ESU Kansas City Branch

                         Welcome to                          the Kansas City Branch of the ESU

Dear ESU Members and Friends,

In this first year as president of the ESU Kansas City Branch, I'm honored to have the support of a strong board of directors with many years of combined service in the ESU as well as strength in many professional career disciplines. As the structure of the board begins to evolve with distinct committees in place, we are well-positioned to address at the Kansas City Branch level the goals set by the ESU's National Strategic Plan which are based on two foundational statements:

  • The Mission--The English-Speaking Union employs English as a catalyst to foster global understanding and good will by providing educational and cultural opportunities for students, educators, and members.
  • Strategic Goals—
    • English as a Catalyst—Develop educational opportunities for employing English as a shared language to inspire common bonds and empowerment of students, teachers, immigrants and members.
    • International Exchange—Build global understanding through a broad system of international exchange supporting teachers and students.
    • Board Leadership—Build a next-generation board passionately committed to building leadership by the ESU through fundraising for and service to the organization's educational programs.

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News And Events

Join Us for Our Annual Holiday Brunch:
Our 100th Birthday Celebration Begins

2020 is a historic milestone for The English-Speaking Union. Both the U.S. headquarters in New York City and the Kansas City Branch were founded in 1920. We are excited to celebrate our 100th birthday throughout 2020 and our first program pays tribute to Lt. Col. Marvin H. Gates who founded the Kansas City Branch of the ESU in 1920 and was our first Branch president.


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ESU Holiday Dinner Theatre Program:
Winter Wonderettes

ESU cordially invites all members and Friends of ESU to a fun, holiday Dinner-Theatre program on Thursday, December 12, 2019. The Summit Theatre Group presents a holiday favorite "Winter Wonderettes." The musical is directed by our own Ben Martin and music direction by Ben's wife, Roxanne, both long-time ESU members.

Winter Wonderettes was created as a sequel to the long-running Off-Broadway hit The Marvelous Wonderettes. It has been produced in cities all over the U.S. to sellout crowds and now we will be treated to this delightful holiday musical revue with a delicious dinner added to the package.


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ESU Participates in International Relations Council’s 2nd Annual “Your Global Future” for High School Students and Teachers

The English-Speaking Union, Kansas City Branch was one of over 50 vendors who participated in the International Relations Council's second annual "Your Global Future" event at Bartle Hall Convention Center in Kansas City on October 29, 2019. Jeff Schnabel, ESU's Programming Chair had an information table and met with many students and teachers describing some of our educational programs that could have interest to students and  teachers.

IRC invited high school students from the Kansas City metro area to attend this special opportunity for them to meet local organizations, universities and businesses about international education and professional opportunities available to them.


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ESU Members and Guests Are Invited to Celebrate the 34th Annual British Faire

The British Are Coming!  All ESU members and guests are invited to the 34th Annual British Faire and Tea.  This fun event is sponsored by the Daughters of the British Empire in Kansas. This annual fundraising event benefits retirement communities and local charities. Some of the events and activities at the British Faire

  • Traditional British Afternoon Tea
  • Lots of home-baked goods    
  • The best local British vendors
  • Antiques
  • Crafts, Celtic jewelry
  • Books
  • Specialty food and cheeses
  • Christmas Crackers
  • Teas                     
  • Children's activity room

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Registration Begins for Kansas City Area
High Schools in 36th Annual
Shakespeare Competition

All Kansas City area high schools are invited our 36th annual Shakespeare Competition. The Competition is open to all high school students grades 9-12. Homeschool students are also welcome to enter. If you are a Theatre, English, Forensics or Debate teacher, we encourage you to enter your school in this exciting competition.


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