News And Events

News from the Shakespeare Committee

The Seattle Branch Shakespeare Committee has been busy preparing for our upcoming competition on March 4, 2018, at the Frye Art Museum. The competition starts at 1:00 pm and, as usual, the museum is FREE to enter which can give you a double reason to come see our great batch of schools this year reciting and view what is on show at the museum.

We have 10 high schools competing this year for the opportunity to represent our branch at the National Competition in April. The schools range from the South in Olympia to the North in Oak Harbor and many schools in between.

Our committee works very hard every year to put on a great competition and as usual they have done a great job-again! Hope you can come and support the students! Thank you! —Susan Wilson, Chairperson


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Auction Items are Needed...

Loveday reminds us that we need auction items for both the 2018 Summer Party and the December Holiday Ball. We rely on these auctions to fund our scholarship program. It was suggested that you might ask your favorite restaurant, personal care provider, or other favorite haunts if they would be willing to offer free services we could auction. Also wine baskets have sold well at other auctions. Start thinking now and contact Loveday or Fred if you have an item to donate.


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Region VIII Meeting in Seattle

Seattle welcomes Region VIII members for our annual Spring Conference, June 15—17, 2018, held in conjunction with the Seattle branch Annual General Meeting the evening of Saturday, June 16. The conference will be at the Ramada Inn, 15901 West Valley Highway, Tukwila, WA. Room rates (tentative) are $149 per night (+tax, includes breakfast and airport shuttle); be sure to ask for the ESU Conference rate.

Conference events include a hosted reception on Friday evening, meetings Saturday and Sunday (with lunch), and the Saturday banquet at the world famous Museum of Flight. All-day admission to the museum is included for conference attendees and anyone attending the banquet. Conference registration is $165; Seattle AGM on Saturday (banquet and museum admission only) is $70. Registration forms will appear in future newsletters. Contact Fred Kleinschmidt for further information at (206) 325-7237 or


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New Speakers Committee

The Seattle Branch is forming a Speakers Committee to take the place of the former Evelyn Wrench Speakers Program. President Bill Maschmeier has appointed Sandra Boyd to chair the new committee.

Sandra announced that both the Fundraising Chair, Loveday Conquest, and the Membership Chair, Barbee Tucker-Pigott, will serve as well representing their respective committees.

To round-out the Speakers Committee, anyone interested in participating in this worthy cause from the General Seattle Branch membership may contact Sandra at

-Sandra Boyd


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December Auction and Raffle Increases ESU Scholarship Funds.

Many thanks to those who contributed items, purchased items, and/or purchased raffle tickets at ESU Seattle's recent Scottish Ball Auction and Raffle. The goal for the evening was half a scholarship ($750), and we exceeded that amount.

The winners of the pairs of tickets to the Seattle Symphony's Joshua Bell concert were Larry Woodin and Clarke O'Reilly, Jr. Congratulations! The raffle brought in $275, and the auction an additional $609, for a total of $884.

The fundraising doesn't stop there! If you know of something that would make a good raffle item, (condo, resort or hotel stays, hard-to—get theater or concert tickets), please contact me. For the next Summer Party auction, wine baskets or other themed baskets are also encouraged. We had some at the 2017 Summer Party, and they helped the fundraising considerably. If you cannot do an entire basket on your own, form a group where each person contributes something (e.g., a bottle of wine, or a Made-in-Washington gourmet food item). We'll be happy to provide the basket and ribbons!


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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.