ESU Seattle Branch

Welcome to the Seattle Branch of the ESU

The annual National Conference of the ESU-US is always an enjoyable opportunity to catch up with old friends from other branches as well as National Headquarters, and to do this in New Orleans was a very special treat. The Seattle Branch, with seven attendees, had the highest representation of any branch, and the rest of Region VIII provided eight more for a strong Western attendance. 

On the Saturday night before the Annual General Meeting, Dr. Quinn Peeper, President of ESU-US, along with his partner Michael Harold, were outstanding soloists in a "Rach and Bach" concert at the historic Orpheum Theatre; interspersed with other orchestral and operatic vocal presentations, Michael played Bach's Piano Concerto #5, and Quinn Rachmaninoff's Piano Concerto #2 to a standing ovation. The concert also served as a very effective promotion of the English-Speaking Union, with testimonials given by several individuals who had personally benefited from ESU programs. 

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News And Events

New Speaker's Committee Questionnaire...

Member opinion would be greatly appreciated as we set goals for this new committee:

  •  We plan to have two speakers a year, one in June and the other in October. These events would incorporate our monthly reception with food and program;
  • Time of day would be similar to receptions, 5-7 or 6-8 to take advantage of daylight savings time;
  • Epiphany Church's Hall is the preferred venue at this time;
  • Suggested topics so far are as follows: Theater, History, Architecture and The Arts, Language, Current Events, Literature, Garden, Music, Travel, Poetry, Wine and Genealogy.

Kindly send your thought on this initial framework to Sandra Boyd, Chairperson at sfboyd10@gmail.com.

 

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President's Corner...too

Seattle branch member Heidi Renz has pledged an annual, on-going gift of $100 to our Scholarship Fund each December in honor of Loveday Conquest for her valuable work as liaison with the English Department at the University of Washington in awarding our annual scholarships. Additionally, she has pledged an annual gift of $50 each February to the Shakespeare Fund in honor of Eleanor Monroe for her enthusiasm and commitment to the program over many years.


I would like to personally thank Heidi for these commitments; they are a reminder that scheduled pledges, whether monthly or annually, can be extremely valuable to our annual budget planning. I also would like to encourage as many of you as possible to build on Heidi's initiative in supporting our branch activities. ~Bill Maschmeier

 

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The Last Word...

January is the time for New Year resolutions. Most often we resolve to lose 5 pounds, eat healthy, exercise or watch our budget. This year I suggest a new goal.

For those of you who belong to AARP, you received a newsletter telling all of us that November was NATIONAL FAMILY CAREGIVERS MONTH. I really intended to write this column a bit earlier to coincide with the event but with all the space taken over for ESU events this is the first month I could spare a space for my thoughts.

 

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ESU Seattle Branch Nominating Committee...

The Nominating Committee is currently meeting and welcomes your suggestions for board members and/or officers. As is usual, we request your suggestions in writing with some background information. Be sure you have discussed the nomination with the person you have nominated!


The best board members are those who have been active in branch committees or other ESU activities. We are always interested in hearing from members who are interested in serving on the board this year or in the future. Please address your suggestions to Alan Waggoner, Chairperson.

 

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December Auction

As we prepare for a larger silent auction with more space available, we ask you to consider donating some of your Christmas decorations that you are no longer using but might be a "treasure" to someone else.


Remember, all monies raised by the auction support ESU scholarships. Make arrangements with Fred Kleinschmidt to deliver your gently used decorations. Or if you are on the Eastside, contact Sandra Boyd who will be happy to accept them.

 

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The English-Speaking Union

Seattle Branch

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Welcome to the ESU

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.

To find out more about our programs click here.