A Message from the Monroe Branch President
The English Speaking Union was founded in Great Britain in 1918 and in the United States in 1920 as a result of the bonds established between the two countries during World War I. It is a non-political, non-profit, world-wide educational and philanthropic organization. Its mission is to promote scholarship and the advancement of knowledge through the effective use of English in an expanding global community. The National Speakers Program provides lecturers to the various branches throughout the United States on history, the arts, language, literature, current events, etc. The ESU provides a platform for gifted speakers from a wide variety of backgrounds, including journalism, government, teaching and the arts. There is currently a network of 68 branches. The national Chairman is former Congresswoman Patricia Schroeder.