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Region VIII Conference in Portland

Portland has generously offered to host the Region VIII Conference for 2015, on the first weekend in May. Our host hotel will be the Benson, arguably the grand dame of Portland's hotels. In spite of poor attendance last year in Tucson, the delegation present at the regional meeting at the National Conference in Newport enthusiastically accepted Portland's offer for this year's gathering.

Regional meetings are an extremely important venue to share ideas, successes, and challenges with other geographically aligned branches, and I hope that many of you will be able to come. We would ideally like to see at least one member from each branch in Region VIII in Portland.

Details for the meeting are still in the planning stage, and will be published as soon as they are available. In the meantime, please mark your calender to view Portland's wonderful rose gardens just as they are coming into bloom.

Best regards,

William B. Maschmeier
Chair, Region VIII, ESU-US


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Call for Board Nominations

The Nominating Committee is meeting to fill several branch officer and board positions. The new terms begin just after the Annual General Meeting in May. If you or someone else you know would like to be considered for a board position, now is the time to let our committee know of your interest. We would appreciate it if you would jot down your special interests and background and send it to me. I will distribute all queries to our committee members.
For your information, Nominating Committee Members include the following: Bill Maschmeier, Larry Woodin, Jim Smith, Jerry Rockhold, Alan Waggoner, Eli Kirkpatrick and Pat Wilson.


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ESU National Meeting, Newport Rhode Island, 17-19 October, 2014

The 2014 ESU National Meeting was held at the elegant Hotel Viking in Newport, Rhode Island. The Seattle branch was ably represented by eleven members: Sarah and Ed Atwood, Loveday Conquest, Fred Kleinschmidt, Bill Maschmeier, Patricia Haggerty, Clinton and Elizabeth Miller, Sandra Boyd, Susan Thurston-Grathwohl, and Clarke O'Reilly Jr. As for Region VIII, Laura Phelps (San Francisco) was recently elected Vice Chairman of ESU, and Donald Best (S. Francisco and Los Angeles) is a newly elected member to the National Board. Other Region VIII people on the National Board are Polly Cox (Denver), Bill Maschmeier, and Loveday Conquest.


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December's Passings

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Mollie Ward & Eleanor Monroe

December brought the loss of three members. Mollie Ward died just past her 98th birthday, a toast to her life will be held at the January E-SU Social. Jane Hallett Award winner Eleanor Monroe died unexpectedly just before Christmas. Dick Engstrom died in early December.


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"Oh, We Must All Go to Brighton!"

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Brighton Royal Pavilion

Jane Austen's Lydia Bennet was right. For a young person today, Brighton is the perfect place to pick up (that is to say, "meet") other young people. For more mature persons, Brighton still offers many pleasures. Fred and I stayed there in April to experience a "last evening of fun" before traveling on to Hailsham to attend a rather intense conference on Statistics, Science and Public Policy. The Granville Hotel along the waterfront features rooms that are named rather than numbered (with themed decor), including the Noel Coward Room, the Japanese Room, Mr. Kemp's [!] Room, and the Pavilion Room.


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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.

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