USA / president UPCA about the CPCC / Chicago Pipe Show
On Friday 30 April, the United Pipe Clubs of America had its annual meeting. Tom Wolfe of the Seattle Pipe Club became the club’s newest vice-president. Tom is also our new webmaster and transferred our club’s website to a new site. See it at http://unitedpipeclubs.org. Honorary memberships were given to Matt Guss, President of the Seattle Pipe Club; Premal Cheda, owner of Smokers Haven and pipe carver; and master blender and owner of Pipes and Cigars, Russ Ouellette.
The United Pipe Clubs of America (UPCA) was organized in 2002 as a national federation of pipe clubs in the United States. Its purpose is to promote and protect the interests of the American pipe smoking community by encouraging and assisting in the formation of local pipe clubs and actively supporting their activities, including pipe shows and pipe smoking competitions.
UPCA's broader goals are to bring American pipe smokers together by serving as a liason to facilitate the sharing of information and ideas between its member clubs and to maintain smokers' enthusiasm for the hobby by presenting a positive public image of the culture and traditions of pipe smoking and collecting.