CONSTITUTION FOR THE VIRGINIA BARBECUE SOCIETY AT THE UNIVERSITY OF VIRGINIA
Article I: NAME.
The official name of the organization is the Virginia Barbecue Society.
Article II: PURPOSE.
The Virginia Barbecue Society serves to enrich the strong culture at the University of Virginia through barbecue events. VBS cookouts provide all students of UVa opportunities to come together and enjoy themselves in a casual and accepting atmosphere. Furthermore, by competing in local and regional barbecue competitions, and by conducting charity cookouts, VBS provides a positive representation of UVa to the public.
Article III: MEMBERSHIP.
Standard membership: Standard membership is available to all students at the University. Standard members are expected to make an effort to attend all on-grounds VBS events and to perform certain tasks assigned to them.
Team membership: Team membership is available to standard members who demonstrate mastery of barbecue skills and a strong commitment to VBS. Standard members will be nominated and elected to team member status by previously elected team members. Team members are expected to attend all on-grounds VBS events as well as compete with the VBS barbecue team at local and regional barbecue competitions.
Article IV: OFFICERS.
President: The president is to lead VBS in all activities and serve as the society's spokesperson. The President is in charge of leading all general VBS meetings and ensuring that the VBS committees accomplish their given duties. The president must be a VBS team member.
Treasurer: The treasurer is to maintain VBS accounts and set up the society's semester budget. The treasurer will serve as a liaison between VBS and the UVa appropriations committee and all other VBS sponsors.
Cookout Committee Chair: The cookout committee chair is responsible for planning and executing on grounds cookouts and committee meetings. It is the responsibility of the cookout committee chair to secure proper funding from the treasurer and ensure that necessary property and man-power is available to have a successful cookout.
Competition Committee Chair: The competition committee chair is responsible for enrolling the VBS barbecue team in barbecue competitions, and making any necessary preparations to ensure that the team has adequate funding, transportation and competitors for the competition. The competition committee chair must be a VBS team member.
Article V: ELECTIONS.
Officer Elections: Officer elections for each semester will be held at the last meeting of the prior semester. All members in attendance may vote. Only those who have been at least a standard member of VBS for one full semester may run for treasurer or cookout committee chair. Only those who are a team member and have been at least a standard member for one full semester may run for president or competition committee chair.
Team Membership Elections: Nominations for election to the VBS barbecue team will be made at team meetings by any team member. If the majority of team members in attendance approve of the nominee's acceptance to the team, the nominee will be contacted. The nominees may decline this opportunity to join the team, but must be reelected if they desire to join the team in the future.
Article VI: COMMITTEES.
Cookout Committee: The cookout committee is charged with planning and executing on-grounds cookouts. Cookouts should be accessible and open to all UVa students. Food should include options for all foreseeable religious and personal dietary restrictions. Whenever possible, the cookout committee is encouraged to include a charitable aspect and provide activities for those who attend the cookout.
Competition Committee: The competition committee is charged with locating barbecue competitions and making preparations for the VBS barbecue team to compete. Competition committee members must be VBS team members.
Article VII: FINANCE.
Each semester, the VBS treasurer will review the society�s projected income and expenses. Member dues will be calculated upon completion of this review. If membership dues are deemed necessary, members will be informed of its amount before the first meeting of each semester.
Article VIII. AMENDMENTS AND BY-LAWS.
Proposals for amendments and by-laws can be made at any general VBS meeting. At least two-thirds of the society�s members must be in attendance for an amendment or by-law to be voted on. Over half of the members in attendance must approve the proposal for the amendment or by-law to be instated.