ESU Atlanta Branch

President's Corner

Dear Atlanta Branch Members:

I recently accepted the challenge of serving as your president for the 2016-2017 year, and I have been gratified at the support of directors, officers, and members.

It is indeed an interesting time to be a member of the English-Speaking Union. In 2015 we celebrated the 800th anniversary of the signing of Magna Carta and the 200th anniversary of Wellington's victory at Waterloo. This year, we observe the 400th anniversary of the death of William Shakespeare and the 200th anniversary of the birth of Charlotte Bronte. 

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News And Events

Tuesday, October 25, 2016, 7:00 pm

Sally Parsonson, PhD
"Wordsworth's Landscapes"
Cathedral of St. Philip, Gould Room
2744 Peachtree Road, N.W.
Atlanta, GA 30305 

Dr. Parsonson is an active member of the Atlanta Branch and a professor of English Literature at Millsaps College, Georgia Perimeter College, and The Art Institute of Atlanta. She also served as an administrator at The Art Institute, where she was the Dean of Academic Affairs. Now in retirement, she writes, teaches classes at Holy Innocent's Church on memoirs and on literature, and volunteers in many other organizations. She will present a lecture/discussion with photographs on Wordsworth's use of landscape memory in his poetry. Sally and her husband Peter are annual visitors to England, especially to the home of Wordsworth, the Lake District. 


Chair: Clem Chandler

Guests Welcome
Gould Room is on the ground-floor
Light Refreshments 
Easy Parking 


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September Member Meeting

Gordon Mathis, former principal at the Galloway Upper School, gave an interesting presentation on the origin of the King James Version of the Bible. We welcomed his expertise on the subject which was based on the book, "God's Secretaries." King James, assigned a committee of 47 Anglicans who were given the task of developing an authorized version. It took about 7 years to gather the many versions of the Bible at the time and compile them all into what was the third English translation that we revere as the official King James Version.  It was a fascinating account of the evolution of a version of the book that is still used to this day. This was a perfect topic for the English-Speaking Union.


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Annual Garden Party

This year's Garden Party on May 25 was to celebrate the special occasion of Queen Elizabeth II's 90th birthday.  The British Consul General, Jeremy Pilmore-Bedford, kindly allowed us to have our event in his beautiful home.  Our Branch Chairman, Wesley Devoto, OBE, toasted the Queen and the Consul General, in turn, offered a toast to the President of the United States. 


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Annual General Meeting

Our April 28 meeting was particularly significant as our President, Jean Morris, was stepping down to be succeeded by incoming president, Don Pattillo. Our guest speaker, our own Betsi McLure, gave a talk on the real goings on with the Royal Family, and we elected new officers and directors for the coming year. Jean ended her much-appreciated  two-year position as our President with heartfelt thanks to all those who helped her to achieve the goals of the organization, offer exciting and interesting programs and support for the upcoming changes for the ESU on the national level.  Thank you, Jean, for all your hard work and dedication. 

Don Pattillo, Betsi McLure, Jean Morris


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