May 14, 2010

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In this Blue Oval Connect Weekly Briefing…
  • Whether Racing Through Desert or Climbing Rocks, Ford F-150 SVT Raptor Handles it All
  • 2011 Ford Fiesta's Global Kinetic Design Translates Driving Dynamics into Sheet Metal
  • Ford and U-M Use Socially Connected Road Trip to Debut Car as Next Platform for Cloud Computing
  • Ford Gears Up for Susan G. Komen Detroit Race for the Cure
  • Ford Looks to Dealers to Help Drive Consumer Experience and More Growth
  • Ford Gives a Helping Hand in Nashville
  • Video: (WJW-TV) Latest in Vehicle Technology from Ford
  • Outside Voices: (Detroit Free Press) 2011 Grand Cherokee is Eagerly Anticipated

 

Announcements
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
SVT Raptor
Whether Racing Through Desert or Climbing Rocks, Ford F-150 SVT Raptor Handles it All
Ford's F-150 SVT Raptor is renowned for its high level of capability and for racing across the desert at speeds approaching triple digits. Perhaps not so apparent, however, is that it is built with all-around off-road prowess in mind.

Although F-150 SVT Raptor's largest markets are in the deserts of Phoenix and Las Vegas, demand for this high-performance truck extends much further. Miami, Dallas, Houston, Memphis, Orlando, Denver and Los Angeles are also top Raptor markets, where customers use the truck for mudding, trail riding and rock climbing.

To read the full article, click here.

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2011 Ford Fiesta
2011 Ford Fiesta's Global Kinetic Design Translates Driving Dynamics into Sheet Metal
The 2011 Ford Fiesta arrives in North America, delivering a design that builds on Ford's global kinetic design theme. True to its heritage, the new Fiesta for North America retains many of the expressive design characteristics that have earned the car accolades around the world.

"We're staying true to Fiesta's Euro-centric 'kinetic' design the world over," said Moray Callum, executive director for Design, The Americas. "This is a new direction for Ford in North America, building on the bold designs that set apart Ford's full lineup of vehicles. Fiesta sets the stage for more to come."

Kinetic design language was introduced with the Iosis concept vehicle, representing an expansion of Ford's design portfolio. Fiesta brings this fresh, emotionally-compelling aesthetic to the North American small car market.

To read the full article, click here.

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Fiestas at U-M
Ford and U-M Use Socially Connected Road Trip to Debut Car as Next Platform for Cloud Computing
Two Ford Fiestas will leave the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor on May 13, and though the cars may be separate, they will be linked to each other and to the entire global community in ways that mark a new era in mobile connectivity.

Embarking upon a week-long road trip to Maker Faire, Silicon Valley's annual ideas festival, the Fiestas and their occupants will be serving as messengers from Ford announcing the arrival of the car as a technology platform.

To read the full article, click here.

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Ford News
Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure
Ford Gears Up for Susan G. Komen Detroit Race for the Cure
Renee Markell, one of many breast cancer survivors at Ford, is on a mission to help people understand the importance of finding breast cancer early. The IT PMO program manager credits a routine mammogram last year for finding two small spots on her breast.

Today she is back on the job grateful for the support she received from co-workers, and proud of Ford Motor Company's commitment to the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure.

"I want to raise awareness of breast cancer. I want women and men to realize that mammograms are a life saver, and that the incidence of breast cancer and other forms of cancer is increasing," she said.

To read the full article, click here.

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Ford Oval
Ford Looks to Dealers to Help Drive Consumer Experience and More Growth
Bolstered by a steady flow of world-class products, increased sales, and a steadily improving image, Ford and its dealers have reached a key conjuncture in the company's history.

"We have built such good will, based on the strength of our products, creating a strong business -- and we care – that we are in a place now where we can really take Ford soaring," Ford President and CEO Alan Mulally told dealers and Ford employees during the 2010 Ford Dealer Introduction Show last week in Detroit.

Comparing his vision of a Ford dealership to an Apple store – with its friendly, well-informed staff, breadth of product and speedy transactions – Mulally urged an even closer working relationship with dealers to dramatically improve the customer experience at Ford dealerships as a means of further differentiating the company from its chief competitors.

To read the full article, click here.

People of Nashville Cleaning Up
Ford Gives a Helping Hand in Nashville
Ford Motor Company has announced a donation of $50,000 to support the disaster relief efforts of Hands On Nashville, one of the lead organizations assisting with the area's cleanup from devastating floods.

The Ford Motor Credit Company Nashville Business Center has a long-standing relationship with Hands On Nashville, a recognized leader in supporting volunteer activities in the greater Nashville community for nearly 20 years.

To read the full article, click here.

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Heart Behind the Oval
Heart Behind the Oval
There has always been heart behind the oval. It's part of Ford's legacy of community service that stretches back more than 100 years.

Now, looking forward to the next generation, Ford Motor Company Fund has created "The Heart Behind the Oval" scholarship contest that salutes students who share the same values of giving back by volunteering, mentoring and working for nonprofit organizations in their local communities.

Ford Fund launched the "Heart Behind the Oval" scholarship contest to give high school seniors and college students an opportunity to answer the question – what's your heart behind?

To read the full article, click here.

 

Executive Q&A
Erich Merkle

Erich Merkle
Auto Analyst
Autoconomy.com

Not listed among the top-ten auto companies in global sales 20 years ago, Hyundai-Kia has cracked that group and now ranks in the middle of the pack. In the U.S., Hyundai-Kia share increased 1.9 points to 6.9 percent of the market from 2008 to 2009. It was only 2.3 percent in 2000. Auto analyst Erich Merkle of Autoconomy.com shares his thoughts on Hyundai-Kia with @Ford Online.

Q: What is behind the emergence of Hyundai-Kia as a serious global competitor?
A: I think it gets to the product. If you get the product right and it conveys value in the minds of consumers, there is always room in this market for great products. Another thing is that the recession probably helped to a certain degree. I don’t want to say it's all because of the recession. But perhaps people were a little more dollar conscious, and Hyundai and Kia generally offer smaller, less expensive vehicles. Hyundai's product has gotten so much better, and Kia, in my opinion, is on its way.

To read the full Q&A, click here.

 

Global Notes
Second Best Concept Award
Ford Start Receives Second Best Concept Car Award in Two Weeks
Following its debut at Auto China 2010 two weeks ago, where it was named Best Concept by AutoWeek, the Ford Start now boasts a second crown. It was named Best Concept at the Auto China 2010 Awards, held on May 2 at the China World Hotel in Beijing.

Robert Graziano, chairman and CEO, Ford Motor China, accepted the award at the ceremony.

To read the full article, click here.

Hybrid Electric Vehicles
Ford to Build Hybrid Electric Vehicles in Spain
Ford's Valencia plant in Spain will build the company's first hybrid models for European customers with two advanced technology derivatives of the all-new five-seat C-MAX compact multi-activity model to be launched in 2013 – a full Hybrid Electric Vehicle (HEV), and a Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicle (PHEV).

Valencia was confirmed in 2009 as the European single source for all versions of the all-new C-MAX and Grand C-MAX which launch later this year. As part of the company's global sourcing strategy, the Valencia Plant also will produce the seven-seat version of the C-MAX for export to North America beginning in late 2011.

To read the full article, click here.

Peralillo's Reconstruction
Ford Chile Assists in Peralillo's Reconstruction
Two months after a violent earthquake struck the south-central zone of the country, there's still much work to do to rebuild Chile. To assist in the rebuilding, Ford Chile is supporting the city of Peralillo in the O'Higgins Region by carrying out a very important construction material delivery that will benefit the residents of this rural town that was seriously affected by the earthquake.

A group of the company's employees lead by general manager, Pablo Haase, along with a representative from Marketing, Sales, Finance and FCSD – visited Peralillo to personally hand over two trucks with aid, that included material for the city's reconstruction, such as light bulbs, plugs, cables, switches and zinc plates.

To read the full article, click here.

2011 Ford Fiesta
Ford Begins All-New Fiesta Production at Transformed Cuautitlán Plant Complex
Ford celebrated the start of production of the all-new 2011 Ford Fiesta at its Cuautitlán Stamping and Assembly Plant (CSAP), which has been transformed from a truck plant to a car plant producing the all-new Fiesta for North American customers.

The start of Fiesta production at Cuautitlán marks another milestone in the ONE Ford plan to deliver even more products people really want while better leveraging the company's global product and manufacturing strengths.

To read the full article, click here.

Ford RS
Record-Breaking Crowd Attends 10th Annual Auckland All Ford Day
The 10th annual Auckland All Ford Day (AAFD) was another resounding success with over 6,000 Ford enthusiasts and their families and friends enjoying a great day out at the North Shore Stadium venue last month.

"It was the biggest AAFD to date and, once again, the more than 600 classic and modern Ford vehicles on display were the absolute stars of the show," said Trevor Auger, managing director, Ford New Zealand.

To read the full article, click here.

 

Video Corner
Wes Sherwood Showcases the Future of Safety Tour
Latest in Vehicle Technology from Ford
(WJW-TV) This live broadcast clip showcases the Ford Flex, MyKey and Active Park Assist at the first stop of the Future of Safety Tour. It also features an interview with Wes Sherwood. Click here to view video.

 

Outside Voices
2011 Grand Cherokee is Eagerly Anticipated
(Detroit Free Press) Chrysler's first all-new post-bankruptcy vehicle – the 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee – is expected to roll off the line at the Jefferson North assembly plant on Monday. To read the full article, click here.

Toyota Hopes to Price Hydrogen Cars at $50,000
(USA Today) Toyota, having reduced the cost of making fuel-cell vehicles by about 90 percent since the mid-2000s, hopes to price its first retail hydrogen model at about $50,000. To read the full article, click here.

Ford in Supplier Study's Top Three
(Detroit News) Ford Motor Co. is the first U.S.-based automaker to crack the top three automakers in terms of positive relationships with its suppliers, and General Motors Co. is the most improved, an annual study released today shows. To read the full article, click here.

Nissan, CMU Already Working on How To Improve Next Leaf EV
(Edmunds' Auto Observer) Nissan Motor Co. Ltd.'s first-ever fully electric production car to be sold in the U.S., the Leaf, doesn't go on sale for another six months, but Nissan's already working on how to improve the next-generation Leaf to make it more attractive to a constituency beyond early adopters - and to help maintain the company's electric-vehicle leadership. To read the full article, click here.

Suzuki Forecasts 3.8 Percent Rise in Annual Profit Driven by Rising India Sales
(Bloomberg) Suzuki Motor Corp., Japan's second- largest maker of mini-cars, said profit will probably increase about 3.8 percent this year, driven by rising sales in India. To read the full article, click here.

Chrysler Steps Up 2011 Launches
(Detroit News) Chrysler Group LLC is on pace to accelerate key product launches in 2011, including its family of compact cars engineered by partner Fiat SpA, said Sergio Marchionne, CEO of both automakers, in a conference call today. To read the full article, click here.

Toyota Expects Higher Profit on Recovery from Recalls
(Bloomberg) Toyota Motor Corp., the world's largest carmaker, forecast profit will rise 48 percent this fiscal year as it recovers from record recalls in North America, its largest market, and boosts sales in Asia outside Japan. To read the full article, click here.

2011 Ford Mustang GT 5.0 vs. 1992 Ford Mustang GT 5.0
(Edmunds' Inside Line) Well, it's a form of heritage, isn't it? When you see the "5.0" badge on the fender of a Mustang, you feel something, right? This can't be just some marketing exercise that has been churned through focus groups, consumer clinics and demographic researchers in order to get people to sign up for 72 monthly payments. To read the full article, click here.

Prius Stays on Top of New Car Sales Rankings for 11th Month
(iStock Analyst) Toyota Motor Corp.'s Prius hybrid maintained its leadership in Japan's market for new passenger cars for the 11th consecutive month in April, even though the company had earlier announced its recall because of possible safety problems, according to data released Tuesday by industry groups. To read the full article, click here.

Nissan Titan Production Jumps
(PickupTrucks.com) After bottoming out last year, production of the Nissan Titan half-ton pickup appears to be significantly rebounding in 2010. To read the full article, click here.

GM to Test Hydrogen Infrastructure for Fuel-Cell Vehicles in Hawaii
(Edmunds' Inside Line) GM said on Tuesday it will move a step closer to making a hydrogen transportation infrastructure a reality by testing a pilot project on the island of Oahu with the local gas company. To read the full article, click here.

Mazda's Imaki Announces Retirement
(Detroit News) Mazda Motor Corp. announced this week that Chairman Hisakazu Imaki is retiring after more than 45 years with the company. To read the full article, click here.

Fiat Said to Seek EU5 Billion to Refinance Loans
(Bloomberg) Fiat SpA, Italy's biggest manufacturer, is seeking to refinance as much as 5 billion euros ($6.3 billion) in bank loans as it separates the truck and tractor operations from carmaking, according to three people familiar with the matter. 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/.

 

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.

Pringle
Pringle Home Building Group, LLC.

Pringle Homebuilding Group's Florida Lifestyle Preview Program invites you to experience a taste of Central Florida living in one of its spectacular master-planned communities.

Its Lifestyle Preview Program lets qualified visitors learn more about Pringle's Communities while indulging in a three-day, two-night stay in one of its guest homes or Pringle's Bed and Breakfast partners. To see if you qualify to participate in the preview program, call at 1-800-325-4471, or click here to submit your information and have a representative contact you to answer your questions.


The Henry Ford
The Henry Ford
New Member Special

The Henry Ford is offering a $99 Family membership – 20 percent off. Members receive free admission to Henry Ford Museum and Greenfield Village, great discounts and more. Click here to print your required coupon. Click here for more information.

Wells Fargo
Wells Fargo
Home Mortgage

Find a low or no down payment loan to meet your unique needs. Learn about FHA and VA loans. Click here for more information on this offer or click here to be redirected to their landing page on Discount Marketplace.

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 (Roswell, Ga.)

The monthly breakfast will be held the second Tuesday of each month at J. Christopher's Restaurant (11725 Alpharetta Highway) from 9:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. If you would like further information about the breakfast 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.

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 44010). 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 Group
Twice a Year (May, Oct.) (Westland, Mich.)

The group meets twice a year for a social get-together at Hawthorne Valley Golf & Banquet Facility (7300 N. Merriman R). 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 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 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 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 at Finnigan's Hall (505 East 18th Avenue) on Wednesday, May 26 at 11:30 a.m. 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.

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
Ford Amateur Astronomy Club
April 6 - June 18:
Ford Amateur Astronomy Club (Dearborn, Mich.)

Starting on April 6 from 7:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m., a series of planetarium shows will take place at either the Henry Ford Community College Planetarium (5101 Evergreen Rd.) in room S-126 inside the Science building, or the University of Michigan-Dearborn Observatory (4901 Evergreen Rd.) on the third floor of the Science Learning and Research Center. Click here for the Spring 2010 Planetarium & UMD Observatory Schedule. For more information, contact Ken Anderson at 313-805-4600 or KANDERS2@ford.com.

May 16 & May 23:
Ford Motor Company Chorus (Westland and Lincoln Park, Mich.)

Ford Motor Company Chorus is proud to present our 2010 Spring Concerts. The first concert will occur Sunday, May 16 at 3 p.m. at Dix United Methodist Church (1911 Horger St., Lincoln Park) and the second will occur Sunday, May 23 at 3 p.m. at Joy Baptist Church (37055 Joy Rd., Westland). Click here for more information.

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.

Mustang Owners Club of Southeastern Michigan
August 8:
Mustang Memories 2010 All Ford Car Show & Shop (Dearborn, Mich.)

Mustang Owners Club of Southeastern Michigan proudly presents the 22nd annual "Mustang Memories 2010 All Ford Car Show & Swap" at Ford World Headquarters (One American Road) from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. rain or shine. For more information, go to www.mocsem.org.

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.

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. 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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