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Margaret Ortt

Congress Secretary, 1913
IVU General Secretary 1923-26

The first mention we have of Miss Ortt is in the pre-Congress notice for the 1913 Congress, held in The Hague, Netherlands:

The Secretary of the Congress Committee is the Honourable Miss Ortt, by whom suggestions and help are invited. Her address is :- Jonkvrouw M. J. C. Ortt, Laan van Meerdervoort 383 Den Haag.

This was the last IVU Congress for 10 years, due to the war. The report of the next Congress, in Sweden, 1923, included:

General Secretary : Miss Hompes expressed her desire to retire. ..... Miss Hompes proposed the Honorable Miss Ortt of the Hague as her successor and Miss Ortt was duly elected to the office of Honorary General Secretary of the International Vegetarian Union. She accepted the office.

The pre-Congress notice for 1926 Congress, in London, England, again named Miss Ortt but now in her new capacity and a new address:

Full particulars may be obtained from Miss M. J. C. Ortt (Secretary of the International Vegetarian Union), Haagweg 71, Delft Holland

From the reports of that Congress:

At the Wednesday afternoon session, Miss M. J. C. ORTT, the Honorary General Secretary of the International Vegetarian Union, read a report of the work done since the meeting in Stockholm, in 1923. ... From time to time the Hon. Secretary had issued bulletins containing reports of the activities of affiliated societies, and giving the Hon. Treasurer's statement of the financial position. {extracts from these first IVU Newsletters were printed in the Vegetarian Messenger, in the UK and may be added here in due course] ... The report closed with an appeal for increased activity and more generous financial support.

Miss Ortt intimated that she was not able to continue to act its Hon. Secretary, and her resignation was accepted with keen regret. A resolution of thanks for her excellent services was passed with acclamation.

The BANQUET on Wednesday evening was well attended: In addition to the delegates, the guests included ... Miss Margaret Ortt ...

On Thursday evening there was a CONVERSAZIONE, held in the Library, which was gaily decorated with flowers for the occasion. ... An attractive programme of music and recitation was provided, to which Mrs. Owen Hopkins, Miss Margaret Ortt, Miss Eva Saunderson, L.R.A.M., Mr. Dunstan Hart, and Mr. Vivian Vivian contributed, ....

From the report of the 1926 Congress in London, England:

At the Wednesday afternoon session, Miss M. J. C. ORTT, the Honorary General Secretary of the International Vegetarian Union, read a report of the work done since the meeting in Stockholm, in 1923.

Miss Ortt intimated that she was not able to continue to act its Hon. Secretary, and her resignation was accepted with keen regret. A resolution of thanks for her excellent services was passed with acclamation.

The BANQUET on Wednesday evening was well attended: In addition to the delegates, the guests included . . . Miss Margaret Ortt

On Thursday evening there was a CONVERSAZIONE, held in the Library, which was gaily decorated with flowers for the occasion. Refreshments were served and an informal reception of the delegates rook place, many vegetarians, whose engagements had prevented them from attending the earlier sessions of the Congress, taking advantage of the opportunity thus offered to them. An attractive programme of music and recitation was provided, to which . . . , Miss Margaret Ortt, . . . contributed,

We have no further information about Miss Ortt at this time.

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