May 13, 2011

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In this Blue Oval Connect Weekly Briefing…
  • 2011 Ford F-150 Earns IIHS Top Safety Pick
  • Lincoln MKX Crossover Earns IIHS "Top Safety Pick," Joins Latest Lincoln Models with Best Performance
  • Weed 'Em and Reap: Ford, Ohio State Look to Put Dandelion Roots to Use in Vehicles
  • Ford Developers Look to Use Google Prediction API to Optimize Energy Efficiency; Research Presented at Google I/O
  • 2011 Annual Meeting Voting Results
  • Video: (Live! With Regis and Kelly) New Ford Focus to be Given to "Top Teacher"
  • Outside Voices: (Automotive News) Talk From The Top: Ford's Fields – We're Ready To Grow Despite Quake, Fuel Crises

 

Announcements
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Take Part in the Ford Tech Tour Experience
In April and May, we've focused attention on SYNC® and MyFord Touch and the importance of "Walking the Talk" in use of our industry-leading, hands-free technologies. We're asking you to SYNC First and encourage others to do the same.

We've provided a pocket guide in April's edition of @Ford magazine and daily tips and answers to your most frequently asked questions on @Ford Online.

Now we're taking it a step further.

During the week of May 16, we are bringing our Ford Tech Tour Experience to Dearborn, with hands-on ways to learn about SYNC and SYNC with MyFord Touch.

SYNC experts also will be available at special Drive-Up service lanes where you can bring your car and get assistance pairing your mobile device, creating a SYNC account or just answering questions about your SYNC system.

This is a unique opportunity to have one-on-one interaction whether you need help setting up SYNC or learning more of the features available. Family members are also invited to participate and we've opened up the timing to include Saturday.

Please join us, no reservation for the event is necessary and no confirmation is needed, to take part in the Tech Tour OR the Drive-Up lanes. For faster service please log onto syncmyride.com to register your SYNC or MyFord equipped car prior to attending. You'll need your VIN number when registering.

Interactive Tech Tour & Drive-Up Locations
  • Tuesday, May 17:
    10 a.m. - 2 p.m., Regent Court Parking Lot View Map
  • Wednesday, May 18:
    10 a.m. - 2 p.m., PDC Showroom Parking Lot View Map
  • Thursday, May 19:
    10 a.m. - 2 p.m., PDC Showroom Parking Lot
  • Friday, May 20:
    10 a.m. - 2 p.m., WHQ South Parking Lot View Map
  • Saturday, May 21:
    10 a.m. - 3 p.m., WHQ South Parking Lot
For General Questions, send email to: "Driveone"


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Swap Your Ride Event
Now is a great time to swap your ride for a new Ford car, truck, SUV or CUV because no one has more cars that get 40 mpg!1

You don't have to sacrifice fuel economy for technology, comfort or capability. Check out Ford Taurus, the most innovative full-size sedan in America.2 Take a look at the available SYNC® with MyFord Touch,3 which puts 10,000 commands at your fingertips, available in the new 2011 Ford Edge. And, of course, don't forget F-Series pickups, simply the best-selling trucks for 34 years running.

See your local Ford Dealer anytime until June 2 to take advantage of the Swap Your Ride Sales Event. Click here for more information.

Disclaimer:
1EPA – estimated 40 hwy mpg. 2011 Fiesta SE with SFE; 40 hwy mpg, 2012 Focus SE with SFE; 41 city mpg, 2011 Fusion Hybrid.
2Based on the total number of first-in-class/class-exclusive features. Class is Full-Size Non Luxury Sedans.
3Driving while distracted can result in loss of vehicle control. Only use SYNC/MyFord Touch/other devices, even with voice commands, when it is safe to do so. Some features may be locked out while the vehicle is in gear.


 

Top Stories
Ford F-150
2011 Ford F-150 Earns IIHS Top Safety Pick
The 2011 Ford F-150 SuperCrew is building on Ford's safety leadership by earning a Top Safety Pick rating from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) for models built after February 2011.

Ford now has 11 vehicles on the road in the U.S. that have earned Top Safety Picks, which adds to its leading number of top U.S. safety ratings. To earn a Top Safety Pick, a vehicle must receive a rating of "good" in offset frontal-, side- and rear-impact tests and the new roof strength evaluation, as well as offer electronic stability control.

To read the full article, click here.

Lincoln MKX
Lincoln MKX Crossover Earns IIHS "Top Safety Pick," Joins Latest Lincoln Models with Best Performance
The redesigned 2011 Lincoln MKX two-row premium utility has earned an IIHS "Top Safety Pick" designation when built after February 2011, adding to its distinctive design, intuitive technology and best blend of power and fuel economy among V6 luxury premium utility competitors.

The latest 2011 MKX joins MKS flagship sedan, MKT three-row premium utility and MKZ luxury sedan in the IIHS winner's circle. All Lincoln models feature a number of safety technologies such as advanced radar warning systems.

To read the full article, click here.

Ford Uses Dandelions in Vehicles
Weed 'Em and Reap: Ford, Ohio State Look to Put Dandelion Roots to Use in Vehicles
When homeowners see dandelions sprouting, they start thinking of ways to get rid of the weed, but researchers at Ford and the Ohio State University see a plant that can serve as a new sustainable resource for rubber.

Not all dandelions are created equal, meaning not all can be used as a sustainable resource for rubber. The suitable species for this project is the Russian dandelion, Taraxacum kok-saghyz (TKS), which is being grown at the Ohio State University's Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center (OARDC). A milky-white substance that seeps from the roots of this species of dandelion is used to produce the rubber. The material might then be used in places such as cupholders, floor mats and interior trim.

To read the full article, click here.

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Ford Uses Google
Ford Developers Look to Use Google Prediction API to Optimize Energy Efficiency; Research Presented at Google I/O
Ford researchers are harnessing the power of cloud computing, analytics and Google innovation to identify technologies that could make tomorrow's vehicles smart enough to independently change how they perform to deliver optimal driveability and fuel efficiency.

Ford researchers are applying Google's Prediction API to more than two years of their own predictive driver behavior research and analysis. The Google API can convert information such as historical driving data – where a driver has traveled and at what time of day for example – into useful real-time predictions, such as where a driver is headed at the time of departure.

To read the full article, click here.

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Ford News
Ford Oval
2011 Annual Meeting Voting Results
A total of 100 people attended the annual meeting of shareholders in Wilmington, Del., on Thursday, May 12.

Voting results indicate that a total of 3,166,244,154 shares of common stock and 70,800,728 shares of Class B Stock with a total aggregate of 5,648,446,877 votes were represented in person or by proxy at the annual meeting. These shares represented 91.0 percent of all the votes that could have been cast at the annual meeting.

To read the full article, click here.

Ford Mustang
Ford Mustang Facebook Fans Choose 'Mayhem' as New Name for V6 Performance Package
The Ford Mustang V6 Performance Package delivers on "fun, fast and affordable," and now it has an all-new name to go along with that. After Ford reached out to the nearly 1.4 million fans on the Mustang Facebook page, "Mayhem Mustang Package" has been chosen as the new name.

More than 3,000 submissions were made to the Mustang Facebook page and nearly 6,700 users installed the "You Name It" app that let them participate in the contest. The winning submission came from a fan in Charlotte, N.C., who has won a three-year lease on a 2012 Mustang equipped with the Mayhem Mustang Package.

To read the full article, click here.

Henry Huang
Ford Employee Awarded 2011 Test Engineer of the Year
Henry Huang, a technical specialist with Ford's Infotainment & Connectivity electrical engineering team, is Test & Measurement World magazine's 2011 Test Engineer of the Year.

The award was presented to Huang Wednesday evening by Rick Nelson, editorial director, Test & Measurement World, during the Embedded Systems Conference Silicon Valley in San Jose, Calif.

To read the full article, click here.

 

Global Notes
FocusST
New Focus ST on Track: Prototype Testing Underway from California Freeways to German Nürburgring
If a new Focus with an eye-catching paint job, ground-hugging suspension, big wheels and tires and a tell-tale central rear double exhaust passes you on the autobahn or freeway, chances are you have seen one of the development prototypes for the all-new high-performance Focus ST launching next year.

To read the full article, click here.

Ford Oval
Ford Is U.K. Sales Leader
Strong sales of Ford's total vehicle range boosted its U.K. sales leadership in April with increased sales and share recorded for the month, compared with April 2010. The Fiesta was first in car sales while the Transit continued its reign as the best-selling commercial vehicle (CV).

To read the full article, click here.

Transit Connect
Ford Transit Is Top Choice for the AA
Five hundred Transit vans have been ordered by the U.K. motoring organization, the Automobile Association, increasing Ford's share of the organization's 3,000-vehicle fleet to more than 50 percent.

To read the full article, click here.

Cargo 2012
Ford Brazil Launches the New Ford Cargo Campaign with Live Show on YouTube
On Sunday, May 15, Ford Trucks will host an unprecedented action in the country: A special concert with Chitãozinho & Xororó, the most famous country music duo in Brazil, which will be broadcast live on the YouTube Brazil homepage. Ford expects that the public of Brazil and Brazilians living abroad will also watch the show online.

To read the full article, click here.

 

Video Corner
Ford Focus
New Ford Focus to be Given to "Top Teacher"
(Live! With Regis and Kelly) Co-Hosts Regis and Kelly show off a new 2012 Ford Focus, which will be given to the winner of the show's "Top Teacher" contest. Click here to view video.

Ford Logo
Ford Holds Fundraising Test-Drive at Royal Oak High School
(ABC) Ford held a fundraising test-drive at Royal Oak High School. The all-new Ford Focus was just one of the vehicles available for a test drive. Ford donates U.S. $20 for each car that is taken for a test drive. $10,000 was raised at the event. Click here to view video.

Obama
Obama: Clean Energy Jobs will be Foundation of U.S.
(MSNBC) During his weekly address, President Obama, speaking from an Indianapolis transmissions plant that makes systems for hybrid vehicles, conveys that clean energy companies are vital to keeping U.S. economy growing and ensuring America remains a most prosperous nation. Click here to view video.

 

Outside Voices
Talk From The Top: Ford's Fields – We're Ready To Grow Despite Quake, Fuel Crises
(Automotive News) Mark Fields, Ford's president of The Americas, says the automaker can sail through this year's crises. To read the full article, click here.

Ford to Expand Lincoln Portfolio, Increase Blue Oval Sales in Emerging Markets
(Wards Auto) Dispelling any thoughts Ford might consign its Lincoln Division to the same scrap heap that holds the remains of the Mercury, Merkur and Edsel brands, Chief Financial Officer Lewis Booth says the auto maker is "investing heavily" in new Lincoln products. To read the full article, click here.

Ford Donates $50,000 to Feeding America to Aid Disaster Relief Efforts
(MyFoxal.com) Feeding America announced this week that Ford Fund, the philanthropic arm of Ford, has donated U.S. $50,000 to support its disaster relief efforts in the southern states hit by recent tornadoes and floods. To read the full article, click here.

Get Ready to Get Dirty
(Politico – Op-Ed by Mike Rowe) Once again, my filthy resume seems to have qualified me to weigh in on a matter for which I have no real expertise but a great deal of enthusiasm. Despite persistently high unemployment rates, our country now faces a pressing need for more skilled workers. This week, the Senate has invited me to share my theory as to why. I will tell them instead about my grandfather. To read the full article, click here.

In the Future, Your Car Will Be More Plant Than Machine
(Fast Company) Car companies haven't come up with a plant-like replacement for vehicle engines, but they are using more bio-based materials in their vehicles – because the automakers of the world are more aware than anyone that the world is running out of oil. To read the full article, click here.

Chrysler's April Sales Rise 20 Percent on Non-U.S. Gains
(Bloomberg) Chrysler, the U.S. automaker operated by Fiat SpA, said global automobile sales in April rose 20 percent from a year earlier as deliveries outside North America increased at a faster rate than in March. To read the full article, click here.

Oil Drops 15 Percent in Week, Reviving Hopes for Lower Gas Prices
(USA Today) Oil prices fell 15 percent this week, the steepest decline in two and a half years, and futures prices for light, sweet crude fell below U.S. $100 a barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange. To read the full article, click here.

Toyota Prius to Become More Eco-Friendly: Go All-Plug-In for 2014
(Automobile) Toyota is planning on electrifying its Prius hybrid further in the coming years. After the plug-in hybrid version goes on sale next year, the Japanese manufacturer plans to make the plug-in powertrain setup standard on the Prius in 2014, according to a Reuters report. To read the full article, click here.

Lincoln Wants Back in Luxury Driver's Seat
(Edmunds' Auto Observer) C.J. O'Donnell was "the first man on the ground" in Ford's plan to revive the Lincoln brand when the former marketing director for Jaguar came to Ford headquarters in Dearborn, Mich., nearly a year ago. To read the full article, click here.

GM to Add 4,200 Jobs in $2 Billion Investment
(Detroit Free Press) GM announced an investment totaling more than U.S. $2 billion and worth about 4,200 jobs in eight states, people familiar with the matter told the Free Press. To read the full article, click here.

Changed Landscape for Global Carmakers
(BBC News) The earthquake that hit Japan on March 11, causing a tsunami and a nuclear crisis, did more than rock the country. 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.

DELL
Dell
Home and Home Office

Customize any system and get an additional 7 percent discount on top of generally advertised Dell Home and Office promotions.
Click here for more information.

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John Deere
Farm & Agricultural Equipment

John Deere offers two discounted purchases a year on some of their most popular equipment lines. Convenient and easy to use, this discount coupon offers additional savings on purchases of John Deere equipment at your local John Deere dealership. Click here for more information.

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.

Cincinnati Transmission Plants Salaried Retirees Club
Fourth Wednesday of Every Month (Cincinnati, Ohio)

The Ford Batavia and Sharonville Transmission Plants Salaried Retirees and guests meet each month on the fourth Wednesday at noon for lunch at various locations. Although the group consists mostly of salaried retirees, all are welcome. The group has two picnics per year in May and September. For more information, monthly notices and reminders, please contact Richard Holthaus at HOLTHAUSRA@earthlink.net or call 513-825-0494.

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 Engine & Fuel Tank Retirees
First Thursday of Every Month (Westland, Mich.)

The Dearborn Engine and Fuel Tank Retirees luncheon will be held at Fire Mountain Restaurant (34615 Warren Rd.) at 11 a.m. For more information, contact Hazel Parker-Fuller at HJFULLER@ameritech.net or call 313-310-3537.

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 Pensionaerverein Saarlouis e.V.
Every Thursday of Every Week (Saarlouis, Germany)

The Ford Pensionaerverein Saarlouis e.V. club meets every Thursday of every week at the Lachwaldschenke, Saarwellingen at 14 clock for walking, depending on the weather. In addition, we take day trips and multi-day trips. If you would like further information about this club, please contact Manfred Hager at MHAGER1@web.de.

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 on May 25. If you are a salaried retired Ford employee and have an interest in joining old friends, fellow co-workers and colleagues, please contact us. Spouses of deceased members are welcome. So please continue to come to the lunches. For additional information, please contact Frank Scott (Club President effective Jan. 1, 2011) by e-mail at RUDY3207@hotmail.com.

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 April 12 at Sarasota Ford (707 South Washington Blvd.) This will be the last meeting until Fall comes around. 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 held at Gracie See Pizzeria ∓ Sports Lounge (6889 Greenfield) at 6 p.m. on April 6. 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
May 17-22:
Chicago – The Musical (Detroit, Mich.)

The musical, Chicago, takes place Tuesday, May 17 at 8 p.m., Wednesday, May 18 at 8 p.m., Thursday, May 19 at 8 p.m. and Sunday, May 22 at 7:30 p.m. Use the code: FORDCHI and save $14 on main floor, mezzanine and loge tickets at the Fisher Theatre (3011 W. Grand Blvd.) For more information, click here.

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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