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Information Technology Pioneers

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

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Qualification

Benefits

Membership Catagories

 

Membership

If you need to change your VIP club membership status (address, e-mail, phone #, etc.), simply e-mail the new information to  membership@vipclubmn.org or complete and submit the electronic form below.

  • Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, 2020 club activities were cancelled.  As compensation, all active memberships are automatically extended by one year (i.e. 2020 to 2021, 2021 to 2022, 2022 to 2023, etc.).  No action is required.   
  • Until May 31, 2021,  new or inactive members may register to receive a free one-year membership by submitting the form below.  Please read the membership qualifications below before completing this form.   

2021 Free New Member Registration or Member Change Form

1. *Enter your full name [e.g., James E. Doe, 'Jim'].
2. *Enter your e-mail address. [e.g., john.doe@server.com].
3. *Submittal type: New Member registration or Change info.
4. *Enter your street address or P.O. Box [Apt. No.]. apt#
5. *Enter your city (e.g., Eagan) and *state (e.g., MN). state
5a. *Enter your Zip code.:
6. Enter the name of your spouse/signifciant other  [if none, leave blank].
7. Enter your telephone number [optional]. 
8. Enter E for electronic newsletter delivery or P for U.S. Mail delivery; default is E.
9. Do you choose to be included  in the Club's directory? Yes or No; default is Y.
*10. Enter your 1st legacy company name, i.e., ERA or UNIVAC or Sperry or Burroughs or Unisys or Paramax or Loral or Lockheed Martin or a VIP Club Friend.
*Required Data; check your entries then click Submit.

Be patient; it takes a minute or so to execute the form's HTML and Perl scripting.  You will get a 'received' e-mail message from board@vipclubmn.org.

No email? To register or to change your information for the club database off-line; click membership form.  Print the form and mail it to: VIP Club - Membership  P.O. Box 21903, Eagan, MN 55121. 

Benefits of joining the VIP Club

  1. Periodic newsletters with program announcements, obits, new members' list, legacy articles, member article submittals, letter(s) to the editor, and the lighter side.
  2. Participation in all events; April Volunteer Recognition Luncheon, May Syttende Mai, Nov. Unihogs/Uniturkeys, etc.
  3. 'Low Cost' outings, i.e. although picnic attendee charge is $5, costs for food, drinks, and facility rental are about double that amount.
  4. Hosts of the spring Roseville Good Old Days and winter Annual UNIVAC Old Timers' Reunion
  5. Ready contact information for periodic small group breakfasts and lunch gatherings
  6. Contact links with former co-workers via the Club Directory - we do an annual electronic distribution to members.
  7. Opportunities for friendship via Club committee participation and recreational activities, i.e. golf leagues, electronics club, ..., etc.

Newsletters: Your newsletter subscription begins after we receive and process your application. see older newsletters at http://vipclubmn.org/Newsletters.html#Archives.  

Directory: We will provide an electronic directory copy to members on request.  We do not maintain the directory on-line as a member privacy protection against phishers.

Dues After 2021: One year $7 - Three years $18 - Free lifetime membership if your age is 90 or older (we presently have 29 in this 'senior senior' category). 
Memberships expire on December 31st, each member is notified via electronic or paper newsletter deliveries.  Member residences during 2020 were: 83.3% in Minnesota, 2.1% in Wisconsin, 2.1% in Arizona, 2.5% in Florida, and 10% in 28 other states - plus one in Canada, Germany, and Greece. 

Qualifications for membership

 Club membership is open to all retired employees, or current/former employees who are age 55 or older and their spouses of heritage companies and their predecessors' employees. Designation as a member in the VIP Club may be granted to persons, not specifically defined above, when approved by the Board of Directors. Spouses of deceased eligible former employees qualify for membership.

Heritage Companies or their predecessor organizations include but are not limited to ERA, Remington Rand Univac, Sperry Rand Univac, Univac, Sperry, Unisys, and merged portions of Burroughs, Paramax, Loral, Unisys and Lockheed Martin Minnesota entities as illustrated by this IT Legacy icon. 

This includes Liedos, PDA, DRS, etc. 

Membership Types

Associate Membership:

An Associate membership is available to individuals under age 55 who want to keep connected with former co-workers and our Legacy, you don't have to be retired to join us. Associate Members may participate at all Club hosted programs, however are not eligible for election to the Board. If you, the reader, are a former user of UNIVAC/Sperry/UNISYS/ systems and equipments and want to actively participate in the Legacy Anthology - please join us as an Associate, note the employer company form entry as Friend. 

Member Emeritus:

A Member Emeritus is an honorary position bestowed upon former board members who have done exemplary volunteerism supporting the board after their terms of service have ended.  This designation was created in 2008 to recognize the significance of Millie Gignac, John Dufour, and Bernie Jansen for their efforts in creating and keeping the Club alive.  Designees since then are listed in our Club's Milestones.  He/she also holds an ex-officio position on the Club's Board.

'Senior-Senior'

Any member reaching the age of 90 is granted a LIFE membership, i.e. annual dues are waived.

Board Associate:

In our newsletter and this web site, we use the term Board Associate as a title of people who volunteer to coordinate or lead an activity/event for the Club.  Said person may occasionally attend board meetings for communications and/or write event announcements and reports.  

Friend:

Occasionally the board designates an organization or person as a friend of the Club, i.e. the Charles Babbage Institute.  He/she receives a free copy of our newsletter to keep their organization informed about our activities.