Blue Oval Connect Weekly Briefing

January 22, 2010

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In this Blue Oval Connect Weekly Briefing…
  • Mulally Selected Industry Leader of the Year
  • 2011 Ford Mustang GT Becomes Daytona 500 Official Pace Car
  • 2010 Ford Taurus Stars in New Online Interactive Game 'Chasing the Shadow'
  • Expert Q&A: Joe Langley on VW's Plans in the U.S.
  • Video: (@Ford Online) Ford's Moray Callum Shares What Visitors Should See at this Year's Auto Show in Detroit
  • Outside Voices: (BusinesWire) Ford Fusion Narrowly Beats Toyota Prius as Edmunds.com Visitors' Favorite Hybrid

 

Announcements
CES Event Logo
Invitation to Attend Executive CES Presentation
On Jan. 7, a Detroit News headline read, "Ford steals show at Vegas electronics summit." And Autoblog entry said, "...no one could even compete with Ford's old stuff. How on earth will they manage against MyFord Touch?"

What had the media buzzing about Ford's appearance at the 2010 Consumer Electronics Show (CES)? The Ford team wowed the tech savvy crowd with the introduction of our next round of consumer connectivity technology designed to redefine the driving experience. It includes MyFord driver connect technology and the next generation of SYNC. This is part of our commitment to provide customers with the same connectivity in their cars that they have come to expect in their digital lives, all while keeping their hands on the wheel and eyes on the road.

Now you're invited to join Alan Mulally, Derrick Kuzak and some of the company's electronics and connectivity engineers as they recreate the successful CES keynote address for our Ford team.

A single session of the one-hour presentation will be held on Wednesday, Feb. 3 at 3 p.m. EST. Retirees will be asked to meet at WHQ and will be shuttled via bus to the event location. Shuttles will leave WHQ starting at 2 p.m. with the last shuttle leaving at 2:30 p.m.

There are only 100 spots available for retirees and the tickets will be distributed on a first come, first serve basis. Retirees who are first to respond will receive an e-mail confirmation.

If you are interested in attending, please CLICK HERE to send an e-mail with your NAME and PHONE NUMBER. Again, only 100 tickets are available.

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Ford Motor Company American Red Cross Online Donation Site
Please join in the Ford Motor Company Giving Campaign to support the American Red Cross and their efforts to help those in crisis following the earthquake in Haiti. Ford Motor Company will be matching employee and retiree donations up to a total of $50,000.

Click here to donate.

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.

 

Top Stories
Alan Mulally
Mulally Selected Industry Leader of the Year
Ford President and CEO Alan Mulally has been named "Automotive Hall of Fame Industry Leader 2009." The award is given to an individual each year who has demonstrated outstanding industry leadership.

The award recipient is determined by the Automotive Hall of Fame Awards Committee, following discussions with other leaders in the industry. The last Ford executive to receive the honor was former Chairman Alex Trotman in 1997. Mulally received his award last Friday at the Detroit Economic Club luncheon.

Ford Mustang GT
2011 Ford Mustang GT Becomes Daytona 500 Official Pace Car, Supports Charity at Barrett-Jackson
Ford's new 2011 Mustang GT will serve as the Official Pace Car at this year's 52nd Daytona 500, the first time in 40 years a Ford vehicle has paced NASCAR's biggest and most prestigious race. This is the first time in four decades that a Ford Motor Company vehicle will pace the Daytona 500. The last time was in 1970 when the Ford Torino GT convertible had the honors.

Before the new Ford Mustang takes to the track, one lucky enthusiast will have the rare opportunity to own the pace car pony and help a deserving charity at the same time. The Race Red Mustang, which carries a special Daytona 500 striped paint scheme, will be auctioned at the 39th Annual Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale Collector Car Auction on Jan. 23 at WestWorld of Scottsdale, in Scottsdale, Ariz. The event will be televised live on the SPEED channel. All proceeds from the car over MSRP will benefit the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF), a leader in research leading to a cure for Type 1 diabetes.

Under the hood of the Mustang GT Glass Roof Coupe will be Ford's all-new 5.0-liter V-8, which will be available to customers in dealer showrooms this spring. In addition to the special paint, the Mustang pace car features a Brembo brake package, Ford Racing suspension, strut tower brace and mufflers, unique 19-inch painted wheels, summer-only tires and a special interior treatment, including lit sill plates. It also carries an early VIN and will be among the first 2011 Mustang GT 5.0-liter V-8s made available for sale to the public.

To read the full article, click here.

White Collar: Chasing the Shadow
2010 Ford Taurus Stars in New Online Interactive Game 'Chasing the Shadow'
The hot-selling 2010 Ford Taurus takes a giant leap into cyberspace today, starring in a new online interactive game that takes product placement in casual gaming to the next level by fully integrating the vehicle and its technology and features into the gaming experience.

The game, "White Collar: Chasing the Shadow," is an extension of the critically acclaimed USA NETWORK drama "White Collar," which follows a con artist and FBI agent who team up to catch bad guys. The Taurus is not only featured prominently in the television series but now in a new online game that allows players – acting as FBI trainees – to drive the Taurus and use its features to catch a notorious villain dubbed "The White Shadow."

"What makes this initiative unique is that the 2010 Taurus isn't just along for the ride," said Connie Fontaine, Ford Brand Content & Alliances manager. "The new and class-exclusive technologies in the Taurus are used to interpret clues and collect evidence." For example, players use the Ford SYNC technology to access text messages that contain important crime-solving tips.

If you would like to experience the Taurus in the new online game, please visit http://chasingtheshadow.usanetwork.com and click on the "games" tab at the top of the page.

To read the full article, click here.

 

Ford News
Montreal Motor Show
Ford of Canada's Car Boutique a Hit with Media
It was the enormous, floating, illuminating 2011 Ford Fiesta "car boutique" that stole the spotlight – literally, at the 42nd annual Montreal Auto Show at the Palais de Congres Montreal. The car boutique, a 7,500 sq ft. display, was a uniquely designed exhibit dedicated to cars. The entire display housed the top half of a Ford Fiesta – made of light-weight, fire-retardant fabric, which illuminated the various colours of the vehicle.

Fiesta's 7-ft. wheels represented each of Ford's four pillars: Safety, Smart, Green and Quality – which displayed LCD screens that played videos attributed to those pillars. The music in the boutique created a vibrant, energetic atmosphere for those in it. More than 100 journalists were in attendance at the Ford display to see the 2011 North American Ford Fiesta, shown for the first time in Canada.

To read the full article, click here.

Donna Inch
Ford Motor Company Names Donna Inch New Chairman and CEO of Ford Land
Ford Motor Company has appointed Donna Inch as chairman and CEO of Ford Land, the real estate and wholly owned subsidiary of Ford Motor Company effective immediately. She replaces Phil Horlock, who elected to retire in December 2009 after a 32-year-career with Ford.

As chairman and CEO of Ford Land, Inch has global responsibility for real estate, construction and facility services for Ford Motor Company, which includes manufacturing, research and development, distribution and office properties. She reports to Bob Shanks, Ford's vice president and controller.

To read the full article, click here.

NASA Team Using iVE
Ford, United Space Alliance Share Virtual Reality Expertise to Build Better Cars, Space Missions
Engineers at United Space Alliance (USA) and Ford Motor Company are sharing their animation software experiences to create virtual reality simulations that benefit both astronauts and drivers.

Ford is applying virtual reality animation software that is used by movie animators and video game creators to improve real-life driving situations before the first prototype is even built. In an immersive Virtual Evaluation lab (iVE), Ford engineers create virtual vehicles complete with exterior views. In the case of the Lincoln MKS, for example, iVE was used to test multiple iterations of the sedan's centerstack at varying eye points. The intent is to find the best possible placement of controls and displays not only for aesthetics and visibility, but it helps engineers and designers to see how certain designs and layouts look before the vehicle is built. Ford is the auto industry leader when it comes to melding state-of-the-art motion capture and immersive virtual reality tools.

Engineers for USA, the prime Space Shuttle contractor, are using the same iVE technology at the Kennedy Space Center to help build future space vehicles safer and more efficiently.

To read the full article, click here.

Edible Arrangements Transit Connect
Edible Arrangements 'Greens' Fleet with Ford Transit Connect Vans
Edible Arrangements International is the leading purveyor of delicious, high-quality, artistically designed fresh fruit arrangements that are practical and healthy gifts. Headquartered in Wallingford, Conn., the company has more than 940 locations operating or opening soon worldwide.

The company's franchisees currently use traditional cargo vehicles, such as the Dodge Sprinter, to deliver arrangements. Because freshness is essential to product quality, drivers make frequent trips back and forth to the store throughout the day to pick up new arrangements, averaging a minimum of 200 miles daily.

Many of Edible Arrangements' franchisees are beginning to replace their older, larger delivery vans. The company has made the Transit Connect available through its fleet program. Currently, Edible Arrangements has purchased 20 Transit Connects, but Farid says plans are under way to buy 15 to 20 vehicles a month until all of the older vehicles are replaced. Edible Arrangements' fleet currently operates 1,300 vehicles throughout the country.

To read the full article, click here.

 

Global Notes
Dagenham Wind Turbine
Third Wind Turbine for Dagenham
Ford Dagenham's third wind turbine will be installed alongside the River Thames on the eastern edge of the manufacturing site. The three-bladed turbine, measuring 120 metres tall, is to be assembled on Ford's 475-acre estate later this year.

The existing two turbines power the Dagenham Diesel Centre, where production volumes of low-carbon engines are rising. The third turbine will maintain the plant's green energy supply. Planning permission was granted for the new turbine last year.

Ford's existing turbines produce 6.7 million units of clean electricity each year – avoiding over 6,500 tonnes of CO2 emissions annually since their installation in 2004. The third turbine is expected to increase the clean electricity figure by 70 percent to 11.5 million units, the equivalent to powering a further 1,400 homes.

To read the full article, click here.

Ford Focus
Ford Focus Lands on Thai Media Car of the Year Lists
Ford Thailand kicked off the year on a high note, with Ford Focus being named one of the country's Top 10 Cars of the Year by media organizations across the country.

"Looking for a car that's great to drive, but with fuel bills that won't bring tears to your eyes? The Ford Focus TDCi is definitely your car," stated an article in The Nation, one of the most popular English newspapers in Thailand.

"The Focus is the first and still the only mass-market model to have a diesel engine to choose from. Making it even more attractive is the addition of an efficient auto box added to the range this year. Rounding off the C-segment attack is class-leading driving dynamics," according to the Bangkok Post, another influential English newspaper.

Leading Thai newspaper, the Daily News, named Focus the most attractive car of 2009, while Yan Yon and Naklaengrod, prominent monthly auto magazines, dubbed the new Focus the most impressive car of 2009 and the best value compact car priced under THB 1.2 million (USD 36,500), respectively.

To read the full article, click here.

China Award
New Ford Fiesta a Hit with China's Biggest Online Community
Already a clear favorite among young Chinese consumers, new Ford Fiesta added another feather to its cap last week when it was named best small car of 2010 by Sina – China's biggest gateway Web site.

In a video introduction of the 2010 small car winner during the Sina awards ceremony on January 14, new Fiesta received a glowing review: "With its dynamic design, new Fiesta leads the trend in the B-car market. With its reasonable price, new Fiesta is great value for money and stands as an example for Chinese small cars. And with its steady growing sales, new Fiesta speaks louder in China than its competitors.''

Since its inception six years ago, the annual Sina Car of the Year event has become one of China's most influential automotive recognitions. It is highly regarded by carmakers and is used by consumers when making purchasing decisions. The award winners are chosen based on votes on the Sina Web site – www.sina.com.cn – test drives and comprehensive evaluation by a judging panel of automotive industry experts.

To read the full article, click here.

 

Expert Q&A
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Joe Langley
Auto Analyst
CMS Worldwide

Volkswagen AG has made little inroads in the U.S. market, yet is one of the world's largest automotive companies, featuring a multitude of brands. Headquartered in Wolfsburg, Germany, Volkwagen AG often is mentioned by Ford President and CEO Alan Mulally as a major global competitor. CMS Worldwide auto analyst Joe Langley offers his insights about the German automaker to @Ford Online.

Q: Why isn't Volkswagen a bigger player in the U.S.?
A: I think the number-one reason is that their products are not completely tailored to U.S. customers. They bring over a European product pretty much as is, with little adjusting of content and price. The result is higher contented vehicles at higher prices than the competition. In addition, all of VW's vehicles seem to be one size smaller than their key competitors in this market. Take a look at the Passat, their midsize sedan. It's smaller than a Camry, Accord or Fusion. At the same time, it costs more than those cars.

The Touareg is another example. It was introduced during the SUV boom. They were a little late to the party. When they finally did show up, the Touareg was not really tailored to this market. It was more of a luxury-priced vehicle with luxury equipment, when the American consumer was looking for an Explorer that served their needs and was right where it needed to be from a pricing perspective. The Touareg, however, was priced well above the competition. You can do that if you are BMW or Mercedes, but when you're Volkswagen going after mainstream customers, that's another story.

Q: Is Volkswagen targeting growth in the U.S.?
A: They have pretty ambitious North American goals – specifically to come up with more U.S-focused products. The first one of them will be a new medium sedan to be built at the Chattanooga, Tenn., plant. That's going to be a big step for VW.

Going forward, they will offer more products tailored to the U.S., whether on the sedan side or crossovers. VW really needs something in the midsize crossover segment. They have Tiguan out there right now, which VW would say is in line with a Ford Escape, Toyota RAV4 and Honda CR-V, but it's the same problem I mentioned before – it's a littler smaller and pricier than the competition.

At the same time, they are working on newer products to launch in the U.S. that we haven't had before. One of them would be an entry-level product below the current Jetta – something the equivalent of what Ford is launching with the Fiesta.

To read the full Q&A, click here.

 

Video Corner
What to See at NAIAS
What to See at the North American International Auto Show
(@Ford Online) MExecutive Director Ford Americas Design Moray Callum shares his thoughts on what employees and retirees should see at this year's Detroit show. Click here to view video.

 

Outside Voices
Ford's Hands-Free Option Attracts Seniors at Show
(Detroit Free Press) A new hands-free option on display at the Ford exhibit of the North American International Auto Show is turning some heads, while unintentionally stoking the age-old debate about who drives better – men or women. To read the full article, click here.

Ford Fusion Narrowly Beats Toyota Prius as Edmunds.com Visitors' Favorite Hybrid
(BusinessWire) Edmunds.com, the premier online resource for automotive information, recently announced the results of the Consumers' Favorites hybrid vehicle survey. At the top of the list was the Ford Fusion Hybrid with 26 percent of the votes, closely followed by the Toyota Prius with 23 percent. To read the full article, click here. To read the Edmunds.com article, click here.

Toyota Recalls 2.3 Million Vehicles to Fix Gas Pedals
(Bloomberg) Toyota Motor Corp. will recall about 2.3 million vehicles in the U.S. to fix sticking accelerator pedals, following its biggest-ever recall in the country last year for a similar danger. To read the full article, click here.

Toyota Shooting for 1 Million Hybrids by 2011
(USA Today) Toyota wants to be producing 1 million hybrid cars worldwide a year by 2011, reports Reuters, quoting Nikkei business in Tokyo. To read the full article, click here.

Genii Still Optimistic on Saab in Final Stretch
(Reuters) Investment firm Genii Capital said on Tuesday it remained hopeful about its chances of buying Swedish carmaker Saab, as liquidators had yet to start dismantling the firm. To read the full article, click here.

Japan's Clunker Plan to Include Detroit Carmakers
(Detroit Free Press) The government of Japan said today it was opening its cash-for-clunkers program to a wider array of U.S. vehicles, following protests from Detroit automakers. To read the full article, click here.

Reilly Named Opel CEO, GM Europe Dissolved
(Inside Line) General Motors has named Nick Reilly CEO of Adam Opel, as part of a new management board that will run Opel/Vauxhall operations worldwide. The move effectively dissolves GM Europe. To read the full article, click here.

GM's Opel to Cut 8,300 Jobs across Europe
(AP) General Motors Co.'s Opel unit will cut 8,300 jobs across Europe, including 4,000 in Germany, and close a plant in Antwerp, Belgium – casualties of the "tough reality" of a shrinking European auto market. 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
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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. 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.

Atlanta Salaried Retirees
Second Tuesday of Every Month (Roswell, Ga.)

The monthly breakfasts are on the second Tuesday of every month from 9:30 a.m. until 11 a.m. at the Peachtree Diner (915 Holcomb Bridge Road). If you would like further information about the breakfast 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.

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
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 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 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 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 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.

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 consist sof mostly salaried retirees, all are welcome. For more information, monthly notices and reminders, contact Allan Yee at ALLAN.YEE@att.net.

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

 

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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.

August 27 - 28:
Chicago Stamping Reunion (Wildersville, Tenn.)

This year's Chicago Stamping Reunion will be held at Natchez Trace State Park (24845 Natchez Trace Road). For more information, contact (Ace) Dempsay at ADEMPSAY@frontiernet.net or call 931-260-0427.

 



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Publisher: Sara Tatchio
Associate Publisher: Susan Krusel
Managing Editor: Jenn Corney

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