April 2021 Newsletter

We are planning to run our first post-lockdown event, a Summer Lunch and Cruise, in August, by which time we hope Covid restrictions will be sufficiently relaxed. Like the very successful similar evening trip from Oxford in 2018, but this time it will be a daytime trip starting from Abingdon, with parking within easy walking distance of the boat. Salters boats are large, with plenty of space to walk around and mingle, including lots of cover in case of rain, and seats in the downstairs saloon. See the March newsletter for details. Please get your bookings in to Paul Gover as soon as possible - of course your deposit will be fully refunded if the trip has to be cancelled for any reason.

Time to get your cameras and smart phones out again and enter our Spring Photo competition. We are looking for the best Spring Theme picture taken between 15th March and the end of April 2021. There will be a prize for the best photo and a display of the best pictures will be included in our May newsletter. You may submit multiple pictures, but only the last picture submitted will be entered into the competition. All pictures entered will be saved in Dropbox and may be viewed using this link. See below for details.

The next meeting of the IBM Tech Club will be on Friday 16th of April; Paul Gover will talk about the Raspberry Pi and John Rickman will be talking about programming in Python.

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

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

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E2103PHO: Spring Photo Competition

Time to get your cameras and smart phones out again and enter our Spring Photo competition. We are looking for the best Spring Theme picture taken between 15th March and the end of April 2021. There will be a prize for the best photo and a display of the best pictures will be included in our May newsletter.

The rules are as follows:

The photos will be judged at the May meeting of the Midlands Retirees Club Committee.

All pictures entered will be saved in Dropbox and may be viewed using this link.

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Sub-Groups of Retirees Club and Employee Club

IBM Retirees Rambling Group

At the moment there are no rambles planned for 2021 but it is hoped to resume rambling as soon as circumstances permit.

Please contact Terry King, terryaking@hotmail.com for the latest information.

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IBM Retirees PC and Technology Group

The IBM Tech Club meets using the Zoom video conferencing platform at 11.00 on the third Friday of each month. The club is a place where you can talk to IBM folk about matters technical. For example, help or advice on buying or using computers, smart phones,touch pads; engineering, electronics, wifi, bluetooth, cryptography, bitcoin, using computers to making movies, songs or musical works, best software, streaming, the internet, photography, diy, and anything else about the modern world you would like to understand better.

Apart from the technical discussion we try to have a talk by a club member at each meeting. This depends very much on members volunteering to prepare and show something they are interested in.

At 11 o’clock on the day of the meeting click on the link below. It should take you straight into the meeting.

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88338135221?pwd=eFYyUTdKZjRUSlR4V0RqZmFYMmlCQT09

If you need help with Zoom contact John Rickman (rickman@argonet.co.uk) in good time before the meeting.

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Members’ Notices

We all know Midlands Retirees who are undertaking a range of activities to raise money for good causes. The Committee have therefore decided to offer this space to advertise such initiatives and other events which may be of interest.

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