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Region III Spring Meeting

Welcome to the ESU Region III Meeting 
Friday May 19, 2017
The Racquet Club of Philadelphia 
215 S. 16th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19102 

Please join us for ESU Region III Meeting
in historic Philadelphia, on Friday, May 19, 2017

First, a bit of history! In 1681, King Charles decided to pay a debt that he owed William Penn's father.  He gave Penn a tract of land in the Delaware River Valley that eventually became Pennsylvania and Delaware. In 1682, William Penn, an English Quaker, founded Philadelphia to serve as the capital of the Pennsylvania Colony. He came ashore at New Castle, Delaware, the oldest continuously occupied town in the Delaware Valley, and took possession of the land given to him by King Charles. However, the residents became dissatisfied with Penn's rule. Click here to read full story

Our meeting will be held in the Sailing Room of the historic Philadelphia Racquet Club and will cost $65

The Racquet Club of Philadelphia, which is on the National Register of Historic Places, is a Georgian Revival style clubhouse built in 1907 and designed by the architect Horace Trumbauer. The Racquet Club is just moments away from other attractions in Center City, such as Independence Hall, the Liberty Bell, theaters, shops, and a variety of excellent restaurants.

A continental breakfast will be available at 9:30 am.  The meeting will begin at 10 am. There will be a working lunch beginning at 12:30 pm. You will be able to select your lunch from a menu that will be provided when you arrive at the club.  The meeting will conclude at 2:10 pm, and we will walk to the Kimmel Center for a private tour by Judith Francis, Philadelphia ESU Executive Director, at 2:30 pm. The tour, which will last approximately one hour, is included in the registration fee.

Click here to view the schedule

People coming by Amtrak to the meeting should disembark at the 30th Street Station and then take Uber or a taxi.  You will be about 10 – 12 minutes away from the Racquet Club, which is at
215 S. 16th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19102 

Parking Options

Latimer Garage:  1510 Latimer Street (between 15th and 16th, between Spruce and Locust -- enter street from 15th Street) (best price)

Patriot Parking: 1616 Chancellor Street (between Walnut and Locust, between 16th and 17th -- enter street from 17th Street)

In case you want to come early or make it a weekend in Philadelphia, rooms may be available at the Racquet Club if you are a reciprocal member at another club. Another suggestion is the Doubletree by Hilton Hotel Philadelphia Center City, two blocks from the Racquet Club, at 237 S. Broad Street. For reservations, call: (215) 893-1682. OR you may wish to stay at a Bed and Breakfast. Click here for a list of B&Bs within walking distance of Racquet Club

Again, the cost is $65. You can register online and pay either by check or by credit card. Please register by May 15th to ensure that the Racquet Club can accommodate all attendees. Feel free to bring a friend along to our meeting. If you have questions feel free to email me at or call me at 814-237-7033.  

I look forward to meeting all of you in Philadelphia where our country's roots began!

Thank you,        

Karen Blair-Brand, Ph.D.
ESU Region III Chair