OPPC Newsletter Mar 2000

Club Ramblings

Well we made it into the New Millennium and I think everyone's pipes are still working OK and the lights are still on so we can sort through our tobacco storage. My computer still works so I can write this newsletter so I guess all the Y2K stuff was hype or is it that we are good.....Yes I think that's the ticket...we are good and got everything fixed right.

Our 1st Christmas/Hanukah party at the Tinder Box Tucson in The Plaza at Williams Center went over well and all had a good time. There was a gift exchange with some very nice smoking related gifts. The pipe carver Horace DeJarnett came down from Glendale Az and joined us for the party and also joined the club. Welcome Horace. Horace brought some of his fine pipes and included one in the gift exchange. Lucky Shel who says he never wins anything walked away with it.

The January meeting was again at the Tinder Box and we had the usual turn out but it is still nice to see everyone. President Ken Smith had a short business meeting and said there would be election of officers at the February meeting and Treasurer Dave Tetrault turned the books over to Shel Osborne because he didn't have time to take care of them.

The February meeting had a good turn out at the Tinder Box. The carver and club member Horace DeJarnett came down from Glendale and a new member Garrick Whitnah joined us from Chandler, welcome Garrick.

After some general chit chat we got down to business of election of officers and the winners are:

President: Ray Blanton
Vice President: Carl Armstrong
Secretary/Treasurer: Sheldon Osborne
Newsletter Editor/Webmaster: Jack Tompkins

Good luck all!!!

The next subject of importance is our planning for a pipe show in Tucson in March of 2001. It looks like it will be about the 26th at the Elks lodge on River Road. This will be the 1st one of these that has been advertised on a national level for a long time, if at all. Also I think it is the only one to be held in the SW part of the US currently. So keep a eye on our web page for further updates on this event.

The next matter for business was to try to have something for the people that are unable to attend our meetings during the weekday. VP Carl had the idea of having a Quarterly meeting on a Weekend. So we decided to have our 1st one this March 26th from 2-4 pm at Smokers Haven So for those busy during the week come on out and join us on the 26th.

Carver Horace DeJarnett said he would donate one of his fine pipes to be raffled off to help raise money for the club for the pipe show. Thanks Horace!!!! This pipe will be raffled off at the Quarterly meeting on March 26th. So another big reason to join us on that Sunday!!!!

Be sure to check the Clubs web page for information on the club activities and the schedule of meetings. The URL is http://jack-tompkins.spiderlinks.org/Pipes/

Remember Ladies are always welcome, Jack's wife Mary Anne and Ray's wife Suzi are usually there although we haven't got them smoking pipes yet we are working on it.

Smokers Haven has moved!!!

Carl Curtis of Smokers Haven in Park Mall has moved to a new shop on the North side of Broadway at 6061 E Broadway. That is behind the CoCo's Restaurant across from Sears in Park Mall. Carl opened Feb 1, 2000 and several members attended the Grand Opening. The new shop is Fantastic, there is much more room, a very large walk in humidor and there will be a patio out front for people to sit and chat and enjoy their smokes. We will be having some club meetings on the patio and the March meeting is scheduled to be there. So join us there.

Pipe Care Tip

Submitted by Ray Blanton

Name: Original Choice
Brand: Mac Baren
Cost: (have to check on this one)

Original Choice is a result of the Mac Baren Tobacco Company's 150 year old tradition for producing fine tobaccos. It is a blend of Virginia tobacco from North Carolina and a mild, air-cured Burley from Tennessee. The mix of these tobaccos has been finely balanced to produce a
mild, round and natural taste. This trail-blazing tobacco is the latest creation of the Halberg family.

Name: Grey Haven
Brand: McClellands
Cost: $10.95/100 grams

A lightly fragrant White Burley and a matured Virginia blend. The rich taste of fine natural tobaccos subtly enhanced with a mellow and pleasing fragrance. Experience smooth Burley flavor with a hint of distinctive Louisiana Perique.

Check out this neat pipe rack Jack found for hard to fit pipes like bents and freehands. This is hand made by a pipe smoker and sells around $50-$60. It holds 6 pipes and each holder is individually adjustable.

Be sure to check out the clubs main page for sponsors and club contacts.