News And Events

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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December Auction and Raffle Increases ESU Scholarship Funds.

Many thanks to those who contributed items, purchased items, and/or purchased raffle tickets at ESU Seattle's recent Scottish Ball Auction and Raffle. The goal for the evening was half a scholarship ($750), and we exceeded that amount.

The winners of the pairs of tickets to the Seattle Symphony's Joshua Bell concert were Larry Woodin and Clarke O'Reilly, Jr. Congratulations! The raffle brought in $275, and the auction an additional $609, for a total of $884.

The fundraising doesn't stop there! If you know of something that would make a good raffle item, (condo, resort or hotel stays, hard-to—get theater or concert tickets), please contact me. For the next Summer Party auction, wine baskets or other themed baskets are also encouraged. We had some at the 2017 Summer Party, and they helped the fundraising considerably. If you cannot do an entire basket on your own, form a group where each person contributes something (e.g., a bottle of wine, or a Made-in-Washington gourmet food item). We'll be happy to provide the basket and ribbons!


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The Last Word.

May 2018 bring joy and good fellowship to all of you.

A special thank you to those who donated to our programs recently: Clarke O'Reilly; Tom and Kristen Ferguson, and of course, the "Lavender Hill Mob" members.

The following made donations to the Scholarship Fund: Ed and Sarah Atwood, Sandra E. Boyd, Christine Harrington, Lisa Machogan, James Kemp—Slaughter, Ethel Kemp-Slaughter, Michael Vaughn, Don and Elizabeth McKenzie, Bill Maschmeier and Patricia Haggerty, Ingeborg and Bob Dunlap, and Ingrid Philbrick.

All attended the 25th "Lavender Hill Mob" Holiday luncheon celebration at the Womens University Club sponsored by Ethel Kemp—Slaughter.


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UW’s Successful “Jane Fest 2017” Co—sponsored by SeattleBranch.

Saturday, November 4, was chosen to celebrate the author, Jane Austen, as 2017 marks the 200th anniversary of her death. The day saw the large "Commons" area in UW's Mary Gates Hall transformed into a Regency Festival with booths and activities, and later into a ballroom. ESU's Seattle Branch was listed prominently as one of the co-sponsors.

Activities during the festival included book discussions, a workshop on rare books, Regency letter writing, an Austen dress-up photo booth, Regency recipes and how to brew a proper cup of tea, card playing, a Regency fashion show, fabrics, sewing and embroidery, trivia quizzes, and a complete showing of the 1995 mold-episode version of "Pride and Prejudice" with Colin Firth. (The six-hour showing was off in a private room. I dropped in a few times and noted the presence of women who were reciting every line of the movie—now that's dedication!) A dance workshop helped attendees prepare for the ball that evening, which was splendid. I danced with a gentleman from Bainbridge Island who had ordered his outfit, complete with white breeches and high boots, waistcoat and blue tailcoat, from Sussex. Many of us were in beautiful costume, which lent to the ambiance.


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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.