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Origin of the Ford Retired Engineering Executives (F.R.E.E.)


Origin of the Ford Retired Engineering Executives (FREE)*:  Shortly after retirement, on November 16, 1966, three former Ford Executives met for lunch at the Oakland Hills Country Club.  Jack Faulkner was an Attorney in the Office of the General Counsel; Joe Felts was Executive Engineer for Mercury Advanced; and Connie Bouchard was an Executive Engineer in Research.  


Officers & Membership Committee
  • Chairman, Gene Nelson
  • Secretary, Ed Moylan
  • Treasurer, Ed Breyer

FREE Web Site

The web site for the Ford Retired Engineering Executives (FREE) organization,, is intended to keep members up-to-date with planned FREE events, such as, lunches, speakers, car shows, and tours.  Members can submit news stories they think will interest other members and make luncheon reservations on-line, after logging in.  Potential new members can submit a membership application on-line.


FREE annual dues are $20.00 payable upon notification.
Dues are used for web site and other administrative expenses, memorials for deceased members, donations to select organizations, and subsidies for certain events. Members who are 90 days past due on their membership renewal will be removed from the membership rolls. Reinstatement will occur upon receipt of dues payment.

Ford Retired Engineering Executives

FREE is relatively loose knit and gets together monthly to enjoy each others' company and have lunch.  Although referred to as FREE, lunch is not free!

Most months an activity such as a speaker or plant tour is planned along with lunch.   Announcements are posted early in the month for meetings and/or other events which are usually held the 3rd Wednesday of the month.

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Membership Eligibility: Membership is limited to Ford Motor Company retirees with supervisory experience at LL5 (SG 11) or higher level, in Product Engineering, or an organization having frequent contact with Engineers in Product Development and not affiliated in any way with a Ford competitor.

Dues: There is a $20 annual membership fee to cover administrative expenses, memorials for deceased members, donations to select organizations, and subsidies for certain events.  FREE annual dues are $20 payable upon notification.

Meetings: Meeting activities are arranged on a volunteer basis by our members.  Therefore, active participation is welcome for organizing interesting programs each year. Suggestions are always welcome.

Meetings require a reservation via web site, email or phone call several days before the meeting to assure a known attendance for meeting commitments.  Membership continues to grow and arranging meetings is a significant task.  Occasionally, meeting facilities will accommodate only a limited number, in which case, attendance will be controlled by a first-to-reserve process.  Of course, courtesy requires a cancellation call if a reservation cannot be honored.

Security:  For reasons of confidentiality and security, cell phones, cameras, and other recording devices are not permitted at luncheons or other functions when or where sensitive information might be presented. Material and remarks by speakers are not to be shared with anyone who is not a FREE member.

History:  The FREE organization dates back to 1966; more detailed information is available by clicking on "News", then "FREE Related".