If You Joined CPCC at the Show…

“Due to some accidental damage to new member application forms from the recent Chicago Show at Pheasant Run resort in St. Charles, IL. we are requesting all those who signed up as new CPCC members during the Show to resubmit their contact information to Club secretary Paul Bender at pbbender@gmail.com. This is so we can send out the minutes of our monthly meeting to those out of state and/or out of country members who are unable to attend the meetings along with local folks who may not be able to attend all monthly meetings. We apologize for the inconvenience but realize that our members anxiously await the news from our monthly meetings……………or maybe not. Anyway, let us know where we can reach you.”

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

September 23, 2017 Meeting Minutes

The September, 2017 meeting of the Chicagoland Pipe Collectors Club was called to order promptly at 8pm on the 23rd at 8 to 8 Cigar in Villa Park, IL. Gift cards were handed out to those volunteers at this year’s Chicago Show who had not yet received them. We want to thank all those members who gave of their time and energy helping out at the 2017 Show this past May. There is so much more to do than just what the Show officers can handle that it is vital that Club members chip in and help out when they can. If you haven’t worked a couple of hours or more at the Show, please consider doing so next year. It will be appreciated.

Sad news was given on the death of Steven Books, a noted tobacco blender from the House of Calabash in Oregon. It is our understanding that the shop was closed for the past several months due to Steve’s failing health and that only online orders were being taken and filled. Steve Books was an acknowledged master tobacco blender and will be missed in the hobby.  It was reported that members Judd Pearlson and Rex Poggenpohl represented the Club at the recent Columbus and Kansas City pipe shows. Thanks, guys. Show Director Craig Cobine reported 215 tables currently sold for next year’s Show at Pheasant Run in St. Charles, IL. Mike Khalil gave information on recent issues with the FDA’s attempts to control premium cigars and pipe tobacco. The issuance of final rules has been postponed until August of 2021. There is currently pending legislation before the Senate to exempt premium cigars from federal regulation. A bill has been passed by the House of Representatives and is now before the Senate. More information can be found on the Cigar Rights of America website and, I suspect, on other sites as well. Let’s hope that this bill also includes relief for pipe tobacco producers as well.

The next meeting will be at 8 to 8 Cigar on October 21st. It’s pizza night! Oh, also, if you are planning on bringing your wife or lady friend to the Christmas party ( I could make some bad jokes here, but I won’t) at our December meeting on the 16th, please let me know so that proper numbers can be given to the caterer to provide ample food.

Future meeting dates for 2017 are:

October 21st

November 18th

December 16th

2018 dates:

January 20th

February 17th

March 24th

Respectfully submitted,

Paul Bender

Secretary/Chicagoland Pipe Collectors Club

July 22, 2017 Meeting Minutes

Meeting called to order at “exactly” 8pm at 8 to 8 Cigar in Villa Park, IL. Our newest member, Mr. Dan Woods was introduced to the members. “Welcome aboard, Dan.” Chuck Martin gave a Show report indicating that while not all tables are sold out as yet, reservations continue to come in and all looks good for next year. Show Director Emeritus Frank Burla was absent due to family commitments while Show Director Craig Cobine was absent due to continuing health concerns. Our thoughts and prayers go out to Craig for a final and lasting resolution to his health issues over the past two years. “All the best to you, Craig, from all of your fellow enthusiasts in the Chicagoland Pipe Collectors Club.” Discussions ensued about inserting a place on the Club website for comments and recommendations from members and friends regarding Club and Show activities. This will be taken up at the next board meeting along with other recommendations and issues recently voiced by several members.

Our good friend and fellow member, Dino Argyropoulos’ church, St. Demetrious Church located in the Lincoln Square area of Chicago at 2727 W. Winona St. is having it’s annual “Lincoln Square Greek Fest” with Greek food, music and plenty of ouzo to go around, according to Dino who tends bar there for the event. All are welcome to come and enjoy on August 18, 19 and 20th. Opaa!

Meeting dates:

August 26th

September 23rd

October 21st

November 18th

December 16th

Respectfully submitted,

Paul Bender

Secretary

Chicagoland Pipe Collectors Club

March 18, 2017 Meeting Minutes

Meeting was called to order at 8:02 pm on 3/18/17 at 8 to 8 Cigar in Villa Park, IL. Various possible developments regarding pending FDA regulations of premium cigars and pipe tobacco were discussed. Posters for the upcoming Chicago Show were given along with flyers for the Show to those members who are able to distribute these items to various tobacco shops in the general Chicago area. The question came up as to other hotels in the St. Charles area that would have available rooms for Show attendees as Pheasant Run is apparently fully booked for the Show. It was suggested that those interested in finding alternate lodgings should go to the St. Charles website for information on hotels in the area. Craig Cobine indicated that a coupon book would be presented to all Show attendees paying full admission that would allow them to receive tobacco samples and other tobacco items at the Show as part of the entry fee. It was announced that the pipe making seminar is now all sold out. It was also announced that a new event, a meerschaum pipe making seminar will also be held with spaces currently available. The membership was informed that the Saturday night dinner event at the Show will be undergoing a significant change this year. In the past, a single entry was served, consisting of a filet Mignon with appropriate side dishes for a set price which included a “goodie bag” replete with pipe tobacco, cigars and other tobacco related items that was distributed to every diner. This year, an alternate menu is being provided inclusive of a beef dish but also providing alternative chicken, fish and vegetable dishes, all at lower prices than the previous steak dinner. No goodie bags will be provided, but several boxes of cigars will be provided as door prizes. Also, the tobacco blending seminar will be held this year. There was some question about that due to the confusion surrounding the pending FDA hindrances. Full information on all of these topics can be found on our Club website. Chuck Martin distributed sign up sheets to members requesting as many members as possible volunteer and hour or two, or more during the duration of the Show to help out with various duties to make the Show run smoothly. We are asking our members to please volunteer a couple of hours when possible to help out.

As nothing worthwhile is ever easy, it was noted by Craig Cobine that a newly appointed St. Charles fire marshal has indicated new restrictions to our exhibitor table arrangements in the Expo Center. No tables are to be allowed to be placed in front of fire extinguishers and electrical outlets. Unfortunately, the fire marshal has refused to indicate on the floor plan provided by the Club, how many or which tables are to be removed leaving the Show committee with no idea of how many tables will be available for exhibitors. Repeated requests for a specific table count have gone unanswered. Let us pray.

Upcoming meeting dates:

April 22nd

May 20th

June 24th

July 22nd

Respectfully submitted,

Paul Bender

Acting President – Chicagoland Pipe Collectors Club

February 18, 2017 Meeting Minutes

This meeting of the Chicagoland Pipe Collectors Club was called to order at 8 to 8 Cigars in Villa Park, IL at precisely 8pm on February 18th, 2017. Birthday cigars were distributed to members who’s birthdays occurred in January and February of this year. Chuck Martin gave a Show report indicating that there were issues with the new municipal fire marshal in St. Charles, IL. regarding the table layout for the upcoming 2017 Chicago Show. Over a dozen tables are currently being required for removal due to proximity to fire extinguishers in the exhibit hall of the Pheasant Run resort. This may balance out, if not remitted, due to cancellations received from table holders. Chuck also passed out copies of “volunteer lists” for this year’s Show. This lists gives and hourly breakdown of each day prior to the Show from Tuesday through the end of the Show on Sunday. Members are asked to fill in their name for whatever hours on whatever days they are available to cover necessary duties during the Show from setting up equipment for various seminars at the Show to helping out at the registration desk, silent auction area and other necessary activities. Everyone who can spare some time is asked to indicate what hours on what days they can work and return the information to Chuck either by handing back the form or by emailing him at cemartin@mc.net. There will be a meerschaum carving seminar this year with an entry fee of $250 which covers the meerschaum block and all necessary instruction and equipment need to complete the pipe. The pipe smoking contest at the Show, which takes place on Sunday afternoon in the smoking tent was discussed. Anyone wanting to register for the contest can do so prior to the Show by going on the United Pipe Clubs of America website at www.unitedpipeclubs.org. The site has a page where you can register for the contest at our Show plus photos and a description of this year’s contest pipe. The entry fee is $50.00 for those belonging to a pipe club affiliated with the UPCA. If you are not a member of a club affiliated withe the UPCA, the cost is $55.00. The contest pipe, which you get to keep, is worth the money plus you may very well qualify for a prize based on your time. The next meeting dates for the club at 8 to 8 in Villa Park are March 18th and April 22nd.

Respectfully submitted,

Paul B. Bender

Acting President-Chicagoland Pipe Collectors Club

January 21, 2017 Meeting Minutes

The meeting was called to order at 8:05 pm at 8 to 8 Cigar in Villa Park, IL. The St. Louis Show was discussed briefly and is taking place on 2/18 which is our next meeting date. My apologies for the conflict. However, attending a show is somewhat more important than missing one meeting. If any one from the CPCC is attending the show, please send our regards to the St. Louis club. Broadway Al Shaw (well, that’s the way he signed the attendance sheet) spoke about the next meeting of Hugo’s Companions which is a Sherlock Holmes club. The next meeting date for that group is 2/15. Contact Broadway Al for more info. Other future meeting dates are February 18th, March 18th and April 22nd at 8 to 8.
We were also very pleased to welcome three new members to the Club at the meeting. They are Kevin Schinagl, Robert Maggio and Tom Colvin. Welcome, gentlemen!

Craig Cobine was unable to attend due to his ongoing health issues, but we are hopeful that Craig will be able to make next month’s meeting and the Club sends Craig our very best wishes for his quick and complete recovery from his recent surgery. Chuck Martin gave a brief Show report where he indicated that the Saturday night dinner was being significantly modified to present a varied menu at more reasonable prices. Allow me to elaborate. For many years the Saturday night banquet at the Show, wherein the new Doctor of Pipes awards are presented, consisted of a steak dinner with all the trimmings (salad, soup, bread and dessert) accompanied by bottles of red and white wine. The meal included a “goodie bag” for each participant which was made up of premium cigars, pipe tobacco and other tobacco related items donated by companies and individuals supporting the Show. The goodie bag was worth the $70.00 charge for the meal. However, over the years, participation at the event was varied with years where the required number of 150 diners was occasionally not reached. Two of the oft quoted reasons for the spotty attendance was that the price was too high, even with the goodie bag, and that not everyone wanted a steak dinner. This year we are offering a varied menu which will provide a choice of beef, chicken, fish or vegetarian items at appreciably less cost than before. No goodie bags will be provided. Instead, we will be offering a raffle for boxes of premium cigars provided by event supporters. Anyone wanting to contribute a box of premium cigars may feel free to contact me. Also, there will be an open bar in the banquet hall where diners can purchase whatever beverages they wish. Anyone found to be unruly or disruptive during the dinner will be taken outside and forced to smoke a machine made cigar composed of synthetic binder material and filler made for chopped up leavings from full leaf filler cigars and shredded newspapers. That should teach them a lesson.

Respectfully submitted,
Paul Bender-Acting President
Chicagoland Pipe Collectors Club