Thank you so much to everyone who participated in our ICES Utah Chapter survey! I’m happy to report that we had 22 respondents and we gathered some great information.
First, we wanted to know where everyone is based throughout Utah. Generally speaking, we are mostly located in the Salt Lake area with some lovely cakers down south in the Cedar City/St. George area and one up north in Garland. We have been meeting at Bakers C & C in Murray which is pretty central to the ones of us based in the valley. Considering most of the respondents said they were willing to travel 30 minutes for the meetings, Bakers C & C seems like a nice compromise for a meeting place. If not, please let us know and we’ll do our best to accommodate some changes.
Next, we wanted to know what YOUR expectations are for our local chapter. We found out that most of us want to learn new techniques at our meetings (29%), while 22% want to talk cake for fun, and 20% of us want to network with others. Less people are concerned with organizing, outreach, and planning so we’ll do our best to structure our meetings around the expectations expressed here.
Now that we’ve discussed the expectations of the group as a whole, we wanted to know what you want to do at the meetings and how often. Interesting, 36% of you want to meet monthly while 32% want to meet every 2 months. After discussing this with Lily (our State Representative), we agreed that we’ll continue to hold the meetings every month but understand that not everyone can meet regularly. We’ll be happy to see whoever can make it each month. The majority of you (60%) said that Tuesdays work best for them so we’ll continue to meet on the third Tuesday of each month. Here’s what you said you’d preferred to do at the meetings:
We will strive to use this data and implement it into our upcoming meetings.
Lastly, some great comments and suggestions were made for our group. One person suggested that we start discussion questions that we can email out you before the meeting and then everyone can come ready to share. For example, “Have you ever had a cake disaster? What happened? “ or “Bring a photo of your favorite cake creation.” I love this idea so I’ll try to remember to send out a discussion question for our next meeting. Cake disasters is always a fun topic, right? Yikes!
A few people suggested we do a little less business at the meetings and have more time to share and get to know one another. Sounds like a great plan! Come ready to chat J
Thank you again! Have a lovely Christmas, Hanukkah and Kwanza! Most of all, happy caking!
~Jennifer Hill, Salt Cake City
ICES Utah Treasurer
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