October 1, 2010

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In this Blue Oval Connect Weekly Briefing…
  • Global Reveal of New High-Performance Ford Focus ST at the 2010 Paris Motor Show
  • Exciting New Next-Generation Ford Focus Gears Up for Launch
  • Ford September Sales Up 46 Percent; Ford on Track to Gain Market Share for Second Year in a Row
  • Lincoln Uses Lighting and Star Power to Showcase Luxury, Technology in New Advertising Campaign
  • Ford Warriors in Pink Amps Up Fight Against Breast Cancer in Dearborn and in Virtual World
  • Video: (BBC News Online) Car Maker Ford Announces U.K. Expansion
  • Outside Voices: (Detroit News) Popular Trucks from Ford, Chevrolet, GMC and Ram Face Off

 

Announcements
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Medicare Advantage Prices for 2011 to Become Public in First Few Weeks of October
Medicare Advantage prices for 2011 have been finalized and will be released within the next few weeks by the various health insurance companies in all states that offer these products. Medigap policy rates do not have the Oct. 1 filing requirement from Medicare and are permitted to change prices once each year. The Annual Enrollment Period runs from Nov. 15 - Dec. 31 for those Salaried retirees who wish to switch their coverage or are required to because their plan has been eliminated.

Peer Support's understanding from what are believed to be reliable sources is that Medicare negotiated hard with Medicare Advantage companies to hold down their price increases for 2011 and was largely successful. Estimates are that most premium increases will be 1-3 percent; however, Medicare Salaried Retirees should check carefully with their health insurance company to understand if there may be changes and reductions in coverage, co-pays or deductibles.

Peer Support volunteers will for the third year be available to offer help in response to e-mails sent to (peer-support@ford-umbrella-group.org). For further information, check with Blue Oval Connect or the Peer Support website www.ford-umbrella-group.org.


AXZ Plan
Special AXZ Offers – Just a Click Away
Ford continues to show great momentum in the marketplace – and is continuing to offer employees and retirees great savings through AXZ-Plans pricing incentives and other special offers on eligible Ford, Lincoln and Mercury vehicles! When you choose to opt in for special incentive e-mails, you'll also learn about opportunities to share the savings with your friends and neighbors! Remember, Ford has expanded its X-Plan program by giving you two additional X-Plan PINs (six total) to use through the end of 2010. To receive these special offer e-mails from Ford, just click here to opt in.


Ford Employee Tire Discount Program
Attention Ford Retirees! Save up to 20% on a set (4) 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
250 PS Focus ST
Global Reveal of New High-Performance Ford Focus ST at the 2010 Paris Motor Show
The exciting next-generation Ford Focus ST made its global debut at the Paris Show, providing an early preview of the new high-performance model which will be introduced around the world in 2012.

Ford's first global high performance model and a star attraction for Ford in Paris, the powerful new Focus ST show car was revealed this week by Alan Mulally, Ford's President and CEO, and Stephen Odell, Chairman and CEO, Ford of Europe.

To read the full article, click here.

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Ford Focus Family
Exciting New Next-Generation Ford Focus Gears Up for Launch
The exciting new next-generation Ford Focus is gearing up for its sales launch early in 2011, with the core three-model line-up seen together for the first time at the 2010 Paris Motor Show.

The sporty five-door hatchback, sleek four-door sedan and stylish five-door wagon Focus models take center stage on the Ford stand, revealed in full detail ahead of the production start in Europe and North America in late 2010.

To read the full article, click here.

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Ford Edge
Ford September Sales Up 46 Percent; Ford on Track to Gain Market Share for Second Year in a Row
Consumer demand for Ford's fresh lineup of high-quality, fuel-efficient vehicles in September helped the company continue to grow both sales and retail market share.

Ford, Lincoln and Mercury sales in September totaled 160,873, up 46 percent versus a year ago. Ford's market share also increased in September, marking the 23rd time in the last 24 months that Ford's share of the retail market increased.

To read the full article, click here.

 

Ford News
Lincoln's New Advertising Campaign
Lincoln Uses Lighting and Star Power to Showcase Luxury, Technology in New Advertising Campaign
The Lincoln brand is unveiling a new ad campaign, the latest step in creating a look that demonstrates to customers they are getting more than just luxury with a Lincoln product. When the "Smarter Than Luxury" campaign debuts on Saturday, customers will know they are looking at a brand with even more exciting products and technologies that are now arriving in Lincoln showrooms.

The TV ads feature the latest Lincoln vehicles – 2011 Lincoln MKX and MKZ Hybrid – along with actor John Slattery. Alternating between beauty shots of the vehicle and Slattery, the 30-second spots give viewers a knowing perspective of the vehicle.

To read the full article, click here.

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Ford WHQ Gleams Pink in Honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month
Ford Warriors in Pink Amps Up Fight Against Breast Cancer in Dearborn and in Virtual World
Ford kicked-off its 16-year commitment to fighting breast cancer by honoring Warriors and survivors with the symbolic lighting of World Headquarters in pink and continuing throughout the month of October – National Breast Cancer Awareness Month – with a unique social media program designed to increase awareness and support for the cause.

Ford is celebrating its 16th year as National Series Sponsor of the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure® – to date, dedicating more than U.S. $105 million to the cause. Following the ceremonial lighting of World Headquarters, the company will launch a month-long initiative tied to its yearly Warriors in Pink program on Facebook to raise additional funds and encourage more people to join Ford in the fight to eradicate breast cancer, which claims more than 450,000 lives each year.

To read the full article, click here.

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Executive Corner
Mark Fields

Mark Fields
Executive Vice President and President of the Americas
Ford Motor Company

Mark Fields, executive vice president, Ford Motor Company, and president, The Americas, discusses progress in North America with @Ford Online.

Q: What aspects of our progress are most impressive to you?
A: Three things have blown me away. First of all I am so impressed by our people who have been through so much. But as I visit and talk with people inside and outside the company, I am always impressed by the capability and the knowledge of our folks and the respect that they have from the outside.

Second, is the team's passion about working for Ford – their passion around making achievements and really being able to follow through and fulfill their objectives. They feel so good now about Ford and about working in a company that is growing again. And that Ford pride just comes through. There's that saying when you cut us "we bleed Ford blue." We can't really describe it, but I see it in everybody's eyes. And that's what blows me away.

Third, one of the original objectives we had when we set out on this journey was to start growing the company again and we're doing that now in the U.S. and in Canada and reversing that market share loss that we've had for many, many years.

To read the full discussion, click here.

 

Global Notes
Ford Oval
Fiesta Proves One Ford Plan is Working
On the eve of the 2010 Paris Motor Show, Jim Farley, Ford group vice president, Marketing, Sales and Service, met with a group of reporters in the City of Light to discuss how the Ford Fiesta is delivering on the company's global growth strategy.

Farley's message was clear: The One Ford plan is working.

To read the full article, click here.

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Ford at the Paris Motor Show 2010
Confident Ford Display in Paris
Automotive and business journalists from around the world gathered in France ahead of this week's opening of the Paris Motor Show. Making an early impact, Ford staged a special eve-of-show preview event, where it introduced many of the important new products and technologies currently being displayed at the Show.

To read the full article, click here.

Mulally Addressess British Business Leaders
Ford Chief Addresses British Business Leaders
Alan Mulally, president and CEO, Ford Motor Company, delivered the Confederation of British Industry's Annual Lecture to an audience of business leaders.

Mulally described the turnaround achieved at Ford – the only major U.S. car company to avoid bankruptcy in the recession. In 2006, when he joined Ford, the company recorded a loss at a time when U.S. car sales were relatively strong. By 2009, Ford posted a profit of U.S. $2.7 billion, a trend that continued in February 2010, when Ford's U.S. sales overtook those of General Motors for the first time in more than 80 years.

To read the full article, click here.

Ford Mondeo ECOnetic
New Ford ECOnetic Technology Models Drive Further Improvements in Fuel Efficiency and CO2
Ford of Europe is further accelerating its efforts to deliver improved fuel economy for customers across its vehicle range with the launch of two important new Ford ECOnetic Technology models at the Paris Motor Show – the new Ford Mondeo ECOnetic and the Ford Ka TDCi with standard Ford Auto-Start-Stop technology.

To read the full article, click here.

 

Video Corner
Alan Mulally
Car Maker Ford Announces U.K. Expansion
(BBC News Online) In an exclusive interview Ford's boss Alan Mulally said it is in the process of taking on more than a hundred new staff. Click here to view video.

Ford Explorer
Ford Employees Test-Drive New Vehicles at Test Track
(FOX) Ford is revamping its Explorer and Focus models, and employees got to take them for test-drives at Ford's test track in Dearborn. Click here to view video.

Ford Fiesta
Why We Could All Be Driving Fiestas
(Wall Street Journal) With higher car fuel-efficiency standards coming soon, Joe White discusses why we all might be driving Fiestas. Click here to view video.

 

Outside Voices
Popular Trucks from Ford, Chevrolet, GMC and Ram Face Off
(Detroit News) Big trucks do hard work. To read the full article, click here.

One Ford Strategy Takes Shape in C-Max
(Just-Auto) Ford's new C platform makes its first appearance on European roads next month as the basis of the five seat C-Max and seven seat Grand C-Max before underpinning the redesigned Focus early in 2011. To read the full article, click here.

G.M., Ford and Kia Lead Nominees for Car of the Year
(New York Times) GM, Ford and Kia each have three contenders for the North American Car and Truck of the Year Awards, to be announced in January at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit. To read the full article, click here.

Hyundai Recalls 139,500 Sonatas in U.S. on Steering
(Detroit News) Hyundai said it is voluntarily recalling 139,500 Sonata sedans in the U.S. because of a manufacturing defect that could cause drivers to lose steering control. To read the full article, click here.

Study: Texting Bans Don't Cut Crashes
(Detroit Free Press) Bans on texting while driving fail to reduce crash rates because motorists ignore the rules, according to a study by the Highway Loss Data Institute, a group funded by the insurance industry. To read the full article, click here.

Chairman of Center for Automotive Research Steps Down
(Detroit News) David Cole, a tireless advocate for the U.S. auto industry and a founder of the Center for Automotive Research, is stepping down as its chairman. To read the full article, click here.

Coming Soon: A GM-Branded Diesel Car?
(Fast Company) Watch out, Volkswagen – your ironclad grip on the diesel car market may be about to weaken. To read the full article, click here.

10 Popular, Premium Cars You Wish You Owned
(The Street) The utilitarian, mid-sized sedans that usually dominate automotive awards are all that's preventing a class war between fans of popular and premium vehicles. To read the full article, click here.

Visteon Chapter 11 Protection Ending Early October
(Just-Auto) Visteon expects to emerge from bankruptcy protection in early October after settling almost all disputes with former owner Ford. 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.

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John Deere
Farm & Agricultural Equipment

John Deere offers two discounted purchases a year on some of their most popular equipment lines. Convenient and easy to use, this discount coupon offers additional savings on purchases of John Deere equipment at your local John Deere dealership. Click here for more information.

Hewlett-Packard
Hewlett-Packard
Shop for Products and Services

Ford employees, retirees and contract personnel receive up to 10 percent off HP and Compaq consumer products, accessories and supplies by becoming a member of the HP Employee Purchase Program. Additional discounts are offered throughout the store including mail-in and instant rebates, coupons and exclusive EPP offers on a range of HP products, including Notebook and Desktop PCs, printers, print supplies, accessories and more.

If you'd like to join, visit the HP Home & Home Office Store at www.hpshopping.com/epp and register using the Ford company code: 3673.

You can find these offers and many, many more by simply visiting
Discount Marketplace
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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.

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 (Location TBA, 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.

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.

 

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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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