October 29, 2010

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In this Blue Oval Connect Weekly Briefing…
  • Ford to Invest Additional $850 Million in Michigan to Engineer, Build Fuel-Efficient New Vehicles
  • Ford Named 'Truck Line of Texas;' MyFord Touch Wins Outstanding Feature by Texas Auto Writers
  • All-New Ford Focus Sharpens Dynamic Driving with Available SE Sport, Titanium Handling Packages
  • Ford Mustang Legacy at SEMA Continues with Powerful, Stylish Versions of the 2011 Pony Car
  • Ford F-Series Trucks to Shine in 2010 SEMA Spotlight
  • Ford's Support of CATCH Night of Champions Surpasses $1 Million Mark
  • Video: (FOX) Ford Adding 250 Workers at Dearborn Truck Plant
  • Outside Voices: (MSNBC) For Ford's Mulally, Big Bets are Paying Off

 

Announcements
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Peer Support Volunteers Offer Guidance on a Broad Spectrum of Health Care Insurance Inquiries to Medicare-Age Retirees
Early health care insurance inquiries to Peer Support from Medicare-age salaried retirees are running higher this year than in 2009 and cover a wide variety of issues. Peer Support volunteers respond to questions e-mailed to peer-support@ford-umbrella-group.org. Our website, which is updated regularly, is http://www.ford-umbrella-group.org.

Among the subjects drawing multiple inquiries are: Medicare Advantage PFFS programs in Michigan that are being discontinued by Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Michigan; retirees having trouble distinguishing coverage differences between Advantage and Medigap programs, and issues related to 2011 changes in pricing and in coverage including co-pays and deductibles.

For the 10-15 percent of Ford Salaried Medicare retirees who are caught in the "donut hole" for prescription drugs, there will be a $250 refund from the Federal Government as part of the 2010 health care legislation. The parameters of the donut hole for 2011 remain essentially unchanged at $2,840-$4,550.


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 website or by calling the NESC at 1-800-248-4444.

In the Drive Wealth section on myfordbenefits.com 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
Ford Oval
Ford to Invest Additional $850 Million in Michigan to Engineer, Build Fuel-Efficient New Vehicles
Ford announced plans to invest an additional U.S. $850 million in Michigan between 2011 and 2013 as part of the company's commitment to competitively grow its engineering and manufacturing employee base, upgrade its facilities in the state and further improve its vehicle fuel economy.

Ford's investment will generate up to 1,200 new full-time positions in manufacturing and engineering operations in Michigan by 2013. The company expects approximately 900 jobs will be hourly positions in its Michigan manufacturing facilities and the remaining 300 will be salaried positions within its engineering and manufacturing operations.

To read the full article, click here.

Ford F-150
Ford Named 'Truck Line of Texas;' MyFord Touch Wins Outstanding Feature by Texas Auto Writers
The full line of Ford trucks today was named "Truck Line of Texas" by the Texas Auto Writers Association (TAWA) in the country's largest truck market, and MyFord Touch™ won the group's Outstanding Feature.

Ford has the largest share of the light- and heavy-duty truck market in North America – 39 percent. And it's growing. Ford's share is up 3.5 percentage points over last year. Through September, Ford sold 385,879 trucks. That's 118,000 more than the nearest competitor. Texas represents 20 percent of Ford's total truck sales. Ford F-Series trucks have won more awards than any other light- and heavy-duty truck in the past two years.

To read the full article, click here.

All-New Ford Focus Sedan
All-New Ford Focus Sharpens Dynamic Driving with Available SE Sport, Titanium Handling Packages
The all-new Ford Focus will take dynamic driving to new levels with optionally available handling packages on SE and range-topping Titanium model.

Driving dynamics and responsive handling have been elevated across the entire all-new Focus range for 2012. All Focus models feature standard specifically tuned electric power-assisted steering (EPAS) system, independent Control Blade rear suspension and torque vectoring control. These features combine to make Focus more agile and confidence-inspiring for enthusiast and normal drivers alike.

To read the full article, click here.

 

Ford News
Ford Mustang
Ford Mustang Legacy at SEMA Continues with Powerful, Stylish Versions of the 2011 Pony Car
Ford is tapping the 2010 SEMA (Specialty Equipment Market Association) show in Las Vegas to showcase nine customized versions of Mustang, displaying the vehicles alongside the new Mustang Boss 302.

While the 2012 Mustang Boss 302 is sure to impress visitors at the Ford stand, a variety of Mustangs on display also will give consumers an idea of the endless possibilities for making it a one-of-a-kind pony car.

To read the full article, click here.

Ford F-Series
Ford F-Series Trucks to Shine in 2010 SEMA Spotlight
Ford F-Series trucks have long been known for their definitive power and capability, but they're also admired for the versatility of the platform, which can be adapted to everything from off-roading to low-riding. At the SEMA (Specialty Equipment Market Association) show in Las Vegas Nov. 2-5, the versatility of F-Series will again shine in the industry spotlight.

F-Series trucks have not only been a major presence at SEMA, but they have also garnered three awards in the past five years, including the Accessory-Friendly Truck design award. They have also been awarded Motor Trend's Truck Trend Top 5 Trucks from SEMA for the 2009 Ford F-150 Heavy Duty DeWalt Contractor Concept. Additionally, Ford F-Series is the best-selling line of trucks in the marketplace for 33 years running and the most customized trucks in the U.S. $31.85 billion aftermarket industry.

To read the full article and vote, click here.

CATCH Night of Champions
Ford's Support of CATCH Night of Champions Surpasses $1 Million Mark
Ford continued its long-standing support of Sparky Anderson's CATCH Charity for Children by returning as presenting sponsor of CATCH Night of Champions XXI, recently held at The Henry Ford in Dearborn, Mich.

Ford's support of CATCH Night of Champions totals more than U.S. $1 million and dates back to 1991.

To read the full article, click here.

 

Executive Corner
Gary Boes

Gary Boes
Vehicle Line Director for Ford Australia
Ford Motor Company

Gary Boes, vehicle line director for Ford Australia, led the development program for the all-new Ranger pickup. It was a formidable challenge to coordinate a team of engineers, designers and manufacturing experts that were spread out across the world. It was an even bigger challenge to produce a vehicle that would meet the expectations of customers in more than 180 global markets. But Boes sees every challenge as an opportunity, and he managed to deliver a totally reinvented Ranger pickup that Ford proudly unveiled at the Australian International Motor Show on October 15.

Q: What are the major differences between the new Ranger and previous models of the pickup that customers in world markets are familiar with?
A: It is an all-new Ranger, which, simple as it may seem, is a big task – to be all new. It's a completely new appearance with familiar Ranger cues, but with a more modern, contemporary design. It has an all-new chassis, new suspension and new frame, all designed to meet Ford global requirements. The Puma global diesel engine is being brought in from the platform coming out of Europe, along with a new six-speed transmission. The Ranger also has an all-new interior. Suffice to say that from bumper to bumper it's all new.

Q: What are some of the advancements in Ford powertrain technology that customers will find in the new Ranger?
A: We're bringing in the global Puma, which is a 2.2-liter and a 3.2-liter, with upgrades for improved fuel economy to meet emissions requirements depending on the market. We're bringing in the new manual and automatic six-speed transmissions, again for improved fuel economy and performance. Overall, it's a complete package of new technologies to give customers the truck with personality they're looking for and at the same time the fuel economy and the efficiency they need.

To read the full discussion, click here.

 

Global Notes
Ford is the Best Advertiser of the Year in Venezuela
Ford is the Best Advertiser of the Year in Venezuela
During 52nd annual ANDA (Association of National Advertisers) Awards celebration, an event labeled as the most prestigious advertising recognition in the country, Ford of Venezuela was the star of the night, not only receiving the largest number of awards in the automotive industry, but also more awards than any other company (15 total) in the entire Venezuelan advertising industry.

To read the full article, click here.

Ford Edge
Ford China Kicks Off "Views on Edge" BTL Campaign
A multi-stage media drive tour that will take participants to the farthest reaches of China began in Kashi, Xinjiang province this month. The campaign is designed to get people talking about the Ford Edge SUV in the weeks leading up to the highly anticipated vehicle launch at the end of this year.

To read the full article, click here.

Ford Figo
Figo Climbs the Top-Seller List
Ford Figo is now amongst the top five best-selling cars in India, rising up the rankings in September with 6,465 units sold. The top-five category has historically been occupied by vehicles made by local and Asian companies, but Ford is gaining market share with sustained demand for the record-setting Figo.

To read the full article, click here.

Ford Loaning a Ford Transit Connect
Transit Lifeline for Disabled Ski Team
Transport has again been provided by Ford of Britain to help disabled Service personnel learn new sporting skills as part of their rehabilitation.

It is the second year in succession that Ford has loaned a Transit minibus to the Combined Services Disabled Ski Team. The Ford Transit – a nine-seater Tourneo 280SWB model – was handed over to team director Major Ian Large at the Snow Centre, Hemel Hempstead, by Transit brand manager David Petts.

To read the full article, click here.

 

Video Corner
Ford F-150
Ford Adding 250 Workers at Dearborn Truck Plant
(FOX) Sales of the Ford F-150 are through the roof. As a result, Ford is adding 250 workers at its Dearborn Truck Plant. The workers will come from the Flatrock Plant. Click here to view video.

Alan Mulally
Alan Mulally Talks 3Q Profits, Continued Growth
(Nightly Business Report) Ford's earnings jumped 69 percent for the quarter. It posted a $0.48 per share profit, its sixth-straight quarterly profit. Ford CEO Alan Mulally says Ford will now have repaid $10.8 billion of its debt for the year, which will free up cash to invest in more products and grow the business. Click here to view video.

 

Outside Voices
Fortune Businessperson of the Year – Mulally Advances to Semifinals – Vote Now!
(CNN Money) 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. To read the full article, click here.

Ford Earnings: Exactly What We Wanted to See
(CNBC) It ain't sexy. It ain't the kind of news the average person will get excited about. To read the full article, click here.

F-150's All New Where It Counts: Under Hood
(USA Today) Automakers insist they have learned the hard way: If you make subtle or unseen updates to a vehicle, you must change the exterior, too, so people will know it's different. To read the full article, click here.

For Ford's Mulally, Big Bets are Paying Off
(MSNBC) When Bill Ford first approached Alan Mulally about taking the top job at the struggling vehicle maker that bears his family name, Mulally remembers that he responded with a laundry list of criticisms. To read the full article, click here.

Nissan Recalls 2 Million Vehicles Worldwide for Ignition Problems
(USA Today) Nissan is recalling 2.14 million vehicles worldwide including the popular March and Mycra subcompacts for an ignition problem that may stall the engine – its third-largest recall ever. To read the full article, click here.

Most Reliable Cars – Consumer Reports' 2010 Annual Auto Survey
(ConsumerReports.org) While Honda and Toyota still dominate in reliability, General Motors has improved considerably in our latest predicted-reliability Ratings. To read the full article, click here.

Honda Insight Now More Efficient
(Auto Evolution) The Honda Insight is one of the lowest-priced hybrid vehicles on the market, this asset placing it at the top of many customers' lists. To read the full article, click here.

Chrysler to Spend U.S. $1 billion in Sterling Heights and Dundee
(Detroit Free Press) Buoyed by tax credits approved today, Chrysler will invest U.S. $850 million in a body shop upgrade and new paint shop at its Sterling Heights assembly plant where more than 900 people will begin working on a second shift next February. To read the full article, click here.

BMW Recalls 151,000 in U.S.
(Detroit Free Press) BMW said it is recalling about 151,000 vehicles in the U.S. for fuel-pump defects that may reduce engine performance or cause a loss of power-assist for the brakes and steering. To read the full article, click here.

GM to Build Small Cadillac in Lansing, Invest U.S. $190 Million
(Detroit News) General Motors Co. plans to announce Thursday that it will build a compact-sized Cadillac at its Grand River Assembly plant in Lansing, a $190 million investment that will put 600 people to work, officials briefed on the announcement said. 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 1-800-248-4444 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.

DELL
Dell
Home and Home Office

Customize any system and get an additional 7 percent discount on top of generally advertised Dell Home and Office promotions.
Click here for more information.

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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.

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 (Roswell, Ga.)
The next event will be the Annual Holiday Dinner on Tuesday, Dec. 7, beginning at 6:30 p.m. at Sugo's Restaurant (625 West Crossville Road). 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 Nov. 3. This is an early luncheon because of the Christmas party and Thanksgiving being so close. Please RSVP as soon as possible so the proper amount of food and drinks can be requested. RSVP by e-mail to Chuck Wille at CFWILLE@swbell.net, Shirley Sewell at SSEWELL01@comcast.net or Johnny Caldwell at JONCAL@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 Nov. 9 at a location to be announced. 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. The next meeting will be on Apr. 6 with a location to be announced. 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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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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