News And Events

Board Resolutions Regarding Monthly Receptions

Our Branch Treasurer, Bob Milnor, has noted in several monthly reports to the board that for some time income from the monthly receptions has fallen, in large part due to the number of individuals who attend but don't pay. To at least make a start in correcting this, the board has passed two resolutions regarding attendance at receptions. These resolutions will be in effect beginning July 1, 2017.

Members 90 Years of Age and Older

Those who have reached their 90th birthday (congratulations!) will now be charged half price ($10) to attend monthly receptions. This does not apply to spouses, partners, guests (unless they are also at least 90) or to other events, such as the Summer Garden Party or Speaker Dinners.

First Time Guests

The purpose of allowing a guest to attend a monthly reception for free is solely to recruit new Branch members. Members are allowed to bring a guest who may reasonably be expected to become a member one time only for free. Previous guests, children, out-of-town relatives, or anyone who is not being actively recruited as a potential Seattle ESU Branch member must pay $20. If you have a question on whether a potential guest qualifies for free admittance, please contact me, or any other Board Member.

--Bill Maschmeier, President; ESU Seattle Branch


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The Chapeau of the Year Contest

ESU Seattle Branch Members and Guests, get ready to put your "hats on" for the ESU Summer Garden Party's annual "Chapeau of the Year" competition! The Garden Party and this year's hat contest will be Saturday afternoon, July 30th.

This year, men and women will compete together in four contest categories of hats: Most Elegant, Funniest, Most Original and Traditional/Historic. You may bring more than one hat and enter more than one category; but, amongst the entrants within each category, with men and women competing together, there will be just one winner. The winners of the four categories will then compete for "Chapeau of the Year," and win the handsome perpetual trophy.

So, start making/buying/designing/ borrowing the hat or hats you want to wear for the fun-in—the—sun annual ESU Summer Hat Contest. July 30th will be here before you know it!

—Dick McGrath and Peter Phillips


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May’s Annual General Meeting

Many thanks to Barbee Tucker-Pigot Susan Wilson, and Loveday Conquest for their efforts in chairing May's Annual General Meeting. The food was great, the rain held off and a fine time was had by everyone.


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Annual Appeal Letter

Many of our members answered our Annual Appeal Letter. Among them are Sarah Navarre, Anne Passantino, Captain Richard and Diane Sardeson, Robert Schramke, Sara Hemphill, Ed Hyde, James Kemp-Slaughter, Eli Kirkpatrick, Fred Kleinschmidt and Loveday Conquest, William Maschmeier and Patricia Haggerty, Don and Elizabeth Buzzell-McKenzie, Hiromi Okumura, Heidi Renz, Ethel Kemp-Slaughter, Irene Tregear, Alan Waggoner, Tanya Zolotereva, Larry Woodin, and Pat and Susan Wilson. The Annual Appeal funds our educational programs.

We thank all for their support!


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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.