October 28, 2011

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In this Blue Oval Connect Weekly Briefing…
  • Ford Continues to Grow Profitably, Positive Outlook for the Year
  • Ford Quality Back on Track After Addressing Near-Term Issues
  • Ford's New MyKey Do Not Disturb Technology Helps Teens Stay Connected to Driving, Not the Phone
  • Ford Ropes 'Truck of Texas' Title, Best Truck Lineup, Six Other High Honors at Annual TAWA Texas Truck Rodeo
  • All-new Ranger Earns 5-star Rating
  • Outside Voices: (Forbes) Ford Mustang Boss 302: Kind Of A Big Deal

 

Announcements
Ford Motor Company
Attention Salaried Retirees Enrolled in Ford Sponsored Health Care Coverage and Not Enrolled in Medicare

Ford’s Benefit Annual Enrollment begins on Oct. 31 and ends at 11:59 p.m. EST on Nov. 15, 2011 for the 2012 plan year. If you do not make any changes during this period, the benefits listed as your “default election” on your Worksheet will be your choices for 2012. The next opportunity you will have to make a change in your health care enrollment will be next fall for coverage effective Jan. 1, 2013, unless you have a qualifying event.

All of the company's medical plan providers will continue with their wellness criteria and the two levels of benefits: Enhanced Benefit Level and Standard Benefit Level. The Enhanced Benefit Level is the benefit level with lower annual deductibles and out-of-pocket maximums. The Standard Benefit Level is the benefit level with higher annual deductibles and out-of-pocket maximums.

In order to remain in the Enhanced Benefit Level for healthcare coverage you must:
  • Complete an online health assessment by March 31, 2012
  • Have a physical examination completed by March 31, 2012
  • Comply with the wellness and health coaching requirements as defined by your plan

If all requirements are met, you will remain in the Enhanced Benefit Level for the 2012 benefit plan year.


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Medicare B Premiums Will Rise Almost Exactly the Same Percentage as the Social Security Increase For 2012
  • The Annual Enrollment Period is at the halfway point for those considering switching into, out of or between Medicare Advantage Plans. The AEP runs through Dec. 7.
  • The Government announced Oct. 27 that the basic Medicare B Premium for 2012 would be $99.90, up from $96.25 for the large majority of Medicare members. Retirees who reached age 65 only in the past few years pay a higher annual premium, as do those with higher incomes. The increase, while smaller than what had been signaled earlier in the year, is about the same percentage as the 2012 3.6 percent Social Security Cost of Living increase announced last week.
  • Meanwhile, the Congressional Select Committee of 12 held a thus far rare public meeting. Both parties offered broad deficit and spending cut proposals, which included important adjustments in Medicare. There will be considerable discussion, rumor and analysis throughout November, but it is not clear what, if any action, will be taken.
  • The American Medical Association released a national study showing that the large majority of metropolitan areas lack competitive commercial health care insurance markets. The primary cause was identified as the dominance of one or two health insurance companies. Michigan ranked number 47 among the states.
  • Ford selected Health Alliance Plan as the exclusive HMO provider for both employees and pre age-65 retirees for 2012. Previously, HAP had been one of a few that were offered. Separately, HAP announced that that University of Michigan Health Services will join the networks for HAP's Senior Plus Expanded Network and Alliance Medicare PPO effective Jan. 1. The group is offering Medicare information seminars throughout Southeast Michigan during the Annual Enrollment Period.
  • Further information can be found on the Peer Support website 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 Motor Company

Ford Continues to Grow Profitably, Positive Outlook for the Year
The auditorium at Ford World Headquarters was packed with employees to hear Alan Mulally, president and CEO, discuss third-quarter financials at the Global Town Hall.

Ford reported 2011 third-quarter net income of U.S. $1.6 billion, a decrease of $38 million, from third-quarter 2010. During the quarter, volume was up 7 percent and revenue was up 14 percent, compared to a year ago. Ford also saw market share increases in North America, Europe and Asia Pacific Africa.

To read the full article, click here.

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Americas Contribute Solidly to Company’s Bottom Line in Third Quarter
Ford Motor Company reported net income earnings of $1.6 billion in the third quarter of 2011 with contributions from The Americas leading the way with pre-tax operating profits of $1.3 billion.

“It was a really great third quarter for us,” said Mark Fields, president, The Americas addressing the Ford leadership team gathered at Ford World Headquarters Tuesday for The Americas Quarterly Business Review. He noted that this quarter marks the ninth in a row that the Americas have reported profits.

To read the full article, click here.

 

Ford News
Consumer Reports
Ford Quality Back on Track After Addressing Near-Term Issues
We are pleased that a number of Ford vehicles – including the Ford Fusion – earned top quality ratings this week. As we said when J.D. Power issued similar results this past summer, we take all customer feedback seriously and will use it to continuously improve our vehicles. Continuous improvement ensures that we are providing our customers with the highest-quality vehicles.

Our internal surveys now show that we are largely back on track after addressing these near-term quality issues. We remain absolutely committed to serving our customers with cars and trucks that have the highest quality, reliability, fuel efficiency, safety, smart design and value.

To read the full article, click here.

Kansas City Assembly Plant
Ford Announces Increased Investment at KCAP for Transit Commercial Van Production, New Stamping Facility
Last Friday, the Kansas City Assembly Plant (KCAP) received welcome news. Against a backdrop of bulldozers, Ford executives, government officials and UAW representatives hosted a press conference confirming Ford’s future investment and product sourcing plans for Kansas City, including an investment of U.S. $1.1 billion, production of the Transit commercial van beginning in 2013 and the construction of a new, integrated stamping facility at an adjacent site.

To read the full article, click here.

Ford's New MyKey Do Not Disturb Technology
Ford's New MyKey Do Not Disturb Technology Helps Teens Stay Connected to Driving, Not the Phone
Parents have enough to worry about when they hand over the keys to a teenager, so Ford is adding a feature to its MyKey® technology to block incoming phone calls and deter text messages while teens are behind the wheel.

The Do Not Disturb feature, which is available on all 2011 vehicles featuring SYNC® with MyFord Touch®, will now be available as a feature parents can control through MyKey beginning with the new Explorer in early 2012.

To read the full article, click here.

New Lane Keeping Technology
Ford Explorer New Lane Keeping Technology Can Help Detect Drowsy Drivers, Suggest Coffee Breaks
The new Ford Explorer will come with a cup of coffee for customers who opt for an innovative new Lane Keeping System that can warn drivers if it detects they are getting too tired to drive.

Ford will introduce in early 2012 an innovative Lane Keeping System with three unique features designed to help drivers stay in control behind the wheel, including a Driver Alert System that can notify drivers if it detects signs of drowsiness. In this case, a coffee cup light will appear on the dashboard instrument cluster to suggest the driver take a break.

To read the full article, click here.

1965 Mustang convertible body shell
America’s Favorite Classic Mustang – the ’65 Convertible – Returns with All-new Ford-Approved Body Shell
It's a classic car lover's dream come true: Now it is possible to build a '64½, '65 or '66 Mustang convertible from the wheels up using the all-new Ford-approved and officially licensed body shell.

The body shell for the original Mustang convertible, now in production and available for restorers as a Ford-licensed restoration part, gives classic car enthusiasts a new option in putting their classic dream Mustang ragtop back on the road.

To read the full article, click here.

'Truck of Texas'
Ford Ropes 'Truck of Texas' Title, Best Truck Lineup, Six Other High Honors at Annual TAWA Texas Truck Rodeo
Ford trucks and crossovers have earned top honors at the 2011 Texas Auto Writers Association (TAWA) Truck Rodeo, including the 2012 Ford F-150 being named Truck of Texas – the most prestigious award.

Ford also swept seven additional categories for its trucks, crossovers and EcoBoost® engine technology.

A total of 48 vehicles were entered in the rodeo and evaluated by the 57 registered TAWA members. TAWA is one of the largest associations of auto writers in the U.S .At this weekend’s Rodeo, TAWA members also named Ford’s EcoBoost engine technology Best Vehicle Feature.

To read the full article, click here.

 

Global Notes
All-new Ranger
All-new Ranger Earns 5-star Rating
The all-new Ford Ranger has made motoring history by becoming the first ever pick-up to achieve a maximum 5 Star rating under the Euro NCAP crash test protocol.

Ranger scored 89 percent for overall safety – the best score ever earned by a pick-up and one of the highest scores recorded by Euro NCAP for any type of vehicle. Moreover, the new Ranger achieved the highest rating of any vehicle ever tested by Euro NCAP for pedestrian protection (81 percent).

To read the full article, click here.

Ford Edge Wins Engineering Award
Ford Edge Wins Annual Engineering Award
The Ford Edge has capped off a stunningly successful year in China by winning this year's best engineering design award among imported vehicles from Sina.com, one of the country's leading Internet portals.

Ford Edge's authentic tough American style won it many votes from a comprehensive evaluation system that included a panel of auto experts, veteran journalists and celebrities from sports, fashion and entertainment, as well as Internet users.

To read the full article, click here

Terragochi
Terragochi: Ford Brazil's New Application is Interactive, Fun Way to Call Attention to the Environment
This year, the Ford Environmental Conservation Award in Brazil has added an interesting and fun experience. Inspired by the Tamagotchi "virtual pet" that was very successful in the 90s, Terragochi is a Facebook application available on Ford Brazil's fan page, where users learn more about the environment and how to care for the planet.

After adding Terragochi to a user's profile, the user is reminded to preserve their planet every three days, answering environment-related questions. As the user correctly answers the questions, the Terragochi evolves and the planet becomes more preserved and happy. But if you don't answer the question correctly or at all, the planet becomes devastated and requires special care so it can recover and continue in a well-preserved state.

To read the full article, click here.

Ford Motor Company
Ford of Canada Names Dianne Craig New President, CEO
Ford of Canada, announced the appointment of Dianne Craig as president and CEO, effective Nov. 1, as the company readies to mark its second straight year as the auto sales leader in Canada. Craig replaces David Mondragon, who has served as president and CEO since August 2008.

Craig was the general manager for the Southeast Market Area in the U.S., a position she assumed in March 2009. In this role, she was responsible for all marketing, sales and service operations for 520 Ford and Lincoln Mercury dealers in North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Alabama and Florida.

Craig joined the company in 1986 in an entry-level field position and has held a variety of sales and marketing positions including advertising, product marketing, contests and incentives and field operations.

To read the full article, click here.

 

Outside Voices
Ford Faces Headwinds in Europe, Asia
(Automotive News) American automaker Ford Motor Co. has decided to increase the output of its most popular model, the F-150 equipped with the EcoBoost® engine, to meet the demands of its market. The company has decided to put more of the 3.5-liter V6 EcoBoost engines in the F-150 pickup trucks to cross the mark of 100,000 sales of the vehicle by the end of this year. To read the full article, click here.

Ford Explorer Hits 100,000 Sales Mark
(Autoblog) The 2011 Ford Explorer is a massive improvement over the last-generation model, and the Blue Oval's sales tally supports this claim. Ford tells us that the the Explorer is flying off store shelves, with 100,000 units sold so far in 2011. Those numbers are up 290 percent compared to 2010 totals, making the Explorer the fastest-growing mid-size utility vehicle in the country. This is the first time the Explorer has hit the 100,000 mark since 2007, and there are still over two months left in the year. To read the full article, click here.

Ford Mustang Boss 302: Kind Of A Big Deal
(Forbes) It’s been 42 years since Ford unleashed the Boss Mustang in the United States. There have been other great Mustangs since then – Shelby, Bullitt and Cobra among them – but the Boss mystique has entranced die-hard fans since its halycon days on the racetrack. To read the full article, click here.

Moody's Raises Ford and GM Credit Ratings on Four-Year Labor Agreements
(Bloomberg) Moody’s Investors Service raised the credit ratings of Ford Motor Co. and General Motors Co. to the cusp of investment grade, citing new U.S. labor contracts that preserve the automakers’ cost positions. To read the full article, click here.

Chrysler Group’s UAW Members Approve Four-Year Labor Contract
(Bloomberg) Chrysler Group LLC’s U.S. hourly workers ratified a new four-year contract, completing the United Auto Workers’ negotiations with U.S. automakers. To read the full article, click here.

Honda Targets Sales in Japan With Hybrid Freed, New Minivan
(Bloomberg) Honda Motor Co., Japan’s third-largest carmaker, will start selling a hybrid version of its Freed minivan tomorrow as it seeks to boost sales among domestic consumers looking for more fuel-efficient cars. To read the full article, click here.

Toyota Developing 600+ Mile Battery; Nissan Says Long Range EV's Unnecessary
(Gas 2.0) As the world's automakers slowly move to embrace electric vehicles, each brand or group is taking a decidedly different approach to EV's and hybrids. Just look at the vastly different approaches of Toyota and Nissan. While Toyota is working to develop a battery with 600 plus miles of range, Nissan says that 95 percent of Americans only need 100 miles of range a day. To read the full article, click here.

PUTC's 2011 Truck of the Fair Is ...
(PickupTrucks.com) No doubt the 2011 PickupTrucks.com/Cars.com Truck of the Fair competition will fan the flames of debate for years to come, having both Ford and Chevy fans making accusations and calling for cell-phone investigations. But all the votes have been tabulated in our four-week State Fair of Texas texting campaign, and a winner has been declared. To read the full article, click here.

Carmakers Shift to Higher Gear in Central Europe Despite Economic Slowdown in Major Markets
(Associated Press) If it's true that the global economy is grinding to a halt, carmakers in Central Europe seem to have not heard about it. To read the full article, click here.

Green-Car Award Finalists Named
(AutoWeek) The Ford Focus Electric, Honda Civic Natural Gas, Mitsubishi i, Toyota Prius V and Volkswagen Passat TDI have all been named finalists for the Green Car of the Year award from Green Car Journal. The winner will be announced at the Los Angeles Auto S`how on Nov. 17. 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 29:
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.

March 4:
SAAC-MCR 31st Annual Winter All Ford Swap Meet

Sunday, March 4, from 9am to 2pm at Gorno Ford (22025 Allen Rd., Woodhaven, MI). Click here for information or contact John Yarema at (586) 598-2105.

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

Atlanta Salaried Retirees
(Roswell, Ga.)
The Ford Metro Atlanta Salaried Retirees Club will meet periodically during 2012. Events planned include general membership meetings and breakfasts as well as events such as a museum tour, picnic, etc. If you would like further information about the 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.

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

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

Frame Plant Survivors Salaried Retirees
Third Wednesday of Every Month (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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