About Us & Activities

The ESU celebrates English as a shared language to foster global understanding and good will by providing educational and cultural opportunities for students, educators, and members.


President's Message

Our new season is just a few months away and I hope that as a current member you will renew your membership or if not a current member that you will join the Sandhills Branch of The English-Speaking Union. I believe this season will be one of the most interesting and exciting we have offered, with several nationally known presenters.  Our program booklet contains a complete listing of the topics, speakers, and dates for next season. Click here to view a copy. Please share this information with others who may be interested.

While our regularly scheduled programs will be both entertaining and informative, we continue to seek other means to bring our members together. Our special interest groups, focusing on Winston Churchill, the Roosevelts, and International Affairs, have been very successful. Please contact me with any suggestions you may have for additional groups.

Just as important as our programs is our mission. The English-Speaking Union is a non-profit, non-political organization. Your membership helps our local Sandhills Branch provide educational and cultural opportunities for students, educators, and the community. The Middle School Debates, High School Shakespeare Competition, and other activities are reaching more students than ever before and we annually send the Branch winner of our local Shakespeare Competition to the national championship.  Your support, both financial and by participation, is key to making each program a success.  I hope that you will choose to continue or will initiate a membership in ESU this year. If you are undecided or need more information please contact Carol Conover, Membership Chair, by phone (610-337-2726) or e-mail (carolconoveresu@gmail.com).

ESU plays a significant role in our Sandhills community, and we need the help of every member to expand our programs and to keep them healthy.  If you are a current member I hope that you will take as a mission this year to tell others about ESU and to recruit a new member for the year.  By doing this we can continue to offer quality programs to our members and to our community.  Thank you and I hope to see you in the fall.


History of the ESU

The English-Speaking Union of the United States was created to fulfill a mission.  It was formally organized in the United States in 1920 and arose from the conviction of its founder, Sir Evelyn Wrench and a group of like-minded American and British friends, that maintenance of the close personal and national ties forged during World War I was necessary for the preservation of peace. He imagined the ESU as an inclusive organization "founded in no narrow attitude of race pride, in no spirit of hostility to any people."  Its educational mission would be carried out by a host of activities allowing for personal contact between peoples at every level.

Our Activities


Middle School Debate

2018-2019 ESU National Shakespeare Competition

TLab: Travel and Learn Abroad

Student of the Month

Churchill Discussion Group

International Affairs Discussion Group

Roosevelt Discussion Group