Chanoyu Tea Society

Chanoyu Tea Society is a student organization consisting of students who express an interest in the art of the Japanese tea ceremony and wish to pursue their study of said ceremony in the Senshin'an (Clearing-the-Mind Abode) Tea Room. Chanoyu, or the Japanese tea ceremony, is a prescribed art form that dates back to twelfth century Japan. The group aims to build on their knowledge of the way of tea, which includes but is not limited to the procedure of preparing tea, the architecture of the tea room, the culinary arts of tea sweets and the kaiseki meal, and the history and philosophy of tea. In addition, the group aims to increase exposure of the Japanese tea ceremony and Japanese culture to the W&L community and the surrounding Rockbridge area by hosting public tea demonstrations.

Contact: Elizabeth McDonald '18

Constitution

A. History of Organization

i. Chanoyu Tea Society was started in Fall 2006 by student Matthew Godfrey '07. Matthew, who had just completed the LIT 223 course in Fall 2006, approached Professor Janet Ikeda and asked if there was a way for students to continue their tea study at W&L. The student organization, Tea Society, was formed in response to student interest.
ii. This founding document of Chanoyu Tea Society was drafted on May 6, 2014, and approved on May 8, 2014, by a majority of the current members. It was edited on September 23, 2014, and the changes were approved by a majority of the current members.

B. Mission Statement

i. Chanoyu Tea Society is a student organization consisting of students who express an interest in the art of the Japanese tea ceremony and wish to pursue their study of said ceremony in the Senshin'an (Clearing-the-Mind Abode) Tea Room. Chanoyu, or the Japanese tea ceremony, is a prescribed art form that dates back to twelfth century Japan. The group aims to build on their knowledge of the way of tea, which includes but is not limited to the procedure of preparing tea, the architecture of the tea room, the culinary arts of tea sweets and the kaiseki meal, and the history and philosophy of tea. In addition, the group aims to increase exposure of the Japanese tea ceremony and Japanese culture to the W&L community and the surrounding Rockbridge area by hosting public tea demonstrations.

C. Requirements for Membership

i. Membership is granted to any student with interest in the study of the art of the Japanese tea ceremony.

D. Organization of Leadership/Officers

i. Active Chair

a. The Active Chair is responsible for representing the Chanoyu Tea Society in public. In addition, the Active Chair is responsible for planning and organizing events, and delegating tasks to other members to maximize the success of said events.

ii. Secretary

a. The Secretary assists the Active Chair in his/her duties. In addition, the Secretary maintains a record of club meetings and events.

iii. Treasurer

a. The Treasurer oversees the club's budget and allocates funds accordingly.

iv. The Active Chair, Secretary, and Treasurer will be elected by a majority vote of the general body. This annual election will take place no later than the first week of May, and those selected will hold their positions until the following election.

E. Outreach

i. Chanoyu Tea Society will benefit the W&L community and the surrounding Rockbridge area by hosting public tea demonstrations. Such events serve as a unique environment in which W&L students and staff can share their knowledge of Japanese history, philosophy and traditional arts with the greater Lexington/Rockbridge County community. Annual events include tea demonstrations during Parents and Family Weekend, Alumni Weekend, Final Exams, Accepted Students' Day, and Johnson Finalists Week.