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May’s Annual General Meeting

Many thanks to Barbee Tucker-Pigot Susan Wilson, and Loveday Conquest for their efforts in chairing May's Annual General Meeting. The food was great, the rain held off and a fine time was had by everyone.


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Annual Appeal Letter

Many of our members answered our Annual Appeal Letter. Among them are Sarah Navarre, Anne Passantino, Captain Richard and Diane Sardeson, Robert Schramke, Sara Hemphill, Ed Hyde, James Kemp-Slaughter, Eli Kirkpatrick, Fred Kleinschmidt and Loveday Conquest, William Maschmeier and Patricia Haggerty, Don and Elizabeth Buzzell-McKenzie, Hiromi Okumura, Heidi Renz, Ethel Kemp-Slaughter, Irene Tregear, Alan Waggoner, Tanya Zolotereva, Larry Woodin, and Pat and Susan Wilson. The Annual Appeal funds our educational programs.

We thank all for their support!


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With a performance of a sonnet and monologue from Shakespeare, Tara Davenport  from Sammamish, WA, a student of Jaclyn Hannah Fry at Skyline High School in Sammamish, placed as a semi-finalist in the 34th  annual English-Speaking Union National Shakespeare Competition in New York City. The Competition took place on May 1, 2017 on the stage of the Mitzi Newhouse Theater at Lincoln Center with 54 semi-finalists from as many ESU Branch competitions nationwide. Tara previously won the ESU Seattle Branch competition.

The winner of the 34th English-Speaking Union National Shakespeare Competition, Ogechi Egonu, representing the San Francisco Branch, received a full scholarship to attend the American Shakespeare Center Theatre Camp in Staunton, VA, this summer.  Second place winner, Brandon Burk, from the Kentucky Branch, won a cash prize of $1,000 from The English-Speaking Union, while the third place winner, Trevon Wainwright, representing the Kansas City Branch of the ESU, received an award of $500 provided by The Shakespeare Society.

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The Last Word

Many, many thanks to Fred Kleinschmidt and the Boeing Giving Program for the Generous $1,009 they contributed to our general branch fund, that makes it possible to continue with all our educational work. Fred does so much for our branch. Wherever we have a need, Fred steps in to offer help. 

Thanks to another person who keeps on GIVING. Alison Ellison coordinates our monthly receptions. But when we went to her home in March, not only had she offered her home but also many wonderful buffet dishes including a huge trifle for dessert. Alison was helped by Barbee Tucker-Pigott, Marlene Holbrook, Sarah Atwood, Fred Kleinschmidt, Alan Waggoner, Norma Jean Kritsonis and Judy King. When Alison asks for your help in bringing food, volunteer with a smile!  Her job is a difficult one!


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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.

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