Here’s the agenda for tonight (and we are going ahead with the meeting so drive carefully in the rain!):
Capital Confectioner’s Club
Meeting: February 11, 2014
1. Welcome – Kyla
2. New Member Intros
3. Treasurer Report – Irene
4. Elections: see http://capitalconfectioners.com/volunteer/ for board positions and descriptions
5. New Business/Announcements
6. Upcoming Events – Cake Show
7. Member Spotlight
8. Break – Dessert by Carol Seng and Anne Harper
We always have a big crunch of people trying to bring their cake entries in on Saturday morning at the last minute. This year with the venue change and the fact that there’ll be another event going on at the venue on Saturday from 10-2 means it’s really important to get your cake in as early as possible. We will turn cakes away that aren’t fully checked in by 10 am! That includes showcakes, children’s cakes, everything!
In order to encourage folks to bring their cakes during the Friday night check-in period, we’re offering a special bonus of five free raffle tickets to everyone who brings their cake between 5pm and 8pm on Friday, February 21. We will be posting details soon on precisely where to enter the mall with your cakes, but we wanted to let you know now to plan to bring your cake on Friday if you can.
If you must bring it on Saturday – and we recognize that some folks are coming in from out of town or have to stay up all night Friday night finishing their entry (I personally know that all too well) – be sure to come as early as you can on Saturday morning. Again, parking may be a challenge the closer you get to 10 am, so bring it first thing at 7 am if you can.
Remember: check-in takes time! We need to find your entry information, get you to fill in some forms, check that everything is right, make any category changes necessary (although folks could REALLY help us here by ensuring they’re registered for the right divisions/categories in advance!), and then send you to get your cake and move it to the right table. Don’t show up at 9:55 Saturday morning and expect to find parking and get everything checked in!
Registration is here: http://thattakesthecake.org/index.php/competition/registration/
Many of you have already filled out our volunteer forms (sign up for the mailing list here: http://thattakesthecake.org/index.php/contact-us/volunteer-contact-form/ and then go here to put in your preferred hours: https://thattakesthecake.herokuapp.com/#/home), and we sincerely thank you! A lot of other folks have told us they want to volunteer or have come to meetings but haven’t signed up. We can’t organize folks and get everyone their perks unless they sign up, so even if you’re a long-time volunteer and we know you’re helping, please go fill in both forms!
Perks? What Perks?
Volunteers get stuff! First, you get in the show for free! Second, we’ll be soon be sending out a link for volunteers to pre-order discounted t-shirts that say STAFF on the back. Third, if you volunteer at the show on Saturday and/or Sunday for an entire shift (ie all morning or all afternoon), you can eat lunch for free in our catered hospitality area that day. Note that the lunch is ticket-restricted, though, so you MUST sign up in advance and you can’t bring in friends, family, etc for the lunch. You must also be sure to sign in with the volunteer desk at the show to be assigned to your area and to pick up your lunch tickets. We also give raffle tickets to volunteers based on the number of hours worked, so be sure to sign up, sign in, and help out!
I Have Disabilities/Other Limitations – Can I Volunteer?
Yes! We have a variety of posts ranging from sitting at a desk through to heavy lifting. We have posts where all you have to do is check wristbands and posts where you have to do a lot of technical stuff. We have time slots throughout the show so you still have time to take classes and see the cakes. This whole show is volunteer-powered, so please sign up and give some time!
How Can I Get More Volunteer Hours Outside of the Show?
Be sure to sign up for our Meetup group here: http://www.meetup.com/cakedecorating-132/ We’ve got several meetups on there in the days before the show where we need folks to do a lot of tasks like putting together raffle packs, stuffing envelopes and badges, sorting things, arranging tables, etc.
Send your questions to email@example.com and a volunteer organizer will get back to you as soon as possible.
Thanks to everyone who helps!
Due to circumstances beyond our control, we have had to change the venue for the 2014 “That Takes the Cake!” Sugar Arts Show in Austin to the Austin Community College (ACC) campus at Highland Mall. The new address is 6001 Airport Blvd, Austin, TX 78752 and the mall’s website is www.highlandmall.com.
Highland Mall brings a number of new perks above and beyond our previous venue. The mall has plenty of free parking, access to public transit bus and MetroRail routes, is just across the highway from the Crowne Plaza (our official hotel for the event), an operational food court, and many upscale design features. The mall was purchased recently by the college and while some stores remain open for business – which we hope will bring in more new visitors than ever before – our event will now be housed in a large open space surrounded by closed stores that are also available for our use, allowing us to make for better noise control for classes, put show cakes in window displays, and other exciting new opportunities to bring you the best show ever.
We’re still going to have our full cake competition, the live demos and on-site competitions, the kids’ decorating area, the raffles, classes, vendors, and everything else that folks have come to love that have made our show one of the biggest in the nation and internationally respected.
We hope to be able to answer all of your questions and provide you with complete information as soon as possible. Thank you for attending our show and for bearing with us during this change. Stay tuned to our blog and social media (Facebook, G+, and Twitter) for updates. And if you use Google calendar, you can add the event here.
We’ve got the official language for our 2014 show theme available for those who like to plan their awesome showcakes early:
Time is of the essence for our 2014 theme of “Cake of Ages”. Cake decorators and sugar artists are challenged to create wedding, novelty, or other cake styles that depict a point in time such as a moment, a year, a decade, or an era. This could be done via an iconic person of a bygone century, the motifs of a particular decade, an event that represents a period in history, or other interpretations of architecture, art, or even fashion styles that have come and gone. Judges will be looking for the application of the theme conceptually throughout the design; whatever is chosen should clearly indicate an obvious point in time. The options are timeless!
Registration, class information, and more will be available at http://thattakesthecake.org/ soon. Stay tuned!
HB 970 – the updated cottage food law for Texas – was unanimously voted out of Senate committee this morning. The full text of it is here.
Next it moves to a Senate vote, but only if Lt. Governor Dewhurst picks it to be voted upon.
The Texas Baker’s Bill folks provided this information on their Facebook page for what needs to be done next:
To get this bill out of the Senate, do two things:
1. Call or email David Dewhurst, Lt. Governor, and tell him you support HB 970 and want it to be voted on by the Senate and sent to the Governor for signature. (512)463-0001 or http://www.ltgov.state.tx.us/contact.php
2. Call your own Senator (except Deuell or Schwertner; Deuell is the Sponsor, and Schwertner is becoming a Co-Sponsor) and ask them to Co-Sponsor the bill and vote YES on it so that it can become law. Call (512)463-4630 for the Capitol Switchboard and give the operator your zip code; they will be able to connect you with your Senator. You can also email your Senator through their page on the Senate site. http://www.senate.state.tx.us/75r/senate/Members.htm
If you care about your rights to sell baked goods from your home kitchen, you need to make these phone calls first thing tomorrow during business hours. Typically calls to government officials like this are very quick: tell them what bill you want voted on, they’ll ask you for some details to ensure you’re in the appropriate voting area, and you’re done. If you want to take time to tell them why the bill is important to you, you can, but honestly it just takes a few seconds to make it clear that you want a thing voted for and a handful of people saying so can sway a politician significantly.
We support other states trying to get cottage food laws enacted so more home bakers across the country have the freedom to sell their wares.
We got an update from our friends in Oklahoma the other day with this news about their petition:
Dear Cottage Food Law Supporters,
I wanted to personally thank you all for your continued support! We are almost to 4000 signatures!! I am emailing you all to congratulate YOU! As a result of this petitition and the efforts of Mary Jane Newlon, Representative Roberts of Durant and his co-authors, Governor Fallin signed the Home Bakery Act of 2013 (House Bill 1094) on April 15, 2013. I have enclosed a link for the bill for those who would like to read it in it’s entirity, but here are the highlights:
-Home bakeries may make $20,000 Gross in Sales yearly
-Baked good may not contain fruit or meat (this includes fillings)
-Home bakeries do NOT require a license to operate
-Food must be properly labeled with name and address where it was baked, including the name of the item
-Inlcude label, “Made in a home food establishment not licensed by tthe State Department of Health.”
-Effective November 1, 2013
While this is not a Cottage Food Law as they are designed, this is certainly a step in the right direction. Please note that this bill does NOT included canning or any item outside of baked goods.
Again, THANK YOU, from the bottom of my heart for the continued support. This is a great step in the right direction for Oklahoma!
Originator of Cottage Food Law Petition
If you are in Oklahoma or have friends who are, please sign/pass this information and petition on.
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