ESU Kansas City Branch

Welcome to the Kansas City Branch of the ESU

Dear ESU Members and Friends,

Now in the middle of the beautiful fall season, I know you realize as do I that the holidays and year's end are both fast approaching!  During autumn, the ESU enjoyed its annual tea party held again this year at Anna Marie's Teas in Liberty. This year's tea commemorated Shakespeare's 400-year legacy, A Shakespeare Tea Party—Celebrating a 400 Year Legacy. Additionally, a great group gathered in mid October at The Carriage Club as The Rt. Hon. Lord Alan Watson, award-winning BBC broadcaster, Vice President of the English-Speaking Union of the Commonwealth (UK), and acclaimed author presented his new book, Churchill's Legacy: 2 Speeches to Save the World.

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News And Events

ESU Kansas City’s Holiday Brunch & Annual Meeting Announced—Mark Your Calendar!

Our Annual Holiday Brunch is just around the corner. Join ESU members and Friends of ESU for this special occasion on Sunday, January 15, 2017 at 12 noon. This year's lecture program features a special guest speaker, Dr. Jonathan Chandler, Fulbright-Robertson Visiting Professor of British History who is teaching British history this school term at Westminster College in Fulton, MO.

Born in Kent, England, Dr. Chandler toyed with becoming, in his words, "a penniless jazz musician" before beginning a close affiliation with University College London (UCL) where he completed his B.A., M.A. and Ph.D. in history. Dr. Chandler's extensive research and study in colonial and revolutionary North America is certain to bring a fascinating lecture program to our annual ESU Holiday Brunch.

 

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The Perfect Holiday Gift for Friends: A Membership in the ESU

Dear ESU Kansas City Members—

The ESU Kansas City Branch is offering a special 6-month Holiday ESU Gift of Membership for new members good through June 30, 2017 (the end of our fiscal year) at these discounted introductory rates:

$35 for a Single Membership

$50 for a Couple Membership

If you're looking for a unique gift for that special person who…

● Enjoys stimulating educational lectures by locally and internationally prominent guest speakers on a wide variety of topics, or

● Likes to attend plays, concerts and other performing arts programs, or

● Enjoys social gatherings, or

● Enjoys participating in volunteer experiences that make a difference in the lives of students and teachers, or

● Appreciates the importance of promoting the English language…

Then, what could be a better gift than a special introductory Gift of Membership in our own ESU Kansas City Branch?

 

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Next Kansas City Tea & Literature Club Quarterly Meeting: January 9, 2017

The next meeting of the Kansas City Tea & Literature Club will be held on Monday, January 9, 2017.  The book is The No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency by Alexander McCall Smith. Teas will be rooibos and honeybush tisanes along with some orthodox Kenyan black tea served both hot and cold. This Book Club program will include a special African-inspired dinner. Dishes will be a mix of meat and meatless. Please send an email to Nicole Burriss at midwestteafest@gmail.com to confirm your attendance by January 5 to allow planning for dinner. 

All ESU members and Friends of ESU are welcome and encouraged to attend our quarterly Tea & Literature Club.

When: Second Monday of every third month. Next Club meeting: Monday, January 9, 2017

 

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ESU Kansas City Branch Announces the 33rd Annual Shakespeare Competition for all KC Metro Area High Schools

The Kansas City Branch of the English-Speaking Union announces its 33rd annual Shakespeare Competition for all Kansas City metro area high schools, grades 9-12. The Branch Semi-Finals will be held at the Plaza Library, 4801 Main St., Kansas City, Mo., on Sunday, February 19, 2017.

The Competition provides teachers with a performance-based program for the study of English Language Arts and Shakespeare. High school students recite Shakespeare's monologues and sonnets and compete for the chance to win a trip to New York City to compete in the ESU National Finals at Lincoln Center.

 

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ESU Kansas City Branch Salutes #Giving Tuesday

  

2016 has been a remarkable year for The English-Speaking Union, Kansas City Branch. Our educational programs have reached more students, teachers, members and the general public than ever before in our 96 years here in the Kansas City area.

#Giving Tuesday, on November 29, 2016, is an easy way to support the educational programs offered by the Kansas City Branch of the ESU. Your generous support, large or small, is gratefully appreciated.

The English-Speaking Union is a leader in Shakespeare education in America. Our 33rd annual Shakespeare Competition in Kansas City will hold its Branch Finals on February 19, 2017. Through the Competition students develop communication skills and an appreciation of the power of language and literature. Nationwide, the ESU Shakespeare Competition has engaged more than 300,000 young people since its inception.

 

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