President's Message January 2019
Hope everyone had a great holiday and safe New Year. I wish you all nothing but the best in 2019.
The New Year brings us a fresh round of the Club Cards. The Club Card was established to reward those who go the extra mile for the club and by doing so a member gets an extra punch in their card as well as one for each meeting attended. For the past few years it seems like it's always the same people who end up with all the extra stamps. I’d like to see the playing field a bit more competitive and as usual fashion I propose to mix things up. For the upcoming year I am giving up this space to any member who wants to write a monthly message. It can be just about anything. Use my past messages as a guide if you like. Tell us about when you got interested in pipes, or maybe a favorite tobacco shop from the past or boast about your collection. The space is yours and it will earn you 1 extra punch. I am hoping that this gets extremely competitive. The only catch is the message must be at least 400 words and you must come up with a crazy idea for the members to be eligible for the Presidents special raffle. Don’t worry I will take care of the raffle prize. So, put your thinking caps on.
Let’s all help in planning a great year. Please bring your ideas to the meetings and don’t forget we need a few volunteers to help with our Pipe Show committee. Please be prepared to discuss any 30-year events including the club pipe and the Pipe Show. Let’s firm up a date and get the ball rolling.
January brings us National Hat Day. National Hat Day is set aside to wear and enjoy a hat of your choice and style. Isn't it great that hats come in all shapes, sizes, colors, and styles? There's one to fit every size head and personality. Hats are used to make a statement, or to promote a cause or a product. Back in 1797, the introduction of the Top Hat almost caused a riot. The top hat was first worn by James Heatherington in London England. As Heatherington strolled through the streets of London, England displaying his Top Hat, crowds gathered, some people began to push and shove. Heatherington was fined for "going about in a manner that frightened timid people". Oh yeah... hats have logical uses, too. Some hats (aka helmets), offer safety protection. Some hats keep your head warm, or the sun out of your eyes.... how boring. National Hat Day is not intended to just keep your noggin warm. It’s a chance to make a statement and to display your favorite headgear. Did you know? More body heat is lost from your head than other parts of the body. So, wearing a hat goes a long way towards staying warm on a cold winter's day (or night). So, wear your favorite hat to the meeting and receive and extra raffle ticket for the Presidents raffle
Look forward to seeing you all on Tuesday,