September 24, 2010

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In this Blue Oval Connect Weekly Briefing…
  • 2011 Ford F-150 Powertrain Lineup Delivers Best-in-Class Capability, Projected Top Fuel Economy
  • Granholm Hails Collaboration by Ford, Azure Dynamics, Johnson Controls-Saft and AM General to Deliver New Ford Transit Connect Electric
  • Ford Headquarters Turns Pink in Honor of Breast Cancer Awareness
  • 2010 Henry Ford Technology Awards Recognize Ford’s Best and Brightest
  • Product Placement in Fall Television Season Enhances Ford Brand
  • Video: (WXYZ) Ford CEO Alan Mulally Takes the Spotlight at Economic Summit in Dearborn, Offers Advice
  • Outside Voices: (Autoblog) Forty-Six Years of Refinement Make Mustang the Muscle Car to Beat

 

Announcements
@Ford Magazine - September Edition
@Ford North America Now Available
The latest issue of @Ford for North America is available now, this issue is a special product issue. Feature stories include a Q&A with Derrick Kuzak and Mark Fields, how Ford defines "Great to drive," Ford cars continued momentum and more.

Click here to view an electronic version of the publication.


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Peer Support – Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan Medicare Controversies Continue
More Ford Medicare Salaried retirees carry Blue Cross Blue Shield supplemental insurance than from any other health care insurance company.

In 2010, there again are controversies between BCBSM and the State of Michigan. The Blues have filed a new rate proposal, which excludes retirees who have HRAs from participating in their low cost Legacy Medigap plan and proposes creating income tiers to determine pricing. The Insurance Commissioner is reviewing these filings. The Michigan Attorney General this week sued Blue Cross Blue Shield in opposition to the proposals.

Separately, several thousand Ford Salaried Medicare retirees, will be required to switch during the Nov. 15 - Dec. 31 Enrollment Period from their BCBSM Medicare Advantage PFFS “A” and “B” plans, which are being eliminated. Those impacted can select another Blues plan or any other alternative without being subject to any underwriting questions. This change is not connected to the 2010 health care legislation.

Check with Blue Oval Connect or the Peer Support website (http://www.ford-umbrella-group.org) for further information on BCBSM and other developing health care insurance news between now and the end of the year. Further information can be found at http://www.ford-umbrella-group.org/Home/blues-news.


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.

 

Top Stories
2011 Ford F-150
2011 Ford F-150 Powertrain Lineup Delivers Best-in-Class Capability, Projected Top Fuel Economy
The signature class-leading capability and durability of the Ford F-150 are enhanced for 2011 with projected class-leading fuel economy and performance. Ford F-Series, America's best-selling truck for 33 years running, now comes equipped with an all-new powertrain lineup that will deliver best-in-class horsepower, torque and projected fuel-economy leadership.

Including the 3.5-liter EcoBoost, which will be available in early 2011, a total of four new powertrains are available in the 2011 F-150. Each new engine is mated to a six-speed automatic transmission. Ford is the first and only manufacturer to equip its entire full-size pickup truck lineup with fuel-saving six-speed automatic transmissions as standard.

To read the full article, click here.

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Transit Connect Electric
Granholm Hails Collaboration by Ford, Azure Dynamics, Johnson Controls-Saft and AM General to Deliver New Ford Transit Connect Electric
Michigan Gov. Jennifer M. Granholm drove one of the first Ford Transit Connect Electric small commercial vans in Oak Park, Mich., this week, citing collaboration between four companies as the key to delivering the zero-emissions vehicle to market. Granholm also cited government funding as a significant catalyst to creating new green jobs in Michigan.

The companies – Azure Dynamics, Ford Motor Company, Johnson Controls and AM General – demonstrated their new product, the Ford Transit Connect Electric, at Azure's Oak Park headquarters.

To read the full article, click here.

 

Ford News
Warriors in Pink Logo
Ford Headquarters Turns Pink in Honor of Breast Cancer Awareness
Ford World Headquarters will shine brightly as a beacon of support for breast cancer warriors and survivors across the country on Thursday, Sept. 30, as the company officially marks the start of national Breast Cancer Awareness Month by illuminating the entire south side of WHQ in pink.

Over the past 16 years, Ford has dedicated more than U.S. $105 million to Susan G. Komen for the Cure®. Ford's Warriors in Pink is active year-round promoting awareness for breast cancer and raising money for the cause through the sale of apparel. A trailer will be on-site at Thursday's event for anyone who is interested in purchasing 2010 apparel, including hats, t-shirts, bandanas and ties. All of the net proceeds will go to Susan G. Komen for the Cure.

To read the full article, click here.

Henry Ford Technology Awards Logo
2010 Henry Ford Technology Awards Recognize Ford’s Best and Brightest
From the world's first inflatable seatbelt to the development and implementation of a fold-away second-row seat for the Grand C-MAX, Ford is generating a myriad of new technologies across the globe.

Researchers, scientists and engineers responsible for this year's most exceptional technical contributions were recognized Wednesday evening with the 2010 Henry Ford Technology Awards at a special program held at The Dearborn Inn.

To read the full article, click here.

New Lincoln MKZ Hybrid
Product Placement in Fall Television Season Enhances Ford Brand
When the new ABC series Body of Proof premieres on Sept. 24, actress Dana Delaney – who portrays Dr. Megan Hunt – will be driving an Ingot Silver 2011 Lincoln MKZ Hybrid. And when NBC's Law and Order: Los Angeles debuts on Sept. 29, the crime scene vehicle used by the Los Angeles Police Department will be none other than a 2010 Ford Transit Connect.

The appearance of Ford and Lincoln vehicles in two of this fall's most anticipated new television shows is no coincidence. It is the result of months of hard work and planning by Team Detroit in Dearborn and Ford Global Brand Entertainment, the team in Beverly Hills made up of staff from Ford and the agency. Both teams work to "cast" Ford-branded vehicles in movies, television and other entertainment media.

To read the full article, click here.

 

Executive Corner
Derrick Kuzak

Derrick Kuzak
Group Vice President of Global Product Development
Ford Motor Company

Ford is showing the first image of our all-new global Ford Ranger pickup truck that will debut at the Australian International Motor Show in Sydney in October. Following is a brief Q&A @Ford held with Derrick Kuzak, group vice president, Global Product Development.

Q: What does the new Ranger represent in terms of our global product development goals?
A: The debut of Ranger is another important milestone. Our goal has been to take our expertise in our product development centers worldwide and put it to use for our global markets. We've seen Fiesta and next-generation Focus developed in Europe, and now our talented product development team in Australia leads development on this Ranger, which eventually will be on sale in Asia Pacific, Europe and South America.

Q: Why won't we this sell Ranger in North America?
A: That's one of the questions employees ask me most frequently. There are a few reasons behind our decision. The compact pickup market in the U.S. has been declining for more than 15 years, having gone from almost 8 percent of the industry in 1994 to just more than 2 percent through August this year. So we have decided to prioritize our investment in full-size pickups and continue to develop F-150 in all areas – including outstanding fuel economy.

Indeed, we are just now launching an all-new engine lineup for the F-150 that improves the fuel efficiency of the F-150 line-up by 20 percent. And we are offering the F-150 XLT Custom Package with the all-new 3.7-liter V6 engine aimed at the entry-level personal use buyer. This new F-150 series will be ideal for those Ranger owners interested in a pickup. For those Ranger customers interested more in affordable transportation than specifically a truck, we now either have or soon will offer many new affordable vehicles including the Fiesta, Focus, 7-passenger Grand C-MAX and the Transit Connect.

One additional important element of our decision was that this Ranger is bigger than our current product, which we'll build through the 2011 model year, and moves much closer in size to the current F-150. So its use here would become even more limited, especially when compared to the increasingly fuel- efficient F-150.

To read the full discussion, click here.

 

Global Notes
Transit Connect
Transit Connect Electric Launches Electric Vehicle Program
Ford has initiated its electric vehicles plan for Europe, with the debut of its Transit Connect Electric at the 2010 IAA Commercial Vehicle Show in Hanover, Germany. Ford plans to introduce, for European customers, five full electric or hybrid vehicles across its light commercial vehicle, C and CD and ranges, by 2013.

To read the full article, click here.

Ford C-Max
Ford C-MAX: Tour of Spain's Official Car
Before reaching dealerships, the Focus C-MAX First Edition will make an appearance as the official car of the 75th Tour of Spain. In total, 64 new C-MAX vehicles will provide logistical support during the 21 stages of the event.

To read the full article, click here.

Ford Ranger Grill
Ford Lifts Disguise on All-New Ranger for Its Worldwide Premiere in Sydney
Ford is preparing to take the wraps off a comprehensively redesigned, new-generation compact pickup developed in Australia for sale in 180 global markets. The worldwide premiere of the all-new Ford Ranger is certain to be the big news of this year's Australian International Motor Show, where it will be unveiled on Oct. 15, 2010.

To read the full article, click here.

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Ford Ka
Design is Ford's Theme at the Sao Paulo Auto Show
Ford Design Hall – in line with the global brand pillars – will be the Ford's theme at the 26th International Automobile Trade Show of Sao Paulo, from Oct. 27 through Nov. 7. In 2010, the Sao Paulo Auto Show is celebrating its 50th anniversary and is the largest and most important automotive event in Latin America.

To read the full article, click here.

 

Video Corner
Alan Mulally
Ford CEO Alan Mulally Takes the Spotlight at Economic Summit in Dearborn
(WXYZ) Dubbed Dearborn's rock star by the city's mayor, Ford CEO Alan Mulally took the stage at the Dearborn Hyatt Tuesday evening offering advice to civic leaders from across the state. Click here to view video.

President Obama
President Obama Holds "Investing in America" Town Hall on Economic Issues
(CNBC) President Obama held a live Town Hall at the Newseum in Washington, D.C. to address a variety of economic issues in the U.S. He talks about the programs that have been put in place, which he says has stabilized the economy. Click here to view video.

Biggest Loser Premiere at Ford WHQ
"The Biggest Loser" Premiere Kicks Off at Ford's World Headquarters
(NBC) The premiere episode of this season's "The Biggest Loser" kicks off with a competition at Ford's World Headquarters in Dearborn. Click here to view Part 1 of the video and click here to view Part 2.

Police Interceptor
Automakers Vying for Police Car Market
(ABC) The next generation of police cars will soon be unveiled and each of Detroit's Big Three is hoping to get the contract. This past weekend, 400 officers watched Michigan State Police test out three police vehicles in Chelsea. The Ford Police Interceptor, Dodge Charger Pursuit and the Chevrolet Caprice were test driven. For years, Ford's Crown Victoria has been the dominant police cruiser used by officers around the country, but Ford will stop producing it at the end of next summer. Click here to view video.

 

Outside Voices
Forty-Six Years of Refinement Make Mustang the Muscle Car to Beat
(Autoblog) What could erase all the gains the Mustang has made for 2011? To read the full article, click here.

The Old Newsboys' Goodfellow Fund of Detroit Honors Alan Mulally
(Detroit Free Press) The Old Newsboys' Goodfellow Fund of Detroit will honor Alan Mulally, president and CEO of Ford Motor Company, at the charity's 21st annual Tribute Breakfast on Oct. 8, 2010 at Cobo Center. To read the full article, click here.

Ford Power Stroke Wins Diesel Shootout
(Wards Auto) The current market for heavy-duty pickup trucks represents an absolute bonanza for the buying public. To read the full article, click here.

GM Modernizes OnStar to Battle Ford's SYNC
(Motor Ward) OnStar is usually known as a little blue button that one presses when face an accident and immediately need to call for help. To read the full article, click here.

Cadillac, Lincoln Chase Bigger Luxury Market Share
(Detroit Free Press) Lincoln and Cadillac may be crosstown rivals, but the brands face very different competitive challenges. To read the full article, click here.

Jeep Patriot Gets a New, Eager Look for 2011
(USA Today) Chrysler has redesigned the 2011 Jeep Patriot, and it's still a compact sport-utility vehicle. To read the full article, click here.

Motorists Afraid of Texting but Admit Doing It
(Autoevolution) Thank you for stating the obvious! To read the full article, click here.

Behind the Curtain at Honda
(CNN Money) When a new car is unveiled to the public, the thousands of decisions that went into its conception often get lost in the hullabaloo – along with the identities of the people who made them. 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.

CitiMortgage
CitiMortgage
Financial Services

As part of Ford's Employee Purchase Program, CitiMortgage offers all Ford employees, retirees and contract/agency personnel $500 off closing costs, preferred rates and a $1,500 on-time closing guarantee. Click here for more information.


Verizon
Verizon
Electronics Corporation

Save on calling plans, wireless devices, calling features and accessories from Verizon Wireless. 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
Fourth Saturday in October (Canton, Ga.)

The next general event will be a Fall Festival Picnic on Saturday, Oct. 23, from 3:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. at Bob Loovis' farm. If you would like further information about the event or the Ford Metro Atlanta Salaried Retirees Club, please contact Bob Loovis at COUNTRYCOVEFARM@comcast.net.

Automatic Transmission Product Design & Engineering Retiree Breakfast Club
Second Wednesday of Every Month (Northville, Mich.)

The group meets at 9 a.m. for breakfast at Senate Coney Island off Haggerty Road just south of 6 Mile Road on the west side of the street (39430 Dun Rovin Drive). For additional information, contact Mike Carlin at OLDSEADOG@wowway.com.

Building "H" Club – Michigan Information Technology Systems Retirees
Second Thursday of Every Month (Dearborn, Mich.)

The club meets at 11:30 a.m. at Building H on Michigan Avenue. For more information, call 313-402-0044 or e-mail FLCOTE@aol.com.

Canadian Ford Alumni
Third Wednesday of Every Month (Oakville, Ontario, Canada)

The Ford Alumni is made up of retirees from Ford of Canada's Sales, Marketing, Parts, Service and Central staffs. Breaking Ford news is provided electronically to members and we have a luncheon on the third Wednesday of each month. For more information, please contact Bob Rideout at BRIDEOUT@sympatico.ca.

Chicago Stamping Plant Salaried Retiree Club
Twice a Year (June, Dec) (Schererville, Ind.)

The group meets twice a year at Tiebel's (U.S. 30 & Hwy. 41). Spouses are welcome. For more information, contact Ray Schmelzer at RAYTIREE@aol.com.

Cleveland Engine and Casting Plants Salaried Retiree Club (North Olmsted, Ohio)
If you would like to join the Cleveland Engine and Casting Plants Salaried Retiree Club, it is $15 a year, which can be made payable to the Ford Retiree Club (P.O. Box 566, North Olmsted, OH 44010). It is $10 for surviving spouses and retirees over the age of 80. For more information, please contact Mary Kay Dessoffy at FORDRETIREES@yahoo.com.

Dearborn Assembly Plant Retirees
Third Wednesday of Every Month (Livonia, Mich.)

Dearborn Assembly Plant retirees and guests meet each month at Richard's Family Restaurant (39305 Plymouth Road). The group meets at 12:30 p.m. for lunch from the restaurant's menu and followed by announcements, jokes, camaraderie, and so forth. All Ford retirees from the area are welcomed to join us. For additional information, contact Rose at ROZLAF@aol.com.

Dearborn Assembly Retiree Breakfast Club
First Monday of Every Month (Dearborn, Mich.)

The Dearborn Assembly Plant Retiree Breakfast Club meets at 9 a.m. at the Big Boy Restaurant (13001 Michigan Avenue at Miller Road) the first Monday of every month. Everyone is welcome. For more information, contact Henry Russell Jr. at HRARJR@yahoo.com.

Dearborn Frame Plant Retirees (Southfield, Mich.)
Second Tuesday of Every Month

The group meets for breakfast and networking at L George's (26799 Greenfield Rd). For more information, contact Sandra Hutson at SKHUTSON@sbcglobal.net.

Field Accounting Department (F.A.D.)
Second Thursday of Every Other Month (Livonia, Mich.)

The F.A.D. retiree group meets on the odd months of the year on Jan., March, May, July, Sept. and Nov. We meet at G. Subo's Leather Bottle Restaurant (20300 Farmington Rd.) For more information, contact Bob Briolat at REBRIOLAT@aol.com. Spouses are always welcome.

Ford 5R55 Automatic Transmission Systems Design Retirees Group
Third Wednesday of Every Month (Livonia, Mich.)

The retiree group meets at Richard's Restaurant (39305 Plymouth Road) at 10 a.m. All are welcome to join us. For more information, contact Jeff Ebersole at EBERSOLE.JEFF@gmail.com.

Ford Air Transportation Office Retirees
First Thursday of Every Month (Taylor, Mich.)

Ford Air Transportation Office retirees meet once a month at noon for lunch at the Lakes of Taylor Restaurant (25505 Northline Road). For more information, contact Pauline Smart Bozyk at PSMARTY@att.net.

Ford Body & Assembly Operations/Vehicle Operations Salaried Retiree Group
Twice a Year (May, Oct.) (Westland, Mich.)

The group meets twice a year for a social get-together at Hawthorne Valley Golf & Banquet Facility (7300 N. Merriman R). Guests are welcome. For more information, contact Pat Heavener at PHEAVENER@mi.rr.com.

Ford of Canada Ladies' Retirees Group
Second Wednesday of Every Month (Oakville, Ontario, Canada)

The Ladies' Retirees group consists of all FOC Ladies retired from Head Office in Oakville, Regional Offices, Oakville Assembly Plant, and Bramalea Parts Distribution Centre. The Ladies meet at the Oakville Golf and Country Club for lunch. For more information, please contact Judy Killeavy at MKILLEAV@sympatico.ca.

Ford Chassis Retirees Breakfast (Livonia, Mich.)
First Monday of Every Month

The group (OLD Bldg #5 Chassis Designers, Checkers, Detailers, CAD retirees) meets at Big Boy's (37123 6 Mile Road) at 9 a.m. For more information, contact Vince Asta at VASTA1955@att.net.

Ford Dearborn Engine & Fuel Tank Retirees
First Thursday of Every Month (Taylor, Mich.)

Dearborn Engine & Fuel Tank retirees and guests meet the first Thursday of the month at the Fire Mountain Restaurant (14691 Huron), starting at 11 a.m. For more information, contact Hazel Fuller at HJFULLER@ameritech.net.

Ford FCSD Retiree Lunch Club-GB
First Wednesday of the Month (Mar, June, Sept and Dec) (Essex, U.K.)

The next general meeting will be held the first Wednesday of March, June, September & December with a location that is to be announced locally. Informal meetings last for three hours and comprise of discussions on various topics such as an assortment of Ford issues, new products, product issues and shares along with a lunch that follows. If you would like further information about the meetings or the Ford FCSD Retiree Lunch Club-GB, please contact Dennis Gull at DENNIS@GULL1619.freeserve.co.uk.

Ford Glass UAW Local 737 Retirees
Fourth Tuesday of Every Month (except Dec.) (Nashville, Tenn.)

Ford Glass UAW Local 737 retirees meet each month at 10 a.m. Business is discussed and problems are approached. The group has guest speakers, as well as guest representatives to help keep retirees informed. There also is a Retiree Banquet in October of each year. A very large gathering of old friends and a great time. All retirees of the UAW-FORD in the area are invited and welcome. For more information, contact Bill Fry at BFRY10@aol.com.

Ford Human Resources Retiree Group
Third Wednesday of Every Month (Detroit Area)

The Human Resources Retiree Group meets monthly. For more information, contact Don Hayes at DNLDHAYES@aol.com.

Ford Old Timers Club
Twice a Year (May, Sept.) (Dearborn, Mich.)

The Ford Old Timers Club meets twice a year for a mid-May Luncheon and a mid-September Fall Dinner at Park Place Catering (23400 Park St.) A guest speaker, usually a Ford executive, attends to discuss a special subject of interest at that time. Most recent speakers were Alan Mulally, Mark Fields, Peter Horbury and Greg C. Smith. Any Ford retiree and his/her spouse are welcome at any time. If you would like further information about the meetings or the Ford Old Timers Club, please contact Donald J. Van Kirk, president, at 1-313-563-0029 or D_VANKIRK@comcast.net .

Ford PRC
First Monday of Every Month (Taylor, Mich.)

Ford PRC meets the first Monday of every month at 8:30 a.m. at Little Daddy's (22250 Eureka Rd.) If you would like further information about the event, please contact Charlie Pickins at CPICKENS4946@att.net.

Ford Retired Workers Chapter 906 of Mahwah, N.J.
Second Thursday of Every Month (Mahwah, N.J.)

Meetings are held at 10:00 a.m. at Immaculate Conception Church (900 Darlington Avenue). Coffee and buns will be served before the meeting for the convenience of our members. As always, we will have all of our Benefit Representatives; medical; hearing; dental and vision. There are no meetings during the months of July or August. All retired workers, spouses and surviving spouses are welcome. For more information, contact Mike DiMilta at MIKIE426@gmail.com.

Ford Retirees Club of The Villages Florida
Third Thursday of the Month (The Villages, Fla.)

The Ford Retirees Club of the Villages Florida has been formed and are meeting at 10:30 a.m. at Laurel Manor Recreational Center in the Monroe Room (1895 Laurel Manor Drive). There will be no meetings the months of June, July and August. For more information, contact Weldon Gorlich at WGORLICH@comcast.net or 1-352-753-1950 or Richard Hitz at DICKHITZ@comcast.net or 1-352-259-2635.

Ford Rouge Plant Railroad Operations Retiree Group
Last Tuesday of the Month (Dearborn, Mich.)

The Ford Rouge Plant Railroad Operations Retiree Group meets at Leon's Restaurant (23830 Michigan Ave.) at 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Ford Rouge Plant Transportation Services retirees also are welcome. For more information, contact Frank Evanko at FEVANKO123@comcast.net.

Ford Rouge Transportation Retirees
First Wednesday of Every Month (Woodhaven, Mich.)

The Ford Rouge Transportation retirees meet each month for breakfast at Louie's Restaurant (I-75 and West Road) at 9 a.m. The group has been meeting since 1999. The gatherings are well attended with good conversation and discussions on the future of Ford and the auto industry. For more information, contact Leo R. (Dick) Esper at DMESPER@chartermi.net.

Ford Salaried Retirees Association
First and Third Thursday of Every Month (Oakville, Ontario, Canada)

The Ford Salaried Retirees Association meet at the Quality Inn (754 Bronte Rd., Oakville, Ontario) in the Hampton Room. Additionally, all members receive our 9th Line newsletter. Each year, two golf tournaments take place along with an annual picnic in August. We pride ourselves on staying in contact with retirees from coast to coast. For more information, please contact Irene Saunders at ISAUNDERS@sympatico.ca.

Ford Technical Illustration and Graphics Retirees – EEE, Bldg. 3, FMCC, WHQ (Northville, Mich.)
First Monday of Every Month

The group meets for lunch at 11:30 a.m. at George's Senate Coney Island Restaurant (39430 Dun Rovin Drive – first traffic light south of Six Mile Rd., on Haggerty Rd.). For more information, please contact Grant Beard at GBEARD3741@aol.com.

Ford Tool and Die Skilled Trades Retirees
First Wednesday of the Month (Mar, June, Sept and Dec) (Dearborn, Mich.)

Ford Tool and Die Skilled Trades Retirees meet at 10 a.m. at Local 600 (10550 Dix Avenue), with coffee and donuts served at 9:30 a.m. Ladies always welcome. For more information, contact Bud Lusk at BVLTAL@aol.com.

Frame Plant Survivors Salaried Retirees
Third Wednesday of Every Month (Dearborn, Mich.)

The Frame Plant Survivors Salaried Retirees meet at 11 a.m. at the Dearborn Hills Golf Course (1300 S. Telegraph Road). For more information, contact Bob Grodus at 248-682-0422 or RGRODUS@aol.com.

FRAW (Ford Rawsonville Area Women) Retirees
First Thursday of Every Month (Ypsilanti, Mich.)

The retiree group is comprised of females that formerly worked at the Rawsonville Plant. The group meets at Haab's Restaurant (18 West Michigan Ave.) at 1 p.m. If anyone would like to be included on the group's mailing list or is interested in more information, please contact Rhonda Colthorp at RCOLTHORP@peoplepc.com.

Indianapolis Ford Retirees
First Monday of Every Month (Indianapolis, Ind.)

The Indianapolis retirees meet the first Monday of each month with the exception of September which will be on the Sept. 14 this year due to the Labor Day holiday. For more information, contact Joe Hendricks at JOE_HENDRICKS_742@comcast.net.

Kansas City Ford Salaried Retiree Club
Fourth Wednesday of the Month (Mar, May, Sep and Nov) (Kansas City, Mo.)
The Christmas party will be the 2nd Saturday in December (Dec. 11). The next luncheon for the Kansas City Ford Salaried Retiree Club is on September 22 and will be at Finnigan's Hall (505 East 18th Avenue). Reserve your seat. RSVP by e-mail to Chuck Wille at CFWILLE@swbell.net.

Lorain Local 425 Retirees
Third Thursday of Every Month (Lorain, Ohio)

The Local 425 Retirees meet at the Union Hall (5300 Baumhart Rd.) at 9:30 a.m. Activities include guest speakers and members doing all kinds of trips. Come meet old friends. Spouses are always welcome to attend. For more information, contact George at WALKER4471@yahoo.com.

Manatee-Sarasota County Florida, Ford Retirees
Second Tuesday of Every Month (Location TBA, Fla.)

The Manatee-Sarasota County Ford Retirees next meeting will be October 12 at the Tara Golf & Country Club (6602 Drewrys Bluff) at 10 a.m. For more information, contact Den Ras at DRAS22@msn.com or Tony Ridley at RIDLEYS@comcast.net.

Maumee Ford Retirees
Second Tuesday of Every Month (Maumee, Ohio)

The Maumee Ford Retirees meet at the Region 2B Union Hall (1691 Woodlands Dr.) at 10 a.m. For more information, contact BBIRR@bex.net or 1892UAWRETIREES@gmail.com.

Nebraska – Iowa Ford Retirees (Omaha, Neb.)
Wednesdays Every Week

NIFTY (NE.-IA. Ford Together Yet) retirees and guests meet at 9 a.m. at the Summer Kitchen (130th West Maple Road). The group orders from the menu and they share fun, camaraderie and information. For more info, contact Claudia Preddy at CLAUDIAEPWORTH@cox.net.

Norfolk Ford Assembly Plant Retirees
First Monday of Every Month (Chesapeake, Va.)

The Norfolk Assembly Plant Retirees meet at Shoney's (721 Battlefield Blvd. N) starting at 7 a.m. All Ford Motor Company retirees and former employees in the area are welcome. For more information, contact Theron Koon at TEKOON@cox.net.

PDC/Body Engineering Illustration Retirees
First and Third Tuesday of Every Month (Canton, Mich.)

PDC/Body Engineering Illustration Retirees meet twice a month at the 4 Friends Bar & Grill (44282 Warren Road; on the North side of Warren Road nestled in a small strip mall just east of Sheldon Road) at 1 p.m. The group mainly consists of illustrators who produced manuals that instructed assembly plants how to assemble Ford car and trucks. Anyone who ever had dealings with our unique artistic provisions etc. are more than welcomed to join the group and enjoy stepping on a path down memory lane! For more information please contact Al McDonald at COOKY015@earthlink.net.

Plant Engineering Office Retirees
Second Tuesday of Every Month (Livonia, Mich.)

The Plant Engineering Office retirees meet at 11:30 a.m. for lunch at the Elks Lodge (31117 Plymouth Road). All retirees, associates and friends are invited to attend. This group has been in existence since 1993. For more information, contact Russ Van Zanten at 734-728-7308 or RUSS514@comcast.net.

Product Development, Body Design and Engineering Retirees
First Wednesday of Every Month (Riverview, Mich.)
The group meets at 11 a.m. at the Riverview Highlands Golf Course (15015 Sibley Rd – east of I-75, between Allen Road & Fort St). For more information, contact Jim White at JWHITE13453@gmail.com.

Research Laboratory Retiree Brunch Club
First Monday of Every Month (Ann Arbor, Mich.)

The group meets at 10 a.m. for brunch at Flim Flam (2707 Plymouth Rd). For additional information please contact Mohammad Haghgooie at RAMMGB@sbcglobal.net.

UAW Eastern Carolina Retirees
Second Wednesday of Every Month (Little River, S.C.)

The UAW Eastern Carolina Retiree Council invites retirees to join them for a monthly meeting at the Little River S.C. V.F.W. Hall (111 Highway 57 North). For more information, contact Bob Artus at 803-481-3622.

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

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

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

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

 

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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