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, 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