The club has been meeting outside at Tracy’s for a couple of years. The new physical facility has already attracted 15 members with an additional 10 showing interest.
Owners Ken Weinheimer, Will Widby, and Neil DuBois have been working on the concept for some time. The second floor location will be about 1000 square feet, or slightly larger than the original Fools’ End.
Once Omerta is up and running there will be a reciprocal arrangement between the clubs.
On July 17th 90 attendees, 70 golfers and four cigar exhibitors gathered for the third annual summer event, Fire in the Hole, hosted by Fools’ End Club. The event was held for the first time at Missoula Country Club. The staff and facilities were top notch! Thank you also to the volunteers from the Western Montana Shrine Cub. The day of golf, socializing and cigars went very well. The skies were filled with smoke, from forest fires, and supplemented with cigars smoke from Big Sky Cigars, Carolina Blue, and Juanito’s, as well as Out of the Box.
Partial funds from the event were used to fund the Western Montana Shrine Club as well as the Boy Scouts of America. Watch here for the announcement of the 2022 event, coming soon.
We are ready to hold our annual March Madness event. This is one of our more popular events. It will be held on March 12, at 6pm at the club.
Here are the rules for this year. We will be doing a blind draw for teams. 1st place gets half the cigars (32), second place gets a quarter (16) and third and fourth share a quarter (8 each).
Each draw for a team will cost you one premium cigar. This year we are defining a premium cigar as one having a shelf price of $12 or more. And here’s the most important part. You must buy your cigar locally, from either The Belle, Worden’s, or Out of the Box. No internet purchases.
Last year everyone was able to draw three teams (which would cost you three cigars). If you want to participate and can not be there, send your cigars with a friend. If you are like Truman and have no friends, get your cigars to one of the owners and we will draw for you. Any questions, please reach out.
Update 3/22/21 – The Montana Senate held the first hearing on HB 285.The bill sponsor Senator Jeremy Trebas noted that there are a few amendments coming forward including the need to include a requirement for walk in humidors and an inclusion for private clubs. Opponents, as expected, concentrated objections on the risks to health and children. While there were more opponents than proponents, the opponents testified on subjects unrelated to the change or quoted as “facts” common misinformation.
The committee voted to “table” the bill, which means that it is likely dead and will not get out of committee for a vote.
We will try again in two years with several representatives and Senators lined up for support.
Update 3/17/21 – HB 285 passes the House and moves to the Senate: HB 285 passed through the House floor vote by a margin of 55 to 43. The bill was transmitted to the Senate where it has its first hearing in the Judiciary Committee on March 19th. We are working to have the bill amended to include private cigar clubs such as Fools’ End, Summit Cigar Lounge, and the Bozeman Cigar club.
The club is working to have language included in this bill that would specifically recognize an exemption for private clubs. It is the opinion of several knowledgeable people involved with the legislature that this bill is unlikely to pass both houses without significant change. See this PDF for proposed legislation.