September 24, 2016 Meeting Minutes

The September, 2016 meeting of the Chicagoland Pipe Collectors Club was called to order at the 8 to 8 Cigar Shop in Villa Park, IL. at 8pm. Old and New Business was called for with Hans Hansen giving a report on the recent Columbus, OH pipe show which was well attended and fun. Mr. Robert Doucet was welcomed as a new member. Frank Burla sadly reported the recent passing of Mr. Richard Dunhill of Dunhill pipes, an icon of the tobacco pipe industry and a true friend of the hobby. He will be missed by many.

Craig Cobine gave a report on the progress of next year’s Chicagoland Pipe Show. As has been previously stated, the Show is officially sold out. Craig is assembling a waiting list of those who have not yet reserved a table but wish to do so. Modified table layouts are being considered and will require the approval of local authorities in St. Charles, IL. The Club hopes to be able to provided additional tables for those wanting to attend. A question was brought up about CPCC activities when members of the Club reserve a table and attend other pipe shows. Do we sell pipes and tobacco items? No, we don’t. What is done is that one or more members will reserve a table at various pipe shows for the purpose of supporting the show they are attending and promoting our Chicagoland Show. Although we are officially sold out for next year, we still wish to support other shows with our attendance.

Mrs. Nancy Reschke, the widow of our good friend and club president Michael Reschke was in attendance at the meeting and brought with her a small number of her late husband’s Parker collection and a number of pipe racks and other items for perusal by the members. Mrs. Reschke is looking to return Mike’s sizeable collection of Parker pipes and other high end pipes back into the hands of active hobbyists/collectors along with a goodly number of pipe related items and tins of high end and in some cases vintage pipe tobacco. She can be contacted at nancyreschke@yahoo.com for further information on the collection and availability of items.

I must apologize for the lack humor that has been the hallmark of Club meeting minutes since Tom Dinelli has taken over the job of Club secretary. As Tom was unable to make the meeting, someone with appreciably less wit and imagination is transcribing this month’s minutes. The next CPCC Club meeting will be held at 8 to 8 on October 22nd. Y’all come now.

Respectfully submitted,

Paul Bender/Acting President

Chicagoland Pipe Collectors Club

August 13, 2016 Meeting Minutes

At our Saturday August 13th meeting at 8to8 Cigar Shop, we had 24 regular members in attendance. We also had one guest Mr. Kevin Lawinger.
MEETING SCHEDULE:
September 24th: Regular meeting at 8to8 Cigar Shop 6:30-10:00 P.M.
October 22nd: “PIZZA NIGHT” at 8to8 Cigar Shop 6:30-10:00 P.M.
November 19th: Regular meeting at 8to8 Cigar Shop 6:30-10:00 P.M.
Not a whole hell of a lot went on at this month’s meeting….
OLD BUSINESS:
None stated.
NEW BUSINESS:
None stated.
SHOW REPORT:
On the Sunday of the show, the tables used for the silent auction will be converted into exhibitor tables at a reduced rate.
There MAY be a blending seminar at the 2017 show.
There are CPCC leather tobacco pouches for sale at $30.00 each. I think that there are 5 of them left. Contact Paul Bender for more information.
Allan Boyd has become a new show officer while Paul Bender is now the Assistant Show Director. Good luck to Allan and Paul in their endeavors….
I read this article put out by Forbes that I thought might interest some of you.
It was written by Frank Miniter who is a contributor to Forbes. Everything in italics is taken directly from the article, and I in no way take credit for writing this!!!
This is not the WHOLE article, but rather excerpts from it.
“Now the Obama Administration Is After Gunsmiths?”
“My gunsmith has a lathe, a drill press, even a barrel reamer. He uses them to repair guns. To him, they are like a car mechanic’s welding equipment, drill and cutter tools. He never thought drilling out a broken-off screw or grinding down a gun part to make a rifle’s action work smoother would define him as a “MANUFACTURER”. But now, according to the federal government, he is a manufacturer and is required to pay a $2,250 annual fee as mandated by the U.S. State Department’s Directorate of Defense Trade Controls (DDTC) regulations. This is what the Obama administration is now saying in a rule change.”
“Manta lists 15,615 gunsmiths in America today. Many of these are small shops-many of them are even side businesses for people who began tinkering with guns and then went to a gunsmith school. Requiring these people to pay $2,250 every year will drive many of them out of business or underground.”
“Imagine a gunsmith getting up from his bench, where he is busy tweaking a gun’s stock for a customer, to answer a call from the State Department demanding he pay $2,250 every year or face legal consequences, and you see why this is outrageous.”
Beginning to see where I’m going with this???
The same thing is happening right now as I write this to our “Artisan”, or individual pipe makers thanks to the F.D.A..
The F.D.A. is trying to stomp out ALL forms of tobacco products, and anything that has to do with the use of tobacco products!!!
This includes any pipe or a part thereof, if you make a bowl or a bit-YOU ARE A MANUFACTURER!!!
I’ll be able to pass along more information to you when I get back from the Columbus Show next weekend.
Bottom line, if you like a pipe from a certain maker, or one of the newer tobaccos that has come out recently, you better snag it now because who knows what the future holds for our hobby…
This is also the very last year for McClelland to produce “Christmas Cheer” or “Holiday Spirit”!!! If you can find it…

Broken Pipe – Michael W. Reschke

Broken Pipe

Michael W. Reschke, President of the Chicagoland Pipe Collectors Club, Doctor of Pipes, and Assistant Show Director of the Chicagoland International Pipe and Cigar Show. Mike died today after a battle with lung cancer that began last fall. Mike was the first CPCC President of the Club beginning July 1, 1998, and has been re-elected every year since (except July 1, 2005) including this year’s annual election for a term beginning July 1, 2016. Mike received the Doctor of Pipes Award, in the hobbyist category, at the Chicago Show in 2006. He served as Assistant Show Director from the first Show through this year’s 21 st Show. Mike was the epitome of the pipe smoking gentleman. He was a friend to all pipe smokers, and the best friend to many. He devoted many, many hours of his life to the pipe smoking and pipe collecting hobby. The CPCC and the Chicago Show will never be the same without Mike, and his wonderful smile and charming wit. We will always miss him.

The wake for Michael Reschke will be held at Steuerle Funeral Home, 350 S. Ardmore Ave., Villa Park, IL on Thursday, June 16th from 3 to 8 pm. The funeral will be on Friday, June 17th at 11 am. Please click the link above for details.

The CPCC

Doctor of Pipes Announcement

The Chicagoland Pipe Collectors club is proud to announce the election of the 2016 Doctor of Pipes:

Eugene Umberger (Hobby)

Chuck Stanion (Industry)

Both of these Gentleman ars highly qualified for this honor, and both will be a great addition to the CPCC Doctor of Pipes Program.

May 14th, 2016 Meeting Minutes

At our Saturday, May 14th meeting at 8 to 8 Cigar Shop, we had 24 regular members in attendance with one guest who became a member.

MEETING SCHEDULE:

June 11th: Club Officer election meeting at 8 to 8 Cigar Shop  6:30-10:00 P.M.

July 16th: Regular meeting at 8 to 8 Cigar Shop  6:30-10:00 P.M.

August 13th: Regular meeting at 8 to 8 Cigar Shop  6:30-10:00 P.M.

OLD BUSINESS: None stated.

NEW BUSINESS: Craig Cobine, the CPCC Show Director, and a “Doctor of Pipes”, formally introduced an ammendment to the CPCC bylaws to add a “Master of Pipes”(copy right), award to be given at the 2017 show and thereafter. Voting on this change will be at the August meeting. If you want a copy, contact Craig at porshcigar@aol.com

8 to 8 Cigar Shop will be expanding by 2000 square feet next spring. The store will be expanding to the north side of the existing building, and will take over some of their parking space.

SHOW REPORT:

Our 2016 show was HUGE this year! We had more attendees, exhibitors, and tables than in an other year prior to this one!

We also have signed contracts with Pheasant Run through the year 2020. The rumor that this was our last show at Pheasant Run is COMPLETELY UNTRUE!!

The 2017 show is, as of this writing, SOLD OUT!! It was sold out by Sunday afternoon of this past (2016) show. This has never happened in the history of our show. However, don’t despair, we plan on adding tables to a maximum of 334 over our “normal” 304 for next year. The food court/beer garden will be moved to accommodate the table expansion. The current thinking is to move the food court to the area where we conduct the pipe making seminar on the west side of the Mega Center.

TOBACCO BLENDING SEMINAR: This seminar was very well received this year. Next year, we will have this seminar again, and possibly expand it. More information as it becomes available…

SATURDAY NIGHT “CIGAR DINNER”: Next year, our “Cigar Dinner” will be receiving a complete “makeover” even down to the name of it. The choice of food will change in that we will have a variety of entree choices. There also will not be any “goody” bags next year, but we will have some “door prizes”.

MEERSCHAUM PIPE CARVING SEMINAR: We will have a new seminar that will run for 3 days each year, over the course of 3 consecutive years. Year 1, is a paper and pencil only design of the pipe. Year 2 is to drill the tobacco chamber and airway into the block of meerschaum. This will be done with machines that the club owns. Year 3 is to carve, with hand tools only, the pipe you designed in year 1 and drilled in year 2. Yes, you get to keep the pipe. The price of this 3 year seminar is not yet determined.

Once determined, we will open for registration which will include payment for the entire 3 year course. Once started, there will be no new admissions for at least 3 years, and if you miss a year, there are no makeup classes. All payments will be refundable until a certain date, and thereafter will only be refundable if someone takes your place.

Tom Dinelli

CPCC Club Secretary