IAPSC BOARD MEMBERS
647 S. Saginaw St.
Flint, MI 48502
6451 Dawn Dr.
Bellevue, MI 49021
5841 Garfield Road
Auburn, MI 48611
REGIONAL VICE PRESIDENT
4437 Carrick Ave SE
Kentwood, MI 49508
Robert Gotz Jr.
1868 Colonial Village Way #4
Waterford, MI 48328
5156 Davision Rd.
Burton MI 48509
5156 Davison Rd
Burton, MI 48509
1105 W. Hurd Rd.
Clio, MI 48420
How To Form A Pipe Smokers Club
Since our association was founded in October 1949, we have had a number of inquires about how to get a pipe club started. In answer to your questions we make the following suggestions as a guide. Local requirements may make exceptions to these guidelines and you should use your own judgement to best serve your area pipe smokers.
1. Talk about forming a pipe club with a minimum of three pipe smokers.
2. Set a date and a place of a meeting to organize a pipe club.
3. Send an article to local newspapers and social calendars of local radio and TV stations giving the meeting date, time and place. Make a list of the social advantages of belonging to a club.
4. Send out individual letters inviting ten to thirty real pipe smokers to attend the formation meeting. All attending the first meeting can become charter members.
5. At the meeting elect a President, Vice President, Secretary, and Treasurer. Also elect three to five people to serve on the "Ways and Means Committee." Select the name of your club. The President of this meeting should appoint the "Constitution and By-Laws Committee" and all other committees deemed necessary.
6. Ask local newspaper photographers to take and publish a photo of the first meeting. Also ask the newspapers to run an article on the formation of your pipe club. Give the reporters the social activities, advantages, and the pleasure it brings to a real pipe smoker. The club will work hard to develop an atmosphere so members can enjoy the relaxation and contentment that can be obtained only from smoking a pipe. Try to get as much publicity as possible through local newspapers, radio, and TV.
7. At the second meeting propose and discuss the idea of having the club join the "International Association of Pipe Smokers Clubs, Inc." (IAPSC). You may obtain the application for membership by going to the Join IAPSC page. Or download a pdf version of the application form. (You will need Adobe Acrobat Reader to view and print the pdf form. If you do not have Adobe Acrobat Reader, you can download it FREE by clicking here.)
8. Be sure to take in individuals that love their pipe (even to the extent of first love).
9. Keep dues as low as possible (one club is as low as $3.00 per year).
10. Have only one meeting a month, on the same day each month, such as the second Monday, or third Wednesday, etc.
11. Declare a club vacation for a couple of the summer months.
12. Notify all members at least one week in advance of the meeting by phone, postcard, email, or club publication.
13. A good way to build your membership after you have organized is to adopt some suitable charity and provide them with tobacco, pipes, magazines, money, etc. An annual pipe smoking contest is also a very important function to hold interest in your club.
MEMBERS: For help in organizing a contest and obtaining the official IAPSC Contest Tobacco, contact Dan Spaniola at Paul's Pipe Shop, 647 S. Saginaw St, Flint, MI 48502.
14. Always at every meeting, and I mean always, talk pipe and tobacco because a pipe lover is always hungry for data on pipe and tobacco.
15. Each IAPSC club shall have an "Annual Regional Contest" to be held some time before the "IAPSC Annual Convention and World Pipe Smoking Contest," which is held on one of the last weekends in October or one of the first weekends in November, depending on the host club. Each club should send at least one to two delegates to the Annual Convention. We hope this will help you start a pipe smoking club, and when you have formed one we would like to know.