The following announcement comes from the UK IBM Club Oversight Team. Other information on this web site and in the Constitution will be brought up to date soon.
*IMPORTANT UPDATE* UK IBM Club Eligibility and Fee Structure changes - effective beginning of April 2018
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
You can find out how to join or leave IBM Club, or to change the local club to which you are affiliated, at this IBM Connections page. If you just want to check to see if you are an IBM Club member take a look at your last pay slip. If you are a member then there will be an entry for "IBM CLUB". If you have other membership related questions please send them to EmployeeClubMembership@uk.ibm.com.
To join or leave IBM Club, or to change the local club to which you are affiliated, please send an e-mail to RetireeClubMembership@uk.ibm.com. Please also use this e-mail address to notify any changes in contact details, in particular your e-mail address. If you benefit from an IBM defined benefit pension please also remember to inform the IBM Pensions Trust at email@example.com.
Those who have left IBM after 15 or more years of continuous IBM service are able to become Associate Members on payment of an annual subscription, currently set at £25. Those with an an IBM defined benefit pension who subsequently begin drawing this pension become Retiree Members. Those who contributed to an IBM defined contribution pension can continuue as Associate Members in perpetuity. Associate member subscription payments are paid directly to the club with which the member affiliates, but their membership status is tracked centrally so that associate members can be included in the monthly UK IBM Club membership list.
To join or leave IBM Club, or to change the local club to which you are affiliated, please send an e-mail to RetireeClubMembership@uk.ibm.com, copying the local club with which you wish to affiliate. Once your eligibility has been confirmed you make payment directly to your local club, who in turn notify the IBM Club administrator when your subscription payment is received. Associate membership subscriptions fall due in January with those joining during the year paying £2 per remaining whole or part month. Subscription reminders will be sent out in January each year to those who have provided an e-mail address. Associate memberships not renewed by February will lapse and lapsed members removed from the monthly UK IBM Club membership list.
The various categories of IBM Club membership are defined in the constitution.
Choosing a club
All IBM Club members, whether they are still employed by IBM or are IBM retirees, have the right to choose with which local club they affiliate, whether that be one of the six retiree clubs, or a club associated with a current or historical IBM location.
Depending on where you live there may be more than one local club whose events you may wish to take part in. You may only affiliate with one local club, but clubs operate a policy whereby any member can apply for events run by any club. In making up your mind with which club to affiliate you should review the events of the candidate clubs and decide between them on the basis of which club's events you are most likely to attend. If your attendance pattern changes, or you move location, you can easily change your affiliation.