March 12th,2016 Meeting Minutes

At our Saturday, March 12th meeting at 8to8 Cigar Shop, we had 28 regular members in attendance along with three guests who subsequently became members. Thanks guys for visiting with us, and welcome to the “CPCC family”!!


April 16th: Pre-show meeting at 8to8 Cigar Shop 6:30-10:00 P.M.

April 30th-May 1st: Show time!! “Mega Center” Pheasant Run Resort, St. Charles, IL. Saturday 10:00 A.M.-5:00 P.M. Sunday 9 A.M.-5:00 P.M.

May 14th: Post show meeting at 8to8 Cigar Shop 6:30-10:00 P.M.

June 11th: Regular meeting at 8to8 Cigar Shop 6:30-10:00 P.M.


The 2016 show will be “packed to the rafters” with exhibitors this year with many first time exhibitors attending. We have many meerschaum exhibitors attending, with two of them bringing in pipe carvers from Turkey who will be carving new pipes from raw block to a finished pipe!! This should be very interesting to watch as the work progresses.

At the “pre-show” on Friday, with so many exhibitors attending, if the weather is decent outside of the tent we will be setting up tables there also. We expect this year’s pre-show to be almost as big as the show itself, so if you can, BE THERE for this event!!


Tsuge Pipes will display a collection of historic pipes in honor of the 80th anniversary of the founding of the company. This will include pipes dating from 1936 to present.

J. Wittkamp will display a portion of his pipe collection entitled “The great Danes of Sixten’s workshop”. Pipes from Sixten Ivarsson, Lars Ivarsson, Jorn Micke, Jess Chonowitsch and Nanna Ivarsson. The display will include 15 pipes made by each of these legendary makers.


We will have tee-shirts available from this year!! The tee-shirts will have graphics with the CPCC logo on them, and will be available in medium, large, extra large 2 extra large and 3 extra large. The prices for the shirts are as follows…

Med, large and X large…..$15.00 each

XXL……………………………..$17.00 each

XXXL…………………………..$19.00 each


There are only a few tickets left for this event. If you don’t want to miss out, the time to get a ticket(s) is NOW!!! Contact Craig Cobine at to make your reservation.

Tom Dinelli

CPCC Club Secretary

March 18,2016 Update on Pheasant Run Hotel Reservations

There are still SINGLE king rooms available (6) in the “Tower” at Pheasant Run. You can book these rooms using the following link.

The “COURTYARD” double rooms are also available, but require more work because Pheasant Run’s computer no longer recognizes them as a room type. To book these rooms guests MUST SPEAK DIRECTLY to the hotel by calling…

1 (800) 474-3772 OR 1 (630) 584-6300

You MUST ask for IN-HOUSE RESERVATIONS between the hours of 9 A.M. and 7 P.M. (central time), Monday-Saturday.

You can also e-mail IN-HOUSE RESERVATIONS at

New rooms added at Pheasant Run

The staff at Pheasant Run has informed us that they have added 15 more double bed rooms in the Courtyard “C” Wing. They have also indicated that as these rooms get full, that there is the possibility of adding even more rooms in the “C” Wing!!

However, you MUST reserve these rooms by calling Pheasant Run at the following phone numbers, the reservation link on our website WILL NOT WORK!!

1 (800) 474-3272 OR

1 (630) 584-6300

The first set of 15 rooms mentioned previously on this website were reserved in record time, so should you wish to stay at the Pheasant Run Resort property, DO NOT wait to reserve a room!!!

February 13th, 2016 Meeting Minutes

At our Saturday, February 13th meeting at 8to8 Cigar Shop, we had 28 regular members in attendance along with three guests, one of whom became a member. Thanks guys for visiting with us and to our new member!!


March 12th: Regular meeting at 8to8 Cigar Shop 6:30-10:00 P.M.

April 16th: The “pre-show POW WOW” meeting at 8to8 Cigar Shop 6:30-10:00 P.M.

April 30th-May 1st: SHOW TIME!! Pheasant Run Mega Center, Saturday 10:00 A.M.- 5:00 P.M., Sunday 9:00 A.M.- 5 P.M.

May: T.B.A.

June: T.B.A.

OLD BUSINESS: None stated


The Chicago tax proposal on tobacco, championed by Mayor Rahm Emanuel was RESOUNDINGLY DEFEATED by the members of the Chicago City Counsel last week. The counsel members felt that there was already enough “bootlegging” of tobacco products in the city-and didn’t want more!! However, Emanuel plans to keep bringing this up for vote every month until he wins and gets what he wants!! Welcome to democracy, just keep voting until you get your own satisfaction if it doesn’t go in your favor…


The 2016 Chicago Show has been sold out since the third week in December, a new show record!! We have many MANY new exhibitors this year. As of now, we have an exhibitor “waiting list”. The CPCC officers are trying to get MORE tables into the “Mega Center”. We could really use an extra 25-30 tables for the exhibitors that don’t have one. More information as it becomes available.


The hotel STILL has “Tower” and “Golf” rooms available with SINGLE king sized beds. However, the rooms with TWO king sized beds in them are gone!! The Hilton Hotel across the road from Pheasant Run still may have some double bed rooms.

The hotel is filling up rapidly, so again, don’t wait to reserve your room!! You can still reserve a Tower or Golf Wing room by using the link OR phone numbers below…   OR

1 (800) 474-3272   OR   1 (630) 584-6300

Also, the hotel is opening up a VERY limited number of the “Courtyard Rooms” (about 15 in all), in the “B” Wing which have patios and balconies, (you can smoke in these areas and not get fined $150.00 for smoking in your room!!).

However, the “Courtyard” rooms CAN NOT be reserved from the internet link!! You MUST CALL to reserve a room by using the phone numbers previously mentioned.


There are still a few positions left in our annual pipe making seminar. This seminar is a lot of fun to take (the instructors can be rather funny at times), and you get a “hands-on” education on how pipes are made. It will give you a real appreciation of what your favorite carvers have to do to make the pipes you like so much!!

The seminar takes place on Wednesday April 27th and Thursday April 28th. It starts at 9 A.M. and ends at 5 P.M. with an hour for lunch (12-1) both days. Contact Craig Cobine at for more information.

Tom Dinelli

CPCC Club Secretary

Update on Pheasant Run room availability

The hotel still has Tower and Golf rooms available with SINGLE king sized beds-these ARE NOT TWO king sized beds in the SAME room!!

The hotel is filling up quickly, so don’t wait to reserve your room!!! You can reserve the Tower and Golf Wing rooms either by using the internet link below, or by calling the phone numbers provided.


1 (800) 474-3272

1 (630) 584-6300

Also, the hotel is opening up a VERY limited number of the Courtyard rooms in the “B” Wing which have patios and balconies. There are only 15 rooms, so call and reserve NOW!!

However, the Courtyard rooms can NOT be reserved from the internet link. You MUST call to reserve a Courtyard room by using the above phone numbers.



The dates for the Seminar are April 27th and 28th from 9 A.M.-5 P.M. with an hour break at noon for lunch.

The Chicago Pipe Show is now taking reservations for the 2016 pipe making seminar. 12 applicants will be accepted for the seminar on a first come/first served basis. This year, the cost of the seminar is $125.00 PAID IN ADVANCE to confirm your reservation. Each participant will receive a pre-drilled briar block with stem. During the seminar, the participants will be taught and assisted in the finishing of a complete pipe by world famous pipe makers. Lee Von Erck is the lead instructor. This year, there will be more demonstrations of pipe making techniques, and Joe Nelson will join the many great pipe makers who instruct our participants each year. Rex Poggenpohl and Mike Butera will also be there. The pipe that you complete is yours to take home. To reserve your place in the seminar, please email Craig Cobine at . If possible, the instructors also plan to demonstrate disc grinder shaping and stem turning.

This seminar fills up rapidly. so the time to make your reservation is NOW!!!