A few of us met a couple of weeks ago to discuss how we move forward in the section. This meeting was not to exclude people but we needed to start with the leaders of the current ISG's so that we could get on the same page. Not everyone was able to make it. However I have been in contact with everyone since then and will continue to be. Below is an update that I sent to those invited to the meeting. We will be having more frequent meetings and we will be looking to involve more people. If you have an interest in taking a bigger role in the leadership of the section; please let me know. I will continue to post updates here so that everyone knows what is going on. Thanks Cauldron Update 2/1/11 I am going to make these updates a regular occurrence. It’s an easy way to keep everyone informed on whats happening. We have been working from a vision for the group as an army without generals, but many leaders. It will take 100 leaders to lead 2000. We are not pushing the idea of elections until the critical mass means they are necessary. When will that be? Hopefully sooner rather than later, but we will cross that bridge when we come to it. With the season almost upon us, the most important thing is, well, we just get **** done. When the team comes home to the new stadium for the first time this year, I hope they are blown away by what we’ve made for them. The Cauldron’s purpose is to promote and support all of the groups that make up the section. Chicago Road Trip - March 26th Hotel and bus have been secured. Information can be found on Facebook and I will update BS when PayPal site is up. Site to submit PayPal payment for bus will be up as soon as possible. Meet The New Players Night - Monday, March 14th - We have decided that Quick’s BBQ will not offer us enough space for the event. We still want them to cater but I am currently working on an alternative facility that could accommodate the number of people we are expecting. TIFO - We need exact available dimensions as soon as possible from the team so we can plan some bigger displays this year. Keep thinking about something original and doable that we can do to involve the entire stadium for opening day. We have been informed that the team will be installing smoke machines to eliminate the need for smoke bombs. We can discuss how we would want them used. Website - We are finishing a teaser site for the new KCCauldron.com - this will allow us to capture emails for a distribution list, give people quick access to all groups’ social media links so you can start talking to your members. We will also have a page for the Chicago Road Trip, where people can pay online. In The News - Several events have occurred that helped spread the gospel of the Cauldron: First - there was #SpecialKCSnowmageddon. We were able to meet a lot of folks that I have never seen before but have been following what we do. We got some good press out of it as well even getting mentioned on Yahoo Sports. Second - #BoonBooRee t-shirt contest. This kind of fell in our laps. As you know Teal scored a PK, and the great call followed. I suggested a T-Shirt contest on Twitter, and was contacted by Sporting to partner on the idea. They will be donating $5 of each shirt sold to The Cauldron. This will help fund our operations going forward - seed money for road trips, tailgates, banners etc. Between the two events, we picked up over 200 FB group members and over 200 Twitter followers - important, as we can now directly contact these people in less than a minute. Finally, we had Cauldron Night at the Comets. The turnout was good; between 35 and 40 were there. Everyone seemed to have a good time, and the Comets players and owners were very happy to have us there. The free case of beer was just icing on the top. Craig Rocastle, Korede Aiyegbusi, Kevin Ellis, and other Wizards players were in attendance. I was contacted by Daniel Wiersema, founder of The Free Beer Movement, asking if we would do an interview for him for a series that he is producing entitled “Better Know a Supporters Group”. A few of us have been working on this, and it’s coming along nicely. All groups are represented, and as soon as it’s finalized, we will send a copy out to everyone to look over. Additionally I was contacted by Total Soccer Magazine they would like to feature us as their SG of the month. I am waiting to hear back as to what they are looking for but I would guess something similar to FBM. NEW IDEAS TO THINK ABOUT FIFA Tournament - I would like to make this happen. I don’t really have a plan for it other than to do it. I think it would be great to do it at Johnny’s, maybe on a Saturday afternoon or Sunday, which ever works better for them. We would need to come up with multiple PS3s, but I think that is do-able. We would also need them to agree to do it. I thought about doing it during the Meet The Players event; however, I think it would be a good chance to have another event on the schedule. Open to suggestions on this. Scarfs - The HS is almost out of the blue and white bar scarves. We will need to design a new scarf for this season. A few people have mentioned that having multiple scarves in more limited numbers might be good. Once the website is launched, the plan is to have the ability to be able to purchase any Cauldron merch through there, regardless of ISG, and point the funds to a specific account. Thinking we need something like a “Finally Home” scarf for sure. I am thinking we might do this along the same line as the Teal t-shirts. Open up the contest to everyone and pick out the best ones. That has always been the model in the past there has just been the same designers doing it on BS.