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Announcing the 2022 ESU Gala

PLEASE NOTE: Due to the increase in COVID Cases and HRH's concern for the health of the attendees the Gala is being postponed

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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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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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Central Florida ESU Gives Away $100,000 in Scholarships to Celebrate 100 Years of Service!

(Left to Right): Malcolm Butler (School of Teacher Education Professor and School Director), Curtis Proctor (School of Teacher Education Director of Advancement), Pamela "Sissi" Carroll (UCF Dean of the College of Community Innovation and Education), Barbara Hughes (Central Florida E-SU President), Reta Jackson (Central FL. E-SU Scholarships Committee Chair), Jan McClure (Central FL. E-SU Education Committee Chair), Brett Carrier (Central FL. E-SU Communications Chair)

Orlando, Florida - September, 2021- During this unprecedented time, when CNBC reported that one in four teachers considered quitting at the start of the school year, the Central Florida Branch of the English-Speaking Union has donated $100,000 to the UCF College of Community Innovation and Education. To honor both founding member Jessie Drey and The Centennial of the English-Speaking Union of the United States, 1920-2020, the Central Florida Branch is establishing The Central Florida English-Speaking Union Jessie Drey Memorial Scholarship program to support and encourage practicing Central Florida educators to remain in the profession as they pursue graduate studies at the University of Central Florida. 

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