ESU Portland Branch

A Message from the Portland Branch President

Dear ESU Member or Prospective Member,

The Portland Branch of the English-Speaking Union is dedicated to making sure members receive benefit for their membership both in terms of social interaction as well as learning.  Our branch participates every year in the Books As Envoys Program, the Walter Hines Page Scholar Program, and the Shakespeare Competition.  In 2000, our Shakespeare Competition finalist was the national winner. In 2012, our winner, Cyler Winnie from South Salem High School, placed second in the ESU's National Shakespeare Competition."

Additionally, Portland was the second branch to begin an English In Action Program, a program that has continued here on a weekly basis for almost thirty years.  In the fall, an Evelyn Wrench (Evelyn Wrench was the founder of ESU) speaker comes to the West Coast and speaks to all the branches in Region VIII.

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News And Events


With a performance of a sonnet and monologue from Shakespeare, Michael Martinoff  from McMinnville, OR, a student of Bethany Mason at McMinnville High School in McMinnville, placed as a semi-finalist in the 34th annual English-Speaking Union National Shakespeare Competition in New York City. The Competition took place on May 1, 2017 on the stage of the Mitzi Newhouse Theater at Lincoln Center with 54 semi-finalists from as many ESU Branch competitions nationwide. Michael previously won the ESU Portland Branch competition.

The winner of the 34th English-Speaking Union National Shakespeare Competition, Ogechi Egonu, representing the San Francisco Branch, received a full scholarship to attend the American Shakespeare Center Theatre Camp in Staunton, VA, this summer.  Second place winner, Brandon Burk, from the Kentucky Branch, won a cash prize of $1,000 from The English-Speaking Union, while the third place winner, Trevon Wainwright, representing the Kansas City Branch of the ESU, received an award of $500 provided by The Shakespeare Society.

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Susan Ferris - National Merit Award Winner

Portland Branch President Susan Ferris receiving National Merit Award from ESU Chairman Dr. Paul Beresford-Hill at National ESU Conference in NYC, October 11, 2015


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Region VIII Meeting Announcement

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Page Scholar

Come to share and evening meal with our 
Page Scholar
Nial Pickering
From Liverpool, England as he talks to us about teaching science and the UK and how he is contrasting it with teaching science in the USA. 

Save this Date!
Tuesday, March 17, 2015
Saylers Country Kitchen

Contact Kay Tousley
503 282 7953 

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Lunch and Speaker

Thursday, March, 26 2015
The Grant House
1101 Officers Row
Vancouver, Washington 
$22.00 (includes gratuity)
(This does not include dessert which you can order on your own, if desired) 

Dr. Wendy Joshnson, Washington Status University, professor of English and Literature. The title of her talk will be "Scandals in American Poetry, Poe, Harper, and Howe." Handouts will be provided.

Please RSVP to Kay Tousley


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The English-Speaking Union

Portland Branch

Portland Branch Landmark Photo

Welcome to the ESU

The ESU celebrates English as a shared language to foster global understanding and good will by providing educational and cultural opportunities for students, educators, and members.

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