Veggie Club is essentially one person cooking and a lot of people working to make sure that people attend. As a result, good management is central to the success of the organization, but luckily, good management in this case is little more than common sense and understanding how people work. The key to effectively managing any aspect of veggie club is the understanding that you can't please everyone all of the time, and that some people will always be hard to please. However, RVC's never been a popularity contest, and those that are willing to work for the club are the ones who need to be retained. Everyone else has an opinion, but if their opinions are essentially idle chatter, taking their advice or not taking their advice makes little difference.

The heart of managing any activity of RVC is a balance between central oversight and distributed decision-making. The central oversight is necessary to make sure that everyone has the proper information and that everyone is in agreement. There are few decisions in RVC which actually are contentious in nature, but the lack of coordinated information can cause misunderstandings, which can adversely affect the workings of the officers. So, when anything is to be planned, it's best to have one person make the decisions, present them, and then solicit feedback if necessary. Rarely is the feedback disagreeable in nature, so that keeps the club running smoothly. The feedback usually points out other possible opportunities.

So, once the centralized oversight has come up with a plan, it can be parceled out and the decision-making about the various pieces can proceed in parallel. There's no need for micro-managing any aspect of RVC, since it can weather just about any temporary event. So, if the RVC name is too small on a poster, or if we forget to do something of a small nature, there's no point trying to lay blame, or even to raise the issue. After all, we tend to be so active that nobody will notice one small error. Most importantly, berating someone for an honest mistake is likely to turn someone away from the club, which doesn't serve a purpose. On the other hand, graciously handling the situation will cause people to have more confidence in your leadership abilities, and they will perform better the next time around. People are generally good at policing themselves. However, RVC does attract its fair share of "slackers". These tend to be people who have some sort of lofty ideals without having any sort of hard commitment to actualizing them. Occasionally, these people will sign up for positions of responsibility, such as handling posters, being college reps, and occasionally, even being officers. The worst thing that can happen is to let a slacker go unchecked, because what ends up happening is that the responsible people in the club end up taking over their tasks and burning out. So, it's very useful to "prune" slackers. It's not an easy task, and it's not going to make you popular, but it's in the best interests of the club, since the presence of a slack effectively doubles the amount of work other people have to do.

The flip side of getting rid of slackers is to make sure you don't push someone farther than they are comfortable. If the person is responsible for some aspect of veggie club, but you feel that they can safely handle more, you can and should feel free to suggest it to them. This is the way good officers are created. If the person declines, that's fine, since they are already working to help the club. If you find yourself with more work than people, then it's time to do a sanity check and see what the cause is. If the club is truly short of people willing to work, some measures need to be implemented to make sure people work. If there is just too much work to be done, it's probably time to get rid of things which are of marginal benefit. It's better to have a small, healthy club than to have a large, dead club.

Finally, the management is responsible for coordinating dates and location, which is not as simple as it sounds. Part of this coordination task involves making contact with at least college presidents, just so you know who to contact at the last minute if you find that your original plans for a location have fallen through. Some colleges are better at planning their conflicting events in advance than others, and it's important not to blow up at a college if they don't give you long enough notice about an unavailable date.

We generally pick a college and try to stay at the same place for at least one semester or more. Most colleges are glad to help us out, and we return their kindness by making sure we don't leave a mess behind. It's good for the college, since the residents of that college get a short walk to a good meal. However, RVC also tries to move around every year or two to get more exposure to different locations. Once people like RVC, they won't mind a longer walk. You'll get some hate mail when you move locations, but this is inevitable, and while you should politely handle it, there's no point in staying at the same place forever.