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Amateur Astronomy Club

To support and encourage the common interest of the membership in amateur astronomy through group observing and other related group activities;
To cultivate public awareness and appreciation of astronomy as a hobby and as a science through public “open house” observing sessions and other related public activities;
To improve the skills and knowledge of the membership in all areas of amateur astronomy through sharing of experiences and information in lectures, seminars, demonstrations, and other related group activities;
To promote interaction among the several area amateur astronomy clubs by proactive organization of joint observing sessions, meetings, and other related joint activities.

Liam Finn
Arts and Crafts Enthusiasts

The club regularly meets to explore different crafts, network and have a great time.  If you are interested in being added to our distribution list or would like more information.

Jeri Shami
jshami@ford.com
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Athletic Swim & Triathlon Club (F.A.S.T.)

Ford Swim & Triathlon (FAST): Focused on Swimming all year round and triathlons during the summer this club helps beginners reach their goals through clinics, presentations, coached competitive swimming workouts (winter), organized workouts all year, discounts to local partners, and host a sprint triathlon in July, and a Masters Swim Meet in February. Here is there homepage.

The group helps their members to reach their goals whether it is for improved swimming conditionin, doing their first triathlon, or completing that long course triathlon.

Audiophile Club

Ford Audiophile Club : The Club’s Charter is to enhance members’ enjoyment of recorded music.  To this end we hold listening sessions in member’s homes and retail salons and have hosted new product demos.
The only requirements for membership are a love of music, an interest in learning from others, and a willingness to share from your own experience what works well and what doesn’t.  We pride ourselves on our openness to all systems from inexpensive vintage, DIY, to the latest high dollar designs.

The only requirements for membership are a love of music, an interest in learning from others and a willingness to share from your own experience what works well and what doesn’t. No dues or attendance requirements.

Additional Contact
Don Bilger:  [email protected]

Neal Petty
npetty@ford.com
Ballroom Dance Club

The Ford Ballroom Dance Club provides the opportunity for everyone to experience the world of ballroom dancing. Classes are taught by top local professional dance instructors at a beginner to intermediate level. Our classes are geared toward the social level rather than the technical level of dance teaching. You do not need to be a Ford Employee to come to our dances. We have four to five dances per year that are held in the most elegant settings.

Join the Ford Ballroom Dance Club for a great social activity, it’s also a moderate level of exercise.

Jenny Remington
jremingt@ford.com
Basketball Club

The pro ballers get some time off, but FERA Basketball plays all year long! Come exercise with us as the basketball clubs primary objective is to have fun while getting a great cardio workout. We have pick-up games being played every Wednesday night from 6:00-8:00 PM in Dearborn Heights. If you’d like to sign up for our email distribution or for any other questions about the club please contact Dapo (AADEWUSI) or Luke (DRABIDEA).

Luke Rabideau
drabidea@ford.com
Bridge Club

The club meets weekly on every Tuesday evening (unless the building is closed for Holidays – check our schedule) in the cafeteria of Ford World Headquarters (on the North Side of Michigan Avenue just East of the Southfield Expressway). Enter from the parking lot on the north side; use the security telephone if the doors are locked to have the guard let you in. All other entrances are access controlled.
Registration starts around 6:30 with play starting at 7:00. The playing fee is $5 per person. This is an ACBL sanctioned club. You are encouraged to join the ACBL through our club. Bring a partner or come alone. You do not have to be a Ford Employee to participate. All levels of playing skill are welcome.

Additional contacts:
Ellen Silverest [email protected]
Ardale Johnson [email protected]
Mark Krugman [email protected]

ACBL Website
Bill Gregg
William.Gregg@ge.com
Canoe, Kayak Club and Dragon Boat

The Ford Canoe and Kayak Club (FCKC) has a mission to give members opportunities for a fun & healthy lifestyle usually outside and, but not limited too, on the water through human powered propulsion.  There are no fees for becoming an FCKC member, but we do need a valid CDS ID (confirmed Ford retiree is OK too) because the majority of our communication is through email.  Our distribution list is kept private (no “Reply-All’s).  Typical paddles happen after work in the Detroit Metro Area.  Members are encouraged to suggest new outings.  In previous years, members have proposed and made trips happen including overnight camping, out to Turnip Rock in Lake Huron, and moon lit paddles with dinner & a symphony.  Boat rentals vs. bringing one’s own depends on the trip.  More detail about our club or networking with other paddlers can be done at our online location:   https://thehubat.ford.com/groups/fckc-ford-canoe-and-kayak-club

FCKC Contact Lead:  Brian Bialk, email:  [email protected]

The Motor City Dragons is a Dragon Boat Team paddling a 40’ dragon boat with 20 paddlers (10 rows of 2) a drummer in the front and a stern steering the boat while standing in the back.  We have a dragon boat named Mustang Patty and we paddle in the Detroit River/Trenton Channel on the south tip of Grosse Ile (island) at the Ford Yacht Club.  Our practices are June, July, August (sometimes May & September depending on weather) once a week after work. We meet at 6 pm and push off the dock at 6:30 pm with our coach leading the hour-long practice.  We paddle in ~ 3 dragon boat festivals/races per year.  Previously we’ve raced in the Midwest (MI: Lake Orion, Lansing; OH:  Cleveland, Akron, Sandusky; IL: Chicago), Wallaceburg & Toronto Canada and Florence Italy.  We have a composite team of breast cancer survivors and co-ed supporters.  Regular exercise is recommended to reduce the occurrence of cancer and is recommended (prior to, during, after treatment).  Paddling a dragon boat is a full body exercise for your core, legs, and upper body.  It also requires teamwork to paddle in synch, meaning 20 paddles blades enter & exit the water at the same time.  Medical research has shown that for breast cancer survivors, dragon boating is beneficial as it stimulates the lymphatic system and doesn’t result in lymphedema while improving range of motion and strengthening the upper body.  Support and comradery was so great that the 26 research participants in A Breast In a Boat never disbanded upon completion of research in 1996 in Vancouver Canada.

Additional Contract Info :

Dragon Boat: Csilla E. Gutay [email protected]

Brian Bialk
BBIALK@ford.com
Chorus Club

The Ford Motor Company Chorus is a recreational Soprano Alto Tenor Bass (SATB) chorus, whose members include Ford employees, family, and friends. We invite anyone 18 years or older to join us, Ford or non-Ford. Directed by Dr. Jonathan Drake, the Ford Chorus performs at several events within Ford and the surrounding community throughout the year. The Chorus season runs from September through June, with a few events during the summer.

Spring 2018 Season – Practice location. The chorus returns to practicing at Ford WHQ in the East Lobby. Enter the building through the North entrance. Stop by the guard desk and sign in. If you are new or your name does not appear, please add it to the sign-in sheet. We meet Monday nights from 6:30 to 8:30 pm.

We are always looking for new members to join the Chorus. If you enjoy singing, can sing in tune, and want to hear yourself improve, then we invite you to join us! Not sure if you want to join? Come give us a listen.

For more information contacts:
Andrew Borzych, Chorus President, 313-402-9401-W, [email protected] or

Bill Curtiss, Chorus Vice President, 313-805-4865-W, [email protected]

Club Website: Ford Motor Company Chorus Website
Phone Number: 313-805-4865

Contact Person Name: Bill Curtiss
Contact Email: [email protected]

313-402-9401
Andrew Borzych, Chorus President
aborzych@ford.com
Classic Auto Restoration Society (C.A.R.S.)

The Classic Auto Restorers’ Society is a small but highly committed group of historic car collectors. You don’t have to own a historic car to be a member, and we won’t judge what’s classic and what’s not. But, our members hold about 135 cars, from pre-Model T Fords to late 1970s muscle cars. All types and makes are welcome, and we have horseless carriages, steamers, early Jeeps, Mustangs, Fairlanes, Renaults, Hupmobiles, a Cobra or two, and much more. Our members often work together on each others’ projects, and can provide insight from their own extensive experience. Some of our members participate in historic site restoration and volunteer at historic car events.

In the summer months, we meet at least once a month at a cruise night or outdoor event, usually around dinner time, and members often drive their historic cars. In the winter, we meet once a month at a local restaurant. We also plan outings to car-related events such as Concours at St. John’s, Meadow Brook Cruise-and-theater nights, and we encourage members to participate in community service events. We offer FERA benefits to our members, including discount tickets to the Detroit Auto Show, Detroit AutoRama, and other great events. Meetings are typically within a few minutes of the Ford Dearborn facilities.

Additional Contact Info:
Bill Kern [email protected]

Randy Betki [email protected]

Bill Kern
wtkern@earthlink.net
Cricket League

Ford Cricket League (FCL) is an organization formed to promote the game of cricket at Ford Motor Company, since 2001.FCL is led by a committee, with experience, in fostering the growth of local cricket in Michigan as well. Ford Cricket League is conducted in a professional manner keeping in view , the best traditions of the game.

Membership in the Ford Cricket League is open to:
Ford Employees, Retirees, and Agency/Contract personnel
MEMBERSHIP BENEFITS INCLUDE:
THE OPPORTUNITY TO BE A PARTICIPANT IN THE CLUB’S UNIQUE WELL ORGANIZED CRICKET TOURNAMENTS WITHIEXCELLENT GROUND CONDITIONS
KNOWLEDGE AND EXPERTISE
PARTICIPATION IN CLUB OUTINGS AND EVENTS
DISCOUNTS ON AUTO SHOW TICKETS, ENTERTAINMENTS, RECEIVE PERKS CARD

DURING THE REGULAR SEASON (APRIL-OCTOBER every year) MEETINGS ARE HELD EACH MONTH ANYWHERE BETWEEN 12 NOON TO 5:00 PM EST IN THE FORD ITEK BUILDING ON THE CORNER OF FORD RD AND GREEN FIELD ,IN DEARBORN, MI.(iTek Center West ,15555 Lundy Parkway, Dearborn, MI 48126.)

A MEMBER WILL BE NORMALLY ASSIGNED TO A TEAM AND FOR A SPECIFIC TEAM. (DUES RANGE BETWEEN $20.00 to $25.00 PER MEMBER FOR A PARTICULAR YEAR)

Additional INFORMATION, CONTACT:

President: Bondada, Jithen (J.) [email protected]

COO : Subramanian, Muthukumar (M.) [email protected] (

Bondada, Jithen (J.)
jbondad1@ford.com
Cycling Club—G.E.A.R.S.

Going Easy And Riding Slower
GEARS is dedicated to assisting new riders all aspects of riding, including fixing flat tires, adjusting derailleurs and answering those deep questions like, just what is this thing-a-ma-jig on that doohickey there anyway?

So ask lots of questions, please.
GEARS wants to ensure that all riders are comfortable with their bikes and see cycling as a FUN activity in which enjoying the scenery is valued more than going really, really, really fast or how you look in spandex. ( By the way: Spandex is not required ).

Yup, maybe GEARS folks are treating cycling a little less seriously than most other clubs, but wasn’t that the point of it all when you got your first bike?   Our goal is to get people comfortable with bike riding and to extend their comfort level to the point at which they feel can ride whenever and wherever they want.

COMFORT: Knocking down barriers!
Physical Comfort — Find out what can be done to allow you to ride your bike more comfortably (bike fit, clothes).
Comfort in Ability — Help riders realize that distance, pace & terrain can all be overcome.
Comfort of Knowledge — Learn more about parts of bikes, what they do and how to fix/adjust them; what to bring on rides and different bikng venues.

As you become more comfortable with cycling, you will find that you are able to explore so much more:

Organized rides
Multi-day tours
Charity rides
Mountain biking
Rides combined with camping
Racing
……… the possibilities are ENDLESS!

Cycling Club Website
Joe Cicchelli,
jcicchel@ford.com
Detroit Social Club

A FERA club for Ford and Ford agency employees who want to explore Detroit and give back to community.

Connect:  With people who love the city of Detroit.
Explore:  New neighborhoods, bars/restaurants, and things to do in the city.
Serve: Detroit through volunteering and community engagement initiatives
Support: Ford recruitment efforts to offer perspective on and exploration of Detroit

Contact: mailto:[email protected]

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