May 18, 2012

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In this Blue Oval Connect Weekly Briefing…

  • Q&A with Raj Nair – Annual 'Car Wars' Report
  • All-New 2013 Ford Escape Set to Pace NASCAR Stable of Races at Kentucky Speedway
  • Go Further: Group V.P. of Human Resources Discusses Global Brand Promise as ‘Inspiring Compass’
  • 2012 Ford Mondeo Sport Limited Edition Launched in China
  • Video Corner: 1.0 Liter EcoBoost in Craiova
  • Outside Voices: (The Detroit News) Ford To Lead Rollouts of New Models

 

Announcements
Swap Your Rides Sales Event
The Swap Your Ride Sales Event is on now! Act now to save on America’s favorite brand.1

Now is the time to experience the feel of a new Ford and save. Check out the innovative Ford Taurus. Take a look at the available SYNC with MyFord Touch, which puts 10,000 commands at your fingertips, available in the 2012 Ford Focus.2 And, of course, don’t forget F-Series pickups, simply the best-selling trucks for 35 years running.

See your local Ford Dealer to take advantage of the offers available now during the Swap Your Ride Sales Event.

Click here for more information.

Disclaimer:
1Based on CYTD sales.
2Driving while distracted can result in loss of vehicle control. 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
Q&A with Raj Nair – Annual 'Car Wars' Report

Bank of America Merrill Lynch recently published its annual "Car Wars" report by Research Analyst John Murphy. Car Wars assesses the relative strength of automakers' product pipeline in the U.S. The purpose of the study is to quantify industry product trends and then relate the findings to investment decisions.

In this year’s study, Murphy notes that the product replacement rate drives showroom age, which drives market share, which in turn drives profits and stock prices. The study finds that OEMs with the highest replacement rate and youngest relative showroom age have generally gained market share from 2002-2012.

Click here to continue reading Raj Nair’s, group vice president, Ford Global Product Development, perspective on this year's "Car Wars" report.


Harold 'Red' Poling, Extraordinary Leader

Harold A. Poling passed away on May 12, 2012 at the age of 86. He was living in Pacific Grove, Calif.

"Red Poling was an extraordinary leader who had a profound impact on Ford Motor Company and everyone who worked with him. With a list of accomplishments that span 43 years, including leading the company through a remarkable turnaround during the 1980s and 1990s, Red was respected by all for his leadership, his passion for being the low-cost producer and his genuine affinity for people. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family."
- Bill Ford, Executive Chairman, Ford Motor Company

A memorial website for Red Poling has been developed by his family which will be used to share stories and photos of Red's life and provide information regarding plans for his memorial service. Click here to visit his memorial website and share your stories.


To read the full article, click here.

 

Ford News
2013 Ford Fusion
All-New 2013 Ford Escape Set to Pace NASCAR Stable of Races at Kentucky Speedway
Ford Motor Company rolled out its latest NASCAR pace vehicle today – the all-new 2013 Ford Escape – which will make its pace vehicle debut during the NASCAR Sprint Cup race weekend at nearby Kentucky Speedway June 28 through 30.

To read the full article, click here.

2013 Shelby GT500
2013 Shelby GT500 Launch Control Spins the Wheels for Maximum Acceleration

Paraphrasing a classic quote, "With great power comes the need for great control," the engineers at Ford’s Special Vehicles Team have stepped up to the plate to manage the massive output of the 2013 Shelby GT500.

To read the full article, click here.

Carroll Shelby
Carroll Shelby, Ford Family for More Than Half a Century

The following statement is attributable to Edsel B. Ford II, member of the Board of Directors of Ford Motor Company and great-grandson of Henry Ford, founder of Ford Motor Company.

"Today, we have lost a legend in Ford Motor Company's history, and my family and I have lost a dear friend. Carroll Shelby is one of the most recognized names in performance car history, and he's been successful at everything he’s done. Whether helping Ford dominate the 1960s racing scene or building some of the most famous Mustangs, his enthusiasm and passion for great automobiles over six decades has truly inspired everyone who worked with him. He was a great innovator whose legend at Ford never will be forgotten. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family and friends."

To read the full article, click here.

Ford Motor Company
Ford Motor Company Fund Provides More Than $280,000 for Programs Supporting Youth in Detroit

In recognition of the importance of supporting youth in the Detroit community, Ford Motor Company Fund is announcing more than U.S. $280,000 in grants and other support to benefit young people.

To read the full article, click here.

C-MAX Hybrid
Ford Begins Taking Orders for C-MAX Hybrid – America's Most Affordable, Fuel-Efficient Hybrid Utility Vehicle

Ford dealers are starting to place orders for America's most affordable and fuel-efficient hybrid utility vehicle – the 2013 Ford C-MAX Hybrid – with innovative technologies such as a hands-free liftgate, spaciousness for five passengers and cargo as well as the fun-to-drive character shared with well-handling cars including Ford Focus.

To read the full article, click here.

1957 Ford Michigan Proving Grounds
Proving Grounds Provide Site for Auto ‘Torture Chamber’

Editor's Note: Each Thursday, @Ford Online takes a look back at Ford heritage moments from the company's past. Click here for more heritage articles.

On May 19, 1957, Ford announced the completion of Michigan Proving Grounds, near Romeo, Mich. The project involved the largest, privately funded earth moving project in the history of Michigan – some 4 million cubic yards of earth were moved – the equivalent of digging 13,000 average-sized home basements.

To read the full article, click here.

 

Go Further
Felicia Fields
Go Further: Group V.P. of Human Resources Discusses Global Brand Promise as ‘Inspiring Compass’

This week, Felicia Fields, group vice president, Human Resources and Corporate Services, shared her thoughts on the company’s new Go Further global brand promise with @Ford Online. Below is an excerpt from that discussion.

Q. How do you describe the Go Further brand promise to your team?
A. Go Further really describes what it means to be Ford. It describes our passion for our customers, our passion for working together and for our communities. It’s really a natural expression of what we do best.


The full version of this article and others like it are featured on the Go Further - Team Content section on @Ford Online - click here to go there now or submit your own Go Further story.

 

Global Notes
2012 Ford Mondeo Sport Limited Edition
2012 Ford Mondeo Sport Limited Edition Launched in China

Ford has unleashed the special 2012 Mondeo limited edition into the Chinese market with a sporty new contemporary styling.

One of the stars of Auto China 2012 in Beijing held in April, this new Mondeo edition brings a fresh look in both interior and exterior design to meet the needs of young Chinese customers.

To read the full article, click here.

Ford Motor Company
EcoBoost Engine Job One in Romania

The 1.0-liter EcoBoost® engine recently went into production at Ford’s new plant in Craiova, Romania. A special event to mark the occasion was attended by employees, the media and VIPs.

The plant will assemble three-cylinder engine in 100, 120 and 125 PS variants. It will also machine cylinder blocks, cylinder heads and crankshafts.

To read the full article, click here

Ford Focus
Focus Wins Diesel Car Award

The Focus has been voted Britain’s best diesel medium car in the Diesel Car 2012 awards. The Focus fought off competitors including the Hyundai i30 and Volkswagen Golf.

To read the full article, click here.

Donations to Sri Lanka
Ford Donates $10,000 to Forest Conservation Project in Sri Lanka

Ford Motor Company selected the Fire Prevention in Knuckles Forest Reserve project as the winning entry in its Environmental Conservation and Grants program in Sri Lanka. The project will receive $10,000 to take steps to minimize the damage caused by forest fires in the southern border of the Knuckles Forest Reserve in the central highlands of Sri Lanka.

To read the full article, click here.

 

Video Corner
1.0-Liter EcoBoost
1.0-Liter EcoBoost in Craiova
(@Ford Online) Production of the 1.0-Liter EcoBoost® commenced at Ford's new plant in Craiova, Romania, on May 10.


Click here to view the video.

 

Outside Voices
Freeing Ford's Logo From Debtors' Prison
(Bloomberg Businessweek) Six years ago, Ford was running out of time and money.To save the company, Henry Ford’s great-grandson had to do something the founder never could have imagined–sign away the family name. To read the full article, click here.

Ford To Lead Rollouts of New Models
(The Detroit News) Ford Motor Co. will offer more new car models over the next three years than any other automaker, according to a Bank of America/Merrill Lynch report released Wednesday. To read the full article, click here.

Ford Named One of America's Hottest Brands
(24/7 Wall St.) Brand expert company Corebrand examined brands from the standpoint of favorability and familiarity to identify America's hottest brands. To read the full article, click here.

Sorry, Toyota: Ford Prices 2013 C-MAX Hybrid at $26,790, Undercutting 2012 Toyota Prius v
(Automobile Magazine)The market of compact hybrid people movers will grow this year with the addition of the 2013 Ford C-MAX Hybrid, and it's trying to steal the 2012 Toyota Prius v's thunder. Ford says that the C-MAX Hybrid will cost U.S. $26,790, some $520 less than the Prius v. To read the full article, click here.

GM Cuts Facebook Ad Spending, But Ford Steps On The Gas
(Automotive News) On the eve of Facebook's wildly anticipated initial public stock offering, General Motors said Tuesday that it will stop buying advertisements on Facebook – about $10 million a year – but "remains committed" to the social network as part of "an aggressive content strategy with all our products and brands." To read the full article, click here.

High-Tech Interiors Drive Future Vehicles
(The Detroit News) The interior of your next vehicle will be driven by technology and entertainment systems, and in the next few years, could include "augmented reality" technology that spreads across your windshield, showing you roadway lines and exits, automakers and suppliers say. To read the full article, click here.

 

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.

John Deere
John Deere
Farm & Agricultural Equipment

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

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

 

FERA
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:
Cedar Point Tickets - $40
Kings Island Tickets - $30
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.

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

Atlanta Salaried Retirees
Tuesday, August 14 (Metro Atlanta)
The next Ford Metro Atlanta Salaried Retirees Club event will be brunch at "The Diner at North Point" in Alpharetta on Tuesday, August 14 at 11:00 a.m. Full details will be sent to our members via e-mail. If you would like more information about the event or the club, please contact Jack Michelitch at JMICHELITC@aol.com.

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 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 Trattoria Tamone Restaurant in Oakville. 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 The Ramapo Reformed Church (190 W. Ramapo Ave.). 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.

Ford/Uaw Retiree meeting for Retiree's of Green Island
Last Tuesday of the Month (Watervliet, NY)

Ford/Uaw Retiree's of Green Island, NY, will meet at the Local 730 Watervliet Elks Club (Second Avenue) at noon.

Frame Plant Survivors Salaried Retirees
Third Wednesday of Every Month (Livonia, Mich.)

The Frame Plant Survivors Salaried Retirees meet at 11 a.m. at G. Subu's Leather Bottle, 20300 Farmington Rd; Livonia, MI normally every third Wednesday of the month with exception. 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 RHONDACOLTHORP@gmail.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 Art Kern at artkern@sbcglobal.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 Luncheon for May 23rd, 2012 will be at Finnigan's Hall (503 East 18th Avenue) from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Check in time is 11:00 a.m. Cost is $16 per person, cash only. If you are a salaried retired Ford employee and have an interest in joining old friends, fellow co-workers and colleagues, please contact us and RSVP for your buffett meal. There is no annual fee for deceased retired member spouse. So please continue to come to the lunches. For additional information, please contact Chuck Wille by e-mail at cfwille@swbell.net.

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.)

Retirees meet the second Tuesday of the month at 10 AM from November until April. Meetings are 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 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.

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.)

The retired employees of the Rouge Office Building, WHQ, POEE, etc., and surrounding buildings, will meet on Oct. 5, 2011 at 6 p.m. at Gracie See Lounge. Please spread the word. 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 1219 Retirees
First Tuesday of Every Month (Except Jan, Feb, July & Aug.) (Lima, OH.)

The group meets at 12 p.m. for lunch at our UAW Local 1219 Park (1750 Bible Road). Our Retirees bring in a covered dish/desert. Drinks and a meat are furnished. Meetings start at 1 p.m. and are very informative and all UAW Local 1219 Retirees are encouraged to attend. For additional information, contact Leonard Staley at 1219NEWS@gmail.com.

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.



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