October 14, 2011

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In this Blue Oval Connect Weekly Briefing…
  • Ford Celebrates 110 Years of Passion for Racing
  • Ford's World-First Rear Inflatable Seat Belts Earn Popular Mechanics Breakthrough Award
  • Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Institute Honors Nick Smither
  • Ford's Commitment to Environment Shines at Manufacturing Plants
  • Ford Argentina Contributes 7,500 Kilograms of Cooking Oil From its Cafeteria to Produce Biodiesel
  • Ford Develops Car-to-Car and Car-to-Infrastructure Communications Features for German Safety Research Project
  • Outside Voices: (AutoChannel) Ford Tops in Supplier Diversity: Recognized with Corporation of the Year Award

 

Announcements
@Ford Magazine
@Ford Connecting North America
The latest issue of @Ford for North America is out now, featuring stories about the Ford Evos Concept, Power of Choice tour, manufacturing facilities environmental efforts, Global Week of Caring and more.

Click here to view an electronic version of the publication.


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Salaried Retiree Medicare Enrollment Period Starts This Week
  • The 2012 Annual Enrollment Period begins this week and runs through Dec. 7. Salaried Retirees can change their coverage involving Medicare Advantage Plans or Medicare D Drug Plans. If you are satisfied with your coverage, no action is needed. It will continue with 2012 prices, however, reviewing the terms of your coverage and its premium always is advised.
  • The earlier starting date and one week longer enrollment period was mandated by the 2010 Affordable Health Care Act to permit more time for choice and a smoother transition to new plans.
  • The Department of Health and Human Services released its first Quality Star Ratings this week, however, surveys showed only a tiny percentage of Medicare participants knew anything about these new quality ratings. Working with Decision Navigators, individual companies or agents are other good alternatives.
  • Blue Cross/Blue Shield and Health Alliance Plan have scheduled numerous Medicare seminars for retirees throughout Southeast Michigan in the coming weeks. About 70 percent of Ford Salaried Medicare-age retirees are resident in Michigan.
  • Retirees can benefit by seeking help from Decision Navigators, insurance companies and agents to determine both prices and coverage terms in their particular home areas. The giant Medicare.gov site is a good online source for what plans are available by state and county and their star ratings.
  • The Peer Support website is www.ford-umbrella-group.org.



Built Ford Tough Event
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Ford F-Series pickups are the best-selling trucks for 34 years running because both F-150 and Super Duty® offer what you need in a full-size pickup: best-in-class towing, payload2 and fuel efficiency. 3 If you need to go a little smaller, Ranger I-4 delivers best-in-class fuel economy4 too, and has better quality than its Toyota Tacoma competitor. 5

See your local Ford Dealer now to take advantage of the Built Ford Tough Sales Event. Click here for more information on this event.

Disclaimer:
1Not all buyers will qualify for Ford Credit financing. Customer can defer first payment for up to 90 days. 60 months paid over 62 months at $16.67 per month per $1,000 financed regardless of down payment. 0% financing not available on F-150 Raptor. Trade-in cash available on '11 F-150, Ranger and Super Duty. Trade-in 1995 or newer FLM or competitive vehicle, or terminate lease 30 days prior to or 90 days after new retail delivery. For all offers, take new retail delivery from dealer stock by 10/31/11. Offer varies on Super Duty in Texas. See dealer for complete details. 2F-150: When properly equipped. Class is Full-Size Pickups under 8,500 lbs. GVWR, Non-Hybrid. Super Duty: When properly equipped. Class is Full-Size Pickups over 8,500 lbs. GVWR. 3F-150: EPA-estimated 17 city/23 hwy/19 combined mpg, 3.7L V6 4x2. Class is Full-Size Pickups under 8,500 lbs. GVWR, Non-Hybrid. Super Duty: Based on Ford drive-cycle test of comparably equipped 2011 Ford and 2010/2011 competitive models. 4EPA-estimated 22 city/27 hwy/24 combined mpg, I-4 manual 4x2. Class is Compact Pickups. 5Based on RDA Group's GQRS cumulative survey at three months of service in three surveys of 2010 Ford and competitive owners conducted 9/09-5/10.

 

Top Stories
Ford celebrates 110 years of racing

Ford Celebrates 110 Years of Passion for Racing
Ford hosted a “Power of Choice” media forum Tuesday afternoon at the Product Development Center in Dearborn to announce that the new Ford Escape – which will make its debut at the 2011 Los Angeles Auto Show in November – will be the first Ford in North America to offer two new fuel-efficient EcoBoost® powertrains. The company also revealed that it will prioritize the five-passenger C-MAX as the choice to shift its award-winning hybrid powertrain.

It was 110 years ago that Henry Ford raced to victory behind the wheel of the automobile he nicknamed “Sweepstakes” on a dirt track in front of thousands of people who gathered to watch the nationally advertised event at the Detroit Driving Club in Grosse Pointe, Mich.

To read the full article, click here.

Related Material:
Inflatable seat belt
Ford's World-First Rear Inflatable Seat Belts Earn Popular Mechanics Breakthrough Award
What do Ford’s latest safety innovation and director/filmmaker James Cameron have in common? Both are about to receive a prestigious technology award from Popular Mechanics.

Ford’s innovative, industry-first rear inflatable seat belts have been named a Breakthrough Product Award winner by Popular Mechanics, part of the magazine’s seventh annual Breakthrough Awards.

Lead developer Srini Sundararajan will accept the prestigious honor at a ceremony tonight in New York City. The development of the technology was a team effort, Sundararajan says, and he’s proud that effort is being recognized.

To read the full article, click here.

 

Ford News
Nick Smither
Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Institute Honors Nick Smither
Nick Smither, Ford group vice president and chief information officer, received a 2011 Heroes of Breast Cancer Leadership Award from the Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Institute.

The awards recognize those who have demonstrated leadership in raising awareness through education, research and the promotion of early detection of breast cancer.

As corporate champion of the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure, Smither has galvanized thousands from the Ford community, and through his example, drives others to help end breast cancer.

To read the full article, click here.

Electric home charging station
Leviton and Ford Receive UL Certification for Focus Electric Home Charging Station
Leviton, a leading global manufacturer of electrical devices, and Ford Motor Company today announced the new Ford Electric Vehicle (EV) Home Charging Station has achieved UL certification for UL 2231, UL 2251 and UL 2594. The new Level 2 EV charging device, designed exclusively for Ford, is also compatible with all additional industry safety standards and recommended practices, including SAE J1772™ and NEC 625.

The Ford Electric Vehicle Home Charging Station provides up to 32 amps at 240 volts AC (7.7 kW output) – fully charging a Ford Focus Electric’s battery in a little over three hours, more than four times faster than the standard portable charger. The device’s energy-efficient design – the enclosure is made from nearly 60 percent recycled materials – features a low-energy standby power design, contributing to a 50 to 80 percent reduced carbon footprint.

To read the full article, click here.

Protecting the enviroment at manufacturing plants
Ford's Commitment to Environment Shines at Manufacturing Plants
Ford’s commitment to protecting the environment permeates every aspect of the business, and nowhere is that more evident than in the company’s manufacturing facilities where scores of people work together to ensure that issues related to the environment are kept at the forefront of all activities.

Nearly a decade ago, Ford’s Environmental Quality Office (EQO) developed a strategy to reduce the overall environmental impact of Ford’s manufacturing operations across the globe. It was anchored by three key priorities: reducing water usage, lessening the amount of waste sent to landfills and pursuing an integrated air emissions control approach that also reduces greenhouse gas emissions and improves energy efficiency.

To read the full article, click here.

 

Global Notes
Ford Argentina Contributes Cooking Oil
Ford Argentina Contributes 7,500 Kilograms of Cooking Oil From its Cafeteria to Produce Biodiesel
Ford Argentina participated in the Bio Plan, a program sponsored by the Sustainable Development Organization of the Province of Buenos Aires that helps reduce the amount of contaminated emissions in the environment through the recycling of cooking oil from the Pacheco Plant's cafeteria. Thanks to this plan, the cooking oil is transformed into a renewable fuel, similar to kerosene, which is produced from vegetable oil or animal fat.

In addition, the money raised from the sales of this raw material goes to support Maná, an organization which provides educational support and meals for 200 children in the Tigre area, near the Pacheco Plant.

To read the full article, click here.

Car-to-Car Infrastructure
Ford Develops Car-to-Car and Car-to-Infrastructure Communications Features for German Safety Research Project
Ford demonstrated its latest advanced vehicle communication technologies at the sim (Safe Intelligent Mobility – Testfield Germany) field operational test in Friedberg, near Frankfurt, the first large-scale testing operation of car-to-car and car-to-infrastructure communication on German roads.

Ford has been an important contributor to the sim research project with engineers at Ford’s European Research Centre in Aachen, Germany, involved in the development of the sim testing platforms, which allow more than 20 functionalities to be demonstrated and tested under real world conditions together for the first time.

Sim is a joint research project that began in 2008 with the aim of developing car-to-car and car-to-infrastructure communication systems that could contribute to increased road safety and deliver better efficiency from existing traffic infrastructures – potentially improving traffic flow and reducing CO2 emissions.

To read the full article, click here

Deutscher Ingenieurinnenbund
Female Ford Engineers Among Germany’s Elite
Two Ford employees have been named in a list of Germany’s top 25 most influential female engineers.

The list was compiled by Deutscher Ingenieurinnenbund, the country’s association of female engineers, which this year is celebrating its 25th anniversary.

Ford’s Martina Beyer, a department head, and Lostar Schräpfer, head of final assembly, were selected to receive the accolade from among 200 nominees.

To read the full article, click here.

All-New Focus
All-New Focus Ready for Car of the Year Battle
The All-New Focus 2.0-liter TDCi Trend PowerShift sedan has been selected as a finalist in the prestigious 2012 South African Guild of Motoring Journalists Car of the Year competition. The finalists were revealed at the Johannesburg International Motor Show.

Ben Pillay, marketing manager, Ford Motor Company of Southern Africa, said that during the past year, more than 320 models and derivatives were introduced, of which 25 vehicles were selected as semi-finalists.

To read the full article, click here.

Ford Motor Company
Ford APA Sales Continue Rapid Rise in September Despite Economic Challenges
Ford Motor Company delivered robust sales in Asia Pacific and Africa during September despite growing economic challenges in many markets, as the award-winning all-new Fiesta continued to capture new-to-Ford customers throughout the region.

Sales remained buoyant across APA, particularly in the ASEAN region where the Philippines booked its strongest monthly performance on record, while Ford remained the fastest-growing major brand in Indonesia. The healthy sales during September helped continue growth momentum throughout APA, with overall year-to-date sales rising 18 percent to 615,356 retail units, compared to the same period in 2010.

Ford Motor China's retail sales swelled by 10 percent to 46,759 compared to September last year. Ford's ongoing expansion in China was supported by sales of 365,525 retail units from January to September 2011, up 12 percent from the same period last year.

To read the full article, click here.

 

Outside Voices
Ford Tops in Supplier Diversity: Recognized with Corporation of the Year Award
(AutoChannel) Ford Motor Company was named Corporation of the Year by the Michigan Minority Supplier Development Council. This is the second year in a row Ford has received the award, which recognizes an automaker's commitment to developing and growing a diverse supply base. To read the full article, click here.

Truck of the Year: 2011 Ford F-150 EcoBoost
(Esquire) America runs on trucks. The big ones lug food and Frigidaires down the interstate. The small guys fill our farms and hollers, beds stuffed with manure and migrant workers. Neither evolves much – the recipe for Haul was essentially nailed decades ago, and with the exception of fuel economy, it hasn't really changed. Which is why the Ford F-150 EcoBoost® is so very important. To read the full article, click here.

Ford Fiesta is Earning its Stripes
(Philstar.com) Whether it’s the latest gadget or the trendiest social networking website, whatever it may be, it begins to lose its charm a year on. That iPad of yours, still kept in that shatter-proof, fingerprint-proof case doesn’t see the amount of time playing Angry Birds. You may have clicked the “like” button religiously before, but now; you log into Facebook just to “friend” people then log out. Ultimately, it’s the everyday version of entropy: your gadget still works, but it’s beginning to lose its luster. To read the full article, click here.

Forget the Basics, Ford's New Car Colors Cear Golden Names
(Auto News) A Kodiak Brown bear drinks Ginger Ale from a Frosted Glass. It sounds like a nursery rhyme. But those are the carefully developed names of Ford Motor Co.'s new color choices for its upcoming vehicles. To read the full article, click here.

GM's Dan Akerson: 'You Have to Play to Win'
(Detroit Free Press) CEO Dan Akerson's patriotism led him to seek a position on General Motors' board and has driven his first year at the automaker's helm. To read the full article, click here.

Two-Thirds of Chevy Sales Now Come From Abroad
(Detroit Bureau) The "Heartbeat of America" is rapidly expanding its presence outside the U.S., two-thirds of Chevrolet sales expected to come from markets outside the U.S. this year. To read the full article, click here.

Automakers will Combine on Electric Vehicle Charging System
(Los Angeles Times) Seven automakers are collaborating on creating a single international standard for an electric vehicle fast charging system to slash the time drivers need to put more juice in their electric cars. The system will use a common vehicle inlet/charging connector and will have a standard electronic method for the vehicle to communicate with the charging station. This will allow electric vehicles from Audi, BMW, Daimler, Ford, General Motors, Porsche and Volkswagen to share the same fast charging stations. To read the full article, click here.

Used-Vehicle Prices May Test One-Year Low, Manheim Says
(Bloomberg) The Manheim Used Vehicle Value Index fell for the fourth-consecutive month and may slide further to the lowest in a year, the consultant’s economist said. To read the full article, click here.

10 Notable Things about September's Hot Vehicle Sales
(The Detroit News) While the rest of the world seems to be waiting for the economy to fall through the floor, car and truck buyers seem to have something different in mind. To read the full article, click here.

 

FERA
FERA LogoFord Employees Recreation Association (FERA)

Location:
Lower Mezzanine of Ford World Headquarters Tuesday, Thursday and Friday
Ford Conference Event Center Wednesday (on Village Road across from The Henry Ford)

Desk hours:
10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Club Information:
Find a club that's right for you we have 45 Clubs!
If you don't find what you are looking for we can help you organize one!

Fun and Travel FERA Discounts:
Cedar Point Tickets - $38
Kings Island Tickets - $30
Golf Michigan Play Books - $10
2011 Entertainment Books - $25
Travel Cruises and Resorts

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

 

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

For benefit questions, please contact the NESC at 1-800-248-4444 or email NESC@ford.com.

Calendar Ahead
October 9:
The Kansas City Ford Salaried Retiree Club Annual Christmas Party

Saturday night, Oct. 29, at the Marriott on the Plazza (4445 Main St.). If you are a salaried retired Ford employee and have an interest in joining old friends, fellow co-workers and colleagues, please contact Frank Scott for more information and to RSVP at RUDY3207@hotmail.com.

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

Atlanta Salaried Retirees
Second Tuesday in December (Roswell, Ga.)
The next membership event will be the annual holiday party to be held on Tuesday, Dec. 13, starting at 6:30 p.m.  It will be held at Sophia’s Italian Restaurant & Tapas, 625 West Crossville Road, Roswell, Ga.   If you would like further information about 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 Retiree Reunion (Lexington, Tenn.)
The Chicago Stamping Reunion is held annually the weekend before Labor Day (Aug. 26-28) at the Pin Oak Lodge inside Natchez Trace State Park (24845 Natchez Trace Rd.). For more information, contact Marvin Huffstutler at 618-841-4764 or Ace Dempsay at 931-520-0427 or e-mail at ADEMPSAY@frontiernet.net.

Chicago Stamping Plant Salaried Retiree Club
Twice a Year (June, Dec) (Schererville, Ind.)

The group meets twice a year at Tiebel's (U.S. 30 & Hwy. 41). Spouses are welcome. For more information, contact Ray Schmelzer at RAYTIREE@aol.com.

Cincinnati Transmission Plants Salaried Retirees Club
Fourth Wednesday of Every Month (Cincinnati, Ohio)

The Ford Batavia and Sharonville Transmission Plants Salaried Retirees and guests meet each month on the fourth Wednesday at noon for lunch at various locations. Although the group consists mostly of salaried retirees, all are welcome. The group has two picnics per year in May and September. For more information, monthly notices and reminders, please contact Richard Holthaus at HOLTHAUSRA@earthlink.net or call 513-825-0494.

Cleveland Engine and Casting Plants Salaried Retiree Club (North Olmsted, Ohio)
If you would like to join the Cleveland Engine and Casting Plants Salaried Retiree Club, it is $15 a year, which can be made payable to the Ford Retiree Club (P.O. Box 566, North Olmsted, OH 44070). It is $10 for surviving spouses and retirees over the age of 80. For more information, please contact Mary Kay Dessoffy at FORDRETIREES@yahoo.com.

Dearborn Assembly Plant Retirees
Third Wednesday of Every Month (Livonia, Mich.)

Dearborn Assembly Plant retirees and guests meet each month at Richard's Family Restaurant (39305 Plymouth Road). The group meets at 12:30 p.m. for lunch from the restaurant's menu and followed by announcements, jokes, camaraderie, and so forth. All Ford retirees from the area are welcomed to join us. For additional information, contact Rose at ROZLAF@aol.com.

Dearborn Assembly Retiree Breakfast Club
First Monday of Every Month (Dearborn, Mich.)

The Dearborn Assembly Plant Retiree Breakfast Club meets at 9 a.m. at the Big Boy Restaurant (13001 Michigan Avenue at Miller Road) the first Monday of every month. Everyone is welcome. For more information, contact Henry Russell Jr. at HRARJR@yahoo.com.

Dearborn Engine & Fuel Tank Retirees
First Thursday of Every Month (Westland, Mich.)

The Dearborn Engine and Fuel Tank Retirees luncheon will be held at Fire Mountain Restaurant (34615 Warren Rd.) at 11 a.m. For more information, contact Hazel Parker-Fuller at HJFULLER@ameritech.net or call 313-310-3537.

Dearborn Frame Plant Retirees (Southfield, Mich.)
Second Tuesday of Every Month

The group meets for breakfast and networking at L George's (26799 Greenfield Rd). For more information, contact Sandra Hutson at SKHUTSON@sbcglobal.net.

Field Accounting Department (F.A.D.)
Second Thursday of Every Other Month (Livonia, Mich.)

The F.A.D. retiree group meets on the odd months of the year on Jan., March, May, July, Sept. and Nov. We meet at G. Subo's Leather Bottle Restaurant (20300 Farmington Rd.) For more information, contact Bob Briolat at REBRIOLAT@aol.com. Spouses are always welcome.

Ford 5R55 Automatic Transmission Systems Design Retirees Group
Third Wednesday of Every Month (Livonia, Mich.)

The retiree group meets at Richard's Restaurant (39305 Plymouth Road) at 10 a.m. All are welcome to join us. For more information, contact Jeff Ebersole at EBERSOLE.JEFF@gmail.com.

Ford Air Transportation Office Retirees
First Thursday of Every Month (Taylor, Mich.)

Ford Air Transportation Office retirees meet once a month at noon for lunch at the Lakes of Taylor Restaurant (25505 Northline Road). For more information, contact Pauline Smart Bozyk at PSMARTY@att.net.

Ford Body & Assembly Operations/Vehicle Operations Salaried Retiree Luncheon
Twice a Year (May, Oct.) (Westland, Mich.)

The group meets twice a year for a luncheon get-together. 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 Trattoria Tamone Restaurant in Oakville. For more information, please contact Judy Killeavy at MKILLEAV@sympatico.ca.

Ford Chassis Retirees Breakfast (Livonia, Mich.)
First Monday of Every Month

The group (OLD Bldg #5 Chassis Designers, Checkers, Detailers, CAD retirees) meets at Big Boy's (37123 6 Mile Road) at 9 a.m. For more information, contact Vince Asta at VASTA1955@att.net.

Ford Dearborn Engine & Fuel Tank Retirees
First Thursday of Every Month (Taylor, Mich.)

Dearborn Engine & Fuel Tank retirees and guests meet the first Thursday of the month at the Fire Mountain Restaurant (14691 Huron), starting at 11 a.m. For more information, contact Hazel Fuller at HJFULLER@ameritech.net.

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

The next general meeting will be held the first Wednesday of March, June, September & December with a location that is to be announced locally. Informal meetings last for three hours and comprise of discussions on various topics such as an assortment of Ford issues, new products, product issues and shares along with a lunch that follows. If you would like further information about the meetings or the Ford FCSD Retiree Lunch Club-GB, please contact Dennis Gull at DENNIS@GULL1619.freeserve.co.uk.

Ford Glass UAW Local 737 Retirees
Fourth Tuesday of Every Month (except Dec.) (Nashville, Tenn.)

Ford Glass UAW Local 737 retirees meet each month at 10 a.m. Business is discussed and problems are approached. The group has guest speakers, as well as guest representatives to help keep retirees informed. There also is a Retiree Banquet in October of each year. A very large gathering of old friends and a great time. All retirees of the UAW-FORD in the area are invited and welcome. For more information, contact Bill Fry at BFRY10@aol.com.

Ford Human Resources Retiree Group
Third Wednesday of Every Month (Detroit Area)

The Human Resources Retiree Group meets monthly. For more information, contact Don Hayes at DNLDHAYES@aol.com.

Ford Old Timers Club
Twice a Year (May, Sept.) (Dearborn, Mich.)

The Ford Old Timers Club meets twice a year for a mid-May Luncheon and a mid-September Fall Dinner at Park Place Catering (23400 Park St.) A guest speaker, usually a Ford executive, attends to discuss a special subject of interest at that time. Most recent speakers were Alan Mulally, Mark Fields, Peter Horbury and Greg C. Smith. Any Ford retiree and his/her spouse are welcome at any time. If you would like further information about the meetings or the Ford Old Timers Club, please contact Donald J. Van Kirk, president, at 1-313-563-0029 or D_VANKIRK@comcast.net .

Ford Pensionaerverein Saarlouis e.V.
Every Thursday of Every Week (Saarlouis, Germany)

The Ford Pensionaerverein Saarlouis e.V. club meets every Thursday of every week at the Lachwaldschenke, Saarwellingen at 14 clock for walking, depending on the weather. In addition, we take day trips and multi-day trips. If you would like further information about this club, please contact Manfred Hager at MHAGER1@web.de.

Ford PRC
First Monday of Every Month (Taylor, Mich.)

Ford PRC meets the first Monday of every month at 8:30 a.m. at Little Daddy's (22250 Eureka Rd.) If you would like further information about the event, please contact Charlie Pickins at CPICKENS4946@att.net.

Ford Retired Workers Chapter 906 of Mahwah, N.J.
Second Thursday of Every Month (Mahwah, N.J.)

Meetings are held at 10:00 a.m. at 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 Salaried Retirees Club – Louisville Kentucky
Twice a Year (Location TBA)
The club represents both Louisville Assembly plants and is involved in Dare to Care (food distribution), golf leagues and Race Day's at Churchill Downs. We have two annual luncheons. For more information, contact President Ken Jones at KEN.POPPY@insightbb.com.

Ford Technical Illustration and Graphics Retirees – EEE, Bldg. 3, FMCC, WHQ (Northville, Mich.)
First Monday of Every Month

The group meets for lunch at 11:30 a.m. at George's Senate Coney Island Restaurant (39430 Dun Rovin Drive – first traffic light south of Six Mile Rd., on Haggerty Rd.). For more information, please contact Grant Beard at GBEARD3741@aol.com.

Ford Tool and Die Skilled Trades Retirees
First Wednesday of the Month (Mar, June, Sept and Dec) (Dearborn, Mich.)

Ford Tool and Die Skilled Trades Retirees meet at 10 a.m. at Local 600 (10550 Dix Avenue), with coffee and donuts served at 9:30 a.m. Ladies always welcome. For more information, contact Bud Lusk at BVLTAL@aol.com.

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 RHONDACOLTHORP@gmail.com.

Indianapolis Ford Retirees
First Monday of Every Month (Indianapolis, Ind.)

The Indianapolis retirees meet the first Monday of each month with the exception of September which will be on the Sept. 14 this year due to the Labor Day holiday. For more information, contact Joe Hendricks at JOE_HENDRICKS_742@comcast.net.

Kansas City Ford Salaried Retiree Club
Fourth Wednesday of the Month (Mar, May and Sep) (Kansas City, Mo.)
The next Kansas City Ford Salaried Retiree Club luncheon will be at Finnigan's Hall (503 East 18th Avenue) on Sept. 28. If you are a salaried retired Ford employee and have an interest in joining old friends, fellow co-workers and colleagues, please contact us and RSVP. Spouses of deceased members are welcome. So please continue to come to the lunches. For additional information, please contact Frank Scott by e-mail at RUDY3207@hotmail.com. Our annual Christmas Party will not be held in December this year. We will have it on Oct. 29 on the Plaza at the Marriot Hotel. Details to follow soon.

Local 723 Retirees
Fourth Thursday of Every Month (Monroe, Mich.)

The Local 723 Retirees meet at the Local 723 Union Hall (281 Detroit Ave.) at 1:00 PM. Come and meet old friends, make new friends, and learn what is going on. A benefit Rep will be on hand if you have benefit questions. Spouses are welcome. From time to time there will be guest speakers. A catered meal for your pleasure will be provided at a cost of $5.00 per person. Please call 734-241-6320 to RSVP on the Monday before the meeting. For additional information, please contact Robert S. Cebina (president) by e-mail at RCEBINA@comcast.net or call 734-241-6320.

Lorain Local 425 Retirees
Third Thursday of Every Month (Lorain, Ohio)

The Local 425 Retirees meet at the Union Hall (5300 Baumhart Rd.) at 9:30 a.m. Activities include guest speakers and members doing all kinds of trips. Come meet old friends. Spouses are always welcome to attend. For more information, contact George at WALKER4471@yahoo.com.

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

The Manatee-Sarasota County Ford Retirees next meeting will be at 10 a.m. on April 12 at Sarasota Ford (707 South Washington Blvd.) This will be the last meeting until Fall comes around. For more information, contact Den Ras at DRAS22@msn.com or Tony Ridley at RIDLEYS@comcast.net.

Maumee Ford Retirees
Second Tuesday of Every Month (Maumee, Ohio)

The Maumee Ford Retirees meet at the Region 2B Union Hall (1691 Woodlands Dr.) at 10 a.m. For more information, contact 1892uawretirees@gmail.com .

Nebraska – Iowa Ford Retirees (Omaha, Neb.)
Wednesdays Every Week

NIFTY (NE.-IA. Ford Together Yet) retirees and guests meet at 9 a.m. at the Summer Kitchen (130th West Maple Road). The group orders from the menu and they share fun, camaraderie and information. For more info, contact Claudia Preddy at CLAUDIAEPWORTH@cox.net.

Norfolk Ford Assembly Plant Retirees
First Monday of Every Month (Chesapeake, Va.)

The Norfolk Assembly Plant Retirees meet at Shoney's (721 Battlefield Blvd. N) starting at 7 a.m. All Ford Motor Company retirees and former employees in the area are welcome. For more information, contact Theron Koon at TEKOON@cox.net.

PDC/Body Engineering Illustration Retirees
First and Third Tuesday of Every Month (Canton, Mich.)

PDC/Body Engineering Illustration Retirees meet twice a month at the 4 Friends Bar & Grill (44282 Warren Road; on the North side of Warren Road nestled in a small strip mall just east of Sheldon Road) at 1 p.m. The group mainly consists of illustrators who produced manuals that instructed assembly plants how to assemble Ford car and trucks. Anyone who ever had dealings with our unique artistic provisions etc. are more than welcomed to join the group and enjoy stepping on a path down memory lane! For more information please contact Al McDonald at COOKY015@earthlink.net.

Product Development, Body Design and Engineering Retirees
First Wednesday of Every Month (Dearborn Heights, Mich.)
The group meets at 11 a.m. at Stephan's Banquet Hall (23900 W. Warren Ave.; NE corner of Warren and Telegraph Road). For more information, contact Jim White at JWHITE13453@gmail.com.

Research Laboratory Retiree Brunch Club
First Monday of Every Month (Ann Arbor, Mich.)

The group meets at 10 a.m. for brunch at Flim Flam (2707 Plymouth Rd). For additional information please contact Mohammad Haghgooie at RAMMGB@sbcglobal.net.

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

The retired employees of the Rouge Office Building, WHQ, POEE, etc., and surrounding buildings, will meet on Oct. 5, 2011 at 6 p.m. at Gracie See Lounge. Please spread the word. For more information, contact Judy Hernandez at JUDY42KAY@yahoo.com.

St. Louis Assembly Plant Salaried Retiree Club
Fourth Monday of Every Even Numbered Month (Old Florrisant, Mo.)

This group meets every fourth Monday of even numbered months (Feb, Apr, June, etc.). The picnic meeting in June includes picnic style food and games, while the December meeting will have a special lunch, live entertainment and Christmas center pieces to be given away. Meetings are held at the VFW Hall (410 Saint Francois St.) at 11 a.m. For more information, contact Doug Kalusniak at DOUGLYNN1@gmail.com.

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

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

UAW Local 1219 Retirees
First Tuesday of Every Month (Except Jan, Feb, July & Aug.) (Lima, OH.)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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




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