While pipe smoking can often be a solitary hobby, there's just something about sharing a passion for pipes and tobaccos with friends and peers. What if there's no pipe club in your area though? Well, why not start your own? Follow these easy steps and you'll be hosting your own meetings in no time.
Before you even create your group, you need to find a location. Talk with your local tobacconist or smoke shop, and see if they'd be willing to host your event. Or find another smoke-friendly central place to meet. If you want attendance to grow, the location should be fairly accessible and easy to find.
Once you've found a location, you can go ahead and set a time for your first meeting. You might not have a lot of members just yet, but by going ahead and setting a time/place, others will know that you're serious about creating this club and may be encouraged to join. Be mindful of your time as well. Try setting your first meeting at a time you think might be convenient for all parties — i.e. not at noon on a weekday, for example.
Now it's time for your first meeting. Don't be discouraged if attendance is low. Even if it's just you and a few friends chatting about recent events, the meeting's still been a success. You've held your first meeting, and now you're official. Encourage those who did come to post about their experience or leave a testimonial on your page. This actually works for all your future meetings as well! Sharing what a great time you had last time will likely persuade others to join the fun.
Well the hard part's over. Just keep scheduling meetings and watch your pipe club grow. Don't forget to continue posting about your experiences and keep your members up-to-date with time/date changes and events. Try taking a few pictures to document each meeting and share them on your page. Remember to be consistent with your scheduling. Get feedback from the group about when you meet, and find a time and date that works best for everyone. Once you've figured that out, try to stick to that meeting schedule. Consistency will give your group structure and keep things organized and flowing smoothly.
Not sure if there's a pipe club in your area? Try asking around on the forums. If there's not, just follow these 5 steps, and you'll be hosting your own pipe club meetings in no time.