Slow Food W&L

Recognizing that the enjoyment of wholesome food is essential to the pursuit of happiness, Slow Food W&L is an organization dedicated to stewardship of the land and ecologically sound food production; to the revival of the kitchen and the table as centers of pleasure, culture, and community; to the invigoration and proliferation of regional, seasonal culinary traditions; to the creation of a collaborative, ecologically-oriented, and virtuous globalization; and to living a slower and more harmonious rhythm of life.

Contact: Diana Banks '17

Constitution

PREAMBLE

Recognizing that the enjoyment of wholesome food is essential to the pursuit of happiness, Slow Food W&L is an organization dedicated to stewardship of the land and ecologically sound food production; to the revival of the kitchen and the table as centers of pleasure, culture, and community; to the invigoration and proliferation of regional, seasonal culinary traditions; to the creation of a collaborative, ecologically-oriented, and virtuous globalization; and to living a slower and more harmonious rhythm of life.

Article I: NAME AND LOGO

1.1 The organization shall be called Slow Food W&L.
1.2 Slow Food W&L will use the name and logo of Slow Food in accordance with the Slow Food name and logo agreement annually signed by the president and faculty advisor/student club administrator.

Article II: PURPOSE

2.1 Slow Food W&L is a campus convivium, or local chapter, of the international Slow Food movement. A campus convivium is a tool for implementing the Slow Food mission on a local level and therefore the grassroots expression of the movement.
2.2 Slow Food W&L engages the university and food producer communities in Lexington and Rockbridge County in order to support and celebrate the food traditions of the area.
2.3 Slow Food W&L particularly focuses its efforts on creating a more environmentally, economically and culturally sustainable food system on campus through advocacy and education.

Article III: MEMBERSHIP

3.1 Membership to Slow Food W&L is open to any current student of Washington & Lee University.
3.2 Membership is official once the individual has paid their membership fee and signed on to the campus convivia's listserv.
3.3 Membership is terminated once the individual has requested to be removed from the group, once the member graduates, or once the group has established independently that the individual is no longer engaged with the group.
3.4 Members gain voting privilege and are eligible to run for steering committee positions.
3.5 Slow Food W&L must pay an annual membership fee to Slow Food USA to renew its status as a campus convivium. It must also send an update with a list of membership and a report on activities triannually: at the beginning, half-way point and end of the school year. In return, Slow Food USA provides Slow Food W&L with administrative support, resources, publication and access to the Slow Food network.

Article IV: OFFICERS

4.1 The steering committee, or officers, of Slow Food W&L will guide the general direction of the group, ensuring the projects and activities of Slow Food W&L are consistent with the ideas and values of the Slow Food movement.
4.2 The steering committee is composed of a president, vice-president, secretary, treasurer and communications representative.

4.2.1 The president liaises with the Slow Food national office as the official campus convivium leader, leads the general meetings, acts as one of the two signing authorities for the Slow Food W&L financial account, acts as primary contact for the group, and generally oversees the activities of the group.
4.2.2 The vice-president acts in the president's stead when the president is unavailable and oversees the sub-committees.
4.2.3 The secretary produces agendas and minutes for the steering committee and general meetings, circulates information to membership and assists with the internal administrative work.
4.2.4 The treasurer tracks the income and expenditures of Slow Food W&L, coordinates financial matters with the national office, acts as one of two signing authorities for the Slow Food W&L financial account, collects receipts for "out-of-pocket" money spent and issues reimbursement, prepares an annual budget for the first and last general meetings, coordinates any school-supplied funding and oversees fundraising activities.
4.2.5 The communications representative keeps up to date with the activities of Slow Food W&L, communicates these activities to other campus convivia and reports on campus convivium developments on a regional, national and international level to the members of Slow Food W&L.

4.3 All steering committee members are responsible for preparing a detailed transition report at the end of the academic year.
4.4 Slow Food W&L may wish to form sub-committees to deal with specific projects, activities or events. These committees may wish to informally elect a committee leader as the primary contact for and coordinator of the project, activity or event.
4.5 One faculty member of Washington and Lee University acts as a faculty adviser to Slow Food W&L. The adviser acts as a representative of the school administration and helps liaise with the educational institution.

Article V: ELECTIONS

5.1 The president of Slow Food W&L should be a returning member. At least two steering committee members should be returning members. If these requirements cannot be met the position should be opened to any member.
5.2 The steering committee of the previous year appoints an elections officer to oversee the elections. The elections officer may not run for a position in the election. The elections officer oversees election proceedings, ensuring fairness of process and outcome, answers questions about the election and collects and counts the ballots.
5.3 The elections officer should announce the election at the first meeting of the year.
5.4 Elections are held at the second meeting of the year (the "election meeting").
5.5 Candidates for the steering committee positions may give a brief speech at the election meeting or provide a statement to be read in the event of their absence.
5.6 Voting quorum is half of all members. Members not present may send a ballot with another member with their vote and signature.
5.7 Voting is done by secret ballot.
5.8 A candidate wins the seat if they receive half the votes plus one.

Article VI: COMMITTEES

6.1 The steering committee is the only standing committee required of Slow Food W&L, with duties as described above.
6.2 Other sub-committees can be created as necessary to organize and run various events and activities.

Article VII: MEETINGS

7.1 Slow Food W&L will hold regularly scheduled general meetings every two weeks.
7.2 The sub-committees and steering committee of Slow Food W&L should call meetings on an as needed basis.

Article VIII: FINANCE

8.1 Each member is expected to pay dues of $10 per semester, or $20 per year. Half of the dues are sent to Slow Food USA to maintain recognition of the individual member and the campus convivium as a whole by the national organization.
8.2 Additional funding can be sought from on campus sources or from fundraising events such as tee-shirt sales or bake sales.
8.3 Use of Slow Food W&L funds will be determined by the steering committee, with appropriate input from members at the general meetings.

Article IX. AMENDMENTS AND BY-LAWS

9.1 Any member may submit a proposal for the amendment of this constitution.
9.2 This submission must occur at a general meeting.
9.3 If one third of those present, by an open show of support, wish to consider such an amendment, the amendment may be taken to a vote at the following general meeting.
9.4 The amendment must receive the support of three quarters of those members present at the following meeting.

Article X. RATIFICATION

10.1 Before ratifying this constitution Slow Food W&L must send a draft to its membership for comments.
10.2 A general meeting should be called to discuss the content and wording of the constitution.
10.3 Either at the discussion meeting, if there is little debate, or at a subsequent general meeting a vote should be held to ratify the constitution.
10.4 Three quarters of those members present must support the constitution for it to be ratified and come into effect.