The various categories of IBM Club membership for local (employee) and retiree clubs are defined in the relevant constitution. For information on retiree eligibility and retirement age by pension plan please read this guide.
Choosing a club
All IBM Club employee members have the right to choose with which local club they affiliate. Retirees may affiliate to one of the six retiree clubs, or a local 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.
Please note in choosing whether you affiliate with a Local Club or a Retiree Club: Clubs and subsections are entitled to charge differential membership and event prices for members of another local or retiree club wishing to attend their events. They are also entitled to charge differential event prices for members who do not pay a subscription. You are recommended to affiliate to the Club with which you anticipate attending most events
You can join or leave IBM Club or change the local club to which you are affiliated using the IBM Workday 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.
A "Retiree" member is any ex-IBM employee with 10 years of service who has attained minimum pension age for any pension plan they hold regardless of pension plan or whether they're in receipt of their pension.
Retiree Clubs will be free for all "Retiree" members and Local Clubs (otherwise known as Employee Clubs) will be subscription based, currently set at £26 per year.
"Retirees" who have been informed that they are entitled to free membership to an IBM Club (primarily those who have left IBM on a Defined Benefit pension scheme before April 2018) will continue to have free membership, regardless of which Club they affiliate with.
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.
Dependant members are the surviving spouse or partner of an IBM Retiree who wish to remain a member of the same IBM Club. Please send an e-mail to RetireeClubMembership@uk.ibm.com if you wish to remain as a Dependant member. Retiree Clubs will be free for all Dependant members and for Local Clubs the subscription will be as for the deceased IBM Retiree member.
Retirees and Dependants paying subscriptions to Local Clubs
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. Retiree and Dependant membership subscriptions fall due in full in January with those joining during the year paying £2 per remaining whole or part month when they join. Subscription reminders will be sent out in January each year to those who have provided an e-mail address. Retiree and Dependant memberships not renewed by February will lapse and lapsed members removed from the monthly UK IBM Club membership list.