VSDC is saddened by the loss of Madge Darneille who died on April 5, 2019, just shy of her 99th birthday.
A vegetarian since the age of four, Madge has been called the First Lady of Vegetarianism in North America and served off-and-on as president of VSDC for 22 years, most recently in 1996. VSDC has the distinction of being the oldest veg organization in North America and our history has been referred to as the time “before Madge” and “after Madge” getting involved.
Madge was also a founder and board member of the North American Vegetarian Society (NAVS) and the Vegetarian Union of North America (VUNA), and Assistant Secretary of the International Vegetarian Union (IVU) for over two decades. She co-founded World Vegetarian Day in the 1970s.
We are grateful to Madge for her many years of pioneering leadership and inspiration, and we send our deepest sympathy to her family and friends.
Founded in 1927, the Veg Society of the District of Columbia (VSDC) is the nation’s oldest continuously operating veg society. VSDC is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that promotes the tremendous benefits of a vegan diet & lifestyle through education, community-building, and social activities throughout the DC metro area.