March 4, 2011

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In this Blue Oval Connect Weekly Briefing…
  • Fiesta, Focus, Edge, Explorer Pace Ford's 23 Percent Increase in February Retail Sales
  • Ford Canada: Top-Selling Automaker for February and Year-to-Date
  • Ford Suppliers Add 5,500 Jobs to Support Global Launch of All-New Ford Focus
  • Ford Hits $5 Million Mark in Funds Contributed to Local High Schools
  • Let it Snow: Cold Weather No Problem for Ford Focus Electric's Liquid-Heated Battery System
  • Video: (WJR) Ford CFO Lewis Booth Interviewed at the 2011 Geneva Motor Show
  • Outside Voices: (CNN Money) Ford Mustang Wins in Consumer Reports Top Picks

 

Announcements
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.


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Latest News from Peer Support
The huge but complicated Medicare.gov website has been further strengthened to help customers in identifying which health care insurance offerings, for both Medicare Advantage and Medigap programs, are available in their states and counties and at what price. To get the best information, the retiree must submit specific information about himself/herself. Another excellent website for obtaining general health care information and Medicare explanations is the National Institute of Health's Medline Plus. Click here to view the section on the website dedicated to seniors. Our Peer Support volunteer service is now operating year round. Send any questions you may have to peer-support@ford-umbrella-group.org or look at our website (http:www.ford-umbrella-group.org).

This was another active and political week in the health care debate, even though other news stories pushed the issue off the front page and lead of news broadcasts. The White House announced that it is willing to work with states to allow them to opt out of parts of the national legislation starting in 2013, as long as the states provided comparable service and guarantees to their citizens. The Florida judge who ruled against the entire legislation a few weeks ago responded to the administration's question about timing by granting a stay to permit an appeal to be filed. Judge Vinson said that appeal should be made by the government within seven days. One or more of the many cases pending against the constitutionality of the legislation seems increasingly likely to reach the Supreme Court, but it will not necessarily be this case, which takes the most dramatic action against the legislation.

Peer Support learned this week that Michigan holders of Mutual of Omaha Medigap policies issued prior to June 2010 will be subject to an 18 percent premium increase effective April 1. Click here for more information on this issue. Retirees who wish to consider switching to a different Medigap health care insurance company may do so at any time they wish once per year, but potentially will be subject to an insurability questionnaire on their health. Switches to a Medicare Advantage Plan cannot be made until the Annual Enrollment Period takes affect starting in mid-October. Checking with at least two of the three Decision Navigators whose contact information is on our website would be a good way to learn of alternative plans and prices.


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
Ford Oval
Fiesta, Focus, Edge, Explorer Pace Ford's 23 Percent Increase in February Retail Sales
Consumer demand for Ford's fuel-efficient vehicles continues to grow as February U.S. retail sales increased 23 percent versus a year ago.

Ford's total February sales, including sales to fleet customers, were 156,626, up 14 percent.

Ford offers 12 vehicles that lead their sales segments in fuel economy, including four vehicles with EPA-certified 40 mpg or higher fuel economy ratings – a claim no other full-line automaker can match.

To read the full article, click here.

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Ford Explorer
Ford Canada: Top-Selling Automaker for February and Year-to-Date
Ford of Canada is the top-selling automaker for the month of February and year-to-date in Canada with strong performance amongst cars and SUVs. February car sales were up 7 percent and SUV sales increased 7 percent with Lincoln MKZ and Ford Explorer leading the pack. Overall vehicle sales were down 10 percent compared to a record-breaking February last year with Ford Canada's year-to-date sales up 3 percent.

To read the full article, click here.

2012 Ford Focus
Ford Suppliers Add 5,500 Jobs to Support Global Launch of All-New Ford Focus
As the all-new Ford Focus gets set to hit dealer showrooms across Europe and North America, Ford's global supply network is expanding to meet the needs of the vehicle's international launch.

Of the 310 suppliers in 22 countries making parts for the new Focus, many are adding jobs, facilities and equipment in local communities to produce the vehicle. Others have been able to maintain employment levels as a result of Focus sourcing. Among the major Focus suppliers alone, 5,500 jobs have been added at facilities in North America, Europe and Asia to produce parts for the new Focus.

To read the full article, click here.

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Ford Hits $5 Million Mark in Funds Contributed to Local High Schools
Ford kicked off its popular Drive One 4 UR School program this week and enters 2011 with more than U.S. $5 million in funds donated to high schools nationwide since the program's inception in 2007. The program is Ford's most successful test-drive initiative ever executed.

Since the start of the program, more than 255,000 test-drives at more than 1,500 events in 49 states have been hosted by Ford and its dealers around the country.

To read the full article, click here.

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Ford News
Five-Door Hatchback Ford Focus Electric
Let it Snow: Cold Weather No Problem for Ford Focus Electric's Liquid-Heated Battery System
Cold temperatures and consistent snowfall can slow things down in the winter, but not the Ford Focus Electric. Thanks to the use of an advanced active liquid-heating system, the battery provides additional power, longer range and is preconditioned after charging – all in cold temperatures.

Extreme temperatures can affect battery performance and reduce the range of electric vehicles. The range will not be impacted as much with a liquid-heated system compared to an air system. That's why Ford will use an advanced active liquid-cooling and heating system to regulate the temperature of its lithium-ion battery packs, which are designed to operate under a range of ambient conditions.

To read the full article, click here.

SYNC Goes Global
Ford SYNC to be More Multilingual as Vocabulary Expands to Industry-Leading 19 Languages
Ford is expanding the reach of Ford SYNC® globally with the European launch of its popular voice-controlled connectivity system, with the capability of now offering 19 languages.

SYNC was originally launched in North America in 2007 with three languages. With the additional 16 vernaculars, Ford will offer voice recognition capability, powered by Nuance Communications, in more languages than any other automaker offering voice control.

To read the full article, click here.

SYNC 911 Assist
Ford Developers Turn Metro Detroit into Europe to Test European Version of SYNC 911 Assist
The flexibility of the Ford SYNC® connectivity platform continues to demonstrate its technological prowess, allowing Ford engineers to use unique software solutions to develop the European version of the emergency assistance feature SYNC 911 Assist.

While the features and benefits of 911 Assist and the European-market Emergency Assistance feature are nearly identical, the implementation of Emergency Assistance presented a series of challenges for Ford developers.

To read the full article, click here.

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Ford Flex
Ford Aims to Attract More Customers with Titanium
Titanium. The very word evokes thoughts of luxury and technological sophistication. And in Ford speak, that's precisely what it is designed to do – symbolize the highest level of style and content available in a vehicle.

Most vehicle lines in Europe feature a top-of-the-line Titanium option, and the take rate among consumers has been very high. Seventy-one percent of customers who purchased the C-MAX compact multi-activity vehicle in 2010, for example, chose the Titanium series, and the seven-seat S-MAX Titanium made up nearly 70 percent of the product mix.

To read the full article, click here.

Ford Flex
Forecasting the Future of Transportation
Environmentally friendly automobiles are becoming a reality, but the next big challenge will be traffic congestion in the world's crowded cities, according to Ford Executive Chairman Bill Ford. Ford recently outlined his vision for the future of transportation at the 2011 TED Conference in Long Beach, Calif.

TED began in 1984 as a conference bringing together influential thinkers from the worlds of technology, entertainment and design (hence T-E-D). Since then, it has expanded to feature topics ranging from business and robotics to music and cooking.

To read the full article, click here.

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Executive Corner
Bill Ford

Bill Ford
Executive Chairman
Ford Motor Company

Q: You were an environmental champion even before it was a widely accepted belief. Looking back over the last two decades, how would you describe Ford's progress in protecting the environment?
A: Years ago, the general attitude in the auto industry was that being in compliance with environmental regulations was sufficient. That attitude has changed significantly over time, especially at Ford. Now we are doing everything we can to be a leader in addressing environmental issues. I am really proud and excited about that. Over the last two decades, we've taken pollutants out of tailpipe exhaust, pushed fuel efficiency to new heights and are in the process of reducing and eventually eliminating CO2 emissions.

One of the biggest milestones is a recent one: the introduction of electrified vehicles that match vehicles with conventional powertrains in comfort, function and safety. These vehicles not only represent the next evolution of the automobile, but also the most revolutionary change in our industry in the last 100 years.

Besides our attitude towards environmental issues, another big change has been in the technology that is available. As recently as five years ago, a lot of the technology that could make a real difference on a mass scale was still under development. Now it is ready to go, and we are making it available to our customers.

To read the full discussion, click here.

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Global Notes
C-MAX Energi
C-MAX Energi Leads Electric Charge
Ford is bringing hybrid electric vehicles to Europe, introducing first the C-MAX Energi plug-in hybrid at the 2011 Geneva Motor Show. It will go on sale in Europe together with the C-MAX Hybrid in 2013.

To read the full article, click here.

B-MAX
Innovative New Ford Model Unveiled in Geneva
The B-MAX, an innovative new small car, is making its appearance on the Ford stand at the 2011 Geneva Motor Show.

To read the full article, click here.

SYNC Technology
Ford Works with Partners to Ensure SYNC is World-Leading
When SYNC® arrives in Europe in 2012, Ford will be at the forefront of integrated in-car communication, voice-controlled operation and in-car entertainment options.

To read the full article, click here.

Ford Ranger
New Ranger Makes European Debut
The all-new Ranger Wildtrak is making its global debut at the 2011 Geneva Motor Show.

To read the full article, click here.

Transit Connect Electric
Transit Connect Electric Unveiled
Ford is showcasing a development version of its zero-emission Transit Connect Electric at the 2011 Geneva Motor Show.

To read the full article, click here.

2011 Mondeo
CFMA Celebrates the Production of the 2011 Ford Mondeo in China
There was a chorus of loud cheers and clapping when the first 2011 Ford Mondeo was driven off the Changan Ford Mazda Automotive (CFMA) Chongqing Plant production line on the afternoon of Feb. 25.

To read the full article, click here.

 

Video Corner
Lewis Booth
Ford CFO Lewis Booth Interviewed at the 2011 Geneva Motor Show
(WJR) Ford CFO Lewis Booth is interviewed at the 2011 Geneva Motor Show. He says Ford is committed to all of its vehicles being best-in-class. Click here to view video.

Ford Focus
EPA Certifies that Ford Focus Gets 40 MPG on Highway
(FOX) The EPA certified that the Ford Focus gets 40 mpg on the highway. Click here to view video.

 

Outside Voices
Ford Mustang Wins in Consumer Reports Top Picks
(CNN Money) Consumer Reports annual list of Top Picks for new cars has one particularly surprising winner, the Ford Mustang. To read the full article, click here.

Ford Named Most Improved Carmaker by Consumer Reports
(Bloomberg) Ford improved the most since last year in Consumer Reports's annual automaker rankings, bolstered by reliability for resale value, the magazine said. To read the full article, click here.

Bill Ford on the Future of his Brand and the Business
(Smart Business) Executive Chairman Bill Ford never thought he’d see the day when Chrysler and GM would be forced into bankruptcy proceedings, when American automakers were in such peril that they had to look to the government for a bailout or when the entire auto industry was teetering on the brink of disaster. To read the full article, click here.

CeBIT: Mulally: 2 Million SYNC-Equipped Fords in Europe by 2015
(AutomotiveIT) Ford President and CEO Alan Mulally said Tuesday he expects nearly 2 million SYNC®-equipped vehicles on European roads by 2015. To read the full article, click here.

Ford Remains a Huge Factor in Europe's Auto Market
(USA Today) Ford is apparently still on a roll in Europe, just as it is in the U.S. To read the full article, click here.

Ford Focuses on Flexibility at its Factories
(USA Today) At a sprawling complex outside Detroit, a Ford plant that once churned out hulking SUVs has been retooled to make small vehicles in a new way. To read the full article, click here.

Automakers Post Double-Digit February Sales Gains
(Detroit News) February marked the strongest U.S. car and truck sales pace since August 2009, according to figures compiled by AutoData Corp. To read the full article, click here.

Gas Price Fears Give U.S. Auto Sales a Lift in February
(Los Angeles) Demand for smaller, fuel-efficient cars helps increase new-vehicle sales 27 percent compared with a year earlier as prices at the pump climb. To read the full article, click here.

The Best Green Cars for the Buck
(Forbes.com) Want a green car worth the premium you'll pay for that hybrid or diesel technology? 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.

AARP
AARP
Health and Finances

AARP is now offering a special 15 percent discount on annual dues. If you or your spouse is 50 or over, join or renew your AARP Membership and enjoy everyday savings on prescriptions, groceries, restaurants, travel and more.
Click here for more information.

Wells Fargo
Wells Fargo
Home Mortgage

Mortgage rates are down – Act now! Opportunity knocks! Open the door to:

  • Increased cash flow – Refinancing could lower your monthly payments and/or eliminate costly mortgage insurance
  • Payment peace of mind – Switch from an adjustable-rate mortgage to a predictable fixed-rate loan
  • Cover large expenses – Access funds to renovate your home, pay off high-interest debt, or make major purchases
  • Earlier financial freedom – A shorter loan term can help you pay off your mortgage faster

Call today to speak with a dedicated home mortgage consultant at 1-866-293-4789 or go online at www.employeemortgage.com/Fordmot10019.

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
Second Tuesday in March (Milton, Ga.)
The next general membership meeting will be held on Tuesday, Mar. 8, at the Ford Regional Office (13010 Morris Rd. Corporate Center One Ste. 500) from 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. If you would like further information about the meetings or the Ford Metro Atlanta Salaried Retirees Club, please contact Bob Loovis at COUNTRYCOVEFARM@comcast.net.

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

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

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

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

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
March 6:
SAAC-MCR Winter All Ford Swap Meet (Woodhaven, Mich.)

Swap Meet takes place snow or shine at Gorno Ford (22025 Allen Rd.) from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. (Vender set up 7 a.m.) For more information, call Kurt Fredrickson 1-734-837-9614 or visit www.saac-mcr.net.

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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.

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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