Each local club runs events for employee and/or retiree members with funding from an IBM grant and from members' subscriptions/contributions. These events could be theatre trips, sports outings, meals out, or practically anything that is safe and legal!
Each local club has a committee with a chairman, secretary, treasurer and other committee members. They meet regularly, usually monthly, to discuss new event ideas and to keep track of the events that they are running. An annual general meeting is held at which the activities and finances of the local club will be reported. The committee members for the coming year are elected at the AGM.
Some local clubs have enough members to support special interest subsections. These are allocated a grant by the local club committee from their overall grant and will be run on the same basis as the local club with a committee, and holding regular committee meetings and an AGM. Subsections usually charge a small subscription to join.
An IBM manager fulfils the role of Oversight Manager, representing the interests of the clubs to HR and Finance, and ensuring that clubs meet the standard of governance set out in the Constitution and Operating Guidelines. The Oversight Manager is supported by the Finance Steering Committee who provide and support accounting tools for Clubs, and coach treasurers in their use.
IBM Club is a great way to pursue the activities that you enjoy at advantageous prices. It is also a good way to meet other IBMers from different parts of the business, be they employed or retired. You are encouraged to join in and take part, and if your favourite activity is not catered for make a suggestion to your local club. Since IBM Club relies on volunteers to organise events please consider helping out in this way. You will be warmly welcomed and given every assistance and encouragement.