Thursday, September 28, 2017

New Website

Hello all,

We have updated and consolidated our online presence with a fresh new look! Please refer to our new site for up-to-date information. It is located at

Here you can view our inventory, policies, office hours, location, how to contact us, and more! Thank you for your interest.

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

See you in September!

The Plate Club is closed for the summer.  We will reopen again in mid-September 2016!

Friday, March 18, 2016

New Executives Needed for Fall 2016!

The Plate Club is recruiting for the 2016-2017 school year! Please send your resume and a short email describing why you are interested in the position to by Friday, April 8, 2016. Feel free to contact us with any questions.
The executive also includes 3 returning members: the Inventory and Rentals Coordinator, Financial Executive, and Marketing/Rentals Executive.

Office and Volunteer Coordinator (formerly Outreach) (3-7 hours/week)
- recruits, trains and schedules volutneers for office and lunch hours
-maintains and supervises office cleanliness and equipment, including hardware and software used for rental coordination
- communicates with volunteers regarding Plate Club business via social media and blog
- maintains current rental guidelines, contact and inventory information on blog, tumblr, social media, and inventory app
- schedules monthly meetings
- assembles data on Plate Club impact and usage on a monthly basis and publishes on social media
- coordinates annual in-office inventory count
- with the Volunteer Engagement Executive, participates in volunteer recruitment at sustainability events (Activities Night, Sustainability Fair, etc.)
- holds office hours 1 hour/week
* in Fall 2016 we hope to campaign for a fee levy to make this a paid position.

 Volunteer Engagement Executive (2-4 hours/week)
- plans volunteer appreciation actions on a weekly basis, with one big volunteer event per semester
(past volunteer appreciation includes weekly snacks, pub quiz, bowling...)
- participates in volunteer recruitment at sustainability events (Activities Night, Sustainability fair, etc)
- informs members about sustainability movements on campus and abroad by maintaining a presence on social media
- holds office hours 1 hour/week
  Student Engagement Executive (2-4 hours/week)
- promotes The Plate Club's advocacy for sustainability, selecting and raising awareness about an initiative related to waste on campus in order to make positive change (past advocacy actions include the campaign to end styrofoam use in the SSMU caf with petitions and Styrofoam-Free Day)
- interact with the community and engage Plate Club volunteers in advocacy on social media and on campus
- organizes one event related to sustainability goal per semester
- holds office hours 1 hour/week

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

March 2016 Meeting

The most important issue on our March 2016 meeting agenda was Fall 2016!

We talked about division of labour for next year between executives, and decided that the executive positions will need redistribution, especially if we are looking to have 2 of the current 4 positions paid as part-time workers.  We have roughly estimated for maximum 20 paid work hours if we should get our fee levy, so as of the latest meeting we have focused all of the organization of rental service labour on these 2 people. That's everything from responding to rental requests and sending purchasing orders to keeping the office clean and making sure lunch hours are staffed (and filling in for last minute cancellations of volunteer staff when needed).
We discussed dividing The Plate Club between two poles along paid/unpaid lines: a rental service and an advocacy group for sustainability issues focused especially around waste.  We want to talk more with our volunteers as well as engaging more peripheral members of The Plate Club about what we can do to make our community more conscious about the waste we produce and the damage that does to our environment.
To that end, in addition to the 2 potentially paid positions, we are thinking of having a Volunteer Engagement executive who recruits volunteers from our members and keeps members informed about sustainability movements by maintaining a presence on social media and at McGill-organized sustainability events, as well as planning volunteer appreciation actions on a weekly basis, with one big volunteer event per semester.
We also discussed introducing a Student Engagement executive who promotes The Plate Club's advocacy for sustainibility, selecting and raising awareness about an initiative related to waste on McGill campus or more widely, in order to make positive change.  The Student Engagement executive would interact with the community and engage Plate Club volunteers on social media and on campus, potentially organizing one event related to achieving whatever sustainability goal they set per semester.
We'll be sending out requests for applications next week once the executive has more clearly finalized the division of duties (and we get some feedback about how this whole hiring thing would work from SSMU. After all, we don't have any money yet, and although we have operated with most duties concentrated among one or two people this year, it is a big load for a full-time student to bear!)
We also hope to start our student enagement this semester with a petition to support a waste initiative on campus that we would circulate during lunch hours. We are looking for ideas!

Thursday, February 11, 2016

Resolutions from our February 2016 meeting

Some resolutions from our meeting on Tuesday:
We affirmed that the Plate Club serves the entire McGill community - clubs, departments, organizations, and staff or students associated with McGill.
Hannah Stetson will be our new Outreach Coordinator for Fall 2016.
We're going to campaign for a fee levy in the Fall 2016 referendum so we can hire 2 part-time coordinators for The Plate Club.
We need to develop campaign images to be distributed on social media for the fall. Any members interested in working on this design?

We need to make sure to mention the terms of late fees verbally when we rent out our items. Details are on the rental form if you need to check them out.
We are looking for someone to rebuild our inventory app - if anybody knows someone with programming skills interested in doing that for a small fee, please contact us!
We're going to buy some more bins, and we're looking for suggestions for other needed inventory items.
Next meeting, we're going to discuss campaign plans for the fee levy and the breakdown of executive duties among coordinators for next year.
Our next meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, March 8 at 6PM.

Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Closed for the Semester

The Plate Club is closed for the Fall 2015 semester! We will open again for lunch service and office hours as usual on Monday, January 11, 2016. We are open for one final return session if you would like to pick up any outstanding deposits or return any remaining items on Tuesday, December 15, 2015 from 4PM to 5PM.
 If you would like to volunteer with us in the new year and help run our rental service for another successful and sustainable semester, please fill out our volunteer information form here. To find out what we're all about, visit us at Activities Night Tuesday, January 12, 2016 from 4-8 in the SSMU building!

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

The Plate Club Check-in

Time to check-in with The Plate Club! The 2015-2016 school year is off to a good start with lots of event rentals coming in. We have moved to a new space, Room 417, in the SSMU building, right next to our brand new industrial dishwasher and wash-up area. Thanks to SSMU for subsidizing part of this new purchase!

We recently held our very first Dish Out event, where we gave away mismatched and donated plates from our old inventory to students who could use them and got people talking about The Plate Club.  Lots of McGillians don't know how easy our service is to use (and it's free!) so we spread the word with our afternoon-long event in the SSMU building lobby. We hope to collect dishware from outgoing students at the end of the Winter 2016 semester so we can promote reuse with another Dish Out event in Fall 2016.

We recently attended the McGill Office of Sustainability (MOOS)'s Sustainability Friday session on Waste, where we met lots of interesting people with different ideas on how to improve waste management on McGill campus, including a centralized communal McGill compost, sharing discarded food at residence hall cafeterias, and, of course, promoting reusable dishware. The Plate Club is an important part of our campus's sustainability initiative, and we need volunteers to keep our service going.

If you want to help out, we are still looking for volunteers to fill office hours Tuesdays and Fridays, as well as during our lunch hours. If you're interested in volunteering, please fill out this form:

This year, we have applied for funding from MOOS and SSMU that will help us increase our inventory of plates, cups and wineglasses. These are our most used items, so a new infusion of stock will help us serve even more clubs and groups on campus.

Check out our Twitter and Facebook page for contests and events and general information about sustainability on campus, or visit us during our office hours on the Clubs Floor.