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Queen's Tea on June 10th, 2017

The English-Speaking Union
Dallas Branch

The Queen celebrates two birthdays every year. Her birth date is on April 21st and that is celebrated privately at the palace and her "official" birthday is celebrated on Saturday in June where she traditionally appears on the balcony of Buckingham Palace with members of the Royal family after the Trooping of Colors Ceremony is over. This is a tradition that was started by George II in 1748 and it owes its origins to the ageless problem of the English weather.

Our high Tea will be held at: 
Forestwood Tea Room
5333 Forest Lane
Dallas, Texas 75244

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With a performance of a sonnet and monologue from Shakespeare, Alanna Stern  from Cedar Hill, TX, a student of Elizabeth Schmitt at Lakehill Preparatory School in Dallas, placed as a semi-finalist in the 34th  annual English-Speaking Union National Shakespeare Competition in New York City. The Competition took place on May 1, 2017 on the stage of the Mitzi Newhouse Theater at Lincoln Center with 54 semi-finalists from as many ESU Branch competitions nationwide. Alanna previously won the ESU Dallas Branch competition.

The winner of the 34th English-Speaking Union National Shakespeare Competition, Ogechi Egonu, representing the San Francisco Branch, received a full scholarship to attend the American Shakespeare Center Theatre Camp in Staunton, VA, this summer.  Second place winner, Brandon Burk, from the Kentucky Branch, won a cash prize of $1,000 from The English-Speaking Union, while the third place winner, Trevon Wainwright, representing the Kansas City Branch of the ESU, received an award of $500 provided by The Shakespeare Society.

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April Event at The Lakewood Country Club

Our April Event at The Lakewood Country Club this last weekend was so well received by everyone that attended, that for those of you that missed it, you really did......miss it! Martha Tiller brought her own private and public photos from her time as Press Secretary to President LB Johnson and Lady Bird Johnson, along with special stories and insight to their ranch, parties and library.

A big "Thank You" to Betty Baskett for allowing us the use of the facilities at Lakewood Country Club. The hors d'oeuvres, steak and peach cobbler would have made LBJ very happy.

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25th Annual Shakespeare Competition

Left to Right: Gwen Dixie, chairman of the DFW National Shakespeare Competition; Edward Lessard, grandfather of competition winner Caroline Garnett; Caroline Garnett, first place winner and student at Booker T.Washington School for the Performing Arts; Ruth Mader, President of the DFW English-Speaking Union; Linda Raya, Highland Park High School English teacher and host of the event.


Booker T. Washington student Caroline Garnett won the  25th Annual National Shakespeare Competition sponsored by the DFW English-Speaking Union. Recently held at Highland Park High School, winning students of fall-winter competitions representing 9 area high schools performed Shakespeare selections before a panel of judges in hopes of being the DFW representative at the national competition to be held later this spring.

Winner of the national competition in New York receives a summer trip to England to study Shakespeare first-hand.

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March Event with Rose-Mary Rumbley

The eyes of March are upon us and we have a great event for MARCH 13TH.  Rose-Mary Rumbley [prolific Dallas speaker, author, actress, and teacher]  will be our after dinner speaker on the horrors and humor of WW11 and Marsha Rose from Ft. Worth [vocalist and entertainer] will be there to entertain us during the dinner hour with her songs from the Andrew Sisters and melodies from WW11.  I expect a large turnout for this event so get your reservations in early and paying friends and guests are invited.

On another note, I want to thank all that helped us with the Shakespeare Competition on the 20th. I think it was one of our more successful years and we had great students. Many thanks to Gwen Dixie for a great job and to Ann and Wayne, Luellen, Derrick, Mary, Virginia, our fabulous judges and of course Linda Raya at Highland Park High School for always coming thru for us, and Charlotte at City Café for pulling off a beautiful lunch for all. If you missed it you missed some wonderful performances by our young students!   

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Dr. Paul Beresford-Hill Named New Chairman of The English-Speaking Union of the United States

Dr. Paul Beresford-Hill MBE was elected Chairman of The English-Speaking Union of the United States unanimously at a meeting of its Board of Directors on September 27, 2015.  His two-year term of office began immediately.  Dr. Beresford-Hill was selected to lead the English-Speaking Union of the United States for his global experience as a scholar, educator, administrator and author.

Paul Beresford-Hill is a distinguished educator who has worked at the secondary and tertiary educational systems of the US and the UK.  A graduate of both Oxford University and Columbia, he has been a Research Associate at the Oxford Department of Educational Studies, Senior Member of Wadham College, Oxford, and an Adjunct Professor at Columbia University Teacher's College.  He has worked in the USA, the UK and Asia, and was Chief Administrator for Global Learning at Dowling College in Long Island.  From 1999 to 2004 he was Director of Bangkok Patana School, the British International School in Thailand, one of the largest international schools in Asia. 

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2014 Christmas Party

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May 4th Queen's Tea Party

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Evelyn Wrench Speaker Nicholas Bennett

Dr. Hollifield presentation on Margaret Thatcher

The ESU Dallas Branch held a fascinating lecture by Dr. James Hollifield, Distinguished Professor at SMU, and the Director of the Tower Center for Political Studies. Dr. Hollifield spoke on The Baroness Margaret Thatcher, longest-serving British Prime Minister of the twentieth century—her politics and leadership style. It was an enjoyable evening at the Lakewood Country Club on September 19th.

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