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Information Technology Pioneers

Retirees and former employees of Unisys, Lockheed Martin, and their predecessor companies

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Introduction [left]

Board

Committees

Elections

Revision History

The VIP Club

   The VIP CLUB was created in 1980 as the Sperry Retirees Club, a non-profit, social and service organization [IRS cat 501C(7).] by 2010 we had grown to over 1,500 members, a 200% increase from the initial 75 members.  Members are retirees, former employees, spouses, and retirement eligible employees of Unisys, Lockheed Martin (LMCO), and their Twin Cities 'predecessor’ companies illustrated in this Legacy icon. The VIP Club provides a forum for retirees to remain connected with work colleagues and the 'computer' community.  An Associate membership is available to individuals under age 55 who want to keep connected with former co-workers and our Legacy. Join Us?

   The Board meets periodically to conduct business of the club including program planning, newsletter production, and website maintenance. UNISYS is our host company, although their Roseville operations moved to Eagan in 2017 - they continue to allow us use of their conference rooms for board meetings and occasional programs.  Every April, the Club honors our members who are an asset to their communities through individual volunteer activities - this volunteer luncheon continues the tradition of recognition that Sperry started in the late 80s.

    Club details are in the sub-tabs under this Club page. The Social Activities tab also has event registration information. The other tabs are an anthology of our Information Technology (IT) Pioneering. Our Legacy consists of People Engineering Systems and Computers at Locations in the St. Paul, MN environs and the throughout the world. The Our Stories tab is self evident, the Exhibit Sites has info about local as well as national exhibits of Legacy equipments.

   In addition to this web site's Legacy Anthology; volunteers are preserving our Legacy at the University of Minnesota's Charles Babbage Institute in Minneapolis, MN and with an exhibit of artifacts, hardware, and posters at the Dakota County Historical Society's Lawshe Memorial Museum located in South St. Paul, MN.

   This Legacy is coupled with a corporate sister division; see notes from Unisys Blue Bell and EMCC history in Pennsylvania. The Unisys Blue Bell Retirees' Group web site was http://www.ubbrg.org until April of 2017. Our Newsletters page 7 has links to their most recent NEWSBITS.

The Board

A Constitution governs the VIP CLUB; defining the Board as President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer, four Directors, and the Immediate Past President. The Constitution directs the Board to enact operational Bylaws with four goals:

  1. The Club shall provide an opportunity for social interaction of its members,
  2. The Club shall provide services and information appropriate to the interest of its members,
  3. The Club shall provide a mechanism for member services to the community, and
  4. The Club shall provide a forum for information on the heritage and on-going action of the sponsoring business entities and their predecessors.

We are all volunteers, welcome help with any aspect of services and social activities. We conduct Club business at Board meetings on the first Wednesday morning of even numbered months. Board Associates who coordinator various activites participate in these meetings as needed or as they wish. Club members are always welcome to attend Board meetings, please notify the President by the Friday before any meeting if you have an issue for the agenda.

2018 Officers and Directors

Position Name Phone E-mail Committees
President Harvey Taipale 651-280-7332 hjtaipale@comcast.net All
Vice President Steve Koltes 651-303-9112  koltess@leidos.com All
Treasurer Paul Hove 651-738-4908 paul@paulhove.com Membership
Secretary Boni Westberg 651-429-2534 bonjim@hotmail.com Programs Planning
Director Joe Schwarz 651 698-9698 jschwarzsr@centurylink.net Newsletter
Director Lowell Benson 651 483-3709 labenson@q.com Legacy, Website
Director Gish Devlaminck 651-470-8905 membership@vipclubmn.org Membership
Director James 'Jim' Andrews 651-451-7502 James.R.Andrews@comcast.net Various
Past President  Keith Behnke 651-894-2182 keithbhnk@comcast.net Nomination, Programs
*Ex-Officio Millie Gignac, Bernie Jansen, Tom Turba, and Dale Phelps.   Various

*Members Emeriti, former board members who continued to support board activities long after their board tenure.

Committees

 We coordinate 'Social Events' at various facilities. These events generally are the second Wednesday of various months as announced in the newsletter and Social Activities tab. If you'd like to hear about a specific topic or from a local speaker, call or send a note to the programs activity coordinator. These 2018 Coordinators could always use help, please call them directly for an assignment.

What Who What Who
Annual Holiday Party Keith Behnke & Boni Westberg Newsletter Staff Lowell Benson, 651-483-3709
Richard Lundgren, 952 922-9587
Don Naaktgeboren, 952 927-8051
Annual Reunion Picnic  John Westergren & Keith Behnke      Photo Identification @ Lawshe Museum Tricia Myhre, 651 344-2828
Jon Simon, 651 463-7367
Annual UNIVAC Old Timers Reunion Lowell Benson, 651 483-3709 Programs Committee Keith Behnke, 651 894-2182
Dick Lundgren, 952 288-5141
Legacy Committee Co-chairs Lowell Benson, 651 483-3709
John Westergren, 651-456-3380
Recreation Activity Communications Keith Behnke, 651 894-2182
Exhibit concept coordination Keith Myhre, 655 344-2828 Roseville Good Old Days Paul Dickson, 651 482-9934
Liaison, Charles Babbage Institute Dick Lundgren, 952 288-5141 Sunshine - bereavement cards to families of deceased members.  Lynn Lindholm, 651 483-1030
Liaison, Lawshe Memorial Museum Harvey Taipale, 651 748-5083 Unihogs/Uniturkeys fall gathering Lowell Benson, 651 483-3709
Membership Committee Gish Devlaminck, 651-470-8905
Joe Schwarz, 651 698-9698
Paul Hove, 651-738-4908
Volunteer Breakfast Coordination Frank King, 651 774-0997
Newsletter Editor, Chief Joe Schwarz, 651 698-9698   Web Site Updates Lowell Benson, 651 483-3709

Elections

The annual Board election process begins in August of each year when the President appoints a three person nominating committee chaired by the Immediate Past President. The candidate slate for the following year is provided to the Club members in the Newsletter preceding the election and/or at the Club general meeting/program preceding the election. All club members are eligible to volunteer to be a candidate for election to any of the Director or Officer positions [except for the Immediate Past President which is not an elected position.] Floor nominations at the election meeting are in order - the person being nominated for the position must be willing and able to serve in the position. If a Board member resigns during his/her year of service, the Board appoints someone to serve in that position until the next election.   

2019 Slate of volunteer Officers and Directors to be ratified on November ?

Please contact Keith Behnke: "Ask not what the Club can do for you; ask what you can do for the Club and your former co-workers!" 

Revision History Log*

We track major changes to our site for the convenience of readers. Note that the revision date of each page and chapter is at the bottom of the left navigation section. 

  • January 8, 2018: Provide a Site Map tab, i.e. table of contents on the major page/chapter navigation section.  Updated Club pages to show 2018 officers, etc.
  • September 15, 2017: Updated the Exhibits page to show the transfer of shadowboxes from Roseville to Eagan.
  • May 18, 2017: Completed the page to chapter conversion for the Legacy Anthology - have yet to update the people, index chapter notations.
  • May 3, 2017: Completed the updates to the Legacy, Legacy Engineering, Legacy People, and Legacy Location chapters. Yet to be updated are the Legacy Systems and Legacy Computers chapters. Posted the Stories for April and May.
  • March 15, 2017: Posted the Stories, formerly the Article for the Month, for January, February, and March.
  • January 29, 2017: Posted a new format 'Our Legacy' page/chapter - only about 60 more legacy chapters to do.  Also posted an 'Article for the Month' for November and December of 2016, see the Our Stories tab.
  • January 24, 2017: Activated new format Club pages, Legacy chapter/page conversions will take place in the March through May time frame.
  • The October 2007 through December 2016 chronology of previous updates is in printer definition format (pdf).

*As of November 2009, changes to the Announcements section of the home page are not listed.