October 15, 2010

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In this Blue Oval Connect Weekly Briefing…
  • Fortune's Businessperson of the Year – Reader's Choice
  • Ford Launches Most Fuel-Efficient Full-Size Pickup
  • Eight Year Old's "Fired Up for a Cure" Paint Scheme Selected as Winner in Ford Customer Service Division's NASCAR Design Contest
  • Ford Connects with Bloggers at World's Largest Social Media Conference
  • Ford Celebrates Diversity During Hispanic Heritage Month
  • Video: (NECN Cable) Ford, MIT Explore How High-Tech Features Might Ease Driver Stress
  • Outside Voices: (Business Pundit) Interview with Mark Fields, Ford's President of the Americas

 

Announcements
@Ford Magazine - October Edition
@Ford North America Now Available
The latest issue of @Ford for North America is available now. Featured stories include Focus ST at the Paris Motor Show, Ford's quality improvements, consumer purchasing trends and more.

Click here to view an electronic version of the publication.


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Three Decision Navigators Again are Available to Help Medicare Salaried Retirees with their Health Care Choices
Decision Navigators provide information and guidance for salaried retirees who are required to possibly change insurance plans for 2011, may be considering a switch for either health care or financial reasons during the upcoming Nov. 15-Dec. 31 Annual Enrollment Period, or are reaching age 65. Peer Support recommends checking with at least two of the three Decision Navigators that Peer Support and Ford have approved. Salaried retirees also can talk directly with health care insurance companies or their authorized local agents to collect information for making an enrollment decision.

Transition Assist opened an office in Dearborn and will hold meetings on the 2010 Health Care legislation and 2011 planning for retirees Oct. 27 and Nov. 10 at 10 a.m. at the Dearborn Centennial Library across the street from Ford World Headquarters. Details are available at http://www.transitionassist.com or by calling 734-507-1061 to reserve a space or make an appointment.

Extend Health was Ford's initial vendor and has therefore handled the largest number of enrollments. Hewitt's Senior Educators presently specializes in individual enrollments instead of working under contract with large companies.

For further information, check the Peer Support website at www.ford-umbrella-group.org.


Retirement Tools Now Available on myfordbenefits.com
Retirement Tools Now Available on Myfordbenefits.com

The myfordbenefits.com website and the NESC are available for your pension plan benefit information needs.

As of Oct. 1, 2010, you now have the opportunity to access your pension plan benefit information through Drive Wealth on the myfordbenefits.com website or by calling the NESC at 1-800-248-4444.

In the Drive Wealth section of the myfordbenefits.com website you can:

  • Access detailed information about your pension plan benefit.
  • Review the payment details of prior pension payments Nov. 1, 2010, or later.

Transition to State Street Bank & Trust

Beginning on Nov. 1, 2010, State Street Bank & Trust will issue and send your Ford Motor Company monthly pension payment or statement (for those with direct deposit).

This transition is only a shifting of the pension plan administration and payment responsibilities.


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 888-353-3251 to receive your PIN number and to receive specific discount information. Click here for more information.

 

Top Stories
Alan Mulally
Fortune's Businessperson of the Year – Reader's Choice
On Nov. 18, Fortune magazine will name its Businessperson of the Year, an honor that goes to the leader who made the biggest mark in business in 2010. Fortune talked to analysts and consultants, executives and former executives, those moving markets and those playing them. Then Fortune compiled and pored over the numbers to help narrow down the field. But the one thing they are missing is what the readers think. So they want you in on the decision.

To read the full article and vote, click here.

2011 Ford F-150
Ford Launches Most Fuel-Efficient Full-Size Pickup
Ford is launching the most fuel-efficient full-size pickup of any manufacturer – the all-new 3.7-liter V6 engine in the 2011 F-150. It is projected to deliver best-in-class 23 mpg highway, pending EPA certification.

The new 5.0-liter V8 engine is projected to deliver best-in-class 21 mpg highway, pending EPA certification.

The new 3.7-liter V6 is projected to deliver 16 mpg city and 23 mpg highway in 4x2 configuration. The new 5.0-liter V8 is projected to deliver 15 mpg city and 21 mpg highway in 4x2 configuration. No manufacturer offers better fuel economy numbers in these respective segments.

To read the full article, click here.

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Ford News
Eight-Year-old Carson Luther Wins Design Contest
Eight Year Old's "Fired Up for a Cure" Paint Scheme Selected as Winner in Ford Customer Service Division's NASCAR Design Contest
One young man wants to tell the entire NASCAR community that he's fired up to find a cure for type 1 diabetes – and he plans on using the paint scheme on the No. 21 Motorcraft/Quick Lane Ford Fusion running this weekend at Charlotte Motor Speedway to get the point across to millions of fans nationwide.

Carson Luther, an eight-year-old resident of Wildwood, Mo., was selected as the winning designer of the Ford Customer Service Division's (FCSD) NASCAR Design Contest to Support the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF).

To read the full article, click here.

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Ford Connects with Bloggers at World's Largest Social Media Conference
Ford is showcasing the new 2012 Ford Focus and some of the company's most innovative technology at the world's largest social media conference, the BlogWorld and New Media Expo, from Oct. 14-16 at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center in Las Vegas.

More than 4,500 Internet-savvy people are expected to attend the Expo, sponsored for the second-consecutive year by Ford.

To read the full article, click here.

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Ford Celebrates Diversity During Hispanic Heritage Month
To celebrate National Hispanic Heritage Month, the Ford Hispanic Network (FHN) hosted events to promote cultural awareness revolving around the theme: "Celebrating History, Heritage and the American Experience." Highlighting this year's events were the Heritage Month Celebration on Sept. 30 featuring Jacqueline Hernandez, COO of Telemundo Universal NBC and Miss Universe Ximena Navarrete, and the Oct. 4 2010 Heritage CAFECITO with special guest the Honorable Labor Hilda Solis, Secretary of Labor.

To read the full article, click here.

 

Global Notes
All-New Ford Ranger
New from the Ground Up – Ford Ranger Is Built Around More Capability Everywhere It Counts
The all-new Ford Ranger builds on an impressive heritage for capability and extends it in every important aspect for the pickup truck owner – from towing capability, hauling and load capacity to stable footing on-road or off – while transforming the compact truck from a traditional workhorse to an all-around leader not only when the work gets tough but when it comes home for time with the family.

To read the full article, click here.

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Ford Fiesta
European Ford Fiesta Sales Hit 850,000 Since Launch Despite Continuing Market Weakness
The Ford Fiesta – Ford's top-selling car in Europe – continues to go from strength-to-strength. In September, the 850,000th Ford Fiesta was sold in Europe, just two years after the latest generation model was launched.

To read the full article, click here.

Ford Oval
Ford Otosan to Invest U.S. $630 Million In Future Ford Transit Production at Kocaeli
Ford Otosan – the Turkish joint venture owned by Ford and Koš Holding – confirmed this week that it will invest U.S. $630 million in its Kocaeli production facility to support future manufacturing initiatives for the Ford Transit.

To read the full article, click here.

Ford Edge
Ford Motor China Reports 40 Percent Sales Increase for First Three Quarters
Ford Motor China announced sales of 132,976 units for the third quarter, boosting its total sales from January to September to 419,073 units, an increase of 40 percent from the same period last year. The company closed the month of September with sales of 50,970 units, an increase of 26 percent from the previous year. The robust growth in sales was driven by sustained strong customer demand for Ford passenger and commercial vehicles in the world's largest auto market.

To read the full article, click here.

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2010 Australian International Motor Show – Complete Coverage
Check out what Ford is showing at 2010 Australian International Motor Show and the media coverage of the event. This page will be continually updated throughout the show to provide you the latest news coming out of Sydney.

To read the full article, click here.

 

Video Corner
Lincoln MKS
Ford, MIT Explore How High-Tech Features Might Ease Driver Stress
(NECN Cable) Reporter Greg Wayland reports on the Ford and MIT study that explores how high-tech features might ease driver stress. He drives a Lincoln MKS and then tries the self-parking park assist feature. Click here to view video.

2011 Chrysler 200
Chrysler Releases Photos of 2011 Chrysler 200
(CBS) Chrysler has released photos of the new 2011 Chrysler 200 sedan. It will be built at the Sterling Heights Assembly Plant. Dealers will get the new models on showroom floors by the end of the year. Click here to view video.

Ford Oval
Ford's Credit Rating Raised: Ellen Hughes-Cromwick Says Auto Industry is Gradually Improving
(Bloomberg TV) Ford's credit rating was recently raised two levels by Moody's, which said Ford's performance has significantly exceeded expectations. Ford Chief Economist Ellen Hughes-Cromwick sees a slow-go recovery for the auto industry. She says there have been sizeable improvements, in terms of automotive credit, but it's been a gradual trend up. Click here to view video.

Electric Ford Focus
Electric Vehicles: Can They Keep Up?
(ABC News) Daniel Sieberg test-drives Ford's new lineup of electric cars. Click here to view video.

 

Outside Voices
Interview With Mark Fields, Ford's President of the Americas
(Business Pundit) In an economy filled with zombies and sinking ships, Ford stands out as a beacon of success. To read the full article, click here.

SEMA Preview: Fiesta to Dominate Ford Booth
(Autoblog) We've only just gotten over our jet lag from the Paris Motor Show, but there's no stopping the yearly auto expo schedule and the aftermarket insanity that is the annual SEMA show is just around the corner. To read the full article, click here.

Chevrolet Volt Makes a Good First Impression in Real-World Cruising
(Detroit Free Press) The 2011 Chevrolet Volt electric car completed the first lap of its public introduction successfully Sunday, as GM began an intensive campaign to explain the unique car, set to go on sale in November, to buyers. To read the full article, click here.

Ford, Audi Turning CES Into a Car Show
(Car Tech Blog) No stranger to the Consumer Electronics Show, Ford CEO Alan Mulally returns for a keynote at 11 a.m. on Friday, Jan. 7, in Las Vegas, marking his third straight appearance. To read the full article, click here.

CTIA: Ford Details the Connected Car
(Connected Planet Online) The automotive industry and the wireless industry have a lot more in common then you might think, Ford Motor Group Vice President of Global Product Development Derrick Kuzak told the attendees of CTIA Enterprise & Applications on the closing days of the show. To read the full article, click here.

Detroit's Automakers Reclaiming Market Share
(Detroit News) Detroit's automakers have been losing ground in their home market since 1996, but they're halting that trend this year at the expense of their Japanese rivals. To read the full article, click here.

Toyota Posts Teaser Shot of New Prius Minivan on Facebook
(USA Today) Toyota posted this photo teaser for the coming Prius minivan that shows its profile behind a current Prius sedan. To read the full article, click here.

GM's Goal: 5,300 Electric Vehicle Chargers in Michigan
(Detroit Free Press) GM is coordinating the installation of 5,300 fast electric-vehicle chargers in Michigan, giving Vice Chairman Tom Stephens confidence the U.S. will eventually have enough chargers to make electric-only driving possible. To read the full article, click here.

 

Share Ideas
Got an Idea, Share It!
Ever had an idea for a new product or a suggestion for a current vehicle you'd like to share with the Ford team? If so, do we have some websites for you!

If you have an idea for a new product or technology you'd like to see on a Ford vehicle, click to the Ford New Ideas site at www.FordNewIdeas.com.

If you have a suggestion for a current Ford Motor Company product, click here to connect to the Customer Relationship Center.

Through these two sites, your ideas and comments will be directed to the appropriate teams within the company … One team, One plan, One goal … ONE Ford.


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Ford Employees Recreation Association (FERA) Desk Hours

Location:
Lower Mezzanine of Ford World Headquarters

Desk hours:
Tuesday 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 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.

Village Ford
Village Ford (Dearborn, Mich.)
Tire & Auto Center

All of Village Ford's new and used vehicles have prices online, but call 1-800-257-1538 for the latest incentives on the vehicle of your choice to further reduce your price! Click here for more information.

Pringle
Pringle Home Building Group, LLC.
Homebuilding Group

Pringle's Florida Lifestyle Preview Program lets qualified visitors learn more about Pringle's Communities. To see if you qualify to participate in the preview program, call at 1-800-325-4471, or click here to submit your information and have a representative contact you to answer your questions.


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
Fourth Saturday in October (Canton, Ga.)

The next general event will be a Fall Festival Picnic on Saturday, Oct. 23, from 3:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. at Bob Loovis' farm. 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 44010). 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 Christmas party will be the 2nd Saturday in December (Dec. 11). The next luncheon for the Kansas City Ford Salaried Retiree Club is on September 22 and will be at Finnigan's Hall (505 East 18th Avenue). Reserve your seat. RSVP by e-mail to Chuck Wille at CFWILLE@swbell.net.

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 October 12 at the Tara Golf & Country Club (6602 Drewrys Bluff) at 10 a.m. 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. 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.

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
So You Think You Can Dance Logo
October 20:
So You Think You Can Dance Tour 2010 (Detroit, Mich.)

Olympia Entertainment is proud to offer Ford employees and retirees tickets at a discounted price for this special, one-night event. On Wednesday, Oct. 20 at 7:30 p.m. Joe Louis Arena will showcase season 7 dancers AdechikÚ, Ashley, Billy, Jose, Kent, Lauren and Robert, all-stars Ade, Allison, Courtney, Dominic, Kathryn, and last season's winner Russell! Groups of 10 or more save up to $8.50 per ticket. For the best seats, call 313-471-3099 today or click here to view the flyer.

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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