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25th World Vegetarian Congress 1979
Loughborough, England
North Americans at the Congress

Some of the notable speakers who will be attending include . . . Mr Leonard Lasky - USA,

Peter Burwash International
Peter Burwash.
Photo: VSUK Staff.
COMING into contact with the Peter Burwash team is a bit like an encounter with a whirlwind - a very sunny and pleasant whirlwind - but still they leave you with an overwhelming impression of speed, energy and enthusiasm. Once again the entry in the programme, tennis demonstration, gave no of what was really going to happen. A confirmed tennis-hater since my days in the sixth form when, horror of horrors, they actually took us away from our interesting lessons forced us to watch TV during Wimbledon Week, I trotted along to the campus sports centre with my notebook tucked dutifully under my arm, expecting at best, an hour's boredom.

How mistaken can you be? In less than five minutes I was laughing and applauding as heartily as the rest. It's not so much a tennis demonstration as a road show, performed at high speed. A lot of it was good teaching material of course and the tennis players in the audience must have learned many useful tips, but it was spiced with humour that appealed to even the most hardened 'tennis-phobe' like myself. Peter Burwashs impressions of how Sunday afternoon players mistakenly tackle various shots were hilarious - yet never unkind. He is always full of
encouragement for even the most tentative player and his aim is not just to coach those in the tournament league, but to show ordinary people that tennis can be an enjoyable means of keeping fit. The demonstrations to music were as aesthetically pleasing as formation dancing, but also served a useful purpose as lessons in footwork and handling the racquet. Mr Barry Wax and Dr. Gordon Latto gallantly volunteered their services as pupils for a demonstration lesson that left me, a mere spectator, feeling breathless. It was difficult to believe that the team would be giving a similar demonstration in Los Angeles only 24 hours later.

But there is another side to the tennis show. Peter Burwash is a vegetarian himself, as are most of his team. None of them smoke, drink take drugs. In his introductory talk, Peter Burwash spoke of the difficulties of promoting vegetarianism in the United States. The meat industry controls television and a lot of the other publicity channels as well, so it is hard to put emphasis on the compassionate aspect of vegetarianism. Peter Burwash is trying to educate people about vegetarianism through his tennis show by appealing to their interest in health and sports prowess. Before he became a vegetarian, he took part in a Canadian testing programme for sportsmen and came out at about 50. After just one year on a vegetarian diet, he reached the top of this fitness index. He finds it particularly affects one's power of endurance - vegetarians have always done well in longer races such as the mile. Weight-lifters find they are stronger on a vegetarian diet and the best meal for them to eat before an event is pasta.

Peter Burwash believes we should all take the trouble to be a good advertisement for vegetarianism, as other people take notice of external things; how you look, how you dress, how you talk. 'Enthusiasm is contagious', he proclaims, look healthy and happy, talk with enthusiasm, don't isolate yourself but mix with non-vegetarians and keep informed so you can discuss your way of life on many different levels. He is certainly a wonderful advertisement for vegetarianism himself, and positively radiates enthusiasm and aliveness!

photo right: Jay Dinshah, USA (left) with Surendra Mehta of India

from the program:
Peter Burwash speaks on "Vegetarian Athletics"
Peter Burwash - International Tennis team display - at Field Hall.
N.B. Mr Gunn-King & Mr.H.J.Dinshah compered the rest of the events:-
Mr.H.J.Dinshah "What one person can do for Vegetarianism"
film "Living the Good Life" by Prof. Scott & Helen Nearing U.S.A

from the agenda of the General Meeting:
The following officers are eligible for re-election unless otherwise stated
Executive Vice Presidents: . . . Mr.H.J.Dinshah (U.S.A.); . . . Prof. Scott Nearing (U.S.A.)
Honorary Vice-Presidents: Miss R.Playle (Canada); . . . Mr.S.H.Linnio (U.S.A.);
Hon.Fellows (not for election) Past President for I.V.U. Woodland Kahler (USA)
Honorary Secretaries:- (not for election by Congress but by Council)
Hon.Reg.Sec. for N.America: Mr.Brian Graff (U.S.A.)

CONGRESS VENUE: Both Montreal and Hamburg have been put forward so far for 1981

from the minutes of the General Meeting:
HONORARY FELLOWS (not for re-election), Woodland Kahler (U.S.A.)
Elected:- . . . Prof.Scott Nearing (U.S.A.); former Exec. V-P)

HON.Vice-Presidents: Miss R.Playle (Canada); S.H. Linnio (U.S.A.);

Regional and National Society reports were read out at two following sessions of the Congress from 30th Aug. 1979:-
North America - Mr.H.J.Dinshah

List of members 1977-79
The American Vegan Society
North American Vegetarian Society
Long Island Chap. N.Y. Veg.Soc.
Los Angeles Vegetarian Society Soc. Inc
Toronto Vegetarian Association
ASSOCIATE MEMBERS Social Science Inst. (U.S.A.)
Donations for 1977: Friends of Nature, U.S.A. £1.54

NORTH AMERICAN VEGETARIAN SOCIETY - Affiliated Groups - March 1979
    Toronto Vegetarian Association, Ontario

    Berkshire Vegetarian Society, Pittsfield, Massachusetts
    Greater Boston Veg.Society, Mass.
    Maine Vegetarian Society, Bangor, Maine
    Fairfield County Veg.Soc., Wilton, Connecticut

    Animals Need You Kindness Corps Inc., W.New York, New Jersey
    The American Vegan Society, Malaga, New Jersey
    Beaver Defenders, New Jersey
    Vegetarian Society of N.Y. New York
    Vegetarian Times Magazine, New York
    Afro-American Veg.Society, New York
    Veg.Society of Saten Island, New York
    Whole Life Center, Bronx, New York
    Sunshine Health Center, New York
    S.P.A.R.E. (Sympathetic People for Animal Rights on Earth Inc.) New York
    Rockland County Veg.Soc. New York
    Vegetarian Action, New York
    Veg.Activist Collective, New York
    Society for Natural Living, New York
    Foundation for Nutritional Research, New York
    Long Island Chapter, N.Y.
    African-American Vegetarian Network, N.Y.
    Jewish Vegetarian Society, New York
    Catskill Vegetarian Society, New York
    Bucks County Vegetarians, Pennsylvania
    Vegetarians of Delaware Valley, Pennsylvania
    Philadelphia Vegetarians, Pennsylvania
    Berks County Veg.Society, Pennsylvania
    Vegetarian Society of D.C. Washington
    Society of Veg.Biologists, Washington

    United International Vegetarian Society, Atlanta, Georgia
    Society for Better Living, Georgia
    Vegetarian Soc. of S. Florida, Florida
    Better Health and Nutrition Society of Palm Beach, Florida
    Shangri-La Natural Hygeine Institute, Florida

    Vegetarian Educational Growth Society, Cleveland, Ohio
    Michigan Vegetarian Society, Detroit, Michigan
    Veg.Society of Milwaukee, Wisconsin
    Minnesota Vegetarian Assn. Minneapolis, Minnesota
    SO, Suburban Veg. Community, Illinois
    Chicago Vegetarian Society, Chicago, Illinois

    Texas Vegetarian Information Service, San Antonio, Texas
    Vegetarian Soc. of Colorado, Denver, Colorado
    Tuscon Vegetarian Society, Tuscon, Arizona

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    Vegetarian Society, Inc. Santa Monica, California
    (also chapters of the above organisation throughout Southern California)
    Imperial Valley Veg.Society, El Centro, California
    Vegetarian Inclined People, Arroyo Grande, California
    San Francisco Veg. Society, California
    Centra Costa Veg.Society, Pleasant Hill, California
    Waimea Vegetarian Information Service, Hawaii
    Vegetarian Soc. of Portland, Oregon
    Seattle Vegetarian Society, Washington