April 21, 2018 Meeting Minutes

Meeting was called to order at 8:02 pm at 8 to 8 Cigar in Villa Park, IL. Mention was made about joining the North American Society for Pipe Collectors, or NASPC. This group publishes on a bi-monthly basis The Pipe Collector which is a great magazine filled with articles and stories by pipe smokers and collectors across the country and other places. Members of the organization will be at our upcoming Show. Member Jeff Rice is promoting an interesting Club shirt and is taking orders. They are $19 and are quite neat with the Club logo on the back. See him at the next meeting if you want one. Club president Alan Boyd talked about the UPCA slow smoking contest held on Sunday at the Show in the smoking tent. If you are a Club member and are participating in the contest, see him before the contest starts to take your place with the CPCC team. The Columbus, Ohio pipe show, sponsored by NASPC is being held on August 17 & 18 of this year. Contact them at naspc.org for details. A very impressive meerschaum pipe with the CPCC logo is being offered to Club members for $230.00. It’s a large block of natural, unfinished meerschaum with the Club logo nicely carved on the surface of one side of the block and comes with a meerschaum tamper. It’s packaged in a large box with a brass plate on the top with the Club name and the recipient’s name engraved on it. Let Alan Boyd know if you are interested. If you are coming to the Show and have something to contribute to our silent auction that takes place on Saturday of the Show, please see Hans Hansen early on Saturday morning in the silent auction area of the exhibit hall. All contributions of smoking related items for the auction are greatly appreciated and are critical in supporting our Show. Mention was made of a smoke shop in Waukegan, IL. called The Cuban Experience. The shop is located at 119 N. Genesse St. Search The Cuban Experience for their website. The place looks interesting.

Craig Cobine gave a Show report indicating a Lars Iversson display to be included this year. Also, the Chicago Bowl tobacco blending contest will feature English and Latakia flake tobaccos this year. We are looking for volunteers to provide a couple of hours at the Show to help out with various activities. Please contact Chuck Martin if you can give us a little of your time at the Show. It will be appreciated.

Respectfully submitted,

Paul Bender – Secretary

Chicagoland Pipe Collectors Club

March 24, 2018 Meeting Minutes

The meeting was called to order at 8pm at 8 to 8 Cigar in Villa Park, IL. The Saturday night dinner at the upcoming Chicago Show was discussed with the menu read aloud to members. The slow smoking contest at the upcoming Chicago Show was also discussed. The pipe that will be provided for the entrants will also be available to non-participants. The United Pipe Clubs of American can be contacted on their website, UPCA.org about obtaining the pipe. Also a number of them will be available to club members after the Show. Further information on this will be forthcoming. The Chicago Bowl tobacco tasting event will feature English Flake tobaccos rather than aromatics as previously indicated. Two of the upcoming Doctor/Master of Pipes awards were announced during the meeting. The new Master of Pipes will be Aziz Panjwani. The Doctor of Pipes award is being given……uh, don’t tell me………..let me think………………oh, that’s right, to Paul Bender. Congrats to this year’s winners! Two new members were presented at the meeting. They are Terry McCammon and Jeffrey Rice. Welcome to both gentlemen. Also, the 21st annual Raleigh Pipe & Tobacco Expo will be held at the NC State Fairgrounds In Raleigh on Saturday, April 7th. For more information and/or to reserve a table, contact Steve@gocsouth.com.

Respectfully submitted,

Paul Bender -CPCC Secretary

Upcoming meeting dates:

April 21

May 19 at the new Schaumburg  Cigar Lounge acquired by 8 to 8 Cigar located at 1710 E. Woodfield Dr. next to the Jared jewelry store in the Woodfield shopping mall.

December 16, 2017 Meeting Minutes

Meeting called to order at 8pm (give or take 2 minutes) at 8 to 8 Cigar in Villa Park, IL. A birthday cigar was presented to Vic Grisetta, happy birthday Vic. John Winton introduced a virginia and latakia blend from McClelland that will be used next year in the slow smoking contest sponsored by the UPCA at the Chicago Show. If anyone is interested in trying this blend, please contact 8 to 8 Cigar in Villa Park at 630-993-1234, 8to8cigars.net. It can be special ordered. Two new members signed up at the meeting. They are the Pecorini brothers, Ron and Bob. They are both seasoned pipe smokers and have attended the Chicago Show for many years. We are glad that they finally managed to show up to a meeting and become members. Welcome to the CPCC Ron and Bob!

Frank Burla, former Chicago Show director and founder of the Doctor of Pipes order of distinction for those serving the hobby, announced that he and his wife would be moving out of Illinois to a location in Florida sometime in March of next year. We understand that the weather there is great……………………..if you don’t mind an occasional hurricane. Frank has been an icon in the hobby for many years and is responsible for creating the Chicago Show and making it unique with events and activities that are not found in all pipe shows either in the U. S or overseas. All pipe shows are great, ours is special (I’m prejudiced). Frank will be missed by those who know him personally feel indebted to him for all he has done for the hobby. We are fortunate that Craig Cobine was able to step in and take over as Show director several years ago when Frank was no longer able to handle all of the responsibilities devolving on running the Show. We wish Frank and and his wife Ann much happiness in their new home. Frank intends to come back at least once a year for the Show.

Allow us to take this opportunity to wish a very happy holiday season to all of our friends and members without who’s support there would be no club nor, for that matter, an annual pipe show. We wish you all a Merry Christmas and much success and happiness in the coming year.

Upcoming meeting dates at 8 to 8 Cigar in Villa Park, IL.
January 20th
February 17th
March 24th.

Respectfully submitted,
Paul Bender

October 21, 2017 Meeting Minutes

Meeting called to order at 8:04pm (unruly crowd) at 8 to 8 Cigar in Villa Park, IL. Mr. James M. Watts of Westchester, IL. was welcomed to the Club as a new member. The current issue of Pipes and Tobacco magazine has an article featuring Frank Burla as is recommended reading for all members. The upcoming West Coast Pipe Show in Las Vegas is scheduled for Saturday and Sunday, November 4th and 5th this year. Chuck Martin gave a brief Show report to the effect that registrations for tables continue to come in at a reasonable pace and that the Show should be “full up” by early next year………………if not sooner. No other business was discussed as everyone was busy eating pizza.

Respectfully submitted,

Paul Bender

Secretary: Chicagoland Pipe Collectors Club.

Meeting dates:

Nov. 18

Dec. 16

2018 dates:

Jan. 20

Feb. 17

Mar. 24