News And Events

News And Events

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]

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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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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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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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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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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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The Chapeau of the Year Contest

ESU Seattle Branch Members and Guests, get ready to put your "hats on" for the ESU Summer Garden Party's annual "Chapeau of the Year" competition! The Garden Party and this year's hat contest will be Saturday afternoon, July 30th.

This year, men and women will compete together in four contest categories of hats: Most Elegant, Funniest, Most Original and Traditional/Historic. You may bring more than one hat and enter more than one category; but, amongst the entrants within each category, with men and women competing together, there will be just one winner. The winners of the four categories will then compete for "Chapeau of the Year," and win the handsome perpetual trophy.

So, start making/buying/designing/ borrowing the hat or hats you want to wear for the fun-in—the—sun annual ESU Summer Hat Contest. July 30th will be here before you know it!

—Dick McGrath and Peter Phillips

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Board Resolutions Regarding Monthly Receptions

Our Branch Treasurer, Bob Milnor, has noted in several monthly reports to the board that for some time income from the monthly receptions has fallen, in large part due to the number of individuals who attend but don't pay. To at least make a start in correcting this, the board has passed two resolutions regarding attendance at receptions. These resolutions will be in effect beginning July 1, 2017.

Members 90 Years of Age and Older

Those who have reached their 90th birthday (congratulations!) will now be charged half price ($10) to attend monthly receptions. This does not apply to spouses, partners, guests (unless they are also at least 90) or to other events, such as the Summer Garden Party or Speaker Dinners.

First Time Guests

The purpose of allowing a guest to attend a monthly reception for free is solely to recruit new Branch members. Members are allowed to bring a guest who may reasonably be expected to become a member one time only for free. Previous guests, children, out-of-town relatives, or anyone who is not being actively recruited as a potential Seattle ESU Branch member must pay $20. If you have a question on whether a potential guest qualifies for free admittance, please contact me, or any other Board Member.

--Bill Maschmeier, President; ESU Seattle Branch

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Welcome to the Seattle Branch of the ESU

Those of you who did not attend the reception last Saturday hosted by Ingrid Philbrick at Horizon House missed a singular feast, with cold poached salmon, hot meatballs in gravy, spring rolls, cheeses, and much more on the buffet, all provided by our hostess. Thank you, Ingrid, for your generous hospitality. Special kudos are due to Henry Kuharic as Keeper of the Bar in the absence of our regular bartenders; we very much appreciate the sacrifice of his limited space. 

Among the guests were Richard Lancefield, President of the Portland Branch, and a friend of his from Tacoma. Richard, along with Susan Ferris and others, have worked diligently to keep Portland Branch alive and well under the traditional BMOA structure. We were delighted to see them both. Keep up the good work! 

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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 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.