September 17, 2010

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In this Blue Oval Connect Weekly Briefing…
  • Peer Support Medicare-Enrolled Salaried Retiree Information Update
  • Executive Corner: President and CEO Alan Mulally Discusses the State of the Business
  • All-New Ford Focus Launches Exclusive Airbag Technologies That Enhance Crash Protection
  • Ford to Put Thousands of Consumers Behind Wheel of 2011 F-150 EcoBoost Months Before On-Sale Date
  • Ford's E-Series Vans Celebrate 50 Years of Success; 2011 Lineup Features Special Anniversary Edition
  • Focus Family and New ST Model Debut at Paris Motor Show
  • Video: (CBS) Chrysler Gives Sneak Peek of Portion of Chrysler 200
  • Outside Voices: (Detroit Free Press) Ford has Golden Opportunity for Overseas Sales

 

Announcements
Umbrella Group Logo
Peer Support – A Few Thousand Medicare-Enrolled Salaried Retirees Will Need to Select New Health Care Insurance for 2011
Medicare salaried retirees, who presently are enrolled in Private Fee For Service (PFFS) Plans "A" or "B" will need to make new choices this fall. Their plans are being eliminated due to provisions of earlier health care legislation, not the 2010 Health Care Reforms.

Present providers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan, should be notifying these people within a few weeks. Extend Health has already launched a campaign to recommend replacement plans for those who originally enrolled through their services. Retirees, who are impacted, can work with any health care insurance company or Decision Navigator that they wish. Further information can be found on http://www.ford-umbrella-group.org.

Peer Support volunteers are preparing to provide assistance for a third year during the upcoming Annual Enrollment Period, which runs from Nov. 15 - Dec. 31.

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.

 

Executive Corner
Alan Mulally

Alan Mulally
President and Chief Executive Officer
Ford Motor Company

Below are excerpts from a recent @Ford Online interview with Ford President and CEO Alan Mulally regarding the state of the business and industry. Click here to read the Q&A in its entirety.

Q: We talk quite a bit about Great Products, Strong Business and Better World. And this is a really great time for "great products" as we are in the midst of what may be our busiest launch year ever for new product, powertrain and technology. What are you most excited about?

A: Well, I think what I'm most excited about is the fact that Ford now has a complete family of Ford vehicles – small, medium and large, cars, utilities and trucks – and that every one of them now is considered by most third parties and really smart people as being absolutely best-in-class in quality, fuel efficiency, safety, really smart design and of course the very best value. To have products that people really do want and value is of course what we all live for. I think that's the most exciting thing about our product line.

Q: Some analysts are speculating that we may be in for a double-dip recession. If that happens, are we prepared for it?

A: Absolutely. And the neatest thing about the ONE Ford plan is the number one point is to size our production to real demand and operate very profitably. And as tough as that action was, we are in a position now where we are operating profitably in a substantially lower market. Now if it slows down a little bit we will keep addressing that lower production. But I think were near the bottom and growing. The neatest thing about Ford is that we have positioned ourselves so that if it comes back a little bit faster – the economy comes back and the industry comes back and of course our market share is increasing based on the strength of our products – we have the room to flex up and provide the vehicles in the amounts that people really do want. So I think all the work that we have done at Ford over these last four years has really prepared us to profitably grow the company going forward for the good of all of us.

 

Top Stories
Airbag
All-New Ford Focus Launches Exclusive Airbag Technologies That Enhance Crash Protection
The all-new 2012 Ford Focus will launch exclusive airbag technologies that enhance protection for front seat occupants in the most common frontal and side crashes.

The suite of new innovations includes Ford's next-generation driver-side airbag with enhanced chest protection technology. The new airbag uses a reconfigured curve-shaped tether system that pulls in the lower section to create a "pocket" to help lessen the impact of the airbag on the driver’s chest and ribs in frontal crashes.

To read the full article, click here.

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Ford F-150 EcoBoost
Ford to Put Thousands of Consumers Behind Wheel of 2011 F-150 EcoBoost Months Before On-Sale Date
Ford will put some 20,000 people behind the wheel of the new 2011 Ford F-150 months before the vehicle arrives in dealer showrooms so they can see for themselves how its all-new powertrain lineup – including the much-anticipated 3.5-liter EcoBoost – performs and how F-150 stacks up against the competition. The Ford EcoBoost engine will be available in 90 percent of the 2011 Ford F-150 lineup.

The Built Ford Tough Roundup, a comprehensive drive program for consumers, fleet customers, and dealership sales staff, will travel to seven cities throughout the country between now and November. Participants who sign up for the drive experience at http://www.driveF150.com will be able to test drive the new 2011 F-150 and compare the power to competitive vehicles in an acceleration drive, which is set up like a drag race. They'll also be able to see for themselves how the EcoBoost engine performs towing a trailer.

From this site, consumers can "share" the link on Facebook and write about it on their wall. Additionally, the public registration link can be accessed directly through Facebook at: http://www.facebook.com/fordtrucks . For a complete listing of dates and locations, please visit www.driveF150.com.

To read the full article, click here.

Ford E-Series
Ford's E-Series Vans Celebrate 50 Years of Success; 2011 Lineup Features Special Anniversary Edition
Ford E-Series, America's best-selling full-size van for 31 straight years, marks 50 years of meeting customer needs with production of the 2011 model, enhanced with state-of-the-art technologies at Ford's Ohio Assembly Plant in Avon Lake.

E-Series, synonymous with capability and reliability since its debut in 1961, will offer a commemorative 50th anniversary edition, available as an XLT model, the van's premium package. The anniversary edition features unique blue metallic exterior paint, specially embroidered "Econoline" front seatbacks and unique "Econoline 50 Years" badging on the left-rear cargo door.

To read the full article, click here.

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Ford News
Fiesta App
Ford Debuts Fiesta App on the App Store; Interactive Sales Brochure Brings Fiesta to Life
Fiesta fans have something to cheer about with the debut of a new interactive sales brochure that brings the features and attributes of Ford's widely acclaimed new small car to iPad. In launching the Fiesta App in the App store, Ford is reaching out to customers in a brand-new and interactive way. With more than 3 million Apple iPads sold, this is the perfect opportunity for Ford to reach out to customers, by creating an interactive sales brochure that provides a depth of information not found in a typical dealer brochure.

App users will be able to check out all of Fiesta's 15 class-exclusive features, including keyless entry and available push-button start. The screen lets viewers scroll down to each of the features, where a description and short video then shows how the technology works. The app also describes how the Ford Fiesta with the six-speed PowerShift automatic transmission achieves an EPA rating of 40 mpg highway, delivering class-leading fuel economy.

To read the full article, click here.

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F-150 SVT Raptor
F-150 SVT Raptor Graphics, Inspired by Extreme Sports, Offer Personalization Options for Enthusiasts
Ford F-150 SVT Raptor customers have an affinity for outdoor adventure, and the truck is built to help them practice their adrenaline-filled activities. But Raptor also looks the part, with graphics inspired by the same extreme sports and activities that customers of the high-performance truck find so alluring.

The new optional hood graphic adds a personalized and functional touch to F-150 SVT Raptor. Matte black accent graphics – including the F-150 SVT Raptor logo – run along the hood, also helping to reduce glare. The Raptor logo in the graphic is done in body-color bleed-through, similar to "SVT" on the side vent. "F-150" and "SVT" are written in dark gray.

To read the full article, click here.

Ford MODEL Teams Helping Out in 15 States
ONE Ford Helping One World
More than 9,000 Ford employee and retiree volunteers stepped away from their computers and meeting rooms, and went to work in their communities during the 5th annual Ford Global Week of Caring. Ford volunteers in more than 25 countries from Africa and Asia, to Europe and the Americas made a world of difference for people in need. In the United States, dozens of Ford MODEL Teams tackled community building projects in 17 states. Ford volunteers helped paint and renovate shelters, tackled water and landscaping projects, and at the Vista Maria center for girls, volunteers built new patios for the residents to enjoy with family and friends.

Ford Global Week of Caring is one special week of community service, but Ford volunteers are active year round. They pull together to help strengthen communities and also realize benefits back at the workplace. MODEL Teams will form once again on Nov. 12 for a Ford Accelerated Action Day to benefit veterans and their families. To register, please go to www.volunteer.ford.com

To read the full article, click here.

Ford and Austin Energy Team Up
Ford and Austin Energy Team Up to Prepare Austin Area for Electric Vehicles
Ford and Austin Energy have announced a collaboration to help prepare the Austin area for the operation of electric vehicles. Ford and Austin Energy 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.

Ford and Austin Energy also plan to work with state and local officials around permitting and regulations to support electric vehicle infrastructure. An easy charging station permitting process is considered one of the keys to electric vehicle acceptance in the Austin area, Texas and across the country.

To read the full article, click here.

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Global Notes
Ford Focus ST
Focus Family and New ST Model Debut at Paris Motor Show
The next-generation Focus will be the star attraction in the Ford display at the 2010 Paris Motor Show, which opens on Sept. 30.

For the first time, the complete global Focus lineup of three production-ready dynamic body styles will be displayed together, providing the media and public with the opportunity to see the new model before it goes on sale in Europe and North America early in 2011.

To read the full article, click here.

Ford Fiesta 200
Ford Fiesta 200, Innovative Car with a Mexican Twist
During September, Mexico celebrates its independence bicentennial, and Ford of Mexico, joins the commemoration by creating a 200 units special edition called Ford Fiesta 200. This vehicle embraces values that inspired the independence movement 200 years ago, and that currently distinguish Mexican youth, such as: freedom, originality and renovation. These values were the source of inspiration for the Ford of Mexico team to create a stylish and dynamic car with a Mexican twist.

To read the full article, click here.

Ford Galaxy

Galaxy is Best MPV
The Galaxy has been declared best MPV by Britain's Professional Driver magazine, representing private hire, chauffeur and limousine businesses.

The Galaxy accounts for 60 percent of large MPVs sold in the U.K., outselling its nearest competitor by six to one. Its Professional Driver recognition follows similar success in this year's awards by BusinessCar magazine, which made Galaxy the best MPV for the fourth year running.

To read the full article, click here.

Meet the Ice Climber
Outdoor 3D Projections Promote New S-MAX
The S-MAX marketing campaign recently came to life as Ford replaced traditional outdoor advertising with advanced 3D projections to communicate the car's advanced technologies.

The interactive outdoor campaign, developed as part of the launch of the new S-MAX, made its debut on Sept. 9. It consisted of two integrated sequences – two minutes of theatrical film followed by six minutes of laser sequences projected on to the side of iconic buildings in the U.K.

To read the full article, click here.

Ford Figo
FMCSA August Sales Up 53.1 Percent Over Previous Month
Ford of Southern Africa came up trumps in Aug. 2010, selling a total of 4,867 units, and increasing sales 53.1 percent over July 2010.

In its first full month of sales, the new Ford Figo became the fourth best selling passenger car in South Africa with 1,142 units sold. Sales of the Fiesta also surged to more than 1,000 units, securing the sixth spot in the country's Top 10 best selling passenger cars.

To read the full article, click here.

 

Video Corner
Ford Kuga
Ford Scraps Plans to Build Kuga in Louisville
(ABC) Ford will not be moving forward with the production of the Kuga to Louisville. Ford says it would not be profitable to make the vehicle at that assembly plant. Jobs are not expected to be affected, because some vehicles will be produced there. A union official says the plant could see a return to 1990 levels of employment by 2012. Click here to view video.

Chrysler Gives Sneak Peek of Portion of Chrysler 200
(CBS) Chrysler is giving a sneak peek of one of the corners of the upcoming Chrysler 200, which is replacing the Sebring. It's expected to compete with the Ford Fusion, Chevy Malibu, Toyota Camry and Honda Accord. Click here to view video.

 

Outside Voices
Ford has Golden Opportunity for Overseas Sales
(Detroit Free Press) Jim Farley, Ford's global marketing chief, is seizing a unique opportunity to coordinate the global launch of the automaker's most important vehicles. To read the full article, click here.

Ford Staff Gives Back
(Detroit Free Press) About a half-dozen Ford employees tried to avoid poison ivy and rattlesnakes Friday at Matthaei Botanical Gardens in Ann Arbor as they repaired a bridge along a nature trail. To read the full article, click here.

Why Ford Priced Lincoln MKZ Hybrid Same as Gas Model
(USA Today) When the 2011 Lincoln MKZ hybrid sedan goes on sale next month, it'll be the first hybrid priced the same as the same vehicle's gasoline-only version – U.S. $35,180. To read the full article, click here.

Faster Ford Focus Due in 2012
(Detroit Free Press) Ford is bringing its fast and flashy Focus ST, a performance version of the Ford Focus, to the U.S. in 2012 as part of a global launch of its all-new Focus. To read the full article, click here.

GM Redeemed in 'Revenge of the Electric Car'
(Detroit Free Press) This time, General Motors gets to be the hero. To read the full article, click here.

Obama Hails Production of Stimulus-Aided Batteries
(Associated Press) President Barack Obama celebrated the opening of an advanced battery plant in Michigan on Monday as a critical boost for hybrid and electric cars – and a success for his administration's economic stimulus program. To read the full article, click here.

Volkswagen Names a New U.S. Leader
(New York Times) Jonathan Browning, Volkswagen Group's international sales coordinator, has been promoted to chief executive of Volkswagen of America, the company announced on Monday at a news conference in Washington. To read the full article, click here.

Chrysler Ends Money-Back Guarantees
(U.S. News) Unhappy with that Chrysler you just bought? Too bad. 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.


FERA Logo
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.

Pringle
Pringle Home Building Group, LLC.
Homebuilding Group

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


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.

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
Second Tuesday in September (Milton, Ga.)

The next general membership meeting will be held on Tuesday, Sept. 14, at the Ford Regional Office (13010 Morris Rd. Corporate Center One Ste. 500) from 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. If you would like further information about the meetings 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 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 John 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 (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.

 

Calendar Ahead
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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