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The role of Mrs Gasque at the 1952 IVU Committee Meeting

Minutes of the Meeting of the Executive Committee held at Bloemendaal, near Haarlem, Holland over Easter 1952.

PRESENT - Vice Presidents - Mrs Clarence Gasque . . .

Mr.Sibly opened proceedings welcoming members expressing special pleasure at the attendance of Mrs.Gasque & appreciating the beautiful location chosen for the meeting.

Mrs Gasque replied & assured the Committee of her constant interest in their work & of her satisfaction at being present.

The secretary reported on the satifactory establishment of the London office, on progress made in making contact with vegetarian groups in many lands & of the satisfaction expressed in many quarters of the important forward steps taken by the I.V.U. in Holland in 1950 backed by Mrs Gasque's generous support.

On hearing that no fees had been paid by the U.S.A. for the preceding year Mrs Gasque immediately handed the Treasurer a ten dollar bill and explained the present position of the Vegetarian movement in the U.S.A. saying that the vast distances prevented easy co-ordination & that no real degree of organisation had yet been achieved ....

Mr Josef Pedersen reported fully on progress made with the 1953 Congress . . . Mrs Gasque said that she might consider inviting Dr Szekely to the Congress. [Dr Szekely was, since 1940, running a vegetarian health resort in Mexico, 3 miles from the California border; see: ]

The Secretary reported that in an effort to serve the Youth of the vegetarian movement he was organising an International Vegetarian Youth Camp in England in Summer 1952. This was approved. Mrs Gasque offered to donate up to £100 to provide for excursions & outings. This gesture was warmly received.

The Secretary reported that he had received an invitation from the American Vegetarian Union to undertake a 2/3 month lecture tour of the United States to stimulate interest & learn the extent of the movement. He had communicated this suggestion to the President who had given his approval if the financial question could be met. On hearing of the proposal Mrs Gasque had stated her willingness to finance the tour & all arrangements had been made for the secretary to leave England on 7th May to fulfil an extensive tour terminating in mid July. The Committee warmly expressed its gratitude at this further most generous support of Mrs Gasque.

Mrs Gasque had compiled a very suitable form to be used in notifying air companies that a vegetarian would be using their service. It was decided that this form should be printed not only for use with air companies but also for rail, coach & sea services. On account of the large number required to distribute to all I.V.U. connections the secretary was asked to obtain estimates & report at the next meeting.

On the following day the 11th April consequent upon points raised on the previous day it was agreed that in view of the establishment of a permanent international office the £200 preciously paid direct to Oluf Egerod by Mrs Gasque's London Brokers chould in future be paid direct into I.V.U. funds and be administered by the treasurer.

Mr Sibly stated his intention of retiring from the Presidency at the Congress in Sweden feeling that this honour should be shared with others. It was agreed that the Committee should make the following nominations at the Congress -
Past President Mr W.A.Sibly
President Mrs Clarence Gasque

Signed on the 18th October '53

Maude M Gasque
President & Chairman