ESU Atlanta Branch

President's Corner

Dear Members of the Atlanta Branch,

I am writing to update you on the changes and plans for our Branch as we move through this fiscal year. Our elected president, Pace Huff, resigned in early July due to pressing business matters. At the end of August, I was elected president of the Branch.  I offered to serve until such time as an acceptable permanent replacement is nominated. However long I serve, please be assured that I will not be a place holder and that I will give all of the attention and effort that the position requires.

In early September, Cherry Peurifoy resigned as Branch Chairperson. The Branch appreciates her efforts to bridge the gap between Branch presidents. On September 13 Joe McLure was elected Branch Chairman. Joe has served the Branch faithfully for many years as a Board Member and as an active Branch Member.

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News And Events

100th Birthday Celebration for Dr. Manning Pattillo

Cordially invites you to celebrate during its 100th Year

The 100th Birthday of
Dr. Manning Pattillo, Jr., OSTJ
Chairman Emeritus

For He's a Jolly Good Fellow!

Capitol City Club, Downtown
Tuesday, October 29, 11:30 AM
7 Portman Boulevard, NW
Atlanta, GA 30303

Click here to purchase tickets online.


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Atlanta National Shakespeare Competition


The Atlanta Branch Shakespeare Competition will take place on Sunday, Feb. 23, 2020 at the Shakespeare Theatre at 490 Peachtree Street. Participants and mentors should arrive between noon and 12:30. Program starts at 1 PM sharp.

All interested students and mentors should contact Randy Brannen at  The field is limited to the first 30 qualifiers.


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Branch Annual Garden Party

Our Branch held its annual Garden Party at the home of the British Consul General, Andrew Staunton and his wife. Beautiful day with many gorgeous hats. The new Branch President, Pace Huff, was the master of ceremonies and gave the right touch to a wonderful afternoon.

The Branch Shakespeare Competition winner, Arden Adams performed the sonnet that she presented at the national competition in Lincoln Center last April.

After the appropriate toasts to The Queen and to the President, the Consul General provided interesting comments on the importance of the ESU and the tie that binds English speaking people.


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Patrick Allitt - The State of U.S. Education

Professor Patrick Allitt, Emory University, is Cahoon Family Professor of American History. He was an undergraduate at Oxford in England (1974-1977), a graduate student at the University of California Berkeley (Ph.D., 1986), and held postdoctoral fellowships at Harvard Divinity School and Princeton University. At Emory since 1988, he teaches courses on American intellectual, environmental, and religious history, on Victorian Britain, and on the Great Books. To reserve a place, please include payment via check to Charles Maddrey or use the below link to register online. 

Register online by clicking here

RSVP: February 3, 2019
Guests Welcome
$42 per person
Complimentary Valet Parking
Mail Checks to:
Charles Maddrey, Treasurer
5605 Whitner Drive, NW
Sandy Springs, GA, 30327-4746


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Annual Christmas Party


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