May 28, 2010

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In this Blue Oval Connect Weekly Briefing…
  • Ford Electrification Strategy Adds 220 Michigan Jobs, Substantial Investments in Rawsonville and Van Dyke Plants
  • Stock Quotes, Horoscopes and More Added to Ford SYNC Cloud-Based Services; No Extra Fees Attached
  • SimplexGrinnell Orders 200 Ford Fusion Hybrids in Effort to Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions
  • Heart Behind the Oval Scholarship Contest Salutes Students Who Give Back
  • Henry Ford Academy Dash Tech Team Among Finalists
  • Video: (Live! With Regis And Kelly) Ford Mustang Giveaway on "Live with Regis and Kelly"
  • Outside Voices: (Wall Street Journal) Supreme Court to Weigh Seat-Belt Lawsuits Against Car Makers

 

Announcements
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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
Mark Fields
Ford Electrification Strategy Adds 220 Michigan Jobs, Substantial Investments in Rawsonville and Van Dyke Plants
Ford announced Monday that it is adding 170 manufacturing jobs and investing $135 million in its Rawsonville (Ypsilanti, Mich.) and Van Dyke (Sterling Heights, Mich.) plants as part of the company's plan to create a center of excellence in Michigan for vehicle electrification. Ford also will add 50 electric-vehicle engineers to its staff in Dearborn.

Mark Fields, Ford president of The Americas, noted that the new jobs at Van Dyke and Rawsonville are moving inside the company from supplier facilities in Mexico and Japan. He also credited the teamwork of everyone involved in making the announcement possible.

To read the full article, click here.

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SYNC Services
Stock Quotes, Horoscopes and More Added to Ford SYNC Cloud-Based Services; No Extra Fees Attached
Horoscopes, stock quotes, movie listings and access to airlines, rental cars and hotels are now just a voice command away for customers driving Ford, Lincoln and Mercury vehicles equipped with the SYNC® app Traffic, Directions & Information (TDI). And customers did not have to inquire, purchase or upgrade anything to get this whole new set of services. All that is needed is an active owner account on www.syncmyride.com.

Ford expanded SYNC TDI services to include stock quotes, entertainment, travel and movie categories, in addition to the already available traffic, directions, news and business search capabilities. The new services are provided by Microsoft Tellme, one of the many partners in Ford’s cloud-based Service Delivery Network, which gives SYNC users the ability to use a simple Bluetooth-enabled cell phone to connect and voice request the information they want while in the car.

To read the full article, click here.

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Ford News
2010 Ford Fusion Hybrid
SimplexGrinnell Orders 200 Ford Fusion Hybrids in Effort to Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions
SimplexGrinnell, a Tyco International Company and industry leader in fire and life safety systems and services, recently ordered 200 Ford Fusion Hybrids as part of a company-wide effort to replace 25 percent of its sales fleet with hybrid vehicles.

The majority of SimplexGrinnell's 7,000-vehicle fleet is comprised of large commercial trucks and vans; however, the fleet also includes 2,000 cars, which are used by the company's sales and leadership staff. That's where the Ford Fusion Hybrid – America's most fuel-efficient midsize car – will make a significant impact, according to Jim Spicer, president of SimplexGrinnell.

To read the full article, click here.

Heart Behind the Oval
Heart Behind the Oval Scholarship Contest Salutes Students Who Give Back
Looking forward to the next generation, Ford Motor Company Fund created the "Heart Behind the Oval" scholarship contest to salute students who share the same values with Ford of giving back by volunteering, mentoring and working for nonprofit organizations in their communities. The results are in and Ford Motor Company Fund is proud to announce the Heart Behind the Oval scholarship winners.

To read the full article, click here.

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Henry Ford Academy Dash Tech Team
Henry Ford Academy Dash Tech Team Among Finalists
In the fall of 1997, a new kind of public high school opened on the grounds of Greenfield Village within The Henry Ford. Henry Ford Academy (HFA) became the nation's first charter school created jointly by a global corporation, public education and a major nonprofit cultural institution – Ford Motor Company Fund, The Henry Ford and the Wayne County Regional Service Agency.

Students engage in interactive learning that encompasses multiple disciplines and shares the essential elements of Ford's Partnership for Advanced Studies. The curriculum includes design challenges that focus on real-world projects.

To read the full article, click here.

David Mondragon
David Mondragon Meets with Retirees
On Tuesday, May 25, David Mondragon, president and CEO, Ford of Canada, met with 70 retirees from the Canadian Ford of Canada Central Staffs (a.k.a. The Ford Alumni) at the Canadian Headquarters in Oakville. Among the retirees in attendance was Ken Harrigan, former President (1981), CEO (1982) and Chairman (1990), Ford of Canada.

To read the full article, click here.

 

Executive Q&A
Doug Scott

Doug Scott
Truck Group Marketing Manager
Ford Motor Company

The new 2011 Ford F-Series Super Duty is off to a fast start. About 3,700 new Super Duties were sold in April – more than double the number anticipated. Through April, F-Series' sales were up 30 percent, far outpacing the overall full-size pickup segment. Ford Truck Marketing Manager Doug Scott recently fielded questions about Ford trucks during a live chat on TheFordStory.com. Below are excerpts from those exchanges.

Q: Truck quality and performance are always major considerations. How is Ford continuing to stay ahead of the pack in this area, especially in the larger truck class?
A: Our watchword is continuous improvement in all aspects. We spend an incredible amount of time and effort analyzing customer survey feedback and conducting focus group discussions and face-to-face meetings, looking for opportunities to give our customers a better product. Additionally, at the manufacturing level, better design, CAD, CAE, and a dedication to being the best have helped us achieve our current position of having the best quality in the industry. Obviously, you don't get to be the best-selling truck in America for 33 consecutive years if you aren't delivering a durable, reliable, high-quality product.

To read the full Q&A, click here.

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Global Notes
Ranger Pickup Truck
Ford Brazil Receives the 2010 Recognized Merit Award with Ranger Pickup Truck
Ford Brazil received the 2010 Recognized Merit award from Jornauto magazine as Best Manufacturer of Medium Pickup Trucks with the Ranger lineup. The award is based on a research with fleet owners and transporters, in which owners expressed their level of satisfaction with the vehicles considering all aspects of the operation, including the performance, maintenance cost, and the quality of customer services.

To read the full article, click here.

The SYNC Experience Begins
Ford of Venezuela Starts the SYNC Experience
Ford of Venezuela, in a national tour through major cities in the country, invites Venezuelan public to participate in the SYNC Experience, a direct interaction between the user and this technology offered in the new Explorer.

The SYNC Experience is a program in which people have the opportunity to interact through a guided tour with the different features that the SYNC system offers. An attractive stand will be touring major cities in Venezuela for seven weeks and be stationed at the most visited shopping centers, where it will be open to the public to discover the features and functionality offered by this exciting technology.

To read the full article, click here.

Ford Mondeo LX TDCi
New Mondeo Diesel Delivers Better Fuel Economy than Camry Hybrid
At 5.9 L/100km, the new Ford Mondeo LX TDCi drinks a shade less – or 0.1 L/100km to be precise – than the Toyota Camry Hybrid. The hatch is part of an upgraded MB Mondeo range with a next-generation diesel powertrain, which delivers substantially better fuel economy and lower CO2 emissions, as well as stronger performance.

The new 2.0-liter Duratorq TDCi diesel engine uses up to 19 percent less fuel than its predecessor, while producing an impressive 120 kW of power and 340 Nm of torque – increases of more than 16 percent and six percent respectively.

To read the full article, click here.

Subic Bay Freeport Zone
Ford Subic Dealership is Open for Business
The fast growing Subic Bay Freeport Zone (SBFZ) in western Luzon province is the location of Ford Group Philippines' (FGP) newest dealership.

Launched by the Laus Auto Group (LAG), one of the largest auto dealership networks in the Philippines, the Ford Subic outlet is the first local car dealership in SBFZ.

To read the full article, click here.

Driving Skills for Life Program
DSFL Program Wins Prestigious PR Award
Now in its second year in Taiwan, Ford's global safe driving awareness program, Driving Skills for Life (DSFL), recently won a 2010 Public Relations (PR) Award in the Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) category.

Co-run by the Foundation for Public Relations, the Public Relations Association and Brain magazine, the PR Awards program is one of the most prestigious public relations-sector recognition initiatives in Taiwan.

To read the full article, click here.

 

Video Corner
Donald Dye Receives 2011 Ford Mustang
Ford Mustang Giveaway on "Live with Regis and Kelly"
(Live! With Regis And Kelly) Belmond, Iowa, Teacher Donald Dye was named the Top Teacher by "Live with Regis and Kelly." He was awarded a new Ford Mustang convertible, which was presented to him live during the show. His school will also receive a $20,000 gift card from Staples. Click here to view video.

 

Outside Voices
Supreme Court to Weigh Seat-Belt Lawsuits Against Car Makers
(Wall Street Journal) The Supreme Court agreed Monday to decide whether federal regulations that set vehicle-safety standards should prohibit product liability lawsuits against car makers for installing lap-only seat belts. To read the full article, click here.

Edmunds.com Announces 2010 Consumers' Top Rated® Vehicle Awards
(Edmunds.com) Edmunds.com, the premier online resource for automotive information, today announced the winners of the Edmunds.com Consumers' Top Rated® vehicle awards for 2010. To read the full article, click here.

German Dawdling Could Keep Opel at Standstill
(Detroit Free Press) General Motors moved closer to resolving the biggest problem left over from its financial crisis this week, but don't be surprised if German domestic politics keep the automaker's vital Opel unit in limbo for a while more. To read the full article, click here.

Nexteer Develops Electric Power Steering Strong Enough for a Pickup
(Detroit News) Full-size pickup trucks will begin using electric power steering wuthin the next three years and most drivers won't even know the difference. To read the full article, click here.

Hybrid SUVs and Crossovers from Ford, Toyota, Chevy
(GreenCarReports.com) Our reader Celeste wrote to ask us about available hybrid SUVs and crossovers, and we thought our answer might be useful for the site. To read the full article, click here.

Toyota Prius Compact Minivan Named 'Alpha', to Debut in March 2011
(Motor Trend) Toyota is charging ahead with its plans to expand the Prius range, with a compact people-mover as one of its top priorities. To read the full article, click here.

Cheap Thrills: KBB.com Names 2010 Top 10 Coolest New Cars Under $18,000
(kbb.com) The 2010 Top 10 Coolest New Cars Under $18,000 today were named by the expert editors from Kelley Blue Book, www.kbb.com, the leading provider of new car and used car information. To read the full article, click here.

Chrysler Will Probably Hold an IPO Next Year, Marchionne Says
(Bloomberg Businessweek) Chrysler Group LLC Chief Executive Officer Sergio Marchionne said the carmaker may undertake an initial public offering next year and he prefers that General Motors Co. goes first. To read the full article, click here.

Toyota Stops Sale of Lexus LS as it Awaits Part
(Houston Chronicle) Toyota Motor Corp. has stopped sales of the Lexus LS sedan for about three weeks while it works to get parts to dealers to fix a problem with the vehicle's steering system, a spokesman said Monday. To read the full article, click here.

Memorial Day Weekend Sales Expected to Boost Industry to 11.4 Million SAAR in May
(Edmunds' Auto Observer) Like most Americans, the auto industry is eagerly looking forward to the Memorial Day weekend. Automakers hope history repeats itself with brisk end-of-month sales. To read the full article, click here.

Daimler, Toyota Reportedly Mulling Joint Development of Fuel Cells for Electric Cars
(Edmunds.com) German luxury car maker Daimler and Toyota, the world's biggest automaker, are mulling joint development of fuel cells for electric vehicles, the Financial Times Deutschland reported. To read the full article, click here.

It's Really Over: Last HUMMER H3 Rolls Off Louisiana Line
(The Car Connection) It's really, finally over. Yesterday, the very last HUMMER H3 rolled off the production line in Shreveport, Louisiana, part of a special order for rental-car company Avis. To read the full article, click here.

GM to Develop New India Electric Car, Ends Reva Deal
(Bloomberg) General Motors Co. will develop an electric vehicle for India after scrapping a venture to make battery-powered compact models with Reva Electric Car Co. To read the full article, click here.

Nissan Sells Out of Orders for All-Electric Leaf
(Detroit Free Press) Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn said the automaker has sold out of its upcoming all-electric vehicle, the Nissan Leaf. 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.

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.

You can find these offers and many, many more by simply visiting Discount Marketplace, Ford Motor Company's Employee Purchase Program.

 

Retiree Club Info
Click here to check out the @Ford Online listing of known Retiree Clubs and Groups.

Atlanta Salaried Retirees
Second Tuesday of Every Month (Milton, Ga.)

The next general membership meeting will be held on Tuesday, September 14, at the Ford Regional Office (13010 Morris Rd. Corporate Center One Ste. 500) from 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. If you would like further information about the meetings or the Ford Metro Atlanta Salaried Retirees Club, please contact Bob Loovis at COUNTRYCOVEFARM@comcast.net.

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

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

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

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

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 FCSD Retiree Lunch Club-GB
First Wednesday of the Month (Mar, June, Sept and Dec) (Essex, UK)

The next general meeting will be held the first Wednesday of June with a location that is to be announced. Meetings last for three hours and comprise of a discussion on various topics such as an assortment of Ford issues, new products, product issues and shares along with a lunch that follows. All FCSD retiree pensioners are welcome. 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 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.)
Next luncheon will be at Finnigan's Hall (505 East 18th Avenue) on Wednesday, May 26 at 11:30 a.m. Buffet meal is $16, which you must pay cash for at the check-in table. Cash bar opens at 11:30 a.m.and lunch begins between 12:00 p.m. - 12:15 p.m. If you haven't paid 2010 membership dues, please pay with a check made payable to Max Jackson and send to the following address: 17401 E. 43rd Terr Ct. S Independence, MO 64055-7662. Otherwise, you can wait and pay at the check-in table when you arrive for lunch. Please RSVP to reserve your meal by notifying Chuck Wille at 1-816-863-1353 or CFWILLE@swbell.net or Shirley Sewell at 1-816-886-7284 or SSEWELL01@comcast.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.

Manatee-Sarasota County Florida, Ford Retirees
Second Tuesday of Every Month (Location TBA, Fla.)

The Manatee-Sarasota County Ford Retirees next meeting will be October 12 at the Tara Golf & Country Club (6602 Drewrys Bluff) at 10 a.m. 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 (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.

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 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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