July 2014 Newsletter

Editorial

In this newsletter we have feedback on the results of the questionnaire about events for 2015 to which many of you responded. There is also information about arranging your own visit to the Guide Dogs National Breeding Centre.

Michael Fabianski, Newsletter Editor. E-mail: ibmmidretnews@gmail.com

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Events for 2015 - Survey Results

Thank you to the 84 people who responded to the recent questionnaire. The results contained a few surprises which we will try to incorporate into our planning meeting in August.

Most of the respondents have taken part in events during the year but the reasons given by those who have never taken part were useful. Although the majority cited living too far away as the main reason, having too busy a retirement was also mentioned. Predictably, opinions were quite widely split about the types of event you prefer but there were some interesting additional comments made which we will be looking at more closely. In the context of reduced grants from IBM, it is clear you do not want to restrict the numbers attending to save costs but would be willing to accept other cost saving options.

Again, perhaps predictably, the age spread follows closely a normal distribution curve between 55 and 85. Interestingly, nobody chose the “Prefer not to say” option. However, the most useful responses came when asked for ideas for future events. We will be looking at all these in more detail although there were probably enough to keep us going for much more than another year. However, one suggestion can be answered immediately - see the Guide Dog item in this news letter.

Finally, with all these good ideas, we just happen to have a vacancy on the committee so why not put yourself forward to help us organise them?

Guide Dogs National Breeding Centre

there was insufficient interest last year for a club visit to the National Breeding Centre but it is very easy to arrange your own visit. Tours are run every Tuesday and Wednesday afternoon and Friday morning. There are also occasional Saturday morning visits. As you might imagine, demand is high, so early booking is most likely to secure a place on a date of your choice and groups up to about 40 can be accommodated. You just need to contact Liz Hinkley or Susi Cheshire at the NBC on 0845 3727 432 or email NBCvisitors@guidedogs.org.uk. There is no charge for the tours although donations will be gratefully received and there is a small shop at the end of the tour. More details can be found at www.guidedogs.org.uk/aboutus/national-breeding-centre.

IBM Alumni

members may not be aware that there is an IBM Alumni Directory going back to the early 1970’s. Although mainly North America based there are a growing number of World Trade ex-IBMers listed and you can add your own details. It can be found at www.ibmalumni.com.

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Events

Click here to see the list of the events which are planned for 2014. The following is the status of those which have been announced.

Booking Conditions. Click here to read the terms and conditions.

Photographs from Past Events. Click here or here to view a selection of photographs from past events.

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Sub-Groups of IBM Club and Retirees Club

IBM Retirees PC and Technology Group (founded by Harry Green)

The IBM Retirees PC and Technology Group meets every alternate month for a lively discussion on PC and technology topics in the digital age. There are usually one or two specific presentations given by members or by outside speakers, which the members of the Group have requested. We try to provide a reasonable balance between PC “techie” topics, new technology, and topics of a more general nature such as digital television, Internet telephony and digital photography. So whether you are a newcomer to the PC or a more experienced user, we hope you will find something of interest. You are very welcome to join us.

Contacts:- Roger Goodman email:- roger@northside.me.uk Alan Bridgman email:- abri@waitrose.com

Go to meeting dates and other information

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IBM Retirees Rambling Group

The IBM (Warwick) Rambling Club is now a subsection of the IBM Midlands Retiree Club. Any member of the Midlands Retiree club is welcome to join our subsection. Our subs are £5 per person per year. Our programme consists of a meal in late February, a monthly ramble with a pub lunch using own transport and an AGM in December. We also share a 3-4 day trip using coach transport with retiree sightseers in May.

Any retiree who would like to give us a try, can come along on one of our monthly walks without needing to join. Meal subsidies are available only to members and not for those joining us on a trial basis.

Our 2014 walk dates are: 9th February, 16th March, 16th April, 8th June, 20th July, 24th August, 14th September, 12th October, 16th November. All walk dates are Sundays with the exception of 16th April which is a Wednesday.

For more information, please contact Terry King, terryaking@hotmail.com.

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