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INTERNATIONAL VEGETARIAN UNION
Minutes of a meeting of the International Council of I.V.U. held at the Movenpick Hotel, Edwin-Scharff-Haus, Silcherstrasse 40, Neu-Ulm, West Germany, on Satturday 11th and Sunday,12th July, 1981.
Elected Council Members Present:- Mr Ulrich Schroter (Deputy President), Mr Julius Fleischanderl (Executive Vice-President), Dr German Alberti (Executive Vice-President), Mr Surenira M. Mehta (Hon. Regional Sec.), Mr Christopher Fettes (Hon Regional Sec.)
Co-opted Council Members: Mr Maxwell G. Lee (Hon.General Sec.), Mr Amarjeet-Singh Bhamra (Hon.Assis.Gen.Sec.) (part of Sunday only).
Others present: Mr Rudolf Meyer (Deputy President, Bund fur Lebenserneuerung e.V.), Mrs Marrigje Riemens-Dijkama (Hon. Secretary, Nederlands Vegetariersbond), Miss Astrid Kruger (Interpreter), Dr Hilmar Burggabe.
The Hon. General Secretary announced the passing of Mr Woodland Kahler, former President of I.V.U., and of Mrs Fay Rudd, the wife of a former Hon. General Secretary of I.V.U. He had written letters of sympathy to Mrs Kahier and to Mr Rudd.
1. Chairman's Welcome and Apologies for Absence
Apologies had been received from: Mrs W.M.Eikeboom-Broekman, Mrs Shanta Raaff, Dr M.M.Bhamgara, Mr Roger Blessed, Mr W.Capper. Mr H.J.Dinshah, Mr B.J.Gunn-King, Mr G.Karolyi, Mr P.Pick. Messages of greeting had been received from Mr Geo Hiller and Professor Brockhouse
Hon. General Secretary's Report
b) The receipt of three expense claims from the former Hon. General Secretary, Mr B. Gunn-King, was reported. These were for the period for which the accounts had been completed and audited, Council felt that such claims might have been presented at the relevant time but as a sign of goodwill agreed to pay £10 as a final payment of expenses but that no further claims could be entertained.
c) The problems of membership subscriptions for those societies which are unable to pay subscriptions abroad were raiesed by the Hon.General Secretary. Mr Meyer stated that the German Society would pay the annual subscription for the Polish Society and, if necessary, for the Yugoslav Society. The General Secretary agreed to write to Yugoslavia to discover their situation. It was agreed that when Societies were unable to pay an annual subscription, they should be treated as honorary members without the right to vote. Societies which fail to pay an annual subscription should be informed that they are no longer members of I.V.U. but one annual contact should be maintained with them by the Hon. General Secretary.
d) A request from the Regional Secretary for Australasia for some assistance with the costs of postage etc. was considered reasonable and the Hon. General Secretary was authorised to negotiate an agreement with Mr Karolyi which should be brought for formal ratification to the next meeting of the International Council
d) The Hon. General Secretary expressed concern at the little attention which was given to the idea of a World Vegetarian Day each year and the need for it to be promoted by I.V.U. The next World Congress would consider ways in which the day might be promoted worldwide.
e) A query had been raised about the need to establish a world vegetarian symbol with the support of I.V.U. It was agreed the question should be considered by the World Congress meeting.
f) A request had been received from the Associazione Vegetariana Italiana for support for a celebration for the anniversary of St Francis. It was agreed that, in principle support should be given if the dates did not conflict with the World Congress in Ulm; that I.V.U. should determine its representation and that a final decision should be made when details of the proposals are known.
g) A proposal from New Zealand for a distribution system to be organised for the distributIon of talks between Societies was not felt to be a practical proposition at the present time.
h) The Hon. General Secretary reported that he had replied to 216 letters since the last International Council as well as communicating with International Council members and distributing a newsletter
i) A suggestion that some elected persons should not be eligible for re-election at the following Congress was not supported. The Hon. General Secretary asked that anyone not wishing to stand for election at the next World Congress should inform him as soon as possible and that he should be informed of candidates for election as early as possible.
5. World Congress 1982
b) It was agreed that the normal Congress Fee should be payable up to 25th February, 1982 but that a reduced Fee should be paid by those booking by 15th Janauary,1982. From 26th February,1982 a higher Congress Fee should be payable. A range of possible costs for accommodation, all meals and Congress Fees according to type of accommodation and time of booking were suggested by Mr Meyer. It was agreed that he should finalise these when all possible contingencies had been considered. It was agreed that the Conference Fee and cost of food should be paid on booking but that the cost of accommodation might be paid later. The final arrangements would be made by Mr Neyer.
c) The food to be provided at the Congress would be suitable for both vegetarians and vegans and would be based on organic farming methods. Dr Hilmar Burggrabe was thanked for his kind offer to help with the supply of organically grown products.
d) Details of the general programme produced by Mr Meyer were considered and approved with several amendments. It was agreed that the theme of the Congress should reflect the ideals of I.V.U. and that a general theme should be "for a humane, healthy and peaceful world" if the German Society was happy with this.
e) Simultaneous translation facilities might be provided where thirty or more of a particular language group asked for the facility and guaranteed to attend. Copies of speeches and/or summaries of speeches would be made available if possible.
f) In order to encourage the participation of young people, a reduction in the Conference Fee would be made for them.
g) The German Society would make every effort to maximise publicity during the Congress through press, television and radio.
h) In order to assist needy persons to attend the Congress it was agreed that people booking should be invited to give a donation to help them to do so. It was also agreed that a sum from the Manker Fund might also be used to help speakers who might be in need as well as other participants.
i) A number of suggestions for speakers at the Congress were considered and it was emphaised that sufficient time should be given to I.V.U. business and for the discussion of world vegetarian problems. It was left for the Hon. General Secretary and Mr Meyer to agree the timing of I.V.U. business sessions and for the German Society to finalise the list of speakers, and the allocation of exhibition space to member societies and others.
6. World Congress 1984
A suggested venue for the Congress was Israel and a further offer was made by Dr Alberti of Venezuela or some other venue in South America. It was agreed that the final decision would be made by the next World C~ongress in 1982 but that those wishing to be considered should come with firm proposals.
7. Bolivian Musicians
8. Financial Report
9. Manker Fund
The Hon. General Secretary announced that the V.S.U.K. had made a donation of £500 to the Fund and a further £500 to the Patrons' Fund out of the surplus from the Loughborough Congress.
Mr Mehta reminded the meeting that a decision about the award of the Manker trophy should be made by the International Council at its first meeting during the 1982 Congress.
10. Patrons' Fund
A number of messages welcoming the newsletter had been received. Members of the International Council were invited to send in any items they might have for the next issue of the newsletter.
The Hon. General Secretary suggested the need for I.V.U. to produce two or three leaflets for distribution to interested persons and for member societies. He mentioned an offer from Dr Alex Hershaft of the Vegetarian Information Service for I.V.U. to use any of his organisation's material. It was agreed that the Hon. General Secretary should produce relevant leaflets. Dr Alberti offered to produce any publications on his printing press in Spanish.
It was felt that I.V.U. should have its own distinctive cover. The Hon. General Secretary was given discretion over paying the costs of producing leaflets in particular areas or countries. It was suggested that suitable books might be recommended by the Hon. General Secretary in his newsletters.
13. Reports from Regional Secretaries
Venezuela had been chosen as headquarters for the organisation and Dr Alberti is Executive Secretary for the region.
A Congress will take place in Santiago, Chile in late 1981. Eleven countries have Societies or groups of Societies which are mebers of the Latin American Federation.
The possibility of a regional Congress in 1983 in Italy was reported and Mrs Riemens-Dijkama offered the Netherlands as a possible venue should Italy not be able to provide the venue,
c) India and the Far East
There are five societies in the Indian Vegetorian Congress and a large number of local societies which are not members of the Vegetarian Congress.
d) Middle East
In Israel interest in vegetarianism is growing and the Israeli Vegetarian Union has recently become a member of I.V.U. There are three vegetarian orientated magazines and the Jewish Vegetarian Society is working to set up a Vegetarian Naturopathic College
e) North America
It was agreed that I.V.U. should cease to advertise S.C.I.V.U. on the membership application form and that Mr Fleishanderl should inform subscribers to S.C.I.V.U. of the difficult situation faced and ask for active support. At the next World Congress a serious attempt should be inade to get active support for S,C.T.V.U. but if this should fail then S.C.I.V.U. should be dissolved.
16. The Role of IVU
All were asked to seek suitable persons to represent I.V.U. on various international bodies.
17. Vegetarian Exhibitions
It was suggested that offers for such exhibition materials should be made to the German Society for the next World Congress.
18.International Federation of Religions
It was agreed that the International Council of Religions might affiliate to I.V.U. but that I.V.U. might not affiliate to the 'International Federation of Religions. The Hon. General Secretary was authorised to accept an advisory position with the International Federation of Religions to advise it on vegetarian matters.
Representation at their Congress in 1982 should only be possible if they meet all the costs.
19. Services to Enquirers
20. Any other Business
21. Date and Place of Next Meeting