News And Events

Pick Up a Raffle Ticket

Jay and Susie Wakefield have generously offered two nights at "Westport by the Sea" in their ground floor, one-bedroom condo. Pick up one or a handful of our raffle tickets to experience Washington State's Pacific Ocean Coast with all its power, beauty and color! Beautiful beaches for miles. Raffle tickets are available at our ESU receptions and at the AGM in May. Proceeds benefit our ESU scholarship program.


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Shakespeare Competition News

The Shakespeare Committee held our annual competition on March 1st at the Frye Art Museum. We had a wonderful selection of schools participating- ranging from 0lympia High School in the south (participating for the first time) to Oak Harbor High School in the north.

We had 17 students participate, reciting a Monologue and a Sonnet. They were all very enthusiastic about participating.


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Member news

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Dr. Marina Tarlinskaya's work recognized as a "Book of the Year!"
The following appeared under "Books of the Year" in the November 28, 2014, issue of the Times Literary


"[One of] two important scholarly works that will be read for years to come [is] Marina Tarlinskaya, Shakespeare and the Versification of English Drama, 1561—1642 (Ashgate), which uses quantitative prosody to trace the evolution of verse from Gorboduc to the closing of the theatres." Dr. Tarlinskaya uses rigorous quantitative analysis to engage in the systematic study of metrical structure, also known as prosody. Congratulations to Marina on her stellar achievement!


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Tax information

For those who itemize their taxes, please note: $16.22 of the $75 ticket for the Annual General Meeting, $11.21 of the $65 ticket for the Summer Garden Party, and $25.54 of the $85 ticket for the Christmas Ball may be considered a tax-deductible contribution.


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Region VIII Conference in Portland, OR

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Hotel Benson

Download registration materials here. 

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 English-Speaking Union

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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.