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Region VIII Conference in Portland, OR

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Hotel Benson

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The 2015 Region VIII Conference will be held Friday, May 1, through Sunday, May 3, at the Hotel Benson in Portland, Oregon. The conference committee has been able to negotiate a special rate of $179 per night at the host hotel, so please make your reservations early! We want to encourage as many members as possible from all the branches in Region VIII to attend. Further details on the conference itinerary will be published as soon as they are available. The typical conference schedule begins with a reception Friday evening, an informative business meeting on Saturday morning, and a lunch and/or dinner with speaker. Sunday brunch concludes the business meeting. There is free time for sightseeing and shopping (no sales tax in Oregon!).


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The Annual General Meeting

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Junius Rochester

May 15, 2015

"THE BIG THREE" of the English-Speaking Union social calendar are the Christmas Ball,- Annual General Meeting and Summer Garden Party. You won't want to miss this year's Annual General Meeting dinner in the lovely Fireside Room of the historic Seattle Yacht Club on Friday,- May 15, 2015. No-host cocktails will be at 6 pm, dinner at 7:30 pm followed by a lecture by local historian and author, Junius Rochester. His subject, "The Plants and Animals of Lewis and Clark," is based on the 1804 - 1806 journals of Meriwether Lewis. Mr. Rochester has written nine books and is currently President of thePioneer Association of Seattle.


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Region VIII Conference in Portland

Portland has generously offered to host the Region VIII Conference for 2015, on the first weekend in May. Our host hotel will be the Benson, arguably the grand dame of Portland's hotels. In spite of poor attendance last year in Tucson, the delegation present at the regional meeting at the National Conference in Newport enthusiastically accepted Portland's offer for this year's gathering.

Regional meetings are an extremely important venue to share ideas, successes, and challenges with other geographically aligned branches, and I hope that many of you will be able to come. We would ideally like to see at least one member from each branch in Region VIII in Portland.

Details for the meeting are still in the planning stage, and will be published as soon as they are available. In the meantime, please mark your calender to view Portland's wonderful rose gardens just as they are coming into bloom.

Best regards,

William B. Maschmeier
Chair, Region VIII, ESU-US


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Call for Board Nominations

The Nominating Committee is meeting to fill several branch officer and board positions. The new terms begin just after the Annual General Meeting in May. If you or someone else you know would like to be considered for a board position, now is the time to let our committee know of your interest. We would appreciate it if you would jot down your special interests and background and send it to me. I will distribute all queries to our committee members.
For your information, Nominating Committee Members include the following: Bill Maschmeier, Larry Woodin, Jim Smith, Jerry Rockhold, Alan Waggoner, Eli Kirkpatrick and Pat Wilson.


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ESU National Meeting, Newport Rhode Island, 17-19 October, 2014

The 2014 ESU National Meeting was held at the elegant Hotel Viking in Newport, Rhode Island. The Seattle branch was ably represented by eleven members: Sarah and Ed Atwood, Loveday Conquest, Fred Kleinschmidt, Bill Maschmeier, Patricia Haggerty, Clinton and Elizabeth Miller, Sandra Boyd, Susan Thurston-Grathwohl, and Clarke O'Reilly Jr. As for Region VIII, Laura Phelps (San Francisco) was recently elected Vice Chairman of ESU, and Donald Best (S. Francisco and Los Angeles) is a newly elected member to the National Board. Other Region VIII people on the National Board are Polly Cox (Denver), Bill Maschmeier, and Loveday Conquest.


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