The IBM Retired
Employee Club (South Hants)

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Welcome....


The IBM Retired Employee Club (South Hants) Branch is available to some categories of retiree. The club promotes and encourages group social activities among retirees and their partners (or guest) and is a great way to pursue the activities that you enjoy, it is also a good way to meet other IBM retirees. The club is run by members who volunteer their time to organise social events. The programme is compiled by a small committee, who seek to make it varied and appealing to our wide variety of members. 


Club News

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* IMPORTANT UPDATE*

As of the beginning of April 2018, the eligibility criteria for a "Retiree" member will be changing and as a result, there will no longer be an Associate Member category. The new criteria is as follows:
A "Retiree" member is any ex-IBM employee with 10 years of service who has attained minimum pension age for their plan regardless of Pension Plan or whether they're in receipt of their Pension.
In addition, the fee structure is also changing. Retiree Clubs will be free for all "Retiree" members and Local Clubs (otherwise known as Employee Clubs) will be subscription based. It should be noted that "Retirees" who have been informed that they're entitled to free membership to an IBM Club (primarily those who have left IBM on a Defined Benefit pension scheme) will continue to have free membership, regardless of which Club they affiliate with.
Therefore "Associate" members who paid an annual subscription and were a member of a Local Club, will continue to pay a membership (as they are unlikely to have been on a Defined Benefit pension plan), but will be known as "Retirees" going forwards as opposed to "Associate" members. If you haven't already paid, your subscription is now due.
"Associate" members who paid an annual subscription and were a member of a Retiree Club, will no longer be required to pay a subscription and will simply be known as "Retirees" going forwards. If you've already paid your subscription, you will be due a refund.
If for some reason, you believe you are no longer eligible, please talk to your Club in the first instance, and contact the retireeclubmembership@uk.ibm.com in the second instance. There is an exception process; if a Club would like to authorise a new joiner who doesn't fit the criteria above, a case should be presented to the IBM Trustee for approval via the Oversight Manager. Any approved exceptions will be documented for audit purposes.
The purpose of these changes are to make the definition of a "Retiree" more inclusive, more fair and equitable to those on non-Defined Benefit pension plans, in addition to levelling the playing field between "Employees" and "Retirees" in local clubs.
The various categories of IBM Club membership are defined in the constitution.

Car Parking at North Harbour.

The parking space for our trips has changed. We can no longer park in bays C and D but are requested to park in Car Park A. The coach will be parking for pick up and drop off in the lay-by as normal. Although there is a barrier at the entrance of car park A this will be open. If you not sure where Car Park A is, then please refer to the map under the Car Parking tab.

New Events now available for Booking

Strawberry Hill, House and Garden

If you have access to 'Word' then you can download the booking form [here]

(this download is only available for New Events).

Booking Form Downloads

To access the Booking forms, please click on the trip under Upcoming Events

To download booking forms you will need Adobe Reader installed on your computer. You can download for free the latest version of Adobe Reader by clicking [here]

Cancellations

If you have to cancel for any reason please contact the organiser of the event.(You will find this information on the booking form). If you are unable to speak to the organiser then please contact another member of the committee. (Do not leave a message on an answer phone!!)
I
f you cancel on the day then you can ring the club mobile (for those in possession of a mobile phone I would like to suggest you add our club mobile number
07810494624 to your contact list).
The organiser will agree with the Treasurer if a refund can be given and let you know. Where a refund is possible the Treasurer will forward a refund to you minus any administration cost. Please be aware that this could take some time as all refunds have to be agreed at the next Committee meeting. In the event of the Treasurer being away on holiday these will not be processed until his return.

Cheque Payments

We have recently had a number of cheques returned to us as the drawer is in the process of switching banks. I don’t know what the new bank is telling you but the result is that a cheque drawn on your old bank will be rejected and represented by our bank to your new bank. On it’s own this would not be a problem, however, each time this happens we are charged £4 by our own bank. I am therefore making you aware that you are fully responsible for any charges we receive from this process.

Ron Bunce Treasurer

Upcoming Events

For full details of the trip and to download the Booking forms please click on the Event.

Bluebell Railway - 19th June
Kentish Curios - 21st June
Eltham Palace and Thames Boat trip - 24th July
Summer Lunch - 26th July
Edinburgh Tattoo - 7th to 10th August
Strawberry Hill House & Gardens 22nd August

All places are allocated on a ballot basis,
from time to time we do a first come
first served, but it will be clearly marked
on the Booking form when this applies.

Any tickets/places that are still available
for Events can be found here:

For further information please click on the event


If you wish to be notified when the latest Booking forms are available on the website please email secretary@shrets.co.uk with your request to be added to the distribution list.

Please make sure we have your correct email address


All applications to join the club and changes to home address should be sent to RetireeClubMembership@uk.ibm.com