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

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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ESU Cordially Invites You to an Exclusive Private Screening of
Downton Abbey: The Movie and a
Downton English Tea Party

 The excitement is building for the movie version of Downton Abbey. Now you can watch the movie version of the beloved Downton Abbey at an ESU exclusive private screening on Saturday, October 5, 2019. The movie will be preceded by an elegant, Downton English Tea Party. What could be more British than that?

The movie centers around a royal visit of King George V and Queen Mary to Downton in 1927, a storyline inspired by a trip they really took to Wentworth Woodhouse in Yorkshire in 1912.

You'll not only see the return of all the main cast from the final television series, but the film also introduces some great British actors to the world of Downton, as we meet the royal family and their retinue.

 

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Stonehenge Exhibition & Lecture

Even though this is a short notice, we wanted to let you know about a special presentation as part of the Stonehenge Exhibition at Union Station.

Direct from the award-winning Wiltshire Museum in Devizes, England, renowned British archeologist David Dawson will make a rare North American appearance and deliver a fascinating morning lecture on August 16th only at Union Station Kansas City in conjunction with the current Stonehenge exhibition.

Guests will be invited to travel back in time more than 5,000 years and discover remarkable stories of the prehistoric people who lived, worked and were buried in the landscape around Stonehenge. As well, Dawson will present the latest science that's unraveled ancient mysteries of this enigmatic World Heritage Site.  

 

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An ESU Tea Party Fit for a Queen

All ESU Members and Friends of ESU are cordially invited to attend one of our biggest social gatherings of the year—our annual Queen's Tea. We will be celebrating HRH Queen Elizabeth II's 93rd birthday. This will be an ESU Tea Party Fit for a Queen!

Our tea party will include a variety of tea sandwiches, sweets, Brenda's signature scones, Mock Devonshire cream, fine fruit butter or fruit jams and premium tea.  Brenda Hedrick, the owner and proprietress of Anna Marie's Teas proudly proclaims, "This is not just any tea party--our tea experiences are delightfully extravagant!"  This is a special occasion not to be missed!

The English teas will be held in the Bohnet House in Liberty, Mo., which is a stately 3-story, 5,000 square foot home built in 1913. The house boasts Frank Lloyd Wright details--oak trim, 3 fireplaces and large open spaces. Its large wraparound porch and period American, French and English antique furnishings create the perfect setting for tea parties--served on a special collection of china and silver.

 

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LET'S HAVE A PARTY TO CELEBRATE OUR NEW MEMBERSHIP YEAR

ESU's new membership year begins July 1, 2019 and what better way to bring in the new membership year than with a party!

All ESU members and Friends of ESU are cordially invited to a Membership Renewal Party hosted by our Treasurer, Kevin Martin. We'll have Barbeque Brisket and Ribs, baked beans, potato salad, more sides including watermelon and other desserts! We'll also provide soft drinks, beer and wine.

We want to bring all ESU members together for a casual late afternoon party to make it easy and convenient to renew your membership. You can renew online on a secure laptop or with a paper form…either way it's easy, fast and you'll have a chance to meet other ESU members including our newest members! If you are renewing with a paper form (which we will supply) just bring a check to include with the renewal form and we'll mail it for you. You'll see our membership dues are still the same.

 

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