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

Thursday, September 22, 2016, 7:00

Gordon Mathis
"What you think you know about the King James Bible - (and then some)"

Cathedral of St. Philip, Gould Room
2744 Peachtree Road, N. W.
Atlanta, GA 30305

The presentation will include a brief look at the creation of the King James Version of the Bible and familiar references to its text from popular culture since 1611. We will look at the language - why we don't say "thee" and "thou" any more. Gordon Mathis is Head of Community Engagement at The Galloway School, and for more than thirty years he has taught the traditional "Western Civilization" or the Humanities survey course, focusing on modern European History since 1500. He was chosen as the STAR teacher three times during his tenure at the Galloway School.   

Chair: Jean Morris
Gould Room in on the ground floor. 
Light Refreshments, Guests Welcome, Easy Parking 


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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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