from IVU News Oct 2000

Fellows of the IVU are lifetime honorary supporters, elected for their exceptional and extended service to the IVU.

Election of 12 Fellows was made at the 34th World Vegetarian Congress in Toronto:

  • Jan Beeldman (South Africa)
  • Madge Darneille (Maryland. USA)
  • Brian Graff (New York. USA)
  • Brian Gunn-King (UK)
  • Marcel Hehhelinck (Belgium)
  • Alex Hershaft (Maryland. USA)
  • M. I. Khalik (Singapore)
  • Maxwell Lee (UK)
  • Howard Lyman (Virginia, USA)
  • Francisco Martin (Spain)
  • Surendra Mehta (India)
  • Rudolf Meyer (Germany)
The concept of IVU Patron was originated in the 1982 constitution, but the status was changed by the 1999 constitution and bylaws.

from the Articles of Association S.2.3:
Individuals may become IVU Supporters on payment of an annual or life contribution or by volunteering their time to work on any appropriate project.

from the Bylaws: 
Patrons shall make a minimum donation to IVU, of such amount as shall be from time to time decided by the International Council. They shall be classed as lifetime supporters for the purposes of Section 2.3 of the Articles of Association.

IVU currently has more than 60 Patrons, mostly individuals but a few organisations have also paid for 'life', some individuals have stated that they do not wish to have their names appear on the website, others are listed below (more coming as they request inclusion):

  • Keith AkersColorado USA, former IVU council member
  • This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.UK Vegan for ethical reasons, lorry driver for monetary/aptitude reasons.
  • R.B.Curumsey Damjee Arogya Bhuvan Trust - India, charity supporting the vegetarian cause and observing same on Sanatorium premises.
  • Saurabh F. DalalUSA (Washington DC area), Councilor of IVU, President of Vegetarian Society of DC (, President of Vegetarian Union of North America (
  • Christopher Fettes, Ireland, Fellow of IVU and of World Esperanto Association.
  • Andrew FreemanAustralia
  • Emanuel GoldmanGreater New York City area, USA. "The Vegetarian Cinophile" (columns on selected films from a vegetarian perspective). Professor of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics at New Jersey Medical School. Vegetarian since 1964, vegan since 1992.
  • Prof. PK JainBotswana, Fellow of IVU
  • Marly WincklerBrazil, former President Brazil Veg Society, Chair of the IVU Council
  • Koichi Hasimoto, Japan, Japan Vegetarian Society.
  • EVEN - Eugene Veg Education Network

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- promote communication and cooperation among veg organisations.

- support the IVU World Vegfest, which we try to hold every year.

Three ways you can help:

  1. Encourage organisations you work with to join IVU. 

  2. Donate to IVU

  3. Share information from IVU media, such as [here we can have clickable links to FBs, the newsletter, etc.

  4. Share computer files from your past campaigns, like flyers and biLlboards ads.

The easiest way to pay is online by credit/debit card - use one of these options:

Benefits: Vote in IVU affairs. Publicity and links on the IVU website. Access to computer files from Societies all over the world, these files are free to any Member Society and could help small groups that don´t have access to Designers to create their campaings and flyers. We encourage all members societies to share their files with IVU as well.

Associate Member Society - open to any non-profit organisation which advocates vegetarianism/veganism. This could include groups primarily concerned with Animal Rights, Health, Environment, Religion, etc.Publicity and links on the IVU website.

If your society is a Member or Associate Member of IVU, please display the logo on your main index page, Facebook page, etc. and use it as a link to: - mentioning, in your own language, that you are a Member or Associate Member.

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