Welcome to the ESU...

The English-Speaking Union of the United States is a membership organization whose mission is carried out locally by the efforts of Branch members.  As an ESU member, you are contributing both financially and personally to programs that enrich the lives of students and educators through a diverse range of local and national programs.  Additionally, members expand their own social network by being invited to cultural and social events, speakers and book author events, regional and national events as well as invitations to international travel opportunities.

Together, let's bring the mission of the The English-Speaking Union, Education, Scholarship, and Understanding, to the great Pennsylvania Midstate.  As an ESU member, you'll enrich the lives of students, educators, and all Central Pennsylvanians by bringing diverse programs celebrating British and American culture to The Midstate.  Members expand their own social network by attending social events, speaker events, and author events; ESU regional and national events; and by taking part in international travel opportunities as well.

How do you join?  Email CPB President Robert Hankes at  He'll send you a membership application for yourself and/or your school.  You may also join online – look for the button on the right of this very page.

How much does membership cost? 

  • Individual members: $40
  • Couples: $60
  • Schools, colleges, programs: $60 (includes three memberships – great deal!)

Click here for Membership Benefits

Consider Joining as a National Patron

National Patron Membership provides higher level support to programs that enrich the lives of our members, teachers, and thousands of high school and college students nationwide.  National Patrons receive local and national recognition and invitations to exclusive events.  Up to one half of your contribution can be designated to support your branch. 

National Patron Program Description: Download PDF

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Tax Information: The English-Speaking Union of the United States is a 501(c)(3) organization .  Membership contributions are tax deductible to the extent permitted by law. Our Federal Tax ID: 13-1623995


The English-Speaking Union

Central Pennsylvania Branch

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.