News And Events

Message from the President

Greetings! How wonderful to see 80 members and guests in attendance at June's ESU Charlottesville Branch annual general meeting (AGM) and garden party. Our thanks to Marilyn and Phil Williams for hosting this delightful event and the hospitality committee for supplying delicious food and libation.

Mark your calendars for upcoming branch events:  Sunday, September 18, 2016 for a gathering of members and guests at my Lexington home, Tuesday, October 11 for the Shakespeare First Folio exhibit and reception at the University of Virginia's Special Collections Library, and Saturday, February 25, 2017 for the annual winter event and buffet dinner.  The branch Shakespeare Competition for area high school students is scheduled for Saturday, February 4 at the American Shakespeare Center's Blackfriars Playhouse in Staunton. The annual general meeting and garden party will be held on Sunday, June 18. Mailed invitations will be forthcoming prior to these events.

We have received notification that the ESU Charlottesville Branch was registered as a single-member limited liability company (LLC) in the State of Delaware on July 1, 2016. Those of you present at the June AGM will remember our discussion of this change to our branch structure.

Elizabeth Chumlea was appointed as a member of the board of directors at its recent meeting. We thank her for her willingness to serve. We also appreciate the service of outgoing board members: Constance Paske and Bonnie Matheson.

Kindly remember to renew your English-Speaking Union membership. July 1, 2016 marked the beginning of a new ESU fiscal year. Membership materials have been mailed to members or you may renew online at Be sure to update contact information, including email, when you renew.

The board of directors looks forward to your attendance at branch events. Consider bringing a prospective member to one of our activities. See you soon!

Feel free to contact me should you have questions or concerns.

Julia Van de Water


Dr. Julia Churchill Van de Water
2016-2017 President, Charlottesville Branch, The English-Speaking Union


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