ESU Atlanta Branch
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
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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