|Newspaper clippings from |
the Melbourne Herald (20 June 1931),
The Melbourne Age (22 June 1931).
and the Melbourne Herald (abt. 16 July 1931).
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I haven't found much about the conferences in my quick online search, but I did find an article from TIME Magazine titled Religion: Y.M.C.A. at Cleveland dated 17 Aug 1931.
The Toronto conference was a warm up for the Cleveland conference. They were the Twentieth World's Conference of the YMCA, which was a big international affair, and the 43rd International Convention of North American YMCAs.
"The great Conference at Cleveland should set new standards in the work of the Association," was George's prediction in his letter to Cleveland.
According to the TIME article, topics discussed were very timely for the 1930s, including:
- resolutions calling for revision of the Versailles Treaty and abolition of national armaments
- the German delegation proposing absolving Germany of sole guilt in World War I
- social problems related to unemployment
- urging huge governmental public works programs
- extending membership to women
- and offering sex education to boys and their parents.