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With a performance of a sonnet and monologue from Shakespeare, Tara Davenport  from Sammamish, WA, a student of Jaclyn Hannah Fry at Skyline High School in Sammamish, placed as a semi-finalist in the 34th  annual English-Speaking Union National Shakespeare Competition in New York City. The Competition took place on May 1, 2017 on the stage of the Mitzi Newhouse Theater at Lincoln Center with 54 semi-finalists from as many ESU Branch competitions nationwide. Tara previously won the ESU Seattle Branch competition.

The winner of the 34th English-Speaking Union National Shakespeare Competition, Ogechi Egonu, representing the San Francisco Branch, received a full scholarship to attend the American Shakespeare Center Theatre Camp in Staunton, VA, this summer.  Second place winner, Brandon Burk, from the Kentucky Branch, won a cash prize of $1,000 from The English-Speaking Union, while the third place winner, Trevon Wainwright, representing the Kansas City Branch of the ESU, received an award of $500 provided by The Shakespeare Society.

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The Last Word

Many, many thanks to Fred Kleinschmidt and the Boeing Giving Program for the Generous $1,009 they contributed to our general branch fund, that makes it possible to continue with all our educational work. Fred does so much for our branch. Wherever we have a need, Fred steps in to offer help. 

Thanks to another person who keeps on GIVING. Alison Ellison coordinates our monthly receptions. But when we went to her home in March, not only had she offered her home but also many wonderful buffet dishes including a huge trifle for dessert. Alison was helped by Barbee Tucker-Pigott, Marlene Holbrook, Sarah Atwood, Fred Kleinschmidt, Alan Waggoner, Norma Jean Kritsonis and Judy King. When Alison asks for your help in bringing food, volunteer with a smile!  Her job is a difficult one!


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Reception site co-chairs need sites

Reception Site Co-chairs Peter Phillips and Susan Wilson need venues for June, July and beyond! If you would be willing to lend your home for a Saturday evening, please contact Susan at (206) 292-9756 or email her at Our receptions are great places to keep up with friends, old and new, but we need your help.


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Welcome to the New Monthly Reception Coordinators!

Susan Wilson and Peter Phillips have volunteered to tackle the job of finding venues for our ESU Monthly Receptions. If you would like to volunteer your home for the second Saturday of any future month, please give Susan a call at (206) 292-9756 or email her at Our monthly receptions are very important for our members and fun places to catch up on the news of our friends. We are deeply indebted to our hardworking bar guys, Joe and Steve, as well as Alison and her reliable hostesses. Add to this our new members of the team—Susan and Peter. Many thanks to all who help our branch!


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Nominations for Board and Officers Welcomed

It is that time of the year when the Nominating Committee meets to fill Seattle Board and Officer slots. If you would like to be considered, please drop a note to Pat Wilson this year's Nominating Chairperson by email at or mail her at Wilcor Grounding Systems, 4045 Seventh Avenue South, Seattle, WA 98108. Please indicate your interest in working with one of our programs or how you might contribute to the branch. I'll copy and pass your request to our other committee members.


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