The Campus Veggie

Starting a Vegetarian Club on Campus

Return to Learning Center

Anyone who has ever been a college student, or even stepped foot on a college campus knows that the abundance of various clubs and groups can oftentimes be overwhelming. However, amidst this abundance there seems to be an overall lack of clubs catering to the vegetarian and vegan community. While this is unfortunate, the scarcity does not have to remain. In fact, you could be the change that brings the first-ever vegetarian club to campus.

Veggie Club on Campus

 

Of course, starting a new club on campus can quite daunting to a degree. However, below is a basic overview of various steps you can take to get your vegetarian club up and running.

First and foremost, you are going to want to explore your college campus and find out just what clubs are actually in existence. Who knows? You may even find that there is in fact a vegetarian resource group that collaborates every Wednesday and Friday. In order to determine what clubs are present at your school, try visiting your school’s website. Generally, college officials will dedicate a page just to the various clubs and resource groups offered at the school.

Should you find that a vegetarian club does not already exist on campus; the next step would be to check with college officials regarding what paperwork is needed in order to start a new club. Throughout what may seem like a barrage of paperwork, you will most likely need to divulge who the club’s president will be, the budget (if necessary), a roster of signatures from students who are interested in joining, sponsorship from any faculty members, schedule of planned events, etc. Naturally, you can also expect to attend a few meeting with college officials to go over the entire registration process.

Your next step in establishing a vegetarian club would be to assign the major roles of the club. These roles generally include positions such as president, vice president, and even a secretary should your club require one. If you have determined that your club will require a budget, then a new club role—the treasurer—becomes vital to the overall longevity of the club. The treasurer is the person in charge of bookkeeping, recording all incoming funds and outgoing expenses.

Slowly but surely, your vegetarian club is coming to life; you got it approved and have assigned the major roles. Now it is time to figure out the "meat" of your vegetarian club. In other words, you need to determine just what general direction you want your club to flow in. For example, you could develop "Recipe Wednesdays," in which each club member brings in a new vegetarian dish in hopes of furthering the culinary exploration into vegetarianism. You also need to determine the schedule of meetings that your club will try to uphold. Whether you plan to hold 3 meetings per month or 3 meetings per week, an established number of meetings will help keep club operations flowing as efficiently as possible.

Now it is time to promote your club. In terms of stress alleviation, promoting your vegetarian club is a superstar as you can never "over-promote" your club; the more exposure, the better. This is how potential members will discover that a vegetarian club even exists. On campus, nothing beats the use of a promotional item such as custom printed frisbees, logoed tumblers, or perhaps even something relevant to your club such a tomato-shaped stress ball. All of which can be found conveniently at places such as Quality Logo Products and specialty print shops. Other ways of promotion include creating a custom Facebook profile and Twitter feed, writing an article for the university’s newspaper, or even holding a social event such as an "Adopt-A-Thon," where you help find new homes for local homeless pets in the area.

At this point, you should have a well-established club in the making. Hopefully you have generated a substantial amount of interest and attracted a good deal of new members. You should find that operating a vegetarian club is not only a fun, constructive way to use your time, but also a rewarding experience that further promotes the anti-meat movement. After all, one vegetarian’s voice may not be very loud, but a several voices have a much better choice of being heard.

Return to Learning Center