, we welcome you. We have great food, select common topic of interest to present to the membership and social time filled with laughter and smiles as we greet old friends and coworkers. If this interests you or if you would like more information, contact Johnny Caldwell at JONCAL@swbell.net.

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.

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.

March 31:
Cleveland Engine and Casting Plants Salaried Retiree Club Luncheon (Olmsted Township, OH)

The Ford Salary Retiree Club is taking a trip to Seneca Allegheny Casino, New York. It is $30 per person and upon arrival you will be offered $20 in gambling cash and $5 to buy your lunch. Bus leaves CEP#1 hourly lot (5600 Henry Ford Blvd., also known an Engle Road) promptly at 7 a.m. and will be returning no later than 10 p.m. Snacks and beverages will be provided on the bus. Be sure to bring a valid driver's license or picture ID and if you have one, bring a Casino-issued ID. For more information, contact Mary Kay Dessoffy at FORDRETIREES@yahoo.com.

April 13:
Manatee-Sarasota Salaried Retirees (University Park, Fla.)

The next general membership meeting will be held on Tuesday, April 13 at Starbucks (5485 University Parkway). If you would like further information about the meeting or the Manatee-Sarasota Salaried Retirees, please contact Den Ras at MANATEE-SARASOTAFORDRETIREES@hotmail.com.

April 14:
Dearborn/Allen Park Retired Ford Cafeteria Employees (Dearborn, Mich.)

The retirees of Ford Motor Company that have worked in the cafeterias in the Dearborn/Allen Park area are going to meet at Liberati's (6451 Miller Road) at 6 p.m. For more information, contact Judy Hernandez at JUDY42KAY@aol.com.

May 26:
Cleveland Engine and Casting Plants Salaried Retiree Club Luncheon (Olmsted Township, OH)

The Ford Salary Retiree Club meets 3-4 times a year for luncheons, which are held at the German American Cultural Center (7370 Columbia Road). There is a $10 fee and they require a reservation, which must be received two weeks before the event. To reserve, send checks made to the Ford Salary Retiree Club at the following address: P.O. Box 566, North Olmsted, OH 44070. For more information, contact Mary Kay Dessoffy at FORDRETIREES@yahoo.com.

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
Mustang Owners Club of Southeastern Michigan
March 27:
Mustang Owners Club of Southeastern Michigan 2010 Annual Spring "Swap & Shop" (Dearborn, Mich.)

Mustang & Ford Swap Meet at Village Ford (23535 Michigan Avenue) 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 http://www.mocsem.org/.

Industry Sings Presents
April 18:
Industry Sings Presents (Redford, Mich.)

Industry Sings presents its 53rd Annual Concert. It will be held at Thurston High School (26255 Schoolcraft) at 4:00 p.m. Free admission! Featured performances are the DTE Singers, Ford Motor Company Chorus and Gentlemen Songsters with special guests, including American Liberty Pop Singers and Livonia Civic Chorus. For more information about this event, including a map, click here or call 734-968-9358.

May 30 - 31:
SAAC-MCR 35th annual Show and Go (Dearborn, Mich.)

On May 30 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (show and swap meet) will take place at Ford World Headquarters SE lot (Southfield Freeway and Michigan Ave.)and on May 31 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. ("Go" track event) will take place at the Waterford Hills Road Race Course (4770 Waterford Road, Clarkston, MI). For more information, click to http://www.saac-mcr.net/ or contact Jim Binder at SASGROUP@comcast.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.

 


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