On Saturday 4 December 2004 the Sydney branch of the Cake Decorators’ Guild of NSW Inc. awarded honorary branch membership to Fay Gardner in recognition of her contribution to the guild and cake decorating.
Fay has been a member of the Cake Decorators’ Guild since inception. Committee positions held: senior vice-president 1982; Sydney president 1983–1986; state committee 1988 and 1995; state president 1989–1994; state vice-president 1996–1998; and judges’ committee 1999+.
Some of Fay’s initiatives:
- Expansion of the guild — reaching some 22 branches with an excess of 1100 members (at its peak) spread throughout Australia, New Zealand, Canada, England and Japan
- State unification November 1984 — proposing a state committee to oversee the operations and betterment of the guild, there was a unanimous decision to pass this motion and the state committee was formed
- Showtime 1985 — the first of the guild’s biennial seminars was initially staged by Sydney branch under Fay’s guidance
- Fay was also later to have been the driving force behind securing overseas demonstrators as a major drawcard to subsequent state seminars
- Teachers’ seminar November 1985 — this event was developed to upgrade cake decorating teachers’ skills to ensure a high standard of cake decorating being taught throughout the various colleges
- Incorporation of the guild — Fay’s insight and forethought of incorporating the state and each of the branches ensured members, and those who volunteered their time as committee members, were financially protected by insurance and limited liability.
Whilst ever Veronica Bagley was the editor of Sweet Perfection, Fay provided all the artwork for each issue. She was also involved in the development of the guild logo as we know it today.
As a result of Fay’s achievements, the branch committee has decided to offer an annual Fay Gardner Achievement Award to the most worthy member.