September 3, 2010

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In this Blue Oval Connect Weekly Briefing…
  • First-Ever Ford Police Interceptor Utility Debuts, Offers Portfolio of Choice for Law Enforcement
  • Ford Market Share Gains Continue in August as Buyers Turn to Lineup of High-Quality, Fuel-Efficient Products
  • 2011 Ford F-150 SVT Raptor Adds SuperCrew Option, More Technology, Towing, Standard 6.2-Liter Engine
  • Ford Canada Sales Up 8 Percent; Best August in 20 Years
  • Ford Uses Innovative Liquid-Cooled Battery System to Help Focus Electric Owners Maximize Range
  • Video: (CBS) Ford SYNC Among Hottest Car Technology Helping to Sell Cars
  • Outside Voices: (Autoblog) 2011 Dodge Durango Unveiled

 

Announcements
Explorer Employee Experience Logo
2010 Drive Program Invitation – New Sessions Added!
Our progress on introducing great new products, powertrains and technologies is being recognized worldwide. Our commitment to give you the chance to experience our products first continues with our upcoming Third Annual Drive one Drive Experience. We have a fantastic lineup for you to experience this year.

Due to the overwhelming response, we've added two new session times for our Ford alums.

WHO: Due to capacity constraints NO GUESTS will be permitted at this event, only Ford retirees.

WHAT: Vehicles available to drive will include the upcoming Ford Explorer and Focus, the European C-Max Grand, Edge, Fiesta, Mustang V6 and GT, Raptor, Super Duty Diesel and competitor vehicles. Lincoln will be represented with the MKX and MKZ Hybrid. We also will provide an interactive way to experience the capabilities of some of our connectivity technology.

WHEN:
Friday, Sept. 17
(session at 4:30 p.m. EDT)
Saturday, Sept. 18 (session at 9:30 a.m. and Noon EDT)
Monday, Sept. 27 (session at 4:30 p.m. EDT)

HOW: Limited slots for each of the sessions will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis. Click here or paste the following into your browser (https://www2.fcs.ford.com/en/Registrations/2010/drive-event/register.htm) to register.

WHERE: All attendees are to meet at the Fairlane Business Park complex behind the Detroit Lions Training facility off Rotunda (17425 Federal Drive, Allen Park, MI 48101 – a map will be provided upon registration). Once at this site, attendees will be bussed to the Dearborn Development Center Test Track.

QUESTIONS? For general questions, send an e-mail to "Drive one" at driveone@ford.com.


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 Model Year End Sales Event

Ford Model Year End Sales Event
Now is the best time to own a new Ford during the Model Year End Sales Event.

Experience the quality, fuel efficiency and innovation that has helped put Ford at the top of everyone's shopping list. And now, we're making it even easier to get behind the wheel in the Ford of your choice with great rates and cash back too!

See your local Ford Dealer now to take advantage of the Model Year End Sales Event.
Click here for more information.


Global Week of Sharing
Global Week of Caring – Sept. 4 - 11, 2010
The 5th annual Ford Global Week of Caring runs Sept. 4 - 11, and this year we're coloring Global Week – Green. Thousands of Ford employee and retiree volunteers on six continents have come together each year to create projects that meet the needs of people in their local communities. To read this message from Bill Ford in full, click here.

Please go to the Ford Volunteer Corps website at www.volunteer.ford.com and register to volunteer for a MODEL Teams project.

 

Top Stories
Police Interceptor
First-Ever Ford Police Interceptor Utility Debuts, Offers Portfolio of Choice for Law Enforcement
Ford revealed its newest pursuit-rated vehicle – Ford's first-ever specially designed Police Interceptor utility built for the rigors of police work.

The new vehicle is designed to complement Ford's all-new Police Interceptor sedan, which was introduced earlier this year. Combined, the two vehicles provide law enforcement agencies the ultimate in versatility and choice, something no other police vehicle on the road today can match.

Ford, the police vehicle market leader for 15 years, developed both Police Interceptors to allow departments to maximize versatility without sacrificing quality. Both vehicles will debut simultaneously and be offered without interruption when production of the Ford Crown Victoria Police Interceptor ends in late 2011.

To read the full article, click here.

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Ford's Popular F-Series Truck
Ford Market Share Gains Continue in August as Buyers Turn to Lineup of High-Quality, Fuel-Efficient Products
Consumer demand for Ford's fresh lineup of high-quality, fuel-efficient vehicles helped the company continue to grow its retail market share in August for the 22nd time in the last 23 months.

Ford, Lincoln and Mercury dealers delivered 157,503 new vehicles in August, down 11 percent versus a year ago, when Ford outpaced the industry during the "Cash for Clunkers" sales program.

Year-to-date, Ford sales totaled 1.28 million units, up 18 percent – double the growth of the overall industry.

To read the full article, click here.

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2011 Ford F-150 SVT Raptor
2011 Ford F-150 SVT Raptor Adds SuperCrew Option, More Technology, Towing, Standard 6.2-Liter Engine
A new standard 6.2-liter V8 engine pumping out 411 horsepower, new technologies and a newly available SuperCrew option that gives Raptor customers more choices in cab size all ensure the 2011 Ford F-150 SVT Raptor will remain the off-road performance truck champion in the new model year.

The F-150 SVT Raptor is the first-ever high-speed off-road performance truck offered by any manufacturer and highlights 33 years of Ford truck sales leadership by emphasizing F-150's Built Ford Tough durability, innovation and engineering. Developed with the DNA of an off-road pre-runner, comprehensive modifications focused on chassis and suspension enhancements.

To read the full article, click here.

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Ford News
Ford Oval
Ford Canada Sales Up 8 Percent; Best August in 20 Years
Ford of Canada saw sales increase 8 percent in August, marking the best August on record in 20 years. With 24,034 units sold, Ford of Canada posted its highest August sales since 1990. Products across the entire lineup showed positive results including CUV sales which increased 21 percent and truck sales which rose 5 percent, helping to boost overall sales. Ford continues to be Canada's top-selling manufacturer in 2010 with sales up 17 percent year-to-date.

To read the full article, click here.

Focus Electric
Ford Uses Innovative Liquid-Cooled Battery System to Help Focus Electric Owners Maximize Range
The all-new Ford Focus Electric, which debuts in the U.S. late next year and in Europe in 2012, will be powered by an advanced lithium-ion battery that utilizes heated and cooled liquid to help maximize battery life and gas-free driving range.

Thermal management of lithium-ion battery systems is critical to the success of all-electric vehicles because extreme temperatures can affect performance, reliability, safety and durability. Ford has chosen an advanced active liquid-cooling and heating system to regulate the temperature of its lithium-ion battery packs, which are designed to operate under a range of ambient conditions.

To read the full article, click here.

 

Executive Corner
Ellen Hughes-Cromwick

Ellen Hughes-Cromwick
Chief Economist
Ford Motor Company

In late 2009, the U.S. economy began showing signs of recovery from the economic downturn that shook the nation. After the second quarter of this year, however, the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis estimated that economic growth had slowed to 1.6 percent. Are we on the road to recovery, or are we heading for a double-dip recession? What is the economic outlook for other markets around the world? @Ford posed those questions and more to Ford's Chief Economist Ellen Hughes-Cromwick.

Q: Many key economists are speculating about a double-dip recession. What is the global outlook from your perspective?
In Europe, some markets are experiencing renewed weakness due to the government debt overload. Greece and Spain are examples. Recent economic indicators for the United Kingdom and Germany remain positive, so at the present time, double-dip risks look low for those markets.

In the U.S., growth over the last year has been 3 percent with only modest gains in employment, a very high unemployment rate above 9 percent as well as a challenging housing market despite record low mortgage rates. So yes, there are risks of another slowdown in growth, particularly if there is some kind of shock which is unforeseen and leads to more uncertainty. We are watching this very closely and are attentive to how this could affect our business environment.

Q: What do you mean by "shocks?"
A: An oil price shock or a policy mistake. For example, there were a few programs developed by the government to provide a tax credit to buy a new home, or assistance in restructuring mortgages which exceed the value of the equity or market price for the home. These programs were temporary and small. Such programs, if substantial enough, could start to cauterize the difficulties in the housing market. Targeted stimulus can be effective in reducing the risks to economic growth, or it can be a missed opportunity if not appropriate in size, scope or timing.

To read the full discussion, click here.

 

Global Notes
One Millionth Fiesta Sold
Ford Motor China Reports Strong Sales Growth for August
Ford and its joint ventures in China, including Changan Ford Mazda Automobile and Jiangling Motors Corporation, reported 44,047 units in sales for August, a 24 percent increase from August 2009.

Total passenger and commercial vehicles sold in China as of the end of August were 368,103 units, an increase of 42 percent compared to the January to August period in 2009.

To read the full article, click here.

F-4000 4x4
Ford Trucks Win 2010 Rally dos Sertões
Ford was named champion of the 18th Rally dos Sertões, the second largest rally in the world, after ten days of racing and 2,800 miles. The competition path went through six Brazilian states with varying road surfaces and difficulty level. Ford won both in the light trucks category, with Ford F-4000 4x4, and the heavy category, with Ford Cargo 1722e 4x4. In addition, Ford held many podium positions in the overall standings.

To read the full article, click here.

Elena Ford Visits Moscow
Elena Ford Visits Moscow
Elena Ford, Ford's director of Global Marketing, Sales and Service Operations, and great granddaughter of Henry Ford, has presented one lucky Ford owner in Moscow with the keys to his new Mondeo.

To read the full article, click here.

Ford Fiesta
India to Be a Key Pillar in Ford's Global Growth Plan
Eight new Ford products will be launched in India by the middle of the decade.

Ford Asia Pacific and Africa President (APA), Joe Hinrichs made this announcement during his "Managing Growth – Evolving Dynamics" keynote speech at the Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers Convention on Aug. 25.

To read the full article, click here.

Ford Fiesta
Ford Fiesta Hits Thailand Showrooms
Ford Thailand celebrated the hotly-anticipated arrival of its stylish and sporty new Ford Fiesta during a festive and colorful launch party in central Bangkok. The globally popular Fiesta – which already has the Thai market buzzing – goes officially on-sale Sept. 2 at Ford showrooms nationwide.

To read the full article, click here.

 

Video Corner
MyFord Touch
Ford SYNC Among Hottest Car Technology Helping to Sell Cars
(CNBC) Doug Newcomb of Edmunds.com and Molly Wood of CNET.com are interviewed about new car gadgets and technology, and how they are helping sell more cars. Newcomb touts Ford's SYNC, which he says has helped Ford sell cars. He also says SYNC is giving Ford a big edge. Click here to view video.

New Police Interceptor
Ford Unveils New Police Interceptor SUV in Chicago
(CBS) Ford unveiled its new Police Interceptor SUV at the Chicago Assembly Plant. It's Ford's first SUV specially made for police. Like the Police Interceptor sedan, it gets 20 percent better mileage than the old Crown Victoria Police Interceptor. Click here to view video.

 

Outside Voices
2011 Dodge Durango Unveiled
(Autoblog) Chrysler has just pulled back the curtain on the 2011 Dodge Durango, and the newest iteration of the Auburn Hills brawler looks to have all of the bones it needs to be competitive in one of the industry's most crowded segments. To read the full article, click here.

Ford Mustang Stuns on Sound, Not Just Looks
(USA Today) We all know the Ford Mustang's macho heritage, its new powerful engines, the looks it draws at stoplights. To read the full article, click here.

Chrysler Sales Up 7 Percent with Jeep Leading the Way
(Detroit Free Press) Chrysler defied the industry trend with a 7 percent increase in new vehicle sales in August from a year earlier when Cash for Clunkers inflated most of its competitors' sales. To read the full article, click here.

Police Car Wars: With Crown Victoria Retiring, Rivals in Hot Pursuit
(Detroit Free Press) Chrysler unveiled Tuesday the first photo of its all-new police car based on the Dodge Charger -- providing fresh evidence of a brewing police car war in which rival automakers have one main competitor in their sights: Ford. To read the full article, click here.

GM Posts 7 Percent Sales Dip in August
(MSNBC) Once a bright spot in the economic recovery, U.S. auto sales stalled last month to the worst levels in 27 years. To read the full article, click here.

TeleNav Inc.'s Connected Navigation Services Now in Ford and Lincoln Vehicles
(Market Watch) TeleNav, one of the largest global wireless navigation services providers, announced the immediate availability of its embedded automotive navigation product in the 2011 Ford Edge, and the 2011 Lincoln MKX, called MyFord Touch and MyLincoln Touch respectively. To read the full article, click here.

Chrysler Seeks Fiat Dealerships in 165 U.S. Locations
(Bloomberg) Chrysler, the U.S. automaker run by Fiat SpA, said it wants Fiat dealerships in about 165 U.S. locations as the Italian automaker expands in North America. To read the full article, click here.

Dan Akerson Driven to Restore General Motors
(Detroit Free Press) Dan Akerson, GM's new CEO, showed Thursday night that he's willing to fight for Detroit. To read the full article, click here.

New Honda Civic Delayed
(MotorTrend) For its first six generations, the Honda Civic was on a four-year lifecycle. 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.

Davey Tree Logo
Davey Tree
Proven Solutions for a Growing World

Between June 15 and Dec. 31, Ford employees and retirees can take advantage of a free tree and landscape inspection, and 10 percent off of pruning, removal or deep-root fertilization services. Click here for more information.

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.


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 June with a location that is to be announced. Meetings last for three hours and comprise of a discussion 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
Ford Ballroom Dance Club
September 10:
Ford Ballroom Dance Club (Dearborn Heights, Mich.)

Ford Ballroom Dances are open to the public where everyone is welcome. Singles and couples are invited to the Knights of Columbus Hall (7080 Garling Drive), where light refreshments are available, a 4400 sq. ft. wooden dance floor and a wonderful selection of recorded ballroom dance music. For more information, call 313-805-8044 or e-mail Jenny Remington at JREMINGT@ford.com. Click here to view the flyer.

Astronomy Clubs Unite
September 10 & 11:
Ford Amateur Astronomy Club (Milford, Mich.)

Great Lakes Association of Astronomy Clubs (GLAAC) presents the 14th Annual Astronomy at the Beach. This event will be held Friday & Saturday ay Maple Beach, inside Kensington Metropark, from 6 p.m. - midnight. Learn about astronomy first hand by comet making demonstration, touring the constellations and much more! For more information, call the Kensington Nature Center at 248-685-0606, visit the GLAAC website at www.boonhill.net/glaac/ 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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