News And Events

News And Events

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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Reception site co-chairs need sites

Reception Site Co-chairs Peter Phillips and Susan Wilson need venues for June, July and beyond! If you would be willing to lend your home for a Saturday evening, please contact Susan at (206) 292-9756 or email her at wilcorgrounding@aol.com. Our receptions are great places to keep up with friends, old and new, but we need your help.

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Welcome to the New Monthly Reception Coordinators!

Susan Wilson and Peter Phillips have volunteered to tackle the job of finding venues for our ESU Monthly Receptions. If you would like to volunteer your home for the second Saturday of any future month, please give Susan a call at (206) 292-9756 or email her at wilcorgrounding@aol.com. Our monthly receptions are very important for our members and fun places to catch up on the news of our friends. We are deeply indebted to our hardworking bar guys, Joe and Steve, as well as Alison and her reliable hostesses. Add to this our new members of the team—Susan and Peter. Many thanks to all who help our branch!

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Nominations for Board and Officers Welcomed

It is that time of the year when the Nominating Committee meets to fill Seattle Board and Officer slots. If you would like to be considered, please drop a note to Pat Wilson this year's Nominating Chairperson by email at wilcorgrounding@aol.com or mail her at Wilcor Grounding Systems, 4045 Seventh Avenue South, Seattle, WA 98108. Please indicate your interest in working with one of our programs or how you might contribute to the branch. I'll copy and pass your request to our other committee members.

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English-In-Action News

We are so lucky that Marlene Holbrook stepped in to revive our branch English-in-Action program! She, along with Lisa and Sara, is doing an outstanding job. You'll be pleased to hear of the program status:

English-in-Action of the Seattle Branch of the English Speaking Union has just completed the first segment of this year's program. Our group has grown from 3 persons to 9. The additional number are visiting scholars from Korea and Japan, a lovely group that are truly enjoyable. A big thank you to Lisa McHogan and Sara Hemphill my stalwart associates who contribute so much. If anyone is interested in joining this very interesting gathering, please contact me for further information.

—Marlene Holbrook, English-in-Action Chair, (425) 218-6230

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Many Thanks to All Who Donated to Our Branch Scholarship, English-In-Action, and Shakespeare Programs

The Lavender Hill Mob passed the hat and donated $385 For the Scholarship Fund. The group is growing and it shows you can have a lot of fun and do good things at the same time!

Patron Members can send a portion of their membership back to the branch as did Judy King, Clarke O'Reilly, Jr., Kathleen Hitchcock, Mark Levine and John Keppler, Don and Elizabeth McKenzie, Sarah Navarre, Ingrid Philbrick, Jim and Donna Smith, Dr. Barbee Tucker-Pigott, and Jay and Suzy Wakefield.

In Memoriam Donations were given to remember past member Kathleen Hitchcock. Ingrid Philbrick' designated her donation to the Shakespeare Fund, and James and Ethel Kemp-Slaughter designated the Scholarship Fund. Remember, you can designate any donation for the fund you are most interested in helping with their efforts! We all miss Kathleen.

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Shakespeare Committee News

After a busy springtime, our committee has been on a summer hiatus, resting up for the coming season. We hope that your have all enjoyed our lovely summer in the Northwest or wherever your travels have taken you!
Our committee will be having our first meeting next month—a planning session on our agenda. —Susie Wilson, Chairperson

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English - In - Action News

The English-in-Action Committee is gearing up for the coming school year. The committee is excited and hoping to reach anyone that needs help with conversational English.

We are also looking for anyone who is able to devote their time to this worthwhile project. It promises to be an exciting time this coming year with many new ideas.

For more information, please contact Marlene Holbrook Chairperson, English-in-Action (425) 218-6230

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Annual General Meeting • May 13, 2016

Our Annual General Meeting at the historic Seattle Yacht Club is always a special event so you want to save May 13, 2016, on your spring calendar. We have a special Evelyn Wrench Speaker, Paul Edmundson, Head of Research and Knowledge at the Shakespeare Birthday Trust, Stratford—Upon—Avon, England. The club always serves an excellent "Surf and Turf" dinner with delicious Banana Cream Pie for dessert.

It`s a black-tie evening, where we have the opportunity to meet our bright young scholarship recipients and enjoy the company of our good and valued English Speaking Union friends. James Kemp-Slaughter is chairing the committee, consisting of Susan Wilson and William Maschmeier, who is organizing the event.

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“Celebrate the Bard”

"Celebrate the Bard" is coming—save the date of April 30th! (Details in the attached flyer.) With games (and prizes), Shakespearean costumes, and great food, it will be a fun event that will support our Shakespeare Committee.

Download The Bard.pdf

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