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Obituary - Stephen Saunders

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Longtime ESU and Britannia Club member Stephen Saunders died in January, just short of his 95th birthday. He will be missed for his good nature, charm and stunning hats, for which he won several garden party "Hat Contests".

He was born in Tynemouth, England, attended Gloucestershire Technical College for Design Engineering and during the Second World War was in the home guard and worked on warplanes. Following the war he worked on the Concorde at Gloster Aircraft Company for 23 years and at Dowty's for six years. After the war, he married the love of his life, Gay, the long-time voice of the ESU volunteer request call. They lived in Cheltenham, England and had two children. In 1968 they immigrated to work for the Boeing Company on the Super Sonic Transport. His work included designing for the 747 and 767 airplanes. Steve focused on his family, home, gardening, dancing, travelling and his involvement in the Britannia Club, ESU and church. He is survived by Gay, his children, and grandchildren.


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News from the Shakespeare Committee

The Seattle Branch Shakespeare Committee has been busy preparing for our upcoming competition on March 4, 2018, at the Frye Art Museum. The competition starts at 1:00 pm and, as usual, the museum is FREE to enter which can give you a double reason to come see our great batch of schools this year reciting and view what is on show at the museum.

We have 10 high schools competing this year for the opportunity to represent our branch at the National Competition in April. The schools range from the South in Olympia to the North in Oak Harbor and many schools in between.

Our committee works very hard every year to put on a great competition and as usual they have done a great job-again! Hope you can come and support the students! Thank you! —Susan Wilson, Chairperson


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Auction Items are Needed...

Loveday reminds us that we need auction items for both the 2018 Summer Party and the December Holiday Ball. We rely on these auctions to fund our scholarship program. It was suggested that you might ask your favorite restaurant, personal care provider, or other favorite haunts if they would be willing to offer free services we could auction. Also wine baskets have sold well at other auctions. Start thinking now and contact Loveday or Fred if you have an item to donate.


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Region VIII Meeting in Seattle

Seattle welcomes Region VIII members for our annual Spring Conference, June 15—17, 2018, held in conjunction with the Seattle branch Annual General Meeting the evening of Saturday, June 16. The conference will be at the Ramada Inn, 15901 West Valley Highway, Tukwila, WA. Room rates (tentative) are $149 per night (+tax, includes breakfast and airport shuttle); be sure to ask for the ESU Conference rate.

Conference events include a hosted reception on Friday evening, meetings Saturday and Sunday (with lunch), and the Saturday banquet at the world famous Museum of Flight. All-day admission to the museum is included for conference attendees and anyone attending the banquet. Conference registration is $165; Seattle AGM on Saturday (banquet and museum admission only) is $70. Registration forms will appear in future newsletters. Contact Fred Kleinschmidt for further information at (206) 325-7237 or


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New Speakers Committee

The Seattle Branch is forming a Speakers Committee to take the place of the former Evelyn Wrench Speakers Program. President Bill Maschmeier has appointed Sandra Boyd to chair the new committee.

Sandra announced that both the Fundraising Chair, Loveday Conquest, and the Membership Chair, Barbee Tucker-Pigott, will serve as well representing their respective committees.

To round-out the Speakers Committee, anyone interested in participating in this worthy cause from the General Seattle Branch membership may contact Sandra at

-Sandra Boyd


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The English-Speaking Union

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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.