ESU Seattle Branch

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Representatives from 54 countries gathered at Dartmouth House in London for the Centenary Conference of the International English-Speaking Union over five days the third week in May, culminating in a celebration of the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle on Saturday. Monday evening's reception at Dartmouth House gave all the delegates and guests a chance to meet and greet. On Tuesday guests enjoyed a tour of the Churchill War Rooms in Whitehall while delegates were in session, and in the late afternoon all enjoyed a talk on the power of Churchill's rhetoric by Lord Watson and Celia Sandys, Winston's granddaughter. 

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News And Events

Our President Needs Your Address and Phone Updates—Now!

Please send any address, phone or email changes immediately to Bill Maschmeier so that the next Membership Directory will be up to date. This is quite a task so let's make it as easy as possible for Bill. We all enjoy having a current roster.


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The Shakespeare Committee...

would like to give a BIG THANK YOU to the committee for all of the hard work they put in this year.

This year's winners were:
First place: Phoebe Wall, The Overlake School
Second place: Jessica Zarkos, Skyline High School
Third place: Sophie Kelly-Hedrick, Mercer Island High School


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ESU Scholars Introduced at February Reception

The February reception at the Maschmeier-Haggerty penthouse included an opportunity to meet two of the 2017¬2018 UW English Department's ESU scholarship winners, Kaelie Giffel and Caitlin Postal. Kaelie and Caitlin were able to chat with many Seattle branch members, including Dr. Marina Tarlinskaya, with whom at least one of them shares scholarly interests. A happy consequence of one of these conversations is we are now aware that new member, Brian Alkire, has an interest in both Chaucer and Shakespeare. Caitlin is currently mentored by Sarah Faulkner, whose successful Jane Austen Festival was aided by a grant from the Seattle ESU. The scholarship winners look forward to attending the AGM dinner this June at the Museum of Flight. Thanks to board members Barbee Tucker-Pigott, Peter Phillips, and Alan Waggoner for underwriting their attendance at the reception. Our scholarship funds accomplish great things indeed!


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Ride Share Referral Service

The January reception at Eli's proved to be a successful experiment in holding a mid-day event, and this will probably be repeated next year; the change of time during our darkest months may even be extended to November and February to accommodate those disinclined to drive at night.

Now that we have returned for this year to our evening reception schedule, the Branch would still like to encourage all members (and their guests) to attend our monthly receptions whenever possible, as these are the principal venues for getting to know each other and supporting our general operations. To that end the Board is setting up a Ride Share Referral Service, to be generously coordinated by former Board President, Jerry Rockhold. Jerry has agreed to be a point of contact for those who either need a ride to a specific reception or are willing to provide one.


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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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