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. 

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News And Events


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!


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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!


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Saturday, January 11, 2020

Special "Start the New Year Right" Luncheon to be held at Eli Kirkpatrick's home, 1-3pm. Susie will be serving her usual quiches, champagne, muffins and fresh fruit as well as baked ham. DON'T MISS THIS ONE! Bloody Marys can be ordered, too!


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E-SU Annual Summer Party

Saturday, August 3
SAVE THE DATE for the Gala Annual Summer Party at beautiful LAKEWOLD GARDENS, a 10-acre estate garden at 12317 Gravelly Lake Drive SW, in Lakewood, WA. We are collaborating this year with friends from the Rolls Royce Club and their cars. Self-guided Garden strolling and tours; lavish and luscious hot and cold buffet; Rolls Royces on view; the traditional Summer Party Hat Contest (with several categories of competition); Silent Auction of tempting consumables and experiences; and ample parking! Early reservations are recommended. Details and Reservation forms are coming in May's Newsletter.

Hiring a bus from Seattle area to Lakewold and back is being investigated, for those who don't want to drive. We will need more than a handful of riders to do this, so if you are interested, please contact Mary Mohler, (425) 488-6258 (leave a message on machine after 6 rings) or ASAP !!


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Our branch would like to acknowledge the kind donations from some of our members recently. Christine Harrington, Avery Allen Cox, James Smith, Brian D, Wright and Heidi Renz. We are so appreciative of their donations.


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The English-Speaking Union

Seattle Branch

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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.