|International Vegetarian Union (IVU)|
Vegetarian Federal Union 1889-1911
From The Vegetarian (London), October 12, 1889:
TUESDAY, the first inst. [October 1, 1889], was an important day for the Vegetarian body. The constitution of the new federation of Vegetarian Societies was discussed and settled by the assembled delegates of the various Societies. The meeting took place at 3 p.m., in the Board Room of the Memorial Hall, Farringdon-street, E.C. Mr. A. F. Hills, President of the London Society, took the chair. The Societies represented were as follows : Messrs. Axon (Vegetarian Society, Manchester), Clarke (Newcastle V. S.), Birks (Sunderland V. S.), Prof. Mayor and Brown (Cambridge V. S.), Page (Exeter V. S.), Mr. and Mrs. Shawcross (Guildford V. S.), Murdoch (Sheffield V. S.), Long and Read (West Ham V. S.), Mrs. Boult and Mr. S. Young (Northern Heights V. S.), Wood (Portsmouth V. S.), Hanson and Warry (South-East London V. S.), Martin (Nottingham V. S.), Oldfield and Whiting (West London V. S.)
Mr. R. E. O'Callaghan, the hon. sec., reported that all the known Vege-tarian Societies had been invited to the Conference, and had duly replied, excepting the Reading and Natural Living Societies; and that the Societies unrepresented had found it impossible to send delegates on this occasion.
The preliminary Committee was well represented. Among others present were the Rev. W. Mottram, Mrs. Hawkins, Miss Harding, Mr. J. Newton Wood, Mr. C. V. Forward; as also, amongst various friends who take an interest in this new phase of our work, Mr. Boult, Mr. Sullivan, Mr. Pierce (Portsmouth), Miss Miles, Mr. F. Trier, Mrs. James (St. Leonards), and others.
The suggested Constitution, as formulated by the preliminary Committee, was taken clause by clause, and well discussed, and the following was the result
In the election of officers for the ensuing year, Mr. A. F. Hills (President of the London V. S.), was elected Chairman; Prof. Mayor (Cambridge V. S.), and Mr. W. E. A. Axon (Vegetarian Society, Manchester), vice-Chairmen; Mr. Josiah Oldfield, M.A., B.C.L. (West London V. S.), hon. treasurer and Mr. R. E. O'Callaghan. hon. sec.
It was determined to hold the next meeting, to inaugurate the work of Vegetarian Federal Union, at Manchester, on the 21st inst. We give a copy of the agenda :
After the Conference a number of the members and friends met the delegates at an invitation dinner, at the 'Central' restaurant, 18, St.Bridestreet, the serving and appointments of which reflected the greatest credit upon Mssrs.Castle and Roscoe, and all concerned.
The day's proceedings closed with a Conversazione of the members and friends in the Library, some four hundred persons being present. A capital programme of vocal and instrumental music, interspersed with recitations, was gone through ; and, if we are capable of reading faces, the unanimous feeling was that of satisfaction.