February 2021 Newsletter

We received some great entries for the winter photo competition; see below for the results.

The next meeting of the IBM Tech Club will be on Friday 19th of February; Gary Wooding has volunteered to explain how he has installed a camera into an IBM Thinkpad.

Robert Tickell, who is our Retiree MND (Member Norminated Director of IBM UK's Pensions Trustee), is holding one of his regular pension Q&A calls on Friday afternoon (19th Feb) at 4.30pm. All retirees are very welcome. See (below) for details.

See below for details of this year’s AGM.

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


Annual General Meeting

This year’s AGM will be held on Wednesday 17 March at 11:00am using Zoom.

Use the link below to join the meeting:


ID: 895 9161 4566
code: 472673

The Club can only continue because members are willing to help run the Club. Can you give a little time to join the Committee? Please send nominations for Officers and Committee to Ray Bradshaw (ray.chris.bradshaw@gmail.com) as soon as possible.


  1. Welcome by Chairman
  2. Apologies for Absence
  3. Approval of Minutes for the 2020 AGM (click here)
  4. Matters arising from the 2020 Minutes
  5. Treasurer’s Report (click here)
  6. Election of Officers
  7. Address by Robert Tickell MND of IBM Pensions Trust
  8. Approval of Constitution (click here)
  9. 2021 Events


Winter photo competition

Thank you all for your entries to this competition which has been judged by the club’s committee.

The winner is Susan Lees with her landscape picture who receives the prize of a bottle of wine.
Second place was taken by Paul Gover with his picture of boots in the snow.
Sheila Short was third with a sunny snowscape.

All the entries may be viewed using this link.

We will be having a Spring Photo competition with details in our March newsletter.

Click on the images below to see higher resolution versions.


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


PENSIONS Q&A Call With Robert Tickell (Retiree Member Norminated Director or MND/Co-Chair of IBM UK's Pensions Trustee) - Friday 19 February at 4.30PM

Robert Tickell, who is our Retiree MND, is holding one of his regular Member Q&A calls on Friday afternoon (19th Feb) at 4.30pm. All retirees are very welcome.

For those of you who have not joined one of his calls before, Robert will say some words up front to put a bit of a context on the call, particularly for those of you that don’t have a lot of time and will need to drop off. And then he will open up the call for questions. As before, Robert will aim to stay until the questions run out.

The details of the call are on the Pensions Trust website under “News” or here:



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.


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.


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


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.


Click on the links below for more useful information.

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