January 16th, 2016 Meeting Minutes

At our Saturday, January 16th meeting at 8to8 Cigar Shop, we had 30 regular members in attendance along with three guests who subsequently became members. Thanks guys, for joining the club!! We also had one of our long time member whom we haven’t seen in a while attend, welcome back Kirk!!


February 13th, 2016: Regular meeting at 8to8 Cigar Shop 6:30-10:00 P.M.

March 12th, 2016: Regular meeting at 8to8 Cigar Shop 6:30-10:00 P.M.

April 16th, 2016: The pre-show “POW WOW” meeting at 8to8 Cigar Shop 6:30-10:00 P.M.

OLD BUSINESS: Upcoming tobacco blending event.

The Humidor of Westmont

225 Ogden Ave.

Westmont, IL. 60559

Phone:  (630) 789-8300

The Humidor will be hosting a tobacco blending event sponsored by the Scandinavian Tobacco Group.

They will be featuring Lane and Stokkebye tobaccos.

It will be held Sunday, January 24th, 2016 from 5-9 P.M.

Soft drinks, coffee, water and pizza will be provided.

This is an “after hours” event, and you MUST R.S.V.P. to tim@humidorcigarlounge.com

Come and try your hand at blending tobaccos!!


Mayor Rahm Emanuel is proposing an OTP increase to pay for a one week summer transition program for all incoming high school freshmen, and two weeks of summer school for eighth graders identified as “drop-out” risks.

Specifically, the tax plan includes:

15 cents on EVERY mini cigar.

90 cents on EVERY full sized cigar.

$6.60 on EVERY ounce of roll-your-own tobacco including PIPE TOBACCO.

$1.80 on EVERY ounce of smokeless chewing tobacco sold in cans.

Obviously,  this proposal will not only drive business outside the city limits, and to the internet, and is bound to fall short of the $6 million dollars that it will need to support the special interest programs of Mayor Emanuel!! This only applies to the City of Chicago for now, but where will it end?

For more information, please go to the Cigar Association of Illinois OR contact Julie Neumann at julie@cigarsandmore OR (847) 980-8901.

Why should this be of any concern to you? It will drive establishments like Iwan Ries or Up down Tobacco Shop out of business, or at least put a SEVERE hurt on them!!


THE 2016 CHICAGO PIPE SHOW IS SOLD OUT!!! Thank you to ALL of our exhibitors who are attending the 2016 show!!! However, we always have cancellations for whatever reasons, so please feel free to send in an exhibitor form (or email our website with your information), and you will be placed on our waiting list.


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 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 porshcigar@aol.com . If possible, the instructors also plan to demonstrate disc grinder shaping and stem tenon turning.

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


We suggest that you make your 2016 hotel reservation sooner than later!! We have been advised that the “Courtyard” rooms WILL NOT be available for occupancy in 2016!! The “Tower” and the “golf” rooms are the ONLY rooms that will be available. Your stay at Pheasant Run helps the Chicago Show to continue. So PLEASE help us, and stay at Pheasant Run for the show!! The Pheasant Run website is www.pheasantrun .com . For reservations, call (630) 584-6300, and be sure to mention the Chicago Pipe Show for the special rate of $155.00/night. You can also use the following link for reservations…


IF you are flying into either Chicago O’Hare INTL. or Midway airports, you can contact A-1 Airport Limousine Service Inc.. Their website is

www.a1limousine.com OR you may call (630) 833-3788 for reservations.

Many show participants use A-1 year after year, so be sure to mention that you are willing to share a ride to Pheasant Run.

TRENT McCRANIE: Will NOT be attending this year’s show. The CPCC family hopes to see Trent at next year’s show.

Tom Dinelli,

CPCC Club Secretary