News And Events

English-In-Action Update

Just to let you know, English—In—Action will begin October, 3, 2017, at University Lutheran Church off 50th in the University area (1604 NE 50th St., Seattle, WA 98105). We would love to have any interested parties stop by to see us in Action, At the present time we have three visiting scholars who are enrolled and we are hoping for more. It is such a worthwhile program that is rewarding to both students and tutors. We hope to see you on the 3rd. Come and enjoy!

—Marlene Holbrook, English-In-Action Chairperson


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ESU Help Wanted!

The Shakespeare Committee is looking for volunteers to help put together the Annual Shakespeare Contest and other programs for the upcoming year. See Susan Wilson, Chairperson for more information.

Contact her at (206) 292-9756 or wilcorgrounding®


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Annual Summer Garden Party & Silent Auction

Come and spend a relaxed summer afternoon in a beautiful garden, by the poolside and in a comfortable outdoor living splendor. This year's garden party is at a top residence in Woodinville where the hosts have perfected their gardens. It begins on July 30th at 3 pm with beverages at the gazebo, festivities, and a specially catered dinner that brings you delicious food. The theme is Hawaii, so pull out the straw hats and summer attire. You may forget this area ever receives rain! Mail your check to Susan Wilson: $75.00 per person, and the first 80 guests are assured a place at this grand event. See the application here. 

Garden Party Auction

We need donations for the Garden Party Silent Auction. Remember, your donations and purchases fund our scholarship program. You: "giveaway" is someone else's "find." Our auctions are always a good source of future gifts to family and friends!

Please contact Fred Kleinschmidt at 
(206) 325-7237 or for further information. WE NEED YOUR HELP!!


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Board Resolutions Regarding Monthly Receptions

Our Branch Treasurer, Bob Milnor, has noted in several monthly reports to the board that for some time income from the monthly receptions has fallen, in large part due to the number of individuals who attend but don't pay. To at least make a start in correcting this, the board has passed two resolutions regarding attendance at receptions. These resolutions will be in effect beginning July 1, 2017.

Members 90 Years of Age and Older

Those who have reached their 90th birthday (congratulations!) will now be charged half price ($10) to attend monthly receptions. This does not apply to spouses, partners, guests (unless they are also at least 90) or to other events, such as the Summer Garden Party or Speaker Dinners.

First Time Guests

The purpose of allowing a guest to attend a monthly reception for free is solely to recruit new Branch members. Members are allowed to bring a guest who may reasonably be expected to become a member one time only for free. Previous guests, children, out-of-town relatives, or anyone who is not being actively recruited as a potential Seattle ESU Branch member must pay $20. If you have a question on whether a potential guest qualifies for free admittance, please contact me, or any other Board Member.

--Bill Maschmeier, President; ESU Seattle Branch


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The Chapeau of the Year Contest

ESU Seattle Branch Members and Guests, get ready to put your "hats on" for the ESU Summer Garden Party's annual "Chapeau of the Year" competition! The Garden Party and this year's hat contest will be Saturday afternoon, July 30th.

This year, men and women will compete together in four contest categories of hats: Most Elegant, Funniest, Most Original and Traditional/Historic. You may bring more than one hat and enter more than one category; but, amongst the entrants within each category, with men and women competing together, there will be just one winner. The winners of the four categories will then compete for "Chapeau of the Year," and win the handsome perpetual trophy.

So, start making/buying/designing/ borrowing the hat or hats you want to wear for the fun-in—the—sun annual ESU Summer Hat Contest. July 30th will be here before you know it!

—Dick McGrath and Peter Phillips


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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.