May 20, 2011

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In this Blue Oval Connect Weekly Briefing…
  • Kbb.com: Easy A for 2012 Ford Focus
  • Focus Titanium Named to 2011 Ward's 10 Best Interiors List, Ford Designer Delivers Keynote Address at Ward's Auto Interiors Conference
  • Lincoln Takes Top Ratings in 2011 AutoPacific Vehicle Satisfaction Awards
  • Ford Marks 17th Year of Support for Breast Cancer Awareness, More Than $110 Million Dedicated to the Cause; Ford Survivor Shares Personal Story
  • Ford and Healthcare Experts Research SYNC Health and Wellness Connectivity Services Helping Manage Chronic Illness on the Go
  • 'Please Say a Command': SYNC First Offers Employees, Retirees a Chance to Get Connected
  • Video: (NBC) Ford Developing Simulations to Protect Pregnant Women
  • Outside Voices: (Associated Press) Analyst Upgrades Ford from 'Hold' to 'Buy'

 

Announcements
@Ford Magazine
@Ford North America Magazine
The latest issue of @Ford for North America is out now, featuring stories on global design, capacity utilization in manufacturing facilities, financials, multigenerational employees and more.

Click here to view an electronic version of the publication.


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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.

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
  • Saturday, May 21:
    10 a.m. - 3 p.m., WHQ South Parking Lot View Map
For General Questions, send email to: "Driveone"


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Ford Swap Your Ride Final Days
Final Days! Ford Swap Your Ride ends soon. Act fast to take advantage of 0 percent APR financing, plus no payments for 90 days on select vehicles. No one has more cars that get 40 mpg1 and now is a great time to drive one home.

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 now to take advantage of the Swap Your Ride Sales Event. Click here for more information.

Disclaimer:
1Customer can defer first payment for up to 90 days. Not all buyers will qualify for Ford Credit financing. 36 payments paid over 38 months at $27.78 per monthly payment per $1,000 financed, regardless of down payment on 2011 Fusion. 60 payments paid over 62 months at $16.67 per monthly payment per $1,000 financed regardless of down payment on 2011 Escape and 2011 F-150. Not available on hybrids or F-150 Raptor. Residency restrictions apply. For all offers, take new retail delivery from dealer stock by 5/31/11. See dealer for qualifications and complete details.
22011 Ford Fiesta SE with SFE package: 29 city/40 hwy/33 combined mpg. 2012 Ford Focus SE with SFE package: 28 city/40 hwy/33 combined mpg. 2011 Ford Fusion Hybrid: 41 city/36 hwy/39 combined mpg.
3Based on the total number of first-in-class/class-exclusive features. Class is Full- Size Non Luxury Sedans.
4Driving while distracted can result in loss of vehicle control. To avoid driver distraction, only use mobile phones/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
Kbb Logo
Kbb.com: Easy A for 2012 Ford Focus
Kbb.com, in a twist on its annual list of top road trip cars, identified 10 life stages of the American driver on the road today then determined the most fitting new car for each stage. For 2011, kbb.com editors put the 2012 Ford Focus at the head of the class as the ride that's most fit for students who long for the open road. Kbb.com says the Focus "looks cool, sports an upscale interior, rides and handles incredibly well and costs about the same as some more boring compact cars."

The five-door hatchback with extra cargo room is recommended for added storage, and Focus fuel economy of 38 mpg (40 mpg for the SFE sedan) is "not to be overlooked."

To read the full release, click here.

2012 Ford Focus Titanium Interior
Focus Titanium Named to 2011 Ward's 10 Best Interiors List, Ford Designer Delivers Keynote Address at Ward's Auto Interiors Conference
The 2012 Ford Focus Titanium edition was awarded a coveted spot on the 2011 Ward's 10 Best Interiors list "for upping the ante in the small-car segment with an interior that blends high style with comfort and flexibility," according to the editors of Ward's AutoWorld.

The Focus Titanium was one of 51 vehicles evaluated by Ward's between February and March. All the vehicles were completely new or featured significantly upgraded interiors. Vehicles were judged based on material quality, ergonomics, safety, the human-machine interface, comfort, fit-and-finish, overall value and aesthetics.

To read the full article, click here.

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Lincoln Takes Top Ratings in 2011 AutoPacific Vehicle Satisfaction Awards
Lincoln's owner satisfaction credentials are again highlighted with the luxury carmaker voted "top brand" in the AutoPacific 2011 Vehicle Satisfaction Awards.

The Vehicle Satisfaction Award from AutoPacific is an industry benchmark for measuring how satisfied an owner is with his or her new vehicle. This study by the Southern California-based automotive research firm summarizes the results from more than 68,000 new vehicle owners.

To read the full article, click here.

Warriors in Pink Logo
Ford Marks 17th Year of Support for Breast Cancer Awareness, More Than $110 Million Dedicated to the Cause; Ford Survivor Shares Personal Story
Ford employee Robin Glover will never forget the moment her doctor told her she had breast cancer.

Glover fought an arduous two-year battle with the disease that included a partial lumpectomy, chemotherapy and radiation. Today, at age 46, she is cancer-free and counts herself among the nearly 2.5 million breast cancer survivors in the U.S.

Glover says she hopes to shine as a beacon of hope for all of those touched by breast cancer by taking part in the 20th annual Susan G. Komen Detroit Race for the Cure on Saturday, May 21, at Comerica Park.

To read the full article, click here.

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Ford News
SYNC
Ford and Healthcare Experts Research SYNC Health and Wellness Connectivity Services Helping Manage Chronic Illness on the Go
As Americans take a more active role in managing their health and well-being, Ford researchers are taking a leading role in developing a series of health and wellness in-car connectivity solutions designed to empower people with self-help information while they drive.

Leveraging Ford SYNC® and its ability to connect devices via Bluetooth, access cloud-based Internet services and control smartphone apps, Ford is taking charge in this automotive whitespace area, developing industry-first voice-controlled in-car connections to an array of health aids from glucose monitoring devices, diabetes management services, asthma management tools and Web-based allergen alert solutions.

To read the full article, click here.

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Retirees and Employees
'Please Say a Command': SYNC First Offers Employees, Retirees a Chance to Get Connected
This week employees have the opportunity to get up close and personal with Ford's latest in-car connectivity technologies SYNC® and MyFord Touch. As a part of the SYNC First campaign, employees and retirees are invited to the Ford Tech Tour Experience and receive personal one-on-one in their own vehicles.

Leading the industry for in-car connectivity, the Blue Oval emphasizes that we all are responsible for the safe operation of vehicles, including minimizing distractions. SYNC First asks employees to pair their mobile devices, learn how to effectively use SYNC to control their mobile devices and to become an advocate for SYNC in the community.

To read the full article, click here.

Reinventing the Outdoors
Ford Explorer, GOOD Partner to 'Reinvent the Outdoors'
Ford and the online community GOOD have joined together to launch "Reinventing the Outdoors," an online competition that brings together nonprofits and celebrities in the quest to win a U.S. $50,000 grant.

The competition, which features the 2011 Ford Explorer, pairs athletes, actors and Hollywood comedians with six nonprofit organizations that are focused on improving the way people live, work and play. The celebrities featured in the video series are Will Ferrell, Edward Norton, Todd Wells, Arian Foster, Danny Way and Laird Hamilton.

To read the full article, click here.

Patricia Seashore
Touting Our Own Horns: Humble Honker Far More than Just a Beep or Blast at Ford
Patricia Seashore doesn't like to sound off about it, but she knows better than most that there's more to a vehicle horn than a simple beep-beep or honk-honk.

In fact, this deceptively simple device actually takes into consideration customer horn-blowing behavior and its impact on the horn itself, including the amount of use, tonality and, sometimes, even physics.

To read the full article, click here.

Ford Volunteers
Ford Volunteers Get Their Hands Dirty for a Better World
There is something therapeutic about going outside and digging in the dirt on a nice spring day. It's the fresh air, hard work and for Ford volunteers, a good feeling that comes from helping others.

More than 650 Ford employees and retirees joined MODEL Teams and fanned out into local communities for a Ford Accelerated Action Day dedicated to creating a better world. The Ford Volunteers Corps was on the job in parks, nature preserves and community centers. They improved shorelines, created and expanded vegetable gardens, and planted trees and flowers.

To read more on the Nielson awards, click here.

 

Global Notes
Ford Oval
Ford Announces U.S. $72 Million Investment to Increase Production Capacity at Chennai Engine Plant
Ford will invest U.S. $72 million to expand its powertrain facility in Chennai to further support its sales and export growth plans in India.

To read the full article, click here.

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Changan Automobile Company
Ford to Build Its First Transmission Plant in China
Ford, together with its partners in China, is building its first transmission plant in China to support Ford's aggressive growth plan in the world's largest auto market.

To read the full article, click here.

Ford Oval
Ford of Europe Gains Market Share and Increases Sales Volume in April
Ford increased sales volume and market share in Europe in April as strong demand for the all-new Focus and C-MAX and improved performance in Germany helped the company buck the overall industry sales decline.

To read the full article, click here.

Robot Ruth
In Quest for Quality, Ford Employs A Robot Named RUTH
The Robotised Unit for Tactility and Haptics, or RUTH, is a machine designed by Ford that combines a computer's eye for detail with human perceptions of quality through touch and feel. Engineers at Ford's European Research Centre in Aachen, Germany, employ RUTH to fine-tune vehicle interiors – from the feel and operation of switches to the texture and consistency of materials.

To read the full article, click here.

Wind Turbines
Ford Details Enhanced Commitment to CO2 Reduction at Michelin Challenge Bibendum in Berlin
Whether it's the whoosh of blades from two recently-installed wind turbines at Ford's Genk Plant in Belgium, or the near-silent propulsion of Ford's electrified vehicles featured this week at the Michelin Challenge Bibendum in Berlin, Ford's commitment to reducing CO2 is coming through loud and clear.

To read the full article, click here.

Ford Edge
New Ford Edge Traverses China's Historic Highways and Roads Less Travelled
Zhaohua ancient town, battlegrounds from Three Kingdom's Period and the famous pottery town of Jing De Zhen were some of the historic "pit stop destinations" visited by the more than 45 auto reporters and bloggers involved in Ford China's second "Views on Edge – a journey exploring Chinese legacy " media test drive program.

To read the full article, click here.

 

Video Corner
Pregnancy and Crash Safety
Ford Developing Simulations to Protect Pregnant Women
(NBC) More than 170,000 pregnant women are involved in car crashes each year. Ford is helping to develop crash-test simulations that may show how to protect pregnant women. Tips are given on how pregnant women should properly wear their seat belt. Ford's inflatable seat belt technology in the new Ford Explorer is also featured. Researchers hope it won't be long before pregnant drivers have more options. Click here to view video.

 

Outside Voices
Analyst Upgrades Ford from 'Hold' to 'Buy'
(Associated Press) An auto industry analyst has upgraded Ford shares from "Hold" to "Buy," saying that the company's ability to get higher prices for its vehicles deserves a premium. To read the full article, click here.

Bill Ford Looks Ahead
(CNN Money) The auto industry is about to go through a major transformation – the biggest I've ever seen – and new technology is driving it. To read the full article, click here.

Ford: Smarter, More Fuel-Efficient Cars with Help from Google's Cloud
(Consumer Reports) Google's prowess in software and online technologies has helped the company get into smart phones and tablet computers. But, could that power also be tapped to make cars more fuel-efficient? To read the full article, click here.

Tests Prove Ford's Turbo Taurus is Fastest Police Car
(USA Today) What's the best police car? An annual study by the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department puts all the top candidates, including utility vehicles, through some grueling tests. Then it posts the results online for all law agencies around the country to review. To read the full article, click here.

Ford Preparing for a Jolt to the Car Market
(The Globe and Mail) Ford, says Executive Chairman Bill Ford, is on the cusp of launching an entire line of electric cars globally and by 2020 about one-quarter of Ford's global fleet will be electrified in one way or another. To read the full article, click here.

GM Gets $9.9 Million Tax Break for Warren Tech Center
(Detroit Free Press) The state has granted a maximum U.S. $9.9-million tax break to GM to redevelop a 30-acre site in Warren for a technology and data center that will serve its operations around the world. To read the full article, click here.

Chrysler Expects Summer to Sizzle because of New Products
(Detroit Free Press) Chrysler sales are down 9 percent through April, but dealers aren't the least bit concerned. To read the full article, click here.

It's Time to Stop Worrying about Toyota
(CNN Money) Akio Toyoda must feel like he is jinxed. Since becoming president of his family's company in 2009, he has been buried under an avalanche of troubles – the worst skein of bad news in the company's history. To read the full article, click here.

Consumer Reports: Most Car Buyers Don't Expect to Downsize on Next Purchase
(egm Car Tech) According to a new survey of 911 adult car owners in the U.S. conducted by Consumer Reports National Research Center, 56 percent expect their next new vehicle to be the same size as the model they currently own. 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.

Hewlett-Packard
Hewlett-Packard
Shop for Products and Services

Ford retirees receive up to 10 percent off HP and Compaq consumer products, accessories and supplies by becoming a member of the HP Employee Purchase Program. Additional discounts are offered throughout the store including mail-in and instant rebates, coupons and exclusive EPP offers on a range of HP products, including Notebook and Desktop PCs, printers, print supplies, accessories and more.

If you'd like to join, visit the HP Home & Home Office Store at www.hpshopping.com/epp and register using the Ford company code: 3673.

Renewal by Andersen
Renewal by Andersen
Window Replacement

Renewal by Andersen provides 10 percent off on your window and door replacement project. To schedule your free in-home consultation: call 1-866-713-4667 (Please identify yourself as a retiree of Ford) or click here.

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.

St. Louis Assembly Plant Salaried Retiree Club
Fourth Monday of Every Even Numbered Month (Old Florrisant, Mo.)

This group meets every fourth Monday of even numbered months (Feb, Apr, June, etc.). The picnic meeting in June includes picnic style food and games, while the December meeting will have a special lunch, live entertainment and Christmas center pieces to be given away. Meetings are held at the VFW Hall (410 Saint Francois St.) at 11 a.m. For more information, contact Doug Kalusniak at DOUGLYNN1@gmail.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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