As Jennifer Bartos of Make it Sweet mentioned at our last club meeting, the store will be having an Open House event on July 1 and 2 during their regular business hours. There’ll be plenty of activities for all ages, including a bake sale with proceeds benefitting Capital Confectioners. The public (especially club members!) are [...]
As Jennifer Bartos of Make it Sweet mentioned at our last club meeting, the store will be having an Open House event on July 1 and 2 during their regular business hours. There’ll be plenty of activities for all ages, including a bake sale with proceeds benefitting Capital Confectioners.
The public (especially club members!) are asked to donate baked goods for the sale. This is a great opportunity to try out recipes for bars or cookies you’ve seen in books or online without having to eat a whole batch! With Independence Day later that week, you can bring themed desserts if you wish, or go for a summer or other theme, or just something undecorated that tastes yummy.
Please bring donations to Make it Sweet during business hours on Monday, June 30 or just before opening at 10 am on July 1. If you have a baking business, you can leave some of your business cards to be handed out as well. Then stay to shop, play, and have fun!
And of course even if you can’t bring a baked good, you can come by to buy some! Tell your friends and family and help spread the word!
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. [...]
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 firstname.lastname@example.org and a volunteer organizer will get back to you as soon as possible.
Thanks to everyone who helps!
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 [...]
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.
Some folks in Oklahoma are trying to get a Cottage Food Law similar to Texas’ passed and are requesting that we spread the word about their petition, so please share this URL and sign it!
This is literally about freedom and apple pie!
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