ESU Seattle Branch

Welcome to the Seattle Branch of the ESU

The annual National Conference of the ESU-US is always an enjoyable opportunity to catch up with old friends from other branches as well as National Headquarters, and to do this in New Orleans was a very special treat. The Seattle Branch, with seven attendees, had the highest representation of any branch, and the rest of Region VIII provided eight more for a strong Western attendance. 

On the Saturday night before the Annual General Meeting, Dr. Quinn Peeper, President of ESU-US, along with his partner Michael Harold, were outstanding soloists in a "Rach and Bach" concert at the historic Orpheum Theatre; interspersed with other orchestral and operatic vocal presentations, Michael played Bach's Piano Concerto #5, and Quinn Rachmaninoff's Piano Concerto #2 to a standing ovation. The concert also served as a very effective promotion of the English-Speaking Union, with testimonials given by several individuals who had personally benefited from ESU programs. 

Read Full Message

News And Events

AGM Speaker Fred Kleinschmidt

Our AGM Speaker this year is Fred Kleinschmidt who will offer us a "Look at ESU International Branches".
Not only will you meet our branch's new officers and scholarship winners but you will have an opportunity to learn about our many International ESU branches. Fred Kleinschmidt, our past branch president, regional officer, auction coordinator, sometime bartender, and just about every other volunteer position, is a knowledgeable source of information and an all-around great speaker!


Read Full Story


Wednesday, May 15 Speaker Event

Our Seattle ESU branch often invites other groups including Phi Beta Kappa Alumni to our special events. This month our members are invited to a most interesting talk and luncheon. You will enjoy learning about the role of journalism in East African countries. We thank Phi Beta Kappa Alumni for including our members!
Spring Luncheon with Speaker: Ruth Moon, Ph.D.: "Stories from the Field: Understanding Journalism Work in Rwanda." Wednesday, May 15, at 11:45am, Seattle Yacht Club, 1807 E. Hamlin Street, Seattle. Ruth Moon has a Ph.D. in communications from the University of Washington. She studies journalists and the ways they incorporate competing pressures and values into their work, especially in authoritarian contexts where technological infrastructure is weak.


Read Full Story


Reserve NOW for the Summer Garden Party

This year's Summer Garden Party will be a very special event.

We will gather at Lakewold Gardens on Saturday, August 3rd at 2:30pm (Note new time), to meet and "kick tyres" with our special guests members of the Rolls-Royce Owner's Club. Their PMCs (Proper Motor Cars) will be on display in the motor court in front of the Georgian style historic Wagner House at the gardens. Have your photo taken ( with your favorite Rolls-Royce, if you can pick a favorite! We will also be joined by members of the board of directors of Lakewold Gardens.


Read Full Story



English-in-Action had to take a brief break due to recent snow events but we are back to regular meetings. One of our students has had to return to her home country, so we are seeking new participants. If you know of people who speak English as a second language and are looking to polish their conversational skills in a friendly group, please contact our chair, Marlene Holbrook, by calling her at (425) 218-6230. In addition to tutoring sessions each Tuesday at University Lutheran Church in the U-District, we do interesting field trips to museums and historic sites. We hope that some of the students will be able to attend the Seattle AGM in May so that other members may meet them. They are wonderful students!


Read Full Story


2019 Shakespeare Contest Winners

Andreas Bassett (with lovely fiancee Amelia), Sarah Moore, and Lauren Griffith, the 2019-20 winners of the ESU's UW English Department Graduate Recruitment Scholarships, all came to the March reception. They spoke about their teaching, research, and how their first year is going. One of them is looking at certain aspects of ecology by studying medieval manuscripts. And at least one of them is doing Shakespeare. ESU members had a great time conversing with them. And now, we need underwriting so that they and English Graduate Studies Professor, Juliet Shields, may attend the May 11th Annual Meeting and lunch at the Seattle Yacht Club. Lunch is $45, so three people contributing a modest $15 can fund an attendee. Please let me know if you can fund part of all of a lunch for this worthy group. Our winners are wonderful future teachers!


Read Full Story


The English-Speaking Union

Seattle Branch

Seattle 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.

To find out more about our programs click here.