ESU Central Florida Branch

A Message from the Branch President

To my fellow Club Members of ESU,

I am pleased and honored to be your next President of our wonderful organization, the English Speaking Union of Central Florida! Serving as Michael Kakos' Executive Vice President for a few years and attending National and Regional Meetings gave me the chance to become familiar with the administration of the Union. It also helped identify opportunities for the future, including continuing to focus on  E-SU's goal to increase our membership. 

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Proposed Calendar of Events ESU 2015-2016


E SU Central Florida Branch


Monday, September 14, 2015 - University Club of Winter Park
Speaker: Jerry Schiffhorst
Topic: "The Notorious Mitford Family"
3:30 p. m.: Reception
4:00 p.m.: Lecture
Program Leader: Dot Cline

Dr. Gerald Schiffhorst will review the "Notorious Mitford Family" a minor
aristocratic English family. Their six daughters became celebrated and
sometimes scandalous figures.


Monday, October 19th, 2015— 6:00 p.m.
Dinner Meeting at the Winter Park Racquet Club
Dr. John Sinclair: "The Songs and Glees of the British"

English composers through the years have provided the musical world with
elegant and appealing art songs. All gems in their own way, these beautiful but
rarely heard pieces vary from profoundly set poetics to witty ditties.
Such notable English composers as Elgar, Britten, Sullivan, Holst, Handel and
Morley will be performed by students and faculty of the Rollins College
Department of Music coupled with a conversation led by Dr. John Sinclair.
Program Leader: Michael Kakos


Monday, November 9, 2015- University Club of Winter Park
E SU Scholar's Reports

Our scholars who studied in the UK summer of 2015 will entertain us with stories
of their study experiences.

3:30 p.m.: Refreshments
4:00 p.m.: Reception
Program Leader: Reta Jackson


Monday, December 7th, 2015- University Club of Winter Park
3:30 p.m.: Christmas Party and Viewing of movie by Elliot Engel :
"The Night Before the Christmas Carol" (part one )

4:00 p.m.: Intermission/Refreshments
4:30 p.m. "The Night Before the Christmas Carol" (part two)
Program Leader: Diane Sandquist


Monday, January 25th, 2016—6:00 p.m.

Dinner Meeting at the Winter Park Racquet Club

Topic TBA


Monday, February 8, 2016- University Club of Winter Park

E SU Scholar's Reception. E SU members meet with the E SU scholarship
recipients chosen to study in the summer of 2015.

3:30 p.m: Reception, Refreshments
4:00 p.m: Introduction and Speeches
Program Leader: Reta Jackson


Monday, February 29, 2016- University Club of Winter Park

Shakespeare Competition

4:00 p.m: Competition
5:00 p.m: Reception
5:30 p.m: Awards
Program Leader: Ginger Bryant


Monday, March 14, 2016 -University Club of Winter Park

Evelyn Wrench Speaker: The Lord Lisvane, KCB.

Topic: "A Universal Charter? The Legacy of the Magna Carta."
Why and how did Magna Carta or "Great Charter" come about? What distinguished it
from other charters of early medieval times? What did it really say and why? How did it
then become embedded in the consciousness of the people of England before traveling
the world? And most importantly, as we celebrate the 800th anniversary of the signing of
the Magna Carta, what does it mean for us today?

Lord Lisvane, KCB, a member of the House of Lords (formerly Sir Robert Rogers)
recently retired as 49th Clerk of the House of Commons in the British Parliament, an
office that dates back to 1363. For his service, the British magazine, The Spectator,
named him 2014 Parliamentarian of the Year. As Clerk he was the principal
constitutional adviser to the House, drawing on four decades of experience in every
aspect of the House's business. In 2013 he was named Knight Commander of the
Order of the Bath and in 2014 was given a Life Peerage by the Queen.

3:30 p.m: Reception
4:00 p.m: Lecture
Program Leader: Jackie Littleford


Monday, April 18, 2016 -University Club of Winter Park

3:00 p.m.The Queen's Birthday Party
Program Leaders: Ann Hellmuth and Michele Levy


Monday, May 9, 2016- University Club of Winter Park

3:30 p.m: Reception
4:00 p.m: Lecture Speaker: Elliot Engel, Topic: TBA
Program Leader: Diane Sandquist
Annual Meeting


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