Welcome Vegans and Vegetarians!The Vegetarian Network of Austin is Austin's longest-serving family-friendly social and educational vegetarian group, active in promoting vegetarianism in Austin since 1996. We aim to make it easier for new people to find out about vegan and vegetarian resources, businesses and activities in Austin.
We have at least two meetings each month, a potluck dinner held at one of our members' homes, and a restaurant visit for lunch or dinner a local vegetarian or vegan establishment, or at least one with a vegetarian-friendly atmosphere and menu. We also sometimes have food classes, film presentations, and tabling efforts at local events.
We produce a newsletter for Austin's vegan/vegetarian community five times a year, Austin Vegetarian Living, that's mailed out to our directory and distributed around town at various eateries and shops. We also produce a podcast on roughly the same schedule.
If you're interested in helping support the VNA's efforts, we encourage you to consider joining us as a VNA Director. Directorships have different levels to fit your level of interest, and we offer Directors several benefits.
You don't have to be vegan or vegetarian to attend our events, but we ask that you bring a vegan dish to our potlucks and order vegetarian at our restaurant visits.
march 6 2013
For March, we'll be having our monthly potluck on Saturday the 8th, 6:30pm. at the home of Nancy Woolley. We'll also be having elections by the membership of the VNA. We don't often talk about the official business of The Vegetarian Network of Austin, so many of you may not be aware that the VNA is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, with a body of dues-paying Directors, and managed by an Executive Board of officers. The elections will be for two open officer positions; officer terms are always renewed (or new officers voted in) at the March meeting.
VNA March potluck this Saturday, along with our Annual Elections
The officer positions that are open this year are Secretary, Membership Director, and Events Director. These positions are not difficult to handle despite their official titles. The Secretary has the easiest job, simply taking the minutes for our board meetings, one weeknight each month, and emailing them out after they've been formatted. The Events Director, along with the Board, plans our group's potlucks, restaurant visits and other activities. The Membership Director maintains the database of Directors, sends out renewal notices, and works on projects to increase our membership roles and perks. If you're interested in serving in either position, please send an email to our Communications Director.
The officers are nominated from, and elected by, our Body of Directors, made up of VNA members who have paid annual dues. If serving as a VNA officer isn't your thing, but you'd still like to help out the VNA, please consider joining as a Director. Now would be a great time to do so, as you'd get to vote in Saturday's election. To participate in the direction of the VNA and help support our future endeavors, join online at our Join the VNA page. And if you're already a dues-paying Director of the VNA, we highly encourage you to attend so that your vote can be counted!