ESU Kansas City Branch

                         Welcome to                          the Kansas City Branch of the ESU

Dear ESU Members and Friends,

In this first year as president of the ESU Kansas City Branch, I'm honored to have the support of a strong board of directors with many years of combined service in the ESU as well as strength in many professional career disciplines. As the structure of the board begins to evolve with distinct committees in place, we are well-positioned to address at the Kansas City Branch level the goals set by the ESU's National Strategic Plan which are based on two foundational statements:

  • The Mission--The English-Speaking Union employs English as a catalyst to foster global understanding and good will by providing educational and cultural opportunities for students, educators, and members.
  • Strategic Goals—
    • English as a Catalyst—Develop educational opportunities for employing English as a shared language to inspire common bonds and empowerment of students, teachers, immigrants and members.
    • International Exchange—Build global understanding through a broad system of international exchange supporting teachers and students.
    • Board Leadership—Build a next-generation board passionately committed to building leadership by the ESU through fundraising for and service to the organization's educational programs.

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News And Events

     An ESU Tea Party Fit for a Queen


All ESU Members and Friends of ESU are cordially invited to attend one of our biggest social gatherings of the year—our annual Queen's Tea. We will be celebrating HRH Queen Elizabeth II's 92nd birthday. This will be an ESU Tea Party Fit for a Queen!

Our tea party will include a variety of tea sandwiches, sweets, Brenda's signature scones, Mock Devonshire cream, fine fruit butter or fruit jams and premium tea.  Brenda Hedrick, the owner and proprietress of Anna Marie's Teas proudly proclaims, "This is not just any tea party--our tea experiences are delightfully extravagant!" This is a special occasion not to be missed!

 

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Added Membership Value for First-Time Members!

Even though our new membership year doesn't begin for three months on July 1, there is an opportunity in this fourth quarter (April, May, June) for new members to take advantage of bonus months during their first year of membership. 

 

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ESU Celebrates 2018 British Gala

Brits International, a Kansas City-based non-profit organization, is hosting their 6th Annual British Gala KC. All ESU members and Friends of ESU are welcome to attend this one-day festival of all-things-British!

The ESU Kansas City Branch will have an information table at the British Gala so be sure to stop by and say hello to our ESU volunteers!  Bring your family and friends as there is something for all ages!

 

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English in Action!
ESU Festival Group Night
June 27, 2018   

The Heart of America Shakespeare Festival's 26th season brings to Kansas City audiences what is considered one of Shakespeare's best-known and timeless comedies, Much Ado About Nothing. You will chuckle, even LOL, at Beatrice and Benedick who throw satirical jabs back and forth. It has light, bubbly, and very clever dialogue that shows Shakespeare's comedic side so well.

If you like Shakespeare, or if you just like witty comedy, a beautiful evening in the park, and sharing with friends and family, then plan to join fellow ESU members and friends to experience the Heart of America Shakespeare Festival's Much Ado About Nothing, Wednesday, June 27, 2018, directed by Sidonie Garrett.

This promises to be a spectacular production with lavish stage sets, colorful costuming and all of our favorite actors and actresses including: Mark Robbins as Leonato, Darren Kennedy as Benedick, Matt Rapport as Borachio; Cinnamon Schultz as Beatrice and Jan Rogge as Ursula just to name a few in this great cast!

 

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TLab: Travel and Learn Abroad HURRY! Deadlines Approaching for One-Week Summer Courses

To all of our ESU members and lifelong learners, there is still time to register for the one-week short courses offered this summer in TLab: Travel and Learn Abroad.

Study in the UK for an unforgettable immersive experience! Live and learn on the famed campuses of England and Scotland or take a deep dive into Shakespeare -- exploring his hometown. Lose yourself in our short (one-week) courses and explore the history while soaking up the culture for a truly comprehensive learning experience.

 

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