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

Join Our Holiday Brunch and Annual Meeting
 Historic KC Presents:
ESU in Kansas City 100 Years Ago

Our Annual Holiday Brunch is just around the corner. Join ESU members and Friends of ESU for this special occasion on Sunday, January 20, 2019 at 12 noon. The public is invited. What did Kansas City look like 100 years ago when the ESU Kansas City Branch was formed? The architecture, street scenes, neighborhoods, fashion and local government have drastically changed during those 100 years.

Our program will feature two experts on Kansas City history, Annette Thomas and Nancy Powell, both are volunteers with the nonprofit organization, Historic Kansas City. Founded in 1974, Historic KC is the only organization in KC dedicated to the preservation of the area's architectural heritage, neighborhoods and historic built environment.

Nancy has prepared a visually stunning selection of photos from Kansas City's past and Annette will describe how Kansas City looked around 1920 when the ESU was a new, nonprofit organization. Kansas City's architectural and cultural heritage is legendary, and they will show us through historic photos how life in Kansas City was vastly different than today.

This is a wonderful opportunity for ESU members and friends to step back in time and watch the rich history of Kansas City pass before your eyes. Don't miss this special lecture presentation by two Kansas City historians.

 

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     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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ESU Members and Guests--
Celebrate the 33rd Annual British Faire

The British Are Coming!  All ESU members and guests are invited to the 33rd Annual British Faire and Tea in Shawnee, KS.  This fun event is sponsored by the Daughters of the British Empire in Kansas. This annual fundraising event benefits retirement communities and local charities. Some of the events and activities at the British Faire

 

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ESU Annual Conference
Setting English in Action for a New Century
New Orleans, Louisiana

November 17-19, 2018 

The English-Speaking Union welcomes all members to New Orleans, Louisiana, November 17-19 for the 2018 Annual Conference. This year's conference will continue to develop and define English in Action as the banner under which the ESU employs English in its second century as a catalyst for peace and understanding in a shrinking, turbulent world.

 It will include the ESU 2018 Annual General Meeting, workshops, lectures, social events, updates and camaraderie to advance our nationwide efforts to conduct our programs supporting teachers, students and recent immigrants. The conference cost is $475 with an optional plantation tour for $130. Information on an optional concert with Dr. Quinn Peeper, ESU President, at the piano with the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra, including discount code for conferees, will be forthcoming. Register here 

 

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'A Winter's Tale in Words and Song'

Performed by Bach Aria Soloists & 
Heart of America Shakespeare Festival

The English-Speaking Union is about bringing English in Action. All ESU members and guests are invited to a wonderful program that does just that—brings English in Action.

On December 7, 2018, the Bach Aria Soloists and the Heart of America Shakespeare Festival come together to present a special seasonal collaboration, A Winter's Tale in Words and Song. This extraordinary program combines scenes from Shakespeare's greatest plays with music composed by Bach, Handel, Vivaldi and Cecilia McDowall and more.

The talented musicians of the Bach Aria Soloists, led by Elizabeth Suh Lane, artistic director and violin, include Elisa Williams Bickers, harpsichord, Sarah Tannehill Anderson, soprano, and Hannah Collins, cello.

 

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