Blue Oval Connect Weekly Briefing

January 8, 2010

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In this Blue Oval Connect Weekly Briefing…
  • Ford Introduces SYNC Advancements and MyFord Touch Technology at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES)
  • Executive Q&A: Jim Buczkowski Discusses MyFord Touch Technology
  • Ford Caps 2009 with 33 Percent Sales Increase, Full-Year Market Share Gain
  • Ford F-Series Does it Again: Best-Selling Truck for 33 Straight Years
  • The 5.0-Liter is Back: 2011 Ford Mustang GT Leads Class
  • 2010 Taurus Earns Five-Star Crash Ratings
  • Video: (CNBC) Mad Money's Jim Cramer Raves about Ford, Mulally
  • Outside Voices: (Bloomberg) Ford, Toyota Show Gain in Stabilizing U.S. Market as GM Slides

 

Announcements
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Week of Jan. 11:
2010 North American International Auto Show

  • Ford will have the global debut of the next-generation Focus that will be launched across the globe in 2010. Ford also has two vehicles in the running for the North American Car of the Year (Ford Fusion Hybrid) and North American Truck of the Year (Ford Transit Connect).

Be sure to check your e-mail boxes on Jan. 11 and Jan. 12 to find the breaking news Blue Oval Connect newsletters highlighting Ford's latest product and technology auto show news! Also check @Ford Online for news throughout the week.

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.

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.

 

Consumer Electronics Show
Ford SYNC
Improving the Conversation with Your Car: Ford Refines SYNC Voice Engine for More Flexibility
Ford Motor Company has made significant improvements in its award-winning SYNC voice-activated in-car communications and infotainment system, adding more voice control while simplifying the commands needed to access most functions. The voice upgrades, powered by Nuance Communications, will be available on the next generation of SYNC powering Ford’s new driver connect technology, MyFord Touch, launching in 2010.

Upgrades to the SYNC speech engine, the part of the system that "hears," interprets and responds to voice commands, result in a system that recognizes more than 10,000 first-level commands – up from only 100 in the first generation of SYNC – simplifying the command structure.

The new system can also interpret keywords to determine if a user is searching for a particular song or genre, and Nuance's innovative "one-shot" navigation destination entry allows SYNC users to say a building number, street name and city in one command, replicating natural speech patterns.

To read the full article, click here.

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MyFord Touch
Ford Introduces Signature Interior Experience: MyFord Touch Driver Connect Technology
Ford introduced a smarter, safer, simpler system to connect drivers with in-car technologies and their digital lives today at the 2010 International Consumer Electronics Show (CES).

Building on its leadership with the award-winning SYNC device connectivity system, Ford has combined a variety of technologies into one powerful, intuitive connected driver experience called MyFord. MyFord will arrive later this year on the redesigned 2011 Ford Edge and Lincoln MKX crossovers, before appearing on the all-new 2012 Ford Focus for global markets. By 2015, approximately 80 percent of Ford's North American models are expected to have MyFord driver connect technology, with similar percentages predicted for the world market.

This new in-vehicle connectivity experience replaces many of the traditional vehicle buttons, knobs and gauges. With more voice commands, clear, crisp LCD screens that can be customized and five-way buttons like those on cell phones and MP3 players, drivers can choose which information is front and center through a button click, voice command or touch-screen tap.

To read the full article, click here.

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Executive Q&A
Jim Buczkowski

Jim Buczkowski
Director, Electronics and Electrical Systems Engineering
Ford Motor Company

Ford introduced its new signature in-car experience Jan. 7 at the 2010 International CES in Las Vegas. Building on the company's award-winning SYNC– connectivity system, MyFord Touch combines numerous technologies into one powerful, intuitive driver connected environment. Jim Buczkowski, director, Ford Electronics and Electrical Systems Engineering, discusses the significance of the company's innovative new user interface.

Q: What is MyFord Touch and how will it benefit consumers?
A: MyFord Touch is our new driver connect technology. SYNC set the benchmark for device connection to the car, and now we're introducing a new simple, intuitive interface that connects a driver with their car. It facilitates easy control of all technology and features through voice commands, familiar five-way buttons mounted on the steering wheel, and an 8-inch touch screen.

Q: Why is Ford introducing this technology?
A: Recent years have seen a massive expansion in the variety of in-car communications, navigation and infotainment technologies consumers regularly use. The expectations of average drivers have outgrown the traditional "button/knob/gauge" interface. Consequently, Ford undertook a sweeping and ambitious redesign of the automotive interface. MyFord Touch helps drivers manage these growing technologies while minimizing distraction.

Q: What do you call this in Lincoln and Mercury products?
A: Lincoln products will receive the premium series, MyLincoln Touch, as standard equipment as it migrates across the product line. Mercury products will feature MyMercury Touch driver connect technology.

To read the full Q&A, click here.

 

Top Stories
Ford Ovalo
Ford Caps 2009 with 33 Percent Sales Increase, First Full-Year Market Share Gain Since 1995
Higher sales in every product category and for every brand propelled Ford to a 33 percent sales increase in December versus a year ago. Ford cars were up 42 percent, crossovers were up 51 percent, sport utilities were up 33 percent, and trucks and vans were up 18 percent. Among brands, Ford sales were up 37 percent, Lincoln sales were up 16 percent and Mercury sales were up 6 percent.

Every consumer metric about the Ford brand – including favorable opinion, consideration, shopping and intention to buy – ended the year at record levels. In fact, favorable opinion is up more than 20 percent from the beginning of the year, and intention to buy Ford increased more than 30 percent.

Ford, Lincoln and Mercury December sales totaled 179,017, up 33 percent versus a year ago. Full-year sales totaled 1.62 million, down 15 percent. Ford estimates its full-year 2009 U.S. total market share was about 15 percent – about 1 percentage point higher than in 2008. This marks the company's first full-year U.S. market share increase since 1995. Ford also has improved its retail market share 14 times in the last 15 months.

To read the full article, click here.

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Ford F-Series
Ford F-Series Does it Again: Best-Selling Truck for 33 Straight Years; Best-Selling Vehicle for 28 Years
For the 33rd year in a row, Ford's award-winning F-Series is America's best-selling truck with 2009 sales of 413,625. F-series outsold its nearest truck rival by more than 97,000 units, the largest margin in three years. In addition, for the 28th consecutive year, F-Series is once again America's best-selling vehicle of any type – car, crossover, SUV, truck or van.

F-Series sales for 2009 totaled 413,625, which increased its segment share by 4 percentage-points. December sales for F-Series were 48,209, a 16 percent increase over December 2009 and the best sales month since March 2008.

The F-150 was redesigned inside and out for 2009 and set a new benchmark for full size pickups with new high-strength, lighter-weight chassis that delivers more class-leading towing and hauling capability and unsurpassed fuel economy.

To read the full article, click here.

 

Ford News
Ford Mustang
The 5.0-Liter is Back: 2011 Ford Mustang GT Leads Class with 412 HP, Fuel Efficiency, Chassis Dynamics
The 5.0 is back! The 2011 Ford Mustang GT arrives with an all-new advanced 5.0-liter V-8 engine, developed by a passionate cadre of enthusiastic engineers who rallied around the common goal of delivering more than 400 horsepower.

The modern 5.0-liter four-valve Twin Independent Variable Camshaft Timing (Ti-VCT) V-8 engine in the new Mustang GT will deliver 412 horsepower and 390 ft.-lb. of torque. At the same time, fuel economy is projected to be better than the previous model and unsurpassed in the segment.

"This all-new 5.0-liter engine is the next chapter in the development of the world-class Mustang powertrain portfolio," said Derrick Kuzak, group vice president, Global Product Development. "It's a thoroughly modern engine for the times, delivering the performance and fun-to-drive factor that enthusiasts want, while improving fuel economy."

To read the full article, click here.

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Ford Taurus
2010 Taurus Earns Five-Star Crash Ratings, Pioneers Fast-Selling Crash-Avoidance Technologies
The strong-selling new 2010 Ford Taurus has earned top five-star crash ratings from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and is seeing good consumer response to its suite of advanced crash-avoidance technologies.

The redesigned Ford flagship sedan previously earned a "Top Safety Pick" from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). Ford Motor Company has more IIHS "Top Safety Picks" and NHTSA five-star ratings than any other automaker.

The new Taurus features crash-avoidance technologies, such as a segment-first, radar-based forward collision warning system that helps drivers avoid accidents. The system, enabled by Adaptive Cruise Control, uses a radar sensor to detect moving vehicles ahead and provides a visual "heads-up" warning signal and an audible warning when slower-moving traffic is detected ahead

To read the full article, click here.

 

Global Notes
Ford Fusion
Ford Brand No. 1 in Canada
With more new product launches than any other automaker for 2009, Ford is the best-selling brand in Canada and the Ford F-Series reclaimed its title as the best-selling vehicle in the country. F-Series has also been the top-selling pickup truck in Canada for a record 44 consecutive years. Ford Taurus, Fusion, Edge, Flex and Lincoln MKZ, MKX all registered sales increases over previous year's sales, reported Ford Motor Company of Canada, Limited.

December also marked the fourteenth consecutive month of market share increases at Ford of Canada and a sales jump of 26 percent marked the company's seventh straight month of retail sales gain. With a sales increase of 46 percent, the Lincoln lineup also saw strong performances with MKZ leading the pack. The Oakville-built Ford Flex, Ford Edge and Lincoln MKX also helped to increase sales at Ford of Canada.

In December, Ford of Canada's overall sales increased 25.5 percent with total car sales up 9.5 percent and total truck sales increasing 30.1 percent compared to last December.

To read the full article, click here.

Ford Focus
Ford Motor China Sales Surge 44 Percent in 2009
Ford Motor Company today reported record sales in 2009 for its joint ventures and wholly-owned entities in China, with full-year total sales soaring to 440,619 units, or an increase of 44 percent over last year.

Ford Motor's passenger car joint-venture in China, Changan Ford Mazda Automobile (CFMA) reported record sales of 315,791 units for 2009, an increase of 55 percent year-over-year. CFMA's best-ever year was lead by continued strong sales of the popular Ford Focus and introduction of the all-new Ford Fiesta, as well as new variants of Ford S-MAX and the upgraded 2010 Ford Mondeo.

Jiangling Motors Corporation, Ford Motor's commercial vehicle investment in China, reached sales of 114,688 units, with Ford Transit leading the high-end light commercial van segment in 2009 with sales of 33,585 units, up 22 percent from a year ago.

To read the full article, click here.

Ford Focus RS
Modern Classics Join Ford Heritage Collection
As Ford of Britain enters its 99th year, the company's historical fleet is celebrating its own milestone, securing its 100th vehicle. The Focus RS, launched during 2009, is the latest addition to the Essex-based Ford Heritage Collection.

The Focus RS joins such icons as the original 1970 London to Mexico winning Escort, one of only seven GT70 cars ever built and Sir Jackie Stewart's 1970 March 701, in which he won the Spanish grand prix. The Collection also includes many fine examples of standard road cars.

The Ford Heritage Collection, which is used regularly by media and Ford dealers, had a busy 2009. Several of the vehicles were on display in May as the Ford Dagenham estate celebrated its 80th anniversary, and guests were able to drive a Model AA truck similar to the first vehicle driven off the line at Dagenham in 1931.

To read the full article, click here.

 

Video Corner
Jim Cramer
Cramer Raves about Ford, Mulally
(CNBC) Mad Money's Jim Cramer shares his thoughts on Ford and its management. To view the video, click here.

George Pipas
Ford Better than Expected Sales
(CNBC) Ford sales were up 23.3 percent, with George Pipas, Ford chief sales analyst and CNBC's Phil LeBeau. To view the video, click here.

GM Sales
Inside GM Sales
(CNBC) A closer look at GM's sales numbers, with Susan Docherty, General Motors vice president of Sales and CNBC's Phil LeBeau. To view the video, click here.

 

Outside Voices
Alan Mulally: The Driving Force of Motor City
(The Sunday Times) With his bright smile, open face and lick of light brown hair, Alan Mulally looks like an overgrown boy scout. Don't be fooled. Mulally may look and sound preppie, but he is a killer preppie. To read the full article, click here.

Ford Making 'Tremendous Progress,' Mulally Says
(Bloomberg) Ford Motor Co. Chief Executive Officer Alan Mulally said investments in the company's car lineup and efforts to pay back debt are helping the automaker make "tremendous progress" in its turnaround effort. To read the full article, click here.

Ford, Toyota Show Gain in Stabilizing U.S. Market as GM Slides
(Bloomberg) Ford Motor Co. and Toyota Motor Corp. took U.S. market share in December from General Motors Co. as the government-controlled automaker couldn't take advantage of improving consumer demand. To read the full article, click here.

GM Says China Sales Up 67 Percent in 2009
(AP) General Motors Co. said Monday that 2009 sales in China by the company and its local partners rose 67 percent to a record 1.8 million vehicles amid tax cuts and incentives to help boost the industry. To read the full article, click here.

GMAC Gets $3.8 Billion More in Aid
(New York Times) The Treasury Department said on last week that it would give $3.8 billion more to GMAC Financial Services and become the auto lender's majority owner because GMAC had been unable to raise sufficient capital on its own. To read the full article, click here.

China's Automakers Dramatically Improve Quality
(China Daily) According to the 2009 China Initial Quality Study, the average number of quality problems reported with Chinese domestic vehicles has now dropped to an average of just 2.58 problems per vehicle, while the average number of quality problems reported with international brand vehicles is 1.42 problems per vehicle. This is real progress. To read the full article, click here.

 

AXZ and Marketing Information
Ford Employees and Retirees Have Access to More X-Plan PINs!
Ford Motor Company has expanded its X-Plan initiative by granting two additional X-Plan PINs (6 total) to its employees and retirees through the end of 2009. Take advantage of this great opportunity and help boost company sales by extending X-Plan savings to your friends and neighbors by visiting www.axz.ford.com today.

 

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.

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 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 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. 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 12:
Ford Metro Atlanta Salaried Retirees Club Monthly Breakfast (Roswell, GA)

The next monthly breakfast will be on Tuesday, Jan. 12 from 9:30 a.m. until 11:00 a.m. at the Peachtree Diner (915 Holcomb Bridge Road). If you would like further information about the breakfast or the FMASRC, please contact Bob Loovis at COUNTRYCOVEFARM@comcast.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

 

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.

 



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