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12th IVU World Vegetarian Congress 1950
Oosterbeck, Netherlands
North American participation




1950 - Gloria (Maude) Gasque [photo right]. of California started funding IVU to provide a full time Secretary and office. She became the first non-European IVU President from 1953-59.

Canadian Vegetarian Union
founded

From the reports of the Congress:

The Congress in Holland, however, will certainly be a turning point in the history of the Union. Chiefly as a result of the kindly interest and generosity Mrs. Clarence Gasque (U.S.A.) ..

More than all else, the Congress was noteworthy for the participation, for the first time, of delegates from North America. The new American Vegetarian Union was represented by Mrs. Clarence Gasque (widely known as Mother Gloria) who for sheer eloquence and vitality is not easily to be surpassed, and by Mrs. Sorge and Mr. and Mrs. Henry Sorge. ...

there were interesting lectures from ... Mrs. Gasque on "The Vegetarian Movement in North America "....

The Canadian Vegetarian Union was vigorously represented by Professor Arthur Stevenson. of Toronto, ...

Brief speeches were made by delegates from the countries represented. ... Professor Arthur F. Stevenson (Canada), ... Mrs. Clarence Gasque (U.S.A.), in speaking on behalf the American Vegetarian Union, brought with her a huge banner which was inscribed: "Vegetarians of all nations unite; you have a world to gain for justice, kindness, health, happiness, peace, progress and prosperity." ...

Messages and greetings were read from the Los Angeles Vegetarian Society and from the President of the American Vegetarian Union (Dr. Gehman). ...

Brief reports of work accomplished in the various countries - given by delegates from ... Canada, .... America,

The following applications for membership of the International Vegetarian Union were confirmed: (1) American Vegetarian Union, (2) Canadian Vegetarian Union; ...

The officers of the I.V.U. were elected as follows-- ... Vice-Presidents: Mrs. Clarence Gasque (U.S.A.) ....

Mrs. Gasque offered to subsidise an I.V.U. office and Secretary, provided it was in London, and suggested that the Secretary should be a woman. The Committee will decide about the Secretary at a meeting in September....

The President announced that through the generosity of Mrs Gasque it would be possible for the I.V.U. to appoint a paid Secretary, with Headquarters in Gt. Britain, ... and that such an appointment would be made by the officers of the Union by the end of 1950.

Mrs. CLARENCE GASQUE (U.S.A.) said that she did not recognize nations as such - she was more concerned with human life and with whatever was noble - in that she was interested. She referred to the many phases of our vegetarian philosophy-humanitarian, economic, psychological, physiological, health, philosophical, religious, no less than the important aspect of the treatment-or maltreatment--of the soil. Speaking of America, she said that the advertizing companies required to he called to a halt : they were "psuchologizing" the human mind, and had reached a stage which made her refrain from turning on her radio. She described an incident in Kashmir in which the carrots, potatoes and other garden produce had been grown on foul land, and where it was necessary to cleanse the soil before the vegetables were fit to eat. If this were done, she said, the soil could live naturally and healthily, and nature would be certain to give her best in return. Mrs. Gasque stressed the great importance of demonstrating vegetarian meals. She had, herself, done much in that direction but she made it clear how vital it was to present those dishes in a nice and attractive form, and how necessary it was for us to be reasonable in our approach, other-wise we should never get adherents to our cause.
Mrs. Gasque concluded, as she had begun, on a high level, emphasizing the fact that our object as vegetarians was to ascertain our relationship with life at every stage. ...

... [resolution passed] "That representation should be made to all national Governments requesting that provision should be made to enable vegetarian soldiers, sailors, and airmen to maintain their fleshless regimen. " (Professor A. F. Stevenson, Canadian Vegetarian Union) ...

... At the concluding session Mr. Sibly, said that the Congress had been a very successful and happy one and that it had been distinguished for the first time by the presence of delegates, as distinct from visitors, from North America and Canada. ...

... Mr. Sibly was followed, in his expression of thanks to our Dutch hosts, by Mrs. Gasque (U.S.A.), ... Prof. Stevenson (Canada), ...


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