Our NY Pipe Club had the distinct privilege of welcoming a distinguished guest at our May 2014 meeting: Cornelius Crans and his lovely wife, Reijncke. Cornelius is the President of the CIPC - Comite International of Pipe Smoker Clubs, who, thanks to our own Mr. Vernon Vig, made a stop over in our fair City after attending the 2014 Chicago Pipe Show.
The CIPC was founded in Saint-Claude, France in 1973 as an association of national pipe clubs to foster friendship and camaraderie among pipe smokers worldwide. Our new friend Cornelius is the current President. The UPCA - United Pipe Clubs of America, whom we belong to, is a member of the CIPC.
Here is a link to CIPC Brochures:
Also, at the May Meeting, I was the proud recipient of a generous gift from Cornelius. Cornelius presented me with a traditional Dutch Porcelain Commemorative Pipe (for display purposes) as well as a clay version that can be smoked. He also presented me with the traditional Troost Special Cavendish Pipe Tobacco to go along with the pipes! I was so honored to receive them and they will take a special place not only in my collection but in my heart.
I hope that we can once again enjoy his company at a NYPC Monthly Meeting in the future!
Thank you, Cornelius for your generous gift. It was a pleasure for us to meet you and your wonderful wife. You both are honorary members of our NY Pipe Club. Please stay in touch and I look forward to seeing you soon!
See photos of the evening in the Photos Section, May 2014 Monthly Meeting!