November 5, 2010

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In this Blue Oval Connect Weekly Briefing…
  • New Stealth Ford Police Interceptor Mixes Muscle, Mystery at SEMA
  • 2011 Ford F-150 Launch Builds on Success of Recognizable, No-Nonsense Advertising Campaign
  • Car Sales Increase Help Drive Ford to No. 1 in Canada
  • 2011 Ford F-150 EcoBoost Logs Heavy-Duty Work at Oregon Timber Company to Prove Out Durability
  • Ford Honored at Treasury & Risk Magazine's 2010 Alexander Hamilton Awards
  • Ford and MIT Research Study Shows Technological Advancements Reduce Stress on Driver
  • Video: (CNBC) Ford: Fast Track to Success
  • Outside Voices: (Truck Trend) Inside Look: 2011 Ford F-150 EcoBoost Testing with Mike Rowe

 

Announcements
Umbrella Group Logo
Medicare Annual Enrollment Period Runs from Nov. 15 - Dec. 31
Peer Support volunteers are available to help salaried retirees.

If you are satisfied with your present Medicare Supplemental Insurance coverage and premium cost, you do not need to make a change for 2011 unless your Advantage policy choice is being discontinued. Retirees in Medigap plans (E,H,I and J) that no longer can be purchased new are grandfathered, but can switch to a different choice if they wish.

It is worthwhile to take time each year to review your situation. Medicare treats everyone as an individual so if you and your spouse have different health situations, you may want to consider different policy alternatives.

Peer Support volunteers are available again to answer questions and guide you in a good direction without making specific recommendations. Our website is www.ford-umbrella-group.org or e-mail to peer-support@ford-umbrella-group.org.


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.

 

Top Stories
Ford Police Interceptor
New Stealth Ford Police Interceptor Mixes Muscle, Mystery at SEMA
Sleek, streamlined and slightly sinister, a specialized stealth concept version of Ford's Police Interceptor debuted at the SEMA (Specialty Equipment Market Association) trade show in Las Vegas.

Using the strong lines and muscular stance of the Ford Police Interceptor sedan as a base, Ford Designer Melvin Betancourt developed a customized undercover stealth version that's both stylish and full of high-tech surprises.

To read the full article and vote, click here.

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2011 Ford F-150
2011 Ford F-150 Launch Builds on Success of Recognizable, No-Nonsense Advertising Campaign
The rant continues. And so does Ford's truck leadership. Since introducing the pull-no-punches advertising campaign two years ago, F-Series pickups have continued to lead the segment in capability, durability, fuel economy – and sales.

F-Series is the industry's first vehicle to top sales of 400,000 units for the year with nearly 434,920 trucks sold.

Now comes the new F-150's television and print advertising campaign for the 2011 F-150 with an updated version of a highly successful style.

To read the full article, click here.

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The All-New 2011 on the Assembly Line at the Oakville, Ontario, Assembly Plant
Car Sales Increase Help Drive Ford to No. 1 in Canada
Ford of Canada saw sales increase 8 percent compared to last October and continues to lead the market for 2010. Products across the entire lineup showed positive results including car sales, which increased 18 percent, while CUV sales and truck sales rose 18 percent and 5 percent respectively. Year-to-date, Ford Canada sales are up 20 percent.

Cars continue to be in the spotlight as Lincoln's first-ever hybrid – the 2011 Lincoln MKZ Hybrid – has had its first sale at Donway Ford Lincoln in Scarborough. Also recently announced, the 2011 Ford Fiesta won the category of 'Best New Small Car under U.S. $21,000 at the annual Automobile Journalists Association of Canada's (AJAC) Car of the Year TestFest.

To read the full article, click here.

 

Ford News
Ford F-150
2011 Ford F-150 EcoBoost Logs Heavy-Duty Work at Oregon Timber Company to Prove Out Durability
The 2011 Ford F-150 EcoBoost™ recently logged some tough miles in rugged Pacific Northwest country in the latest demonstration of its durability.

The new 3.5-liter EcoBoost "torture test" truck engine moved from the lab to the outdoors with a stop at a logging company in Oregon. It's the current phase of a multi-part series of Web-based documentaries that began when this randomly selected EcoBoost engine endured the equivalent of 150,000 miles or 10 years use on the dynamometer, replicating the duty cycle of the harshest-use customer.

Go to http://www.fordvehicles.com/trucks/f150/2011/experiencef150 to see firsthand how the EcoBoost truck engine performs.

To read the full article, click here.

Ford Honored at Treasury & Risk Magazine's 2010 Alexander Hamilton Awards
Ford Honored at Treasury & Risk Magazine's 2010 Alexander Hamilton Awards
Ford's presence was felt in a major way at Treasury & Risk magazine's 2010 Alexander Hamilton Awards in New York, as Chief Financial Officer Lewis Booth gave the keynote address and the company took home three awards for recent strategies executed by Ford's treasury team.

To read the full article, click here.

Ford and MIT Research Reveal Results
Ford and MIT Research Study Shows Technological Advancements Reduce Stress on Driver
Ford and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) New England University Transportation Center (NEUTC) today revealed results from a nine-month advanced research project that shows drivers are less stressed when using selected new technological advancements in the car. This study is an extension of an ongoing alliance between Ford and MIT to improve driver focus, wellness and safety through the integration of vehicle technology.

To read the full article, click here.

 

Executive Corner
Ziad Ojakli

Ziad Ojakli
Group Vice President, Government and Community Relations
Ford Motor Company

On Tuesday, Nov. 2, U.S. midterm elections were held. The Republican Party took over control of the House of Representatives, while Democrats in the Senate lost seats, but narrowly held the majority. Ford Group Vice President of Government and Community Relations, Ziad Ojakli, shares his comments on the election with @Ford Online.

Q: What does the election mean for Ford?
A: Ford will continue its focus on working with governments so that we have the best business climate to implement our One Ford plan. That means developing solid working relationships with new governors, and many new members of the state legislatures and the U.S. House and Senate. We are already sharing our policy priorities with the newly-elected officials and underscoring the importance of the automotive industry, which is helping boost the economy through investment in American manufacturing and jobs.

Q: What policy issues will now be at the forefront?
A: I am sure there will be a laser-focus on jobs and the economy by everyone in Washington, but you can expect a new Republican majority in the U.S. House will put spending cuts and tax relief center stage. However, it will be difficult to get much accomplished given the Senate is controlled by the other party and the president always has the ability to veto legislation. We also expect there will be increased attention on budget deficits in Washington and also in state capitols. This will make it increasingly difficult to secure partnerships with governments on projects important to us – whether its infrastructure for electrification or incentives to invest in U.S. manufacturing.

To read the full discussion, click here.

 

Global Notes
Ford Helping Prepare Young Women to Ready, Safe, Drive!
Ford Helps Prepare Young Women to Ready, Safe, Drive!
Ford Motor Company Fund, in partnership with SafeSmartWomen, created Ready, Safe, Drive! car care events to teach girls of driving age some of the basics of vehicle safety, maintenance and even the proper names for parts of a car or truck.

To read the full article, click here.

Ford C-Max
C-MAX on COTY Shortlist
The all-new Ford C-MAX and Grand C-MAX have been listed shortlisted for the European 2011 Car of the Year awards. The winner will be announced on Nov. 29, 2010.

To read the full article, click here.

Ford Fiesta
Fiesta Makes Its Debut in Malaysia
The all-new Ford Fiesta has arrived in Malaysia to challenge the small car segment status quo. To celebrate the launch, Ford Malaysia held a grand 'fiesta' on Oct. 20 at the renowned Opera club with celebrities and hip DJ's spinning tunes into the night. Members of the media, Fiesta Facebook fans, Ford dealers and customers who pre-ordered the Fiesta were all invited.

To read the full article, click here.

Ford Figo
Ford Records Its Second Highest Ever Sales in India in October 2010
Ford India has a lot to celebrate during this festival season. In October it had its second highest sales month this year, selling 9,026 units. This represents an increase of 161 percent from October 2009 when it sold 3,458 units.

To read the full article, click here.

Ford Fiesta
Ford is the Choice of U.K.'s Emergency Services
The entire Ford range – from the Fiesta to the Transit – has been awarded preferred status in the U.K.'s newly-announced framework for vehicle procurement from the National Policing Improvement Agency (NPIA) and the National Association of Police Fleet Managers (NAPFM).

To read the full article, click here.

 

 

Video Corner
Rebuilding an American Icon
Ford: Fast Track to Success
(CNBC) CNBC goes behind the scenes at Ford Motor Company to tell the inside story of its astonishing comeback just a few short years after nearly collapsing. Click here to view video.

Ford Mustang
Driving Northwest: The 2011 Ford Mustang Convertible
(NBC) There are icons and then there are icons. Marilyn Monroe, Frank Lloyd Wright's Fallingwater, and Old Faithful live up to the lofty requirements. So does the Ford Mustang and symbolically it's right up there with other American standards such as Levi's, the Coke bottle and credit card debt. Some might nominate Corvette when it comes to cars, but we seem to like our underdogs in the U.S. and Mustang has always been the everyman's performance machine. With its recent redo it's looking pretty good for pushing 50 years old. Click here to view video.

Alan Mulally
Analysts Like Ford Stock, Give Kudos to Alan Mulally
(CNBC) CNBC's Jim Cramer says Ford stock is breaking out. He says when people see GM's prospectus; they will think that Ford is worth twice that. He says Alan Mulally has created more value than GM. Click here to view video.

 

Outside Voices
Inside Look: 2011 Ford F-150 EcoBoost Testing with Mike Rowe
(Truck Trend) It's not going to be easy to convince truck buyers that they can have all the power, performance, and durability of a V8 with just six cylinders, but that's the task in front of Ford with its new 3.5-liter V6 EcoBoost engine for the new F-150. To read the full article, click here.

Ford's Magic Man of Marketing Finds Less is More
(CNBC) Whenever neighbors, friends, and those outside the auto industry ask me about the turnaround at Ford, I'm struck by how many say something along the lines of, "I know what Ford is all about." To read the full article, click here.

Chrysler October U.S. Sales Jump 37 Percent
(Market Watch) Chrysler on Wednesday reported a 37 percent jump in October U.S. auto sales to 90,137 vehicles, up from 65,803 a year ago. To read the full article, click here.

GMs' October U.S. Vehicle Sales Unexpectedly Increase by 3.5 Percent
(Bloomberg) GM said its October U.S. vehicle sales rose 3.5 percent. To read the full article, click here.

Pontiac, Maker of Muscle Cars, Vanishes After 84 Years
(USA Today) Pontiac, whose muscle cars drag-raced down boulevards, parked at drive-ins and roared across movie screens, is out of business. To read the full article, click here.

Honda Insight Now More Efficient
(Auto Evolution) The Honda Insight is one of the lowest-priced hybrid vehicles on the market, this asset placing it at the top of many customers' lists. To read the full article, click here.

Dodge Reveals 2011 Pricing
(Detroit Free Press) Chrysler's Dodge brand announced prices for six 2011 models that are expected to be in dealer showrooms in December. To read the full article, click here.

Popular Mechanics Doles Out Its Top 10 Cars of 2011
(Autoblog) As 2010 draws to a close, it's time for different publications to start dishing out the numerous "car of the year" awards that highlight the best and brightest offerings for each new model year. To read the full article, click here.

Toyota Unveils a Sporty Prius
(CNN Money) Performance and fuel-efficiency are not usually words you hear in the same sentence. But who says hybrids can't be sporty? 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.


FERA Logo
Ford Employees Recreation Association (FERA) Desk Hours

Location:
Lower Mezzanine of Ford World Headquarters

Desk hours:
Tuesday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m

The FERA desk handles discount tickets for Cedar Point, Kings Island, the North American International Auto Show, the Michigan Renaissance Festival and other events; the desk also has the Entertainment Book and Golf Michigan Play Books.

For more FERA information, click to http://www.fera.org/.

 

Directory
Directory Information Now Online
Phone numbers and e-mail addresses for important Ford Motor Company contacts can now be found on @Ford Online at: http://www.at.ford.com/B2B/Pages/Directory2.aspx.

For benefit questions, please contact the NESC at 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.

AARP
AARP
Health and Finances

AARP is now offering a special 15 percent discount on annual dues. If you or your spouse is 50 or over, join or renew your AARP Membership and enjoy everyday savings on prescriptions, groceries, restaurants, travel and more.
Click here for more information.

Wells Fargo
Wells Fargo
Home Mortgage

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  • Increased cash flow – Refinancing could lower your monthly payments and/or eliminate costly mortgage insurance
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  • Earlier financial freedom – A shorter loan term can help you pay off your mortgage faster

Call today to speak with a dedicated home mortgage consultant at 1-866-293-4789 or go online at www.employeemortgage.com/Fordmot10019.

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 Kansas City Ford Salaried Retiree Club will be celebrating its annual Christmas party at the Elms Hotel in Excelsior Springs (401 Regent Street). Cocktails will be available at 6 p.m., dinner will be served at 7 p.m. and the band (Kevin Kline) will play from 8 p.m.-12 a.m. The Christmas party is $54 per couple – please RSVP as soon as possible so the proper amount of food and drinks can be requested. RSVP by e-mail to Chuck Wille at CFWILLE@swbell.net, Shirley Sewell at SSEWELL01@comcast.net or Johnny Caldwell at JONCAL@swbell.net. Additionally, the hotel is offering a special rate of $82 for the night or $95 with breakfast for two in the morning. The hotel also is giving a 15 percent discount for anyone requesting a spa treatment. Please call the hotel for reservations at 1-800-THE ELMS or 1-816-630-5500.

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 Nov. 9 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
Tyler Perry's Madea's Big Happy Family
November 20:
Special Tyler Perry Group Sales Appreciation (Detroit, Mich.)

Tyler Perry's Madea's Big Happy Family is back by popular demand and Olympia Entertainment is offering Ford employees and retirees discounted tickets to the show. On Saturday, Nov. 20, Detroit's Joe Louis Arena will be offering two sets of show times (3 p.m. & 8 p.m.) and your price is $10 cheaper than Box Office prices. For the best seats, call 313-471-3092 or click here to view the flyer.

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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