SHPC Elects A New President.... (continued from main
The person to fill this station needs to be someone with a passion
for pipes and tobacco. Someone with a positive attitude and an outgoing
personality who can represent us proudly wherever they go. But more importantly
we need someone who loves this club, someone that can take us into the
future and has the dedication and perseverance to make it thrive in this
anti-smoking world of ours. I decided to poll the gathering of 14 in the
off chance that one of them may be interested in "assuming the position"
but then a thought crossed my mind..... "Who here has a big enough
ego to think they could even begin to attempt to fill Don's shoes?"
Nonetheless, I shrugged off the thought and presented the question to
the members before me and to my surprise a hand went up. I smote my forehead
with my palm and thought to myself again, "How could I have ever overlooked
this guy, he has all the ego maniacal qualities we're looking for in a
President?" All heads turned to the back of the table to see the lone
hand of Dock Perry raised high in the air. I hesitated a moment for any
additional interest but none was revealed. I hadn't really expected this
to happen tonight but since the core group was present I saw no reason
I shouldn't make a motion to elect Dock Perry as our new President. And
so I did... "All if favor of Dock Perry as our new president,
say aye." A table full of supporting hands shot into the air
with a hearty "AYE!" and we had our new president.
All joking aside. Dock Perry is and excellent candidate for this job.
First of all, there's no denying that Dock loves this club; who else would
travel over two hours each way on a work night to attend a meeting every
month (and even longer when we were meeting in N.H.). And anyone who knows
Dock knows he has an undeniable passion for pipes, tobacco, ephemera and
anything even remotely related. He has a collection of over 300 pipes
and has cellared over 350 tins of tobacco. His knowledge on the subject
is expansive and his memory for facts is unbelievable. Not only is he
a lover of all things pipe and tobacco but he's also a huge Sherlock Holmes
enthusiast and in this club that definitely holds some weight.
Dock has been an active member of ASP for a number of years where he has
made many friends and is never shy when it comes to sharing his thoughts,
knowledge or opinions with the other members of ASP or while trying to
cleanse the board of the evil anti-smoking trolls. Like most of us, Dock
is also a very strong supporter of an American's right to smoke freely
and has even used his car's rear window as a billboard to promote our
freedom to smoke. He attends as many pipe shows and events as his schedule
will allow and it's been through these pipe shows, events and ASP that
he has built numerous relationships with people who make their living
in the industry of pipes and tobacco.
But one thing separates Dock from other possible candidates. Being the
youngest member of the club and without the current responsibilities of
raising a family, he will have more time to devote to the nurturing of
this club therefore ensuring it's existence well into the future.
So on behalf of the entire club we congratulate and welcome you to the
position of President of the Sherlock Holmes Pipe Club of Boston. While
in this position we hope you will always act in the club's best interest,
ensuring that it will always be an organization of which we are proud
A word from Dock Perry...
I'd like to take a moment to thank all of you who elected me to the
President's position of the Sherlock Holmes Pipe Club. I fully realize
the size of the shoes I step into when I accept your nomination. Don Powers
is a man I respect and who's friendship I value. If I can be half the
President he's been, I'll consider this a job well done. I'd also like
to acknowledge the time Nelson Pidgeon has put into making this a great
club during his time as acting President. Even with an active home and
work life Nelson's kept us on track and continues to write the newsletters
which are both entertaining and informative.
There are some things I'd personally like to accomplish during my term.
The first is to continue with the yearly making of club pipes for all
who wish to order one. This year's pipe by Mark Tinsky was well received
and I'll bet next years pipe by our own Tim Hynick will be even better.
Secondly, I'd like to have more vendors come to our monthly meetings and
display their wares. I recently spoke with Peretti's and they're setting
up a date for James Norman to come up to see us again. I'll keep everyone
posted. Thirdly, I'll be personally adding more to our newsletters each
month and plan to cover a wide scope of topics, so stay tuned.
Pipe smoking and this club are two of the more important things in my
life and I've set my goals quite high to make this the premier pipe clubs
in the country. I thank you all again for the opportunity to do so.
Sincerely, Dock J. Perry