Monday, August 24, 2009

The Cohiba Club Membership Policy

Because we've been asked by many guys in past months, it's time to publicly state our membership admission policy.

We started out (in the Spring of 2007) as merely a collection of friends. Additional friends of current members are still admitted occasionally, when openings arise, with only modest screening and limited concensus needed for admission to be granted.

The following is intended for outside parties whom are not known to the club. Fortunately, it's not complicated - only three aspects of it exist:

1. Opening
This may sound obvious, but it's worth mentioning because of the simple reality that there are not always openings for new members. This is due to the fact that the club's founders sought early on to keep the club from growing too large. Instead, quality members forming a cohesive unit is more desirable than massive numbers. So from time-to-time, the founders may announce an opening and take applicants under consideration.

Another reason for limitting the membership count is the nature of our herf structure. We often hold our monthly gatherings at our own residences. We take turns hosting the group. Simply, too large a group makes this difficult to accomodate. Other times, we occasionally dine together at local restaurants and have found that even our group of twelve can sometimes make it challenging to get a reservation, let alone the trouble we'd have if we were 25 or 50 in number.

2. Application
A formal application must be submitted. A document exists, to be completed by applicants, that is made available upon request. It provides the club's founders an opportunity to learn a bit about an applicant; attributes such as cigar experience & preferences, hobbies, interests, background, etc.

3. Introduction
Applicants will be permitted (and required) to attend two herfs as a 'guest', to meet the members, and to allow the founders to assess the applicant's compatibility with the culture of the club. This last step is no less critical than the preceding requirements, for a good fit of personality must be determined prior to formal and permanent admission into the club. This is necessary to protect, not only the well-being of the club, but the interests of the applicant as well.

As our members will attest, joining The Cohiba Club is a meaningful and worthwhile endeavor due, in large part, to the quality of its members. These deliberate, mandatory steps will ensure our original goal of maintaining the strength of a viable and active club for many years to come.

On behalf of Co-Founders Robert and John,

Update - 10/26/09
From club member Patrick:
"Being a part of the club has been absolutely wonderful and is everything and more that I hoped it would be when I first contacted you almost a year ago, and it is directly attributed to the great guys who compose the membership. I hope you and all the guys know how much I appreciate and look forward to the herfs and the great food, cigars and conversation that come along with them."

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