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Jan Beeldman
IVU Regional Secretary for Africa 1982-97

Minutes of a meeting of the International Council of I.V.U. held at the Edwin Scharff-Haus, Neu-Elm, West Germany, 23rd July,1982
The following nominations were recommended to the General Meeting of Member Societies . . . Hon. Regional Secretaries: Africa - Mr Jan Beeldman

Minutes of the General Meeting of representatives of member societies held at various times during the 26th World Congress in the Edwin Scharff-Haus, Neu-Elm, West Germany, 22nd July to 1st August, 1982.
The following elections were made :- . . . Honorary Regional Secretaries: Africa - Mr Jan Beeldman; . . .
Reports were presented from the following societies:- Ghana - Pan African Vegetarian Union - Dr O.A.Gyan

Minutes of a meeting of the International Council of T.V.U. held at the University of Maryland, Catonsville, U.S.A. on the 9th and 10th July, 1983
Apologies for Absence . . . Mr. Beeldman,

Minutes of the General Meeting of representatives of member societies held at various times during the 27th World Congress at the University of Maryland, Catonsville, U.S.A., 30th July to 9th August, 1984.
Regional Secretaries' Reports - Africa Mr Beeldman commented on Africa's food problem and the relevance of the vegetarian answer to it. There was growing interest in vegetarianism in South Africa and the Society was becoming more active. He explained the lack of contact with other parts of Africa.
The following elections were made :- Hon.Regional Secretaries: Africa - Mr.Jan Beeldman; . . .

Minutes of a meeting of the International Council of I.V.U. held at the University of Maryland, Catonsville, U.S.A. on the 31st July, 1984.
Present: . . . Mr J. Beeldman, . . .
Regional Secretaries Reports - Mr. Beeldman described the problems associated with his position in view of political problems in Africa.

Minutes of a meeting of the International Council of the International Vegetarian Union held at the Hotel Antony, Cervia, Italy on 30th August, 1985
Apologies for Absence . . ., Mr J. Beeldman

Minutes of the General Meeting of representatives of member societies held at various times during the 28th World Vegetarian Congress at the Croatia Hotel, Cavtat, Yugoslavia, 25th march to 3rd April, 1986.
The Hon.General Secretary read the report in the absence of Mr Jan Beeldman. He reported growing interest in vegetarianism in South Africa and regretted that there was no representative of South Africa at the Congress due to organisational problems in Yugoslavia.
The following elections were made:- Hon Regional Secretaries: Africa - Mr Jan Beeldman,. . .

Minutes of meetings of the International Council of the International Vegetarian Union held at the Hotel Fiesta Americana, Guadalajara, Mexico on 1st and 2nd August, 1987.
Apologies had been received from . . .Mr Jan Beeldman, . . .

Minutes of a meeting of the International Council of the International Vegetarian Union held at the Cultural Centre, Ostwald, Strasbourg, France on 14th August,1989.
APOLOGIES FOR ABSENCE . . .Jan Beeldman
Africa - a national meeting had been held in South Africa but, due to political problems, no regional congress had been possible.

Minutes of meetings of the International Council of I.V.U. held during the World Vegetarian Congress at Chester College, England on 28th & 29th July, 1991.
Apologies had been received from . . . Mr J. Beeldman, . . .

Minutes of meetings of the International Council of I.V.U. held during the World Vegetarian Congress in Madras, India from 5th - 10th January, 1993.
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Apologies had been received from . . .Mr J. Beeldman, . .
. . . Mr Jan Beeldman of South Africa had indicated he wished to retire from the post but had agreed to continue until a suitable replacement were found. . . .

Meeting of Representatives of Member Societies, The Congress Building, The Hague, The Netherlands, 6-13 August 1994
Reports from Regional Secretaries . . . Africa - The regional secretary, Mr Jan Beeldman, was unable to attend the congress and sent his apologies. He reported the developments in South Africa since the liberation and the prospects for growth in the vegetarian movement. He received little from other parts of Africa but looked forward to increasing co-operation between African vegetarian societies as time progressed. Mr Maxwell Lee, the Hon.General Secretary, reported in contacts he had with vegetarian societies in Nigeria, Kenya, Tanzania, Zambia and Zimbabwe. In addition he heard periodically from vegetarian groups in Mauritius. He reported that it was encouraging to find vegetarian societies increasingly being developed in new countries.

Minutes of meetings of the International Council of I. V.U. held at various times during the World Vegetarian Congress in The Hague, The Netherlands, from 7th - 13th August, 1994.
Apologies: . . . Mr Jan Beeldman . . .

Minutes of a meeting of the International Council of I.V.U. held on 25th July, 1995, at the Congress of the Furopean Vegetarian Union held in Bratislava, Slovak Republic.
Apologies - . . . Mr Jan Beeldinan, . . .
Regional Secretaries' Reports - Africa - Mr Jan Beeldinan reported the development of the South African society and the hope for the future of a regional organisation now the political changes in South Africa had taken place

MINUTES OF A MEETING OF REPRESENTATIVES OF MEMBER SOCIETIES; CONFERENCE CENTRE PITT JOHNSTOWN, UNIVERSITY OF PITTSBURGH. 29TH JULY - 4TH AUGUST 1996
. . .regret for absence from . . . Mr.Jan Beeldman, . . .
Reports from Regional Secretaries . . . Africa - Mr Jan Beeldman was unable to attend the congress but had sent a report to the Hon.General Secretary. He welcomed the newly developing vegetarian societies in various countries and hoped they would play a growing role in the international vegetarian movement. There was much to do in Africa.

Minutes of a meeting of the International Council of 1.V.U. held at various times during the world vegetarian congress held at the University of Pittsburgh, Pitt-Johnstown Campus, Pennsylvania, USA.
Apologies . . . Mr Jan Beeldman, . . .

Minutes of IVU Council Meeting, 20th September 1997, Hotel Gardesano, Bussolengo, Italy.
Apologies for absence . . . Jan Beeldman, . . .
Regional secretaries In Africa, Dr. P.K. Jain was considering the position since the retirement of Jan Beeldman.

Summary: The General Meeting (GM) of member societies of the IVU was held to conduct the business of IVU. It took place at the World Vegetarian Congress from 9 am to 12 noon on Wednesday, 12 July 2000 at Grand Central Hall, Colony Hotel, Toronto, Canada.
The list of proposed Fellows suggested by John Davis (IVU Webmaster) and recommended by the outgoing IC was read out, including the number of years of service for each. The names are: Jan Beeldman (South Africa), . . .

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email to the IVU Council, November 2, 2002:

Dear Friends and Colleagues:

It is with profound grief that I inform you of the passing away of Mrs. Beeldman, wife of Mr. Jan Beeldman on September 27, 2002 in Linden at the age of 90 years. I received the letter from Jan yesterday. You might all remember Jan Beeldman as the Africa Regional Secretary on IVU Council for over 17 year till he handed over this responsibility to me in 1997. Jan has been given Honourary Life membership of IVU, and later Fellowship for his services to Vegetarianism. Jan has been a vegetarian for 75 years, since the age of 15 years, long before the vegetarian concept was understood or accepted globally.

Unfortunately, Jan is not connected to email. If you would like to send him messages, the postal address is:

Mr. Jan Beeldman
82 Darenwood Village
Private Bag X05
2104 Linden
South Africa.

Or else you may write on my email, and whatever I receive by Wednesday, I shall post-mail them all to him.

P K Jain

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November 3 2002:

Thank you for the information, PK. I have known Jan since we first met at the world congress in Loughborough in 1979. I do not think he attended any congresses after the one in Baltimore in 1984.

Jan has kept in regular contact with me writing at least once or twice a year and sending Christmas cards. When I was Hon. General Secretary of IVU he was always a great support and offered every encouragement.

For many years he was very active in the South African Vegetarian Society.
I shall write to him immediately.
Regards,
Maxwell

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November 11, 2002

Dear Prof. Jain

It is with great sadness that we have to advise that our dear friend Jan Beeldman passed away on the 2nd November 2002. His wife of 64 years, Klazien, passed away five weeks ago.

Our records were lost when the computer crashed sometime back. Could you please advise me when you took over from Jan Beeldman so that I can pass this information on together with any other background details?

Many thanks
Alexandra Spicer

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November 11. 2002:

Dear PK,

I was very sad to learn of Jan's passing. He was a very sincere and delightful man. I think it likely that I am the only member of the IC who knew him personally since he did not attend world congresses after 1984. I do know he was very anti apartheid and he wrote about the political situation in some of his letters to me. Last Christmas was the last time I heard from him.

Jan was devoted to his wife so it comes as no surprise that he did not outlive her by very long.

I think we should give a brief report of his death in the magazine. Some of the older members of the South African society should be able to provide some detail.

Regards,
Maxwell

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March 10, 2003:

OBITUARY - JAN & KLAZIEN BEELDMAN
It is with profound grief, we were informed of the passing away of Mr. Jan Beeldman on 28 November, 2002, and Mrs. Klazien Beeldman on 02 September 2002.

Jan Beeldman, a vegetarian since his early teens was a strong supporter of vegetarianism, and played leading role in the propagation of vegetarianism in the region. Jan was strongly involved in and a great supporter of the Organic Soil Association in 50s and 60s, the Vegetarian Society throughout his life and a number of charity projects including Cluny Farm (a working farm for people with cerebral palsy) in the 60s. Since 1980 he was the Regional Secretary for Africa Region and Council member of the International Vegetarian Union, a position which he served very ably, and relinquished to me (P K Jain) in 1997 on account of advancing age. In recognition of his services to vegetarianism in the region and globally through IVU, Jan was conferred the Honorary Fellowship of IVU in 1999. Jan was a strong supporter of the Vegetarian Society of Botswana, with whom I was in regular correspondence. He often send us articles, press cuttings, other writings, discussed current important issues pertaining to vegetarianism such as genetic foods, mad cow disease, animal welfare etc. Two recipes of cookies in this issue were sent by Jan in his last letter in August 2002.

Jan had very strong views on religion, alcohol, smoking, vegetarianism, and genetic engineering. He was a philanthropist, a conscientious objector and a humanist. His hobbies included classical music, reading, 16mm photography, gardening and travel. His great passion was the many game reserves in Southern Africa, which has been passed on both his sons and their offspring. Klazien became a midwife and dedicated childcare nurse with particular interest in the black African population. She loved gardening

Jan and Klazien, born in Bergen, Holland in 1912 and in Ymuiden, in 1913 respectively, met in their late teens through a youth movement. They were married in Johannesburg in January 1938 and only their death within a short period of less than three months ended their relationship of over 70 years. They had two sons, Ron 1949 and Rene 1951. They are grandparents to Chloe and Jehan

Jan was trained as a plumber and Klazien in office duties. Jan went to South Africa in the mid 1930s to work on the mines and was followed by Klazien in late 1937. After the war Jan went on to become a successful business man.

Professor P K Jain
Department of Physics
P Bag 0022, Gaborone
BOTSWANA

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IVU General meeting, Brazil, 10 November 2004
IVU fellows were individuals IVU wished to honour for their contribution. There were at most 12 fellows at any time and due to the death of Jan Beeldman last year there were only 11 now . . .