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Announcing the 2022 ESU Gala

PLEASE NOTE: To ensure the safety of our guests, and to meet NYC and The Cosmopolitan Club legal requirements, attendees will be required to show proof of Covid vaccination before admittance. 

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Remembrance Sunday

Remembrance Sunday 14th November 2021

Karen Karpowich, Executive Director, and Duncan Karcher, National Board President of the ESU were in attendance at the Queen Elizabeth II Garden to commemorate and honor our fallen heroes. Also participating were representatives of the British Societies along with numerous UN Military Advisors and members of the Anglo-American Community in New York City.

At 11 AM on the 11th day of the 11th month when the armistice was signed in 1918 to end WW1, there were 2 minutes of silence, followed by a musical presentation by the Allied Forces Foundation led by Pipe Major Terence McGovern. Nicholas P. Howard CEO of QEII Garden welcomed the group and introduced Emma Wade-Smith, OBE HM Consul General to New York, HM Trade Commissioner for North America.

In addition to the traditional laying of the wreath readings and other tributes including a performance of The Star-Spangled Banner and God Save the Queen by Patricia Summers Edwards.

The poem In Flanders Field was read by the Consul General:

In Flanders Fields, the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row

Poppies were distributed and worn by all.

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The English-Speaking Union of the United States announces Dr. Quinn Peeper as new Chairman

Mr. Darryl McCormick is announced as new Vice-Chairman, Mr. Duncan Karcher is announced as new President of the National Board of Directors, and various new members of the National Board of Directors are appointed.

The English-Speaking Union of the United States is proud to announce the election of Dr. Quinn Peeper as Chairman. Dr. Peeper was voted in on October 17th, succeeding Ambassador Dr. Paul Beresford-Hill CBE upon the completion of his 6-year tenure.

Dr. Peeper, formerly President of the National Board of Directors, has embodied and advanced the mission of the ESU, both locally and globally, for over 20 years.

Additionally, Mr. Darryl McCormick of Stamford, CT has been announced as the new Vice-Chairman of the National Board of Directors, and Mr. Duncan Karcher has been announced as the New President of the National Board of Directors. 

To see a full list of the National Board of Directors, and read more about our newly elected Chairman, read the full story.

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ESU Happy Hour Series

Wednesday, November 3 from 4:00 PM (EDT)
Rusty Kanokogi and The History of Women's Olympic Judo
Jean Kanokogi

Rusty Kanokogi may not be a household name—yet—but in the world of competitive judo, she is one of the most renown unsung heroes of the past hundred years. In this dynamic Happy Hour presentation, Jean Kanokogi will share the uphill battle her mother waged in her more than fifty-year career in judo fighting for women's rights both on and off the mat  - a journey which ultimately led her in front of the roaring crowds of the Olympic Games. 

Jean Kanokogi, PhD, is a Senior Special Agent for the U.S. Government, with a career spanning twenty-three years in law enforcement. Jean has been the lead investigator on several high-profile cases, including the attacks on 9/11. "The daughter of women's judo," Jean is a fifth-degree black belt in judo and a highly respected sensei. She was on the U.S. national judo team, now known as USA Judo, and won several medals in international tournaments. She was one of the original signers of the American Civil Liberty Union suit to fight for women's rights in the sport of judo, and is the co-author of her mother's story. 


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Celebrating the life of Andrew Romay

Today we fondly remember the enduring life and generosity of Dr. Andrew Romay, benefactor of our center for new immigrants. Born on this day, September 24, 1922, Dr. Romay survived both Communist imprisonment and Nazi concentration camps before immigrating to the United States as a refugee in 1956.

Dr. Romay's experience as a new immigrant to this country and his subsequent professional success inspired him to assist new immigrants, refugees, and asylum seekers in the New York City area. The ESU Andrew Romay New Immigrant Center, founded in 2012 with his support and guidance, provides new immigrants with English language classes as well as opportunities for professional development.

His vision was to create a welcoming community for new immigrants and to promote cultural understanding. It is with this in mind that we remember and celebrate the life of Dr. Romay on his birthday.

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