November 19, 2010

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In this Blue Oval Connect Weekly Briefing…
  • 2011 Ford Taurus, Super Duty and Mustang GT Win kbb.com Best Resale Value Awards
  • Ford Drives Home with First Ever Nielsen Automotive Green Marketer of the Year Award
  • Ford Wins Popular Science 'Best of What's New' for Inflatable Rear Belts, Fiesta Small Car
  • Ford to Deliver Four 40-MPG Vehicles in 2011, Industry's Broadest Lineup of Fuel Economy Leaders
  • All-New Ford Focus Achieves Fuel Efficiency with High-Tech 2.0-Liter Direct-Injection Engine
  • Video: (Fox Business Network) Mark Fields Talks New Focus Models
  • Outside Voices: (Cars.com) Ford Mustang Wins Cars.com Shoppers' Choice Award

 

Announcements
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Peer Support Volunteers Responding to Health Care Inquiries During Annual Enrollment Period
Judging by the pace of e-mail inquiries this first week of the Annual Enrollment Period, Peer Support volunteers believe that many Salaried Medicare retirees may be relieved that price increases for 2011 coverage are smaller than expected.

Our website is http://www.ford-umbrella-group.org. Send your e-mail inquiries to peer-support@ford-umbrella-group.org. We received multiple questions from retirees approaching age 65, who were "doing their homework" early. As usual, prescription drug coverage uncertainties drew questions as did ones from people seeking more information about Medicare Advantage versus Medigap choices.

The political controversies of health care insurance again were back in the news. The possibility of change in the 2010 Health Care legislation should have little, if any, impact on a retiree's decision as to whether or not to switch coverage during the Nov. 15-Dec. 31 Annual Enrollment Period. There are no provisions in the health care legislation that require retirees to switch coverage for 2011.


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 Saturday – 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 Saturdaysm, 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 you 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 add 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
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2011 Ford Taurus, Super Duty and Mustang GT Win kbb.com Best Resale Value Awards
Three Ford vehicles have earned Kelley Blue Book's kbb.com 2011 Best Resale Value Awards, which recognize cars and trucks expected to maintain the greatest proportion of their original list price after five years of ownership.

The 2011 Ford Taurus, 2011 Ford Super Duty and 2011 Ford Mustang GT earned the Best Resale Value Awards in the full-size car, full-size pickup and high-performance car categories, respectively.

To read the full article, click here.

Green Marketer of the Year Award
Ford Drives Home with First Ever Nielsen Automotive Green Marketer of the Year Award
Ford won the first-ever Nielsen Automotive Green Marketer of the Year award at a presentation at the Los Angeles International Auto Show. The award recognized the brand that made the greatest strides in gaining consumer awareness and positively shifting consumer perceptions for their environmentally friendly marketing initiatives.

Ford has built significant awareness over the past year around their hybrid vehicles and fuel-efficient cars with key campaigns for Fiesta and Fusion Hybrid, as well as their Drive One 2.0 brand ads featuring hybrids and miles-per-gallon (MPG) related ads.

To read the full article, click here.

Inflatable Rear Seat Belts
Ford Wins Popular Science 'Best of What's New' for Inflatable Rear Belts, Fiesta Small Car
Ford won two 2010 "Best of What's New" awards this week from Popular Science, marking the fourth straight year Ford has been honored by the world's top science and technology magazine. The company's inflatable rear seat belts and 2011 Fiesta won in the automotive category and will be featured in the publication's December issue.

Ford recently introduced the world's first production automotive inflatable seat belts, combining attributes of traditional seat belts and airbags to provide added crash safety protection for rear seat occupants. The advanced restraint system is designed to help reduce head, neck and chest injuries for rear seat passengers – often children and older adults who can be more vulnerable to such injuries.

To read the full article, click here.

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Ford Fiesta
Ford to Deliver Four 40-MPG Vehicles in 2011, Industry's Broadest Lineup of Fuel Economy Leaders
Ford continues delivering on its promise to make fuel economy affordable for millions of consumers and soon will put on the road its fourth vehicle delivering 40 mpg or more in 2011 – more than any other full-line automaker.

In addition, the company today has 13 vehicles, including cars, utilities and crossovers, in the U.S. that lead their sales segments in fuel economy – a number no other automaker matches.

To read the full article and vote, click here.

 

Ford News
3.5-liter EcoBoost V6
All-New Ford Focus Achieves Fuel Efficiency with High-Tech 2.0-Liter Direct-Injection Engine
The 2.0-liter engine coming early next year to Ford's new 2012 Focus will be one of the first on the market to combine the technology of gasoline direct injection (DI) with twin independent variable camshaft timing (Ti-VCT) and E85 flex fuel capability.

The combination of these technologies helps make the dual-overhead-camshaft (DOHC) Focus four-cylinder one of the most powerful, fuel-efficient and refined engines in its class and one of the most advanced non-turbocharged four-cylinder engines Ford has ever offered. Horsepower is rated at 160 and torque at 146 lb.-ft., up from 140 and 136, respectively, in the 2011 Ford Focus.

To read the full article, click here.

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Transit Connect
Ford Transit Connect XLT Premium Wagon Debuts with Added Comfort, Convenience Features
A new personal-use package for the 2011 Ford Transit Connect debuted this week at the 2010 Los Angeles International Auto Show.

The XLT Premium Wagon offers more comfort and visibility for second-row passengers, something customers have been asking for since the small, fuel-efficient van went on sale in the United States in 2009.

To read the full article, click here.

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Ford Focus Electric
Ford Names First Markets to Sell Focus Electric, the Company's First All-Electric Passenger Car
Ford has announced first markets that will sell the Focus Electric, Ford's first all-electric, zero CO2-emissions passenger car.

The first markets selected for Ford Focus Electric: Atlanta, Austin and Houston, Texas; Boston, Chicago, Denver, Detroit, Los Angeles, San Francisco, San Diego, New York, Orlando, Fla., Phoenix and Tucson, Ariz.; Portland, Ore.; Raleigh Durham, N.C.; Richmond, Va., Seattle, and Washington, D.C.

To read the full article, click here.

Ford F-Series Super Duty
Ford Super Duty Does Heavy Lifting: Grabs 50 Percent of Heavy-Duty Market, Accounts for Segment Growth
One of every two heavy-duty pickups sold in the United States in the first nine months of the year is a Ford F-Series Super Duty.

The new Super Duty dominates the heavy-duty pickup segment with 50 percent of total heavy-duty sales, an increase in market share of 5 percentage points over the same period last year – its highest share since 2001. This is according to a Ford analysis of recently released registration data by R.L. Polk.

To read the full article, click here.

 

Executive Corner
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Sean McAlinden
Chief Economist
Center for Automotive Research

The highly-anticipated initial public offering of General Motors was priced at $33 a share Wednesday, landing it at the high end of expectations. The stock began trading on the New York Stock Exchange this week under the symbol "GM." It also traded on the Toronto Stock Exchange as "GMM." Late Tuesday, the size of the IPO was expanded by about 30 percent, another indication of the high level of interest that has surrounded GM's return to the marketplace. The successful completion of the IPO means the U.S. government's stake will immediately drop from 61 to 33 percent. @Ford Online's Chris Kassab recently spoke with Sean McAlinden, chief economist, Center for Automotive Research to gain further insight into the IPO and related activities.

Q: What is your overall impression of the GM IPO?
A: It's going to be a partial IPO. Obviously, the company right now is owned largely by the U.S. and Canadian governments, the UAW VEBA, and the former bondholders. Other creditors that GM used to have also have a share of the stock. So the IPO is designed to sell part of the original 520 million common shares being distributed between those parties to the public and pay them back. These original shares are being split 3 to 1 to reduce the price of an original share for small investors. Given the state of the IPO market and world stock markets, it looks like they're only going to be able to sell part of General Motors hopefully for a good price that sets a trend for later sales of stock that pays back a lot of people who obviously invested in the GM restructuring.

So my overall impression is that there could be a better time to sell the stock with a better automotive market in North America, but I think really there certainly is still some pressure to get this sale underway. It's not going to be as political as in the past because the sale is taking place after the mid-term elections, so I don't think the government will be as eager to sell as many shares as they would have been prior to the election, which is an issue between the political parties. But frankly, I think GM was successful going on the road in November worldwide to sell the IPO and certainly was successful at demonstrating a positive trend with their impressive third quarter earnings on top of two quarters previously that were positive. They did show positive earnings growth and as a cyclical stock, that might be appealing to certain long-term investors who believe that there's a lot of growth potential in the stock price as the industry and the market recover.

To read the full discussion, click here.

 

Global Notes
Ford Oval
Ford Changes Stake in Mazda
This week, Ford announced that the company will change its stake in Mazda Motor Corporation to 3.5 percent from 11 percent. The transaction is expected to be completed today.

To read the full article, click here.

New F-350 Super Duty
Ford of Venezuela Launches the New F-350 Super Duty, Now with More Power and Load Capacity
For over fifteen years, the Ford F-350 has been the absolute leader in the Venezuelan market in the light truck segment. This new model comes to market offering more, exceeding expectations and bringing to customers more load capacity, engine, torque and safety.

To read the full article, click here.

Transit Connect
Transit Connects Wins Top U.K. Award
The Transit Connect has extended its reign as Small Van of the Year in the Association of Car Fleet Operators (ACFO) awards, winning the title for a record-breaking eighth year in succession. Members of ACFO, the U.K.'s largest fleet organization, voted as they have done every year since 2003 – the first year it became eligible for an ACFO award – to maintain the Transit Connect's unbroken victory run.

To read the full article, click here.

 

Video Corner
Mark Fields
Mark Fields Talks New Focus Models
(Fox Business Network) Ford President of The Americas Mark Fields is interviewed at the Los Angeles International Auto Show. When asked about the GM IPO, he says Ford's focus continues to be on executing the Ford plan and not to be distracted. He touts Ford's quality and says its market share continues to grow. Click here to view video.

Ford F-150
Ford F-150 Full of Toys for Connecticut Auto Show
(CBS) This live broadcast segment features an interview with Connecticut Auto Show representative Jim Fleming, who highlights the show's Ford sponsored toy drive and the red F-150 provided by Crowley Ford being used to collect and transport the toys. Click here to view video.

EcoBoost Engine
Technology Features on Reasonably Priced Vehicles
(NBC) This video provides an overview of luxury technologies now available on economy vehicles, exclusively highlighting Ford's EcoBoost™ engine when discussing advanced engine technology. Click here to view video.

 

Outside Voices
Ford Mustang Wins Cars.com Shoppers' Choice Award
(Cars.com) In this, the Shoppers' Choice award's first year, the winner is the Ford Mustang. To read the full article, click here.

Ford Stock Closes at $17 Per Share
(Detroit Free Press) Ford's stock closed at U.S. $17 per share Wednesday – its highest closing price since January 2004. To read the full article, click here.

Top Fuel-Miser Luxury Sedan is a Lincoln
(The Washington Post) The first gasoline-electric-powered hybrid at Lincoln dealerships, the 2011 MKZ Hybrid, has the same sticker price as the gasoline-only, 2011 MKZ – U.S. $35,180. To read the full article, click here.

Chevy Volt Named Car of the Year Twice
(Detroit News) The Chevrolet Volt won coveted Car of the Year awards Tuesday from Motor Trend magazine and Automobile magazine. To read the full article, click here.

Toyota Best In Fleet MPG; Ford Claims Most Improved, Best In Class
(The Car Connection) While Toyota still ranks at the top in fuel economy across its passenger-car fleet for the 2010 model year – led by vehicles like the 2011 Prius – Ford is moving on up. To read the full article, click here.

Stocks Surge as GM's Return is Cheered
(The Street) Stocks soared Thursday as investor optimism was lifted by a strong reception for GMs' massive IPO and Ireland's decision to soften its stance on accepting aid for its banks. To read the full article, click here.

Chrysler Debuts Six Redesigned Dodge Models to Increase Sales
(4 Wheels News) As part of a strategy to increase domestic sales by up to 45 percent in 2011, Chrysler is introducing six redesigned Dodge models. To read the full article, click here.

Chevy Rips the Top Off the Camaro
(Cnet Reviews) During its press conference at the 2010 Los Angeles International Auto Show, Chevrolet pulled the covers off its new topless Camaro, showing the anticipated convertible version of its retro muscle car. To read the full article, click here.

Hyundai Targets Corolla, Civic With Revamped Elantra Small Car
(Bloomberg) Hyundai, which cut into Toyota's and Honda's U.S. midsize-sedan sales this year, aims to increase its share of the small-car market with a more fuel-efficient, restyled Elantra. 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.

Verizon
Verizon
Electronics Corporation

Save on calling plans, wireless devices, calling features and accessories from Verizon Wireless. Click here for more information.

The Henry Ford
The Henry Ford
New Member Special

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

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 (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.

 

Calendar Ahead
March 6:
SAAC-MCR Winter All Ford Swap Meet (Woodhaven, Mich.)

Swap Meet takes place snow or shine at Gorno Ford (22025 Allen Rd.) from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. (Vender set up 7 a.m.) For more information, call Kurt Fredrickson 1-734-837-9614 or visit www.saac-mcr.net.

May 29 & 30:
SAAC-MCR 36th Annual Show and Go (Dearborn, Mich. & Clarkston, Mich.)

On May 30 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., the Show and Swap Meet will take place at Ford World Headquarters in the SE lot (Southfield Freeway and Michigan Ave.) and on May 30, the "Go" Track Event will take place at Waterford Hills Road Race Course (4770 Waterford Road, Clarkston, Mich.) from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, click to www.saac-mcr.net or contact Jim Binder at SASGROUP@comcast.net.

First and Third Monday of Every Month:
Ford Euchre Club (Dearborn, Mich.)

The Ford Euchre Club is looking for players and with a mere $6 admission fee you can become one of them. Anyone is welcome to play so feel free to bring your friends and relatives. Registration starts at 5:15 p.m. and the games begin at 5:45 p.m. This event is held at O'Kelly Knights of Columbus (23663 Park St.). Click here for more information or contact Dennis Natoli at DENISNATOLI@aol.com.


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