Blue Oval Connect Weekly Briefing

January 15, 2010

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In this Blue Oval Connect Weekly Briefing…
  • Ford Execs Highlight 12-Hour Social Media Event
  • Ford Focus Named 'Most Significant' Vehicle at 2010 Detroit Auto Show by AutoWeek
  • Ford Wins CNET "Best of CES" Award for Hottest Car, GPS Technology at 2010 International CES
  • Executive Q&A: Mark Fields on the New MyFord Touch and MyLincoln Touch Technology
  • Video: (@Ford Online) Employees Attend Ford Press Conference at NAIAS
  • Outside Voices: (Bloomberg) Mulally's Turnaround Gives Ford CEO Star Status at Show

 

Announcements
@Ford Magazine
@Ford North America Now Available
The January 2010 edition is now available, with stories on MyFord, the new Ford Focus and Lincoln MKX, Mustang's new engines and more.

Click here, to view an electronic version of the publication

Myfordbenefits.com Web site for Retirees and Employees
On Jan. 5, 2010, the Savings & Stock Investment Plan (SSIP) and Tax Efficient Savings Plan for Hourly Employees (TESPHE) administration transitioned from Fidelity to Affiliated Computer Services, Inc. (ACS). Retirees received a letter in December explaining how to access the savings plan account beginning Jan. 5, 2010. Below is a reminder.

By computer: Visit the www.myfordbenefits.com Web site
By phone: National Employee Services Center at 1-800-248-4444

Contacts for Assistance
For questions about your savings plan information:

  • Chat Online: Access the 'Chat Online' feature to obtain online assistance when you are logged on to www.myfordbenefits.com
  • Talk by Phone: Access 'Talk by Phone' feature to enter a call back number when you are logged on to www.myfordbenefits.com
  • Contact Us: On the home page of the myfordbenefits.com web site, click on the 'Contact Us' link under 'Helpful Information' and enter your question or comment and click Submit. Replies will be posted to your Inbox on the home page.
  • Call: Contact the NESC at 1-800-248-4444, 9 a.m. - 9 p.m. ET. Please note: Due to higher call volumes expected earlier in the day, we recommend calling later in the afternoon or evening when call volume is lighter. We apologize for some initial technical difficulties with the phone lines earlier this week.
NAIAS Logo
Discounted 2010 North American International Auto Show Tickets
This year's show runs Jan. 16 through Jan. 24. FERA any day ticket prices: Adult - $9, Children (7-12)/Senior (65+) - $6. Tickets are available at the FERA desk 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in WHQ. For more information, click to www.fera.org or e-mail FERA@ford.com.

 

Top Stories
Ford's Mark Fields at the Social Media event
Ford Execs Highlight 12-Hour Social Media Event
Ford Motor Company staged what is believed to be the first social media activity of its kind Monday, linking online influencers around the world to an extensive list of Ford executives at the North American International Auto Show.

"We conducted a 12-hour, first-ever social media jam that included group vice presidents and above," said Scott Monty, manager, Ford Global Digital and Multimedia Communications. "We connected with people who couldn't be at the show, but still have an active interest in Ford. They are part of the general public that we’re engaging to help get our messages out."

Among the Ford executives who tweeted, chatted or participated in online interviews were Alan Mulally, along with Sue Cischke, Jim Farley, Mark Fields, Derrick Kuzak, Martin Smith and Ingvar Sviggum.

Monty says he's waiting for an initial report to gauge the effectiveness of the event, but thinks the impact was substantial. The Huffington Post, which interviewed Mulally, is the top blog in the world with more than 10-million unique monthly visitors. Gerhard Schmidt, chief technical officer and vice president of Research and Advanced Engineering, also was featured on CNET, which attracts over 28 million monthly visitors.

To read the full article, click here.

 

Ford News
AutoWeek Magazine Award
Ford Focus Named 'Most Significant' Vehicle at 2010 Detroit Auto Show by AutoWeek Magazine
The AutoWeek editorial staff has named Ford's next-generation Focus the "Most Significant" vehicle of the 2010 North American International Auto Show. High praise indeed, considering the number of excellent cars and trucks at this month's annual gathering in Detroit. The popular auto show hosted nearly 40 new vehicle premieres.

"This was a unanimous vote, one of the few in the history of the AutoWeek award," said Wes Raynal, editor of AutoWeek and autoweek.com. "This car gives Ford and Focus fans their car back. By that we mean enthusiasts have been crying for the European Focus for years and we're finally getting our wish. We also think it's a perfect platform for an SVT version. The car goes on sale in 2011 powered by a sporty four-cylinder engine mated to a DSG transmission, and we can't wait to drive it."

To read the full article, click here.

Urban Car Awards
Ford Taurus SHO and Fusion Hybrid Named 2010 Urban Autos of the Year
This week Ford was presented the "Urban Car of the Year" and the "Urban Green Vehicle of the Year." In December, editors of On Wheels Media announced that the 2010 Ford Taurus SHO has been voted "Urban Car of the Year" and the 2010 Ford Fusion Hybrid has been named "Urban Green Vehicle of the Year," a category-first for the annual awards show.

"The all-new Ford Taurus not only squashes its competition in road dynamics and style, but it may very well bring formerly passionate customers back to a nameplate that was once all the rage, but in recent years had become the definition of dull." said Kelley Blue Book's Beth Lear VanderYacht, who was also one of the 15 judges.

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

According to Ford multicultural marketing manager Crystal Worthem, this award is continued evidence of the wide ranging appeal of this all-new vehicle from Ford.

To read the full article, click here.

CNET Award
Ford Wins CNET "Best of CES" Award for Hottest Car, GPS Technology at 2010 International CES
CNET editors awarded Ford Motor Company a "Best of CES" award for MyFord Touch™ , the company's new driver connect technology, in the car and GPS technology category. Selected by unbiased expert editors from CNET (www.cnet.com ) at the 2010 International CES, winners are recognized as having the hottest products in their respective technology categories for their unmatched innovation and creativity and their ability to excite consumers and help them explore a world gone digital.

"Each year, CNET editors spend hundreds of hours on the show floor to find the hottest technologies that will drive industry trends for the coming year and beyond," said Scott Ard, Editor in Chief of CNET. "Ford was chosen from thousands of products at the show and demonstrates the innovation to be honored with one of our ‘Best of CES' award."

Videos of the winners and finalist products can be found at www.cnet.com/ces.

To read the full article, click here.

Popular Mechanics Award
MyFord Driver Connect Technology Wins Popular Mechanics' Editor's Choice Award at 2010 CES
Ford's innovative new MyFord Touch driver connect technology has received a Popular Mechanics' Editor's Choice award for best new product at the 2010 International CES.

The 2010 show marks the third time the magazine's technology editors have selected a Ford breakthrough for the award, granted annually to products the magazine feels "will make a difference this year."

Ford previously won the Popular Mechanics' Editor's Choice Award in 2007 for its SYNC technology, developed with Microsoft, which allows customers to seamlessly operate almost any mobile phone or digital media player in their vehicles using voice commands and steering wheel-mounted controls. The technology also received a "People's Voice Award" that year.

To read the full article, click here.

 

Executive Q&A
Mark Fields

Mark Fields
President, The Americas
Ford Motor Company

Ford highlighted MyLincoln and MyFord Touch technology at this year's North American International Auto Show. The technology combines numerous technologies into one powerful, intuitive driver connected environment. Mark Fields addresses questions regarding the company's innovative new user interface.

Q: What is MyFord Touch?
A: MyFord Touch is our new driver connect technology, a simple, intuitive interface that connects drivers with their vehicles. It facilitates easy access to all technology and features through voice commands, familiar 5-way buttons mounted on the steering wheel and a customizable 8-inch touch screen.

Q: Are there any differences between MyFord Touch and MyLincoln Touch?
A: MyLincoln Touch features unique "finger slide" functionality for the audio system volume and fan speed setting. Also, the colors used for the screens feature warmer, brand-appropriate colors. And the MyLincoln Touch system integrates with the brand's exclusive THX-certified audio system. Each brand also has unique "welcome" screens upon ignition.

Q: When will this be available? On what products?
A: MyLincoln Touch will first launch on the 2011 Lincoln MKX. The 2011 Ford Edge will receive MyFord and MyFord Touch, as well as the 2012 Focus. We plan to migrate this technology across our car, truck, and SUV/CUV products – on a global basis – and will offer it on more than 80 percent of our nameplates within five years.

Q: Doesn't this technology – colorful screens, cell phone buttons, more entertainment – just add more functions to distract you from the actual driving?
A: Research shows that activity that draws drivers' eyes away from the road for an extended period of time substantially increases risk of accidents. Therefore, we developed new technologies with intuitive, familiar controls and conversational voice commands as part of MyFord Touch to deliver a safer, simpler, and smarter way to access vehicle functions and features while keeping drivers' eyes on the road and hands on the wheel.

 

Global Notes
Ford Oval
Ford Strengthens Its Position as No. 2 in Europe with Highest Annual Market Share for More than a Decade
Ford strengthened its No. 2 position in Europe in 2009 with a 9.1 percent market share in its 19 main European markets – a 0.5 percentage points increase on last year and the best Ford market share in these countries since 1998.

Sales volume in the Euro 19 countries increased for the seventh consecutive month in December, marking the highest December volume for Ford since 1997.

Market share increased in 17 out of Ford's main 19 European markets for the year.

To read the full article, click here.

Ford S-MAX
New S-MAX and Galaxy Models Unveiled in Brussels
Ford of Europe has unveiled new versions of the S-MAX and Galaxy at the 2010 Brussels Show, which opened this week. With fresh designs and the latest evolution of Ford's kinetic design cues, the new models feature new interior materials and features, a range of more efficient powertrains and many of driver-focused technologies aimed at safety and comfort.

The S-MAX has been updated with significant detail changes to the exterior including a strongly sculptured bonnet and all-new front fascia, emphasised by the bolder graphic of the gloss black lower front trapezoidal grille. The car's window profile is enhanced by a chrome strip, which surrounds the whole glass area to enhance the car's sleek and sporty lines.

The new Galaxy also features a re-designed frontal section, along with a number of significant other detail revisions. A new, more sculptured, bonnet combines with the Galaxy's new front fascia design – which incorporates a bolder lower trapezoidal grille with inserts featuring subtle chrome bars – and new-look fog lights to emphasise the Ford 'kinetic design' influence. .

To read the full article, click here.

Ford EcoSport
Ford Brazil Achieves Record Annual Sales
Ford Brazil reported its best-ever full-year sales performance, with total sales of 323,808 vehicles in 2009. With a 15.3 percent increase in sales compared to 2008 results, the company performed better than the overall Brazilian auto industry, which increased 11.3 percent in the same period. As a result, Ford gained 0.3 percentage point and increased its market share to 10.3 percent.

The highlight was in the passenger cars segment, where Ford increased almost 23 percent, with 235,064 units, and reported a market share of 9.7 percent, an increase of one percentage point from a year ago. Practically all lines of passenger cars had increased in sales, especially the Ford Ka, Fiesta and Focus. In the light commercial segment, Ford grew 0.6 percent year-over-year to almost 69,000 units, maintaining the leadership of the EcoSport compact SUV.

To read the full article, click here.

Ford Receives New Zealand Car of the Year Award
Ford Fiesta Named New Zealand Car of the Year
The latest Ford Fiesta has been judged New Zealand's Car of the Year by the country's leading motoring writers and commentators. Breaking new ground as the first small Ford vehicle to be offered in all major markets around the world, the new Fiesta was launched internationally in late 2008, and has been available in New Zealand since early 2009.

In reaching their decision to award the Fiesta the country's top automotive accolade, members of the New Zealand Motoring Writers Guild assessed both the manual and automatic transmissions of the five-door machine. As well as performance and handling, the facets under consideration included suitability for the task for which the Fiesta is designed, value for money, ease of operation, economy, level of home comforts, quality of finish, safety accoutrements and visual appeal.

To read the full article, click here.

500,000th Fiesta at Cologne
500,000th Fiesta Rolls Off Cologne Production Line
Fiesta, Ford's top selling small car, has reached a production milestone. Since production of the latest generation Fiesta began in Cologne-Niehl in August 2008, half a million units have rolled off the line.

On Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2010, the milestone vehicle, a Frozen White three-door Fiesta with a 1.6 liter gas engine destined for a customer in the U.K., was produced. No other Ford vehicle from Cologne has ever reached the half million mark in just 17 months of production.

To read the full article, click here.

 

Video Corner
Employees at NAIAS
Employees Attend Ford Press Conference at NAIAS
(@Ford Online) More than 150 employees were selected by lottery to attend the debut of the next-generation Ford Focus at this year's NAIAS. Click here to view video.

Social Media Video
Ford Execs Highlight 12-Hour Social Media Event
(@Ford Online) Ford Motor Company staged what is believed to be the first social media activity of its kind Monday, linking online influencers around the world to an extensive list of Ford executives at the North American International Auto Show. Click here to view video.

GM Truck Investment
GM to Spend $1B to Update Pickup Truck Line
(Bloomberg TV) GM will spend as much as $1 billion to update its full-size pickup trucks. The current line has not been updated since 2006, making them the oldest truck designs in production in the U.S. Click here to view video.

Best Vehicles of the Decade
Ford F-150 Among Mike Jackson's Best Picks of the Decade
(CNBC Squawk Box) Autonation CEO Mike Jackson talks about his picks for the best and worst vehicles of the decade. Click here to view video.

 

Outside Voices
Mulally's Turnaround Gives Ford CEO Star Status at Auto Show
(Bloomberg) Ford Motor Co. Chief Executive Officer Alan Mulally, whose company gained market share in the U.S. last year while his domestic rivals went bankrupt, is the toast of the North American International Auto Show this week. To read the full article, click here.

Ford Focus the Pick of the Bunch at the NAIAS
(Detroit News) The Ford Focus is the star of the North American International Auto Show, the most obvious choice in years. To read the full article, click here.

Conspicuous By Their Absence: Cars You Won't See at the Auto Show
(Detroit News) Now you see 'em, now you don't. That may be the subplot of this year's North American International Auto Show as some brands and key models go missing after a year of industry turmoil. And the shakeout isn't over. To read the full article, click here.

Chrysler Goes Euro
(BusinessWeek) There's no doubt about it. Chrysler brand is going Euro. While the struggling carmaker didn't have a press conference to unveil new models at the Detroit auto show, they did put up one new idea on their show stand. Chrysler – or more appropriately Fiat-Chrysler – took the Delta hatchback from Fiat's tony European Lancia brand, fashioned a Chrysler brand nose and grille on it and put it out there to get feedback at the show. To read the full article, click here.

Carmakers Bet On Electric; See Early Hurdles
(Reuters) Carmakers emerging from a savage crisis hope to lure drivers to electric cars in the coming years, but cost, range and safety considerations mean many are still cautious, holding back from predicting an early sales boom. To read the full article, click here.

Toyota to Install Brake Override Systems in all New Vehicles
(U.S. News and World Report) Toyota has announced that it will install brake override systems in all new Toyota, Lexus and Scion vehicles by the end of 2010. To read the full article, click here.

Spyker Makes Case for GM's Saab
(Detroit Free Press) The CEO of Spyker Cars made a public case this week for why the Netherlands-based company should acquire General Motors' Saab operations, even though the Detroit automaker has already begun the process of winding down the brand. To read the full article, click here.

China: World's Biggest Auto Producer, Consumer
(Xinhua) Official figures Monday confirmed China had overtaken the United States to become the world's top auto maker and market in 2009 boosted by government stimulus measures. 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 Web sites 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.

 

Special Information
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. The desk is filled with flyers of travel specials and club events and is really fun to examine, so stop by and say, "Hi" and thank the person at the desk because they are volunteering their time for you!

For more FERA information, click to www.FERA.org. Ticket price information for Cedar Point and Kings Island, click here.

 

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.

 

Retiree Club Info
Click here to check out the @Ford Online listing of known Retiree Clubs and Groups.

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

The group meets at 9:00 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.

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.

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

Ford Glass UAW Local 737 retirees meet each month at 10:00 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 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 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 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 10:00 a.m. at Local 600 (10550 Dix Avenue), with coffee and donuts served at 9:30 a.m. Ladies always welcome. The next meeting will be on Sept. 2. 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 (Jan, Mar, May and Sep) (Kansas City, Mo.)
If you are a retired salaried Ford employee in the Kansas City area and would like to join our club, we welcome you. We have great food, select common topic of interest to present to the membership and social time filled with laughter and smiles as we greet old friends and coworkers. If this interests you or if you would like more information, contact Shirley Sewell at SSEWELL01@comcast.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.

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) staring 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 (Lincoln Park, Mich.)
The group meets at 11 a.m. at the Robert Jones K of C Hall (25160 W. Outer Drive (Dix at I-75)). 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.

January 27:
Kansas City Ford Salaried Retiree Club (North Kansas City, Mo.)

The next luncheon for the Kansas City Ford Salaried Retiree Club will be held at Finnigan's Hall (503 E. 18th Ave.). For more information, contact Shirley Sewell at SSEWELL01@comcast.net.

February 10:
Annual Ford-Visteon Hourly and Salaried Retiree Luncheon (Sebring, Fla.)

The ninth annual event will be held at Homer's Buffet (1000 Sebring Square) across the street from Walmart in the Sebring Shopping Center at 11:30 a.m. Spouse or Friend welcome. Please RSVP, call or e-mail John Welch at 863-357-1581 or JJCWELCH@gmail.com.

February 13:
Body Engineering & Design Center Retirees (Lakeland, Fla.)

The group has a yearly luncheon in Florida, in February at the Huntington Hills Country Club ( 2626 Duff Road). For more information, contact Chris James at CHRISANDDOR@jamescenter.com.

February 15:
SW Florida Ford Retiree Golf Outing (Ft. Myers, Fla.)

The 7th Annual SW Florida Ford Retiree Golf Outing will be held at the Pelican Preserve Golf Club (located one mile east of I-75 at Exit 136) starting at 1 p.m. (shotgun start). Golf, cart, range balls, prizes, tee gift and dinner cost $105. Dinner only at 5:30 p.m. cost $20. To make your reservation, send check to Tom Howard, 9401 Chartwell Breeze Dr., Bonita Springs, Florida, 34135. Checks should be made out to Tom Howard and received no later than Feb. 7. Please provide a phone number or e-mail address so we can send you a confirmation that we have received your reservation and check. For more information contact Tom Howard at HHOWARD50@comcast.net or Don Morgan at D07MORGAN@aol.com

 

Calendar Ahead
Mustang Owners Club of Southeastern Michigan
March 27:
Mustang Owners Club of Southeastern Michigan 2010 Annual Spring "Swap & Shop" (Dearborn, Mich.)

Mustang & Ford Swap Meet at Village Ford (23535 Michigan Avenue) from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Village Ford is located on the south side of Michigan Avenue, between Telegraph and Outer Drive roads. For more information, go to www.mocsem.org.

Falcon Club
July 15 – 17:
Falcon Club of America 2010 National Convention (Dearborn, Mich.)

The Metro Detroit Chapter of the Falcon Club of America is hosting the 2010 National Convention at the Hyatt Regency Dearborn and celebrates the 50th anniversary of the Ford Falcon. Because the 50th anniversary is a significant milestone, the club anticipates over 400 Falcons and their owners to attend from all over the United States and Canada. Please visit fca2010detroit.webs.com for additional information and to download a copy of the registration form or contact Alan Aniol at 734-282-8188 or e-mail at JOANAL@wideopenwest.com.

 



FCN News Team:
Publisher: Sara Tatchio
Associate Publisher: Susan Krusel
Managing Editor: Jenn Corney

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