November 12, 2010

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In this Blue Oval Connect Weekly Briefing…
  • Fortune's Businessperson of the Year - Reader's Choice - Mulally Wins!
  • All-New, High-Tech Ford Focus is Named Official Car of the 2011 International CES
  • 2012 Mustang Boss 302 Lets Loose with TracKey; Choose Stock or Full-Race Calibration
  • America's Truck Comes to Town: Ford Takes 2011 F-150 EcoBoost to Consumers in 60 Cities
  • Lincoln Complimentary Maintenance Program Further Enhances Brand's Luxury Image
  • Edsel B. Ford II Honored by the Urban Land Institute for His Dedication to the Revitalization of Detroit
  • Video: (SmartMoney Magazine) CEO Interview: Ford's Alan Mulally
  • Outside Voices: (Forbes) Ford: The Remake Of An American Icon

 

Announcements
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Annual Medicare Salaried Retirement Enrollment Period Starts This Coming Monday
The Annual Enrollment Period for Medicare-Aged Salaried Retirees starts Nov. 15 and runs through Dec. 31. This is the period designed for policy holders to switch into or out of Medicare Advantage Plans or between different Advantage offerings.

Peer Support (www.ford-umbrella-group.org) recommends that retirees consider whether their health or financial circumstances have changed during the year and then review present policies and prices to confirm whether they are satisfied. No action is required unless your present plan is being discontinued or you wish to make a change. If you switch, be sure to notify your present plan that you are withdrawing, but not until your new selection has been confirmed.

An important change in HRA rules for 2011 is that over the counter drugs, as well as supplementals, will no longer be recoverable from an HRA without a doctor's prescription. Retirees may want to consider buying additional supplies and submitting confirmations to Wageworks before the end of this year. If a retiree has already used his/her HRA funds for 2010, these charges should be able to be carried over along with other paid medical expenses above U.S. $1,800 ($3,600 for couples) and would be reimbursed in January as part of the 2011 HRA account.


AXZ Plan
Special AXZ Offers – Just a Click Away
Ford continues to show great momentum in the marketplace – and is continuing to offer employees and retirees great savings through AXZ-Plans pricing incentives and other special offers on eligible Ford, Lincoln and Mercury vehicles! When you choose to opt in for special incentive e-mails, you'll also learn about opportunities to share the savings with your friends and neighbors! Remember, Ford has expanded its X-Plan program by giving you two additional X-Plan PINs (six total) to use through the end of 2010. To receive these special offer e-mails from Ford, just click here to opt in.

Ford Employee Tire Discount Program
Attention Ford Retirees! Save up to 20 percent on a set (four) of many name brand tires like Michelin, Goodyear, Continental and Yokohama now through Dec. 31. Call Ford Tire Program Headquarters at 1-888-353-3251 to receive your PIN number and to receive specific discount information. Click here for more information.


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Small Business Saturdaysm – U.S. Consumers Encouraged to Join the Movement and Spread the Word
First there was Black Friday, then Cyber Monday. On Nov. 27 comes Small Business Saturday, a day to support the local businesses that create jobs, boost the economy and preserve neighborhoods around the country. Small Business Saturday is a national movement to drive shoppers to local merchants across the U.S.

There are a number of ways for to get involved. First and foremost, it’s about helping raise awareness about the importance of small business to our communities. For example, you can visit www.facebook.com/smallbusinesssaturday where you can "like" Small Business Saturday and syndicate news feeds about the day to your personal, virtual networks. There, you can also spread the word about the day and your favorite businesses by giving a shout-out to your favorite local shops and restaurants via Facebook and Twitter.

To learn more, click here.

 

Top Stories
Alan Mulally
Fortune's Businessperson of the Year - Reader's Choice - Mulally Wins!
Alan Mulally, president and chief executive officer of Ford, beat Steve Jobs, CEO of Apple in the finals to take the title of 'Fortune Businessperson of the Year – Reader's Choice.'

Fortune started with 32 contenders, seeded and matched-up by their editors. Each week readers picked which leader they thought made a bigger impact in 2010. Fortune revealed on Monday, Nov. 8 who their readers choose as Businessperson of the Year.

In previous weeks of the competition, Mulally beat Mark Zuckerberg, CEO of Facebook, in week one, Michael Duke, CEO of Wal-Mart in week two, and Ellen Kullman CEO of DuPont, in week three, and Warren Buffett, CEO of Berkshire Hathaway in the semifinals.

To read the full article and vote, click here.

Ford Focus
All-New, High-Tech Ford Focus is Named Official Car of the 2011 International CES
With its global launch near, the all-new Ford Focus takes on the role of official vehicle for the 2011 International CES, considered the largest technology trade show in the world.

The tech-packed Focus is a perfect match for CES, which runs from Jan. 6-9 in Las Vegas. As the official car, Focus will have a prominent presence during the show, including more product-specific signage, displays, demonstrations and materials. Focus follows in the footsteps of the 2010 Ford Taurus, which was the official car at the 2010 CES held earlier this year.

The new Focus will share the spotlight at CES with Ford President and CEO Alan Mulally, who will deliver a keynote address at the trade show for the third consecutive year. Further upping the ante at CES, Ford is also increasing its display's floor space fourfold for the 2011 show and expects to have more than 20 vehicles on display throughout the event.

To read the full article and vote, click here.

Trackey
2012 Mustang Boss 302 Lets Loose with TracKey; Choose Stock or Full-Race Calibration
You hold two keys: One has a black Boss logo, the other red: Either will start your 2012 Mustang Boss 302. Slide the all-black key into the lock cylinder, give it a twist and you're treated to 444 ponies worth of smooth, streetable driving joy. Or choose red – the TracKey – and you have a competition-ready track car.

A joint project between Mustang engineers and Ford Racing, TracKey adds a second set of powertrain control module (PCM) software to a customer's Mustang Boss 302, activated by a specially programmed vehicle key. When invoked by TracKey, the new TracMode software alters more than 200 engine management parameters, increasing low-end torque and turning the potent but well-mannered stock Boss into a competition-ready track car. Remove TracKey and start Boss with the standard key, and all factory engine settings are restored for a comfortable drive home from the course.

To read the full article, click here.

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Ford News
Ford F-150
America's Truck Comes to Town: Ford Takes 2011 F-150 EcoBoost to Consumers in 60 Cities
The best way to understand the power and performance of the new 2011 Ford F-150 with the much-anticipated 3.5-liter EcoBoost™ engine is to experience it firsthand.

That's why Ford is taking the new EcoBoost-powered F-150 directly to customers' doorsteps for individual test drives in a nationwide tour of 60 cities months before the truck is available for sale.

The one-on-one test drives will be held throughout the country from mid-November through end of January. Ford will go to a customer's home, workplace or a convenient community location for the test drive.

To read the full article, click here.

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Lincoln Complimentary Maintenance Program
Lincoln Complimentary Maintenance Program Further Enhances Brand's Luxury Image
The Lincoln Complimentary Maintenance Program has become a permanent staple for all new Lincoln customers with the beginning of the 2011 model year. First announced last summer as a promotion for select model year 2010 Lincoln lease and retail customers, the program became permanent for all model year 2011 vehicles in fall 2010.

The program is designed to enhance the four-year, 50,000-mile bumper-to-bumper manufacturer's warranty and is fully transferable to a second owner. Furthermore, the program includes coverage for oil and filter changes, tire rotations and multipoint inspections for up to eight service visits.

To read the full article, click here.

Edsel B. Ford II
Edsel B. Ford II Honored by the Urban Land Institute for His Dedication to the Revitalization of Detroit
Edsel B. Ford II – the great-grandson of Henry Ford – was recognized this week by The Detroit District Council of the Urban Land Institute (ULI Detroit) for his contribution toward the development of Campus Martius Park and the revitalization of Detroit.

Mr. Ford, along with Peter Karmanos Jr., were presented with the Placemaker Award, which celebrates and honors the two business leaders who have made a positive impact on the vibrancy and quality of life in the community through the use of land.

To read the full article, click here.

 

Global Notes
Ford Explorer
Ford Explorer Named the Best SUV at the 2010 Santiago Auto Show
On Nov. 2, a jury composed of the most influential journalists in the Chilean automotive media named Ford's next-generation Explorer as the "Best SUV" of the 2010 Santiago International Auto Show, the Chilean Automobile exhibition where more than 45 brands participated.

To read the full article, click here.

Bogota Auto Show
Bogotá Auto Show: Ford Redefines the Present and Future of the Automobile
Through Nov. 15, attendees to the XII edition of the International Auto Show in Bogotá will discover first hand how Ford is redefining the present and future of the automobile. For the first time at Colombian Auto Show, Ford has its own space, with a central theme that illustrates the four pillars of the brand (quality, sustainability, safety and innovation).

To read the full article, click here.

National Technical Skills Competition
Ford Argentina Promotes the Third National Technical Skills Competition
On Oct. 21, Ford Argentina promoted the third edition of the National Skills Competition, a contest between technicians from Ford's Dealer Network who have reached the best performance in the "Electronic and Electrical Systems Diagnosis" specialty. This is one of the courses taught in the Masters Program developed by Ford Customer Service Division.

To read the full article, click here.

Transit Connect
Ford Tops U.K. Reliability Poll
Ford has been named as Britain's most reliable van manufacturer in an authoritative survey of the country's 50 largest contract hire companies. In a double success, the Transit was named the most reliable van for the fourth year running, with the Transit Connect in third place for the second year running.

To read the full article, click here.

 

Video Corner
Alan Mulally
CEO Interview: Ford's Alan Mulally
(SmartMoney Magazine) Alan Mulally was early for his interview. The CEO of Ford came down to the company cafeteria for an impromptu chat, and it didn't take long for him to start pitching Ford's revival. "This is the most fantastic turnaround in human history," he says, as we headed to his office, a large suite with model cars on shelves and views of Henry Ford's original Rouge factory in the distance. Click here to view video.

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Morgan Stanley Says Ford Stock Could Hit $30 Per Share
(ABC) Morgan Stanley said this week that Ford stock could hit U.S. $30 per share. Ford is currently at a six-year high of $16 per share. Ford stock has been climbing, based on strong sales and growing market share. A lot of analysts believe customers are rewarding Ford for not taking bailout money. Ford's Jim Farley has said that Ford's not taking a bailout generated a billion dollars in free PR for Ford. Click here to view video.

Bill Ford
Bill Ford Interviewed About Ford's Restructuring, Outlook
(CNBC) Ford Executive Chairman Bill Ford is interviewed. Ford stock has surged more than 700 percent since the auto bailouts and is up more than 60 percent this year. He believes Ford is fundamentally different under CEO Alan Mulally and has fundamentally fixed its cost structures, including VEBA and globalizing platforms. He says Ford has made $7 billion this year, so far, and that if the industry gets back to a 15-18 million unit level, Ford should be in really good shape. Click here to view video.

Ford Flex
Ford's Future of Vehicle Safety
(FOX) CNBC's Ford is working to keep you and your family safe on the roads. Click here to view video.

Ford: Rebuilding an America Icon
Ford: Rebuilding an American Icon
(FOX) CNBC'S Phil LeBeau takes viewers inside one of the great comeback stories of the American auto industry. See rebroadcasts of the program on CNBC at:
Thu., Nov. 11
Sun., Nov. 14
Mon., Nov. 22
Tue., Nov. 23
Thu., Nov. 25
Fri., Nov. 26
Mon., Nov. 29
8 p.m. & 12 a.m. ET
10 p.m.
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For more information, click here.

 

Outside Voices
Ford: The Remake Of An American Icon
(Forbes) Ford was incorporated in 1903 by Henry Ford, who transformed personal transportation with his Model T, an automobile that was reliable, efficient and reasonably priced. To read the full article, click here.

Businessperson of the Year? The Readers Say Ford's Alan Mulally
(CNN Money)The readers have made their choice in our Businessperson of the Year competition, and after a month of rabid online voting, they've given the crown to Alan Mulally, President and CEO of Ford. To read the full article, click here.

Ford F-150 is V6 Work Truck Shootout Winner
(USA Today) Work trucks, those beasts of burden with vinyl floor mats, hand-crank windows and six-cylinder engines – are undergoing a renaissance. To read the full article, click here.

GM Financial Posts U.S. $51.3 Million Profit After Takeover
(Bloomberg) GM's finance unit said net income almost doubled in its first quarter after being acquired by the largest U.S. automaker. To read the full article, click here.

EPA's Top 10 Most Fuel-Efficient Cars
(Kicking Tires) Every year, the Environmental Protection Agency complies a list of the top 10 overall most fuel-efficient cars in the country. To read the full article, click here.

GM to Phase out Goodwrench Brand
(Kicking Tires) To better focus on the individual brands at GM, the automaker will phase out the GM Goodwrench brand on Feb. 1, 2011. 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 websites 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.


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Ford Employees Recreation Association (FERA) Desk Hours

Location:
Lower Mezzanine of Ford World Headquarters

Desk hours:
Tuesday, Thursday & Friday, 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m, and Wednesdays during the Auto Show and Summer Programs

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 1-800-248-4444 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.

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.

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BOLT Lock
Security
Save $10 on your order of BOLT Series Locks – the locks that work with your Ford vehicle key! Simply insert your key, turn once, and the lock learns your key! Offer ongoing. Click here to visit the website.

You can find these offers and many, many more by simply visiting
Discount Marketplace
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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 (Roswell, Ga.)
The next event will be the Annual Holiday Dinner on Tuesday, Dec. 7, beginning at 6:30 p.m. at Sugo's Restaurant (625 West Crossville Road). If you would like further information about the event 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 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 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 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, 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 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 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, Sep and Nov) (Kansas City, Mo.)
The KC Ford Salaried Retiree Club annual Christmas party will be Saturday, Dec. 11 at the Elms Hotel in Excelsior Springs (401 Regent Street). Social hour starts at 6 p.m.; dinner will be served at 7 p.m.; entertainment, the band of Kevin Kline will be from 8 p.m.-12 a.m. The Christmas party is $54 per couple – please RSVP by e-mail to Frank Scott at RUDY3207@hotmail.com asap. The hotel is offering a special rate for members of $82 for the night or $95 with breakfast for two in the morning. The hotel also is giving a 15 percent discount for a spa treatment. Please call the hotel for reservations at 1-800-THE ELMS or 1-816-630-5500 only if you plan to stay over night.

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 Jan. 11 at a location to be announced. 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.

Rouge Office Building Retired Cafeteria Workers
Twice a Year (Allen Park, Mich.)

This group meets twice a year. The next meeting will be on Apr. 6 with a location to be announced. For more information, contact Judy Hernandez at JUDY42KAY@yahoo.com .

UAW Eastern Carolina Retirees
Second Wednesday of Every Month (Little River, S.C.)

The UAW Eastern Carolina Retiree Council invites retirees to join them for a monthly meeting at the Little River S.C. V.F.W. Hall (111 Highway 57 North). For more information, contact Bob Artus at 803-481-3622.

UAW Local 1895 Retirees Meeting and Luncheon
Third Thursday of Every Month (Except June, July, Aug. & Dec.) (Broken Arrow, Okla.)

The group meets at 10:30 a.m. at the U.A.W. Local 1895 Union Hall (2001 West Detroit). The business meeting starts at 10:30 a.m. and the luncheon starts at 11 a.m. with main course and drinks provided. Please bring a covered dish. A guest speaker and a benefits representative are present each month. For additional information, contact Liz McGhee, Retiree Chairperson, at MCGHEEE61@yahoo.com or 1-918-638-0191 or Wade McCaleb, Financial Secretary – Treasurer, at . MCCALEB@uaw1895.com or 1-918-251-2900.

USA Ford UAW Local 600
Every Fourth Sunday in the Month (Dearborn, Mich.)

This group meets at 10 a.m. every fourth Sunday of the month at the Local Hall (10550 Dix Avenue). Coffee and doughnuts are always available, and two televisions are raffled off at each meeting. For more information, contact Rudy Nelson at RETIREES600@yahoo.com .

Van Dyke Plant Retiree Luncheon Club (Sterling Heights, Mich.)
First Tuesday of Every Month

The group meets for its monthly luncheon at noon at various local eateries. Although the group consists of mostly salaried retirees, all are welcome. For more information, monthly notices and reminders, contact Allan Yee at ALLAN.YEE@att.net.

 

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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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