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.

Our social calendar runs from October to June. Black tie dinners and informal luncheons as well as other activities are arranged at attractive venues. Distinguished and knowledgeable visiting speakers from the UK and elsewhere address our functions. Topics include American and English history, English literature, architecture, the arts, travel and current events as well as other stimulating related topics. Other events include theatrical performances as well as an annual springtime garden party.

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Membership dues are as follows:

Single $52
Couple $75

K-12 Educator $45

Additional Contributions

You can help the Charlottesville Branch execute the mission locally by donating to the Tlab (Teacher Learning Abroad) Fund, the Branch Shakespeare Fund and the Branch General Fund.  These funds help the Branch provides for scholarships for continuing education for local teachers and students. 

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. 

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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

Charlottesville 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.

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