October 22, 2010

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In this Blue Oval Connect Weekly Briefing…
  • Ford Taurus Named International Car of the Year
  • Alan Mulally to Receive Prestigious Edison Achievement Award
  • Extreme Makeover: Home Edition Family Gets an All-New 2011 Ford Explorer
  • All-New Ford Focus Achieves Fuel Efficiency with High-Tech Engine
  • Ford and Dominion Virginia Power Team Up to Prepare Virginia for Electric Vehicles
  • Video: (CBS) Ford Driving Skills for Life Teaches Teens How to Drive Safer
  • Outside Voices: (Detroit Free Press) Ford Stock Nears 52-Week High

 

Announcements
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Medicare Annual Enrollment Period for Salaried Retirees Runs Nov. 15 - Dec. 31
Nearly 40 Peer Support volunteers are available to respond to e-mail inquiries on Medicare health care insurance issues. Full details can be found at the Peer Support website (http://www.ford-umbrella-group.org). Our aim is to provide guidance to Medicare-aged salaried retirees on health care insurance alternatives. We are neither health care nor financial experts, but we have experienced the same kinds of issues that many retirees have in this process.

The Ford Employee Benefit Office started mailing an important letter providing details on the HRA program for 2011 to all salaried retirees. The stipend is maintained at U.S. $1,800 for salaried retirees, spouses and surviving spouses. The letter contains other useful and timely information. It replaces the document that was mailed last December. Please read it carefully and encourage your Ford salaried retiree friends to do the same.

A reminder, Decision Navigator Transition Assist will hold meetings Oct. 27 and Nov. 10 for Medicare retirees from Ford and other companies to review the recent health care legislation and discuss 2011 health insurance alternatives. The session is at the Dearborn Centennial Library starting at 10 a.m. Details for this meeting and other Medicare advisory sessions being held by different organizations in the area are on the Peer Support website.


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 myfordbenefits.com 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 1-888-353-3251 to receive your PIN number and to receive specific discount information. Click here for more information.

 

Top Stories
2010 Ford Taurus
Ford Taurus Named International Car of the Year
The 2010 Ford Taurus was named International Car of the Year (ICOTY) at the Los Angeles Auto Show.

The ICOTY award honors new-year model vehicles that foster an emotional connection with consumers. The all-new Ford Taurus was voted the winner of the 14th annual award by a panel of 19 automotive media from around the U.S. representing top newspapers, magazines and websites.

With its athletic, upscale design the 2010 Ford Taurus combines class-leading technologies with confident, engaging driving dynamics. It features an impressive set of standard and available technologies that add convenience, connectivity, safety and value for customers, such as Blind Spot Information System (BLIS®) with cross traffic alert, MyKey™ parental programmability, Ford SYNC® and Voice-Activated Navigation with SIRIUS Travel Link™.

To read the full article, click here.

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Alan Mulally to Receive Prestigious Edison Achievement Award
The Edison Awards, recognized as one of America's leading innovation awards, today announced that John Hendricks, Founder and Chairman of Discovery Communications, and Alan Mulally, President and CEO of Ford Motor Company, will be awarded the prestigious Edison Achievement Award® on April 5, 2011 in New York City. The distinction honors leaders who have made a significant and lasting contribution to innovation, marketing and human-centered design throughout their careers.

To read the full article, click here.

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Extreme Makeover: Home Edition Family Gets an All-New 2011 Ford Explorer
The 2011 Ford Explorer has been redesigned from bottom to top, with 20 percent better highway fuel economy and uncompromised capability. These attributes will come in handy for Trisha Urban, as she travels to raise funds for the American Heart Association and while working as a hospice nurse.

Urban will be the recipient of an all-new Explorer – donated by Ford – as a component of her Extreme Makeover: Home Edition segment to be aired on ABC this Sunday, Oct. 24 at 7:00 p.m. EDT. A widow, Urban lost her husband to a heart attack on the very day their daughter Cora was born. She devotes her time to fund-raising on behalf of the American Heart Association and helps families in need through her work as a hospice nurse.

To read the full article and vote, click here.

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Ford News
2.0-Liter Direct-Injection I-4 Engine
All-New Ford Focus Achieves Fuel Efficiency with High-Tech Engine
The 2.0-liter engine coming early next year to the North American version of the 2012 Ford Focus will be one of the first on the market to combine the technology of gasoline direct injection (DI) with twin independent variable camshaft timing (Ti-VCT) and E85 flex fuel capability.

The combination of these technologies help make the dual-overhead-camshaft (DOHC) Focus 4-cylinder one of the most powerful, fuel-efficient and refined engines in its class and one of the most advanced non-turbocharged four-cylinder powerplants Ford has ever offered. Horsepower is rated at 160 and torque 146 lb.-ft., up from 140 and 136 respectively in the 2011 Ford Focus.

To read the full article, click here.

Ford and Dominion Virginia Power Team Up
Ford and Dominion Virginia Power Team Up to Prepare Virginia for Electric Vehicles
Ford Motor Company and Dominion Virginia Power announced they are coordinating efforts to help prepare Virginia for the operation of electric vehicles. Ford and Dominion will work together to develop consumer outreach and education programs on electric vehicles as well as share information on charging needs and requirements to ensure the electrical grid can support the necessary demand.

Cooperation between Ford and Dominion also involves working with the state and local governments on the most efficient ways to bring EVs to the state of Virginia. Government support for infrastructure and an easy charging station permitting process are considered to be two key elements to electric vehicle acceptance in Virginia and across the country.

To read the full article, click here.

 

Executive Corner
V. Anand Sankaran

V. Anand Sankaran
Executive Technical Leader, Energy Storage & High Voltage Electrical Systems
Ford Motor Company

The all-new Ford Focus Electric, which will debut in late 2011 in the U.S. and 2012 in Europe, will be powered by an advanced lithium-ion battery that uses heated and cooled liquid to help maximize battery life and gas-free driving range. @Ford Online's Chris Kassab discussed the new technology with V. Anand Sankaran, executive technical leader, Energy Storage & High Voltage Electrical Systems.

Q: What are the benefits of a lithium-ion battery system?
A: Lithium-ion batteries have higher energy density and hence will allow us to make lighter and smaller packs or increase onboard energy for plug-in hybrid electric vehicles and battery electric vehicle applications.

Q: How does Ford's lithium-ion battery system work?
A: The primary function of a lithium-ion battery system is to provide storage capability onboard. This allows the vehicle powertrain system to shut off the engine when not needed and to achieve higher operating efficiency by opportunistic battery charging and discharging. In addition, the battery is used to collect wasted braking energy. Ford has chosen an advanced active liquid-cooling and heating system to regulate the temperature of its lithium-ion battery packs, which are designed to operate under a variety of conditions.

To read the full discussion, click here.

 

Global Notes
Ford Kuga
Ford Japan Presents the Kuga at Media Test-Drive
A large contingent of reporters, photographers, editors and bloggers gathered recently in the picturesque lakeside town of Hakone in central Japan to take a spin in the newest addition to Ford Japan’s product lineup – the sporty new Ford Kuga.

To read the full article, click here.

Ford Fiesta
Fiesta Features Prominently in Consumer Magazines Across Asia
Efforts by Ford APA regional communications teams to position the new Fiesta as an integral part of a young, stylish and successful lifestyle are bearing fruit, with several consumer magazines picking up on the message.

To read the full article, click here.

New FPV
New FPV Range Sets Performance Benchmark
Ford Performance Vehicles (FPV) has launched the first supercharged V8-engined GT in the 43-year history of Australia's most iconic performance nameplate.

To read the full article, click here.

 

Video Corner
Ford Driving Skills for Life Logo
Ford Driving Skills for Life Teaches Teens How to Drive Safer
(CBS) Ford took its Driving Skills for Life program to the Baltimore area to teach teens how to drive safer. Ever year, about 16,000 teens die in car accidents. Click here to view video.

Ford Oval
Ford Leads Industry in Discounts
(NBC) According to TrueCar.com, Ford leads the industry in discounts for 2010 models. The average discount is nearly 15 percent. Lincoln and Mercury round out the top three models for discounts. Click here to view video.

Ford SYNC
Ford Says SYNC has Helped Open Up Company to New Customers
(CBS) The SAE's Technology Convergence Conference continues this week at Cobo Hall. Brands are continuing to look at ways new technology can lure new car buyers. Ford officials say technological advancements like SYNC have helped open up the company to a whole new audience. Click here to view video.

 

Outside Voices
Ford Stock Nears 52-Week High
(Detroit Free Press) Ford's stock has benefitted in recent weeks from an increase in industry sales and an expectation that the automaker will be able to continue paying off its debt next year. To read the full article, click here.

Ford Announced Marketer of the Year
(Examiner.com) Since 1971, Advertising Age has been awarding their Marketer of the Year award to a company that displays the strongest overall marketing efforts and not surprisingly, the 2010 award went to Ford. To read the full article, click here.

Ford No Longer Second Best
(American Consumer Reports) It seems certain that the Ford Motor Company, founded in 1903 by Henry Ford and with worldwide operations, is the only American automobile manufacturer that will survive the Global Financial downturn. To read the full article, click here.

As Other Automakers Cut Brands, Chrysler Expands
(Detroit Free Press) Now that Chrysler has overhauled or refreshed most of its cars and trucks, consumers will soon give the automaker feedback on whether restyled sheet metal and upgraded interiors are good enough to boost sales of five brands while competitors continue to downsize. To read the full article, click here.

U.S. to Unveil First Efficiency Standards for Heavy Trucks
(Detroit News) The Obama administration will unveil the first fuel efficiency standards for medium- and heavy-duty trucks next week. To read the full article, click here.

Toyota to Recall 1.53 Million Cars for Fluid Leak
(Business Pundit) Toyota's recall of 1.53 million cars and light trucks worldwide for a flaw linked to brake-fluid leaks boosts the company's tally of U.S. vehicles requiring repairs to more than 5 million this year. To read the full article, click here.

2010 U.S. Car Sales are Way Better than 2009, but Still Below 2007
(4WheelsNews) With only a quarter to go before 2010 ends, there have been several forecasts made on what the total U.S. sales for the entire year will be. To read the full article, click here.

GM Thinks Hawaii Could be Paradise – for Hydrogen Vehicles
(USA Today) General Motors' fuel-cell director thinks Hawaii is paradise – but not the same reason as the rest of us. 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.

Verizon
Verizon
Electronics Corporation

Save on calling plans, wireless devices, calling features and accessories from Verizon Wireless. Click here for more information.

The Henry Ford
The Henry Ford
New Member Special

The Henry Ford is offering a $99 Family membership – 20 percent off. Members receive free admission to Henry Ford Museum and Greenfield Village, great discounts and more. Click here to print your required coupon. Click here for more information.

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.

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
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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