News And Events


Liz Bagshaw died on December 6, 2017, just one week after being diagnosed with a severe illness. She is survived by four children: Margaret, Paul, Michelle, and Ann. Sympathy notes may be sent to a special email account setup for the purpose:

Liz was the kindest and the most sociable person many of us knew. That was one of the reasons she joined ESU, to meet people united by a worthy cause. She quickly made friends in the group, and became involved in many of the activities that keep the branch going. Liz was often the first person I that you saw upon coming through the door at special events and receptions, as she was frequently the receptionist and toll-taker. She was also active in the Seattle Opera Guild, in which she held the positions of V.P. of Nominating and Chair of the Bellini Preview Group.


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Christmas Ball

2017 ESU Christmas ball and party will have a Scottish theme, with invitation to dress in Scottish attire or not, with a Scottish grand dinner and dance. The cost per person is $85.00. The date is Friday, December 8, 2017, at the Seattle Yacht Club in the Fireside Lounge. The evening commences at 6:30 pm, with a script bar and social hour. Dinner commences at 7:30 pm and the entertainment with a good band and dance floor ends at 11:59 pm. Scottish bagpiper to play.

The special two-course dinner selected by our board starts us off in Scottish fashion with a salad featuring Haggis (meat or vegetarian) or Prawn Cocktail. Please mail in your reservation today. Reservation form [link]

Download Christmas Ball.pdf


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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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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.