News And Events

News And Events

Help Wanted!

Fred Kleinschmidt has done a fantastic job of handling auctions that benefit our ESU Scholarship Fund. But auctions need items to auction! Please contact Fred at (206) 325-7237 or catch him at one of our receptions if you have items or services you would like to contribute. These auctions are vital to maintaining our scholarships!

Donations of services such as luncheons, dinners, cocktails gatherings always draw considerable member interest. But think "out of the box" and give thought to a special skill you might have such as transportation, handyman skills, organizational skills as well.

And then, there is always an assortment of items that take up space in your cabinets that others would consider special treasures,

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The Last Word

Remember our Seattle ESU Shakespeare Competition is to be held at the Frye Art Museum on Sunday, March 13,2016. Lots of interest in all things Shakespeare and you are invited to attend the "kick-off event" for all the many things happening in our area. The event is FREE and the contestants as well as the hard-working committee will greatly appreciate your attendance. You will find it fun to listen to the high school contestants recite the writings of Shakespeare.

The Frye Museum is also a great place to look at venerable as well as current exhibits and perhaps have a bite at the coffee shop. Take time to look at the future events for the Museum, I've taken lots of classes there and found them well presented.

Happy Valentine's Day! Spring is just around the corner.

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Scholarship Fund Donations


The Lavender Hill Mob was very generous to our branch Scholarship Fund. And who, you might ask, is the Lavender Hill Mob? Well, this year Sarah and Ed Atwood, Jim and Donna Smith, Bob and Ingeborg Dunlap, Ingrid Philbrick, Marlene Holbrook, Patricia Haggerty and Bill Maschmeier, Don and Elizabeth McKenzie, Sandra Boyd, James and Ethel Kemp-Slaughter, Clint and Elizabeth Miller, and ChristinaHarrington were part of the "mob." Together, the LHM donated $511.80 for our Scholarship Fund. Many thanks!

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The Last Word...

Another year has passed and we're celebrating 2016. Not a bad time to make some New Year resolutions. Why not start off by thinking of ways to become more active in our ESU Seattle branch? The ladies that pull together our reception food would simply love to hear from you. We meet monthly-why not take a look at the locations for future receptions. We need roughly six volunteers each month. Bring your favorite dish and help with monthly clean-up. Our receptions are fun and hold our membership together.

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Be the Next Lucky Winner!

I was the lucky recipient of the 2015 ESU raffle ticket prize for Jay and Suzy Wakefield's Westport Condo, which I used over Labor Day Weekend. My first and only previous trip to Westport has been 40+ years ago, so I was interested in a return visit.

The Wakefield's condo is in a building which is part of a complex a short distance out of town, just a short walk over the dunes to the water-and close to a land based lighthouse! Perfect for a couple, it contains one bedroom, a bathroom off the hall and one off the bedroom, and living/dining kitchen area. There is a small
patio, all very nice! An outdoor swimming pool is also part of the complex open during the summer months. A marvelous bicycle trail, or a drive, leads one to town, where the beach faces Gray's Harbor, rather than the ocean, a different experience. I also loved looking at the many, many boats at the marina. Fishing is a big deal at Westport.

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ESU Christmas Dinner Dance Update

Please note checks must be received by December 1. Tables are filling fast and there is a limit to the number of available tables. You don't want to miss our very special party that kicks off the holiday season!
We have the festive site, the great band, and we have ordered super good food-all we need is YOU. Don't be left out of this fun event-and, by the way, unfortunately DECEMBER 1 IS A FIRM CUTOFF! HAPPY THANKSGIVING to all of you. Indeed, we have much to be thankful for, including all our good friends in ESU, Seattle Branch.

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Passing of Bea Manley

Bea Manley, former resident of Magnolia, has passed away at the nursing facility where she was living in Pennsylvania. She and her husband Ross, who predeceased her, were active in several local British organizations and the Church of the Ascension as well as the ESU. She will be fondly remembered by those who knew her.

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Scholarship Committee Report

As many of us know, Seattle Branch ESU offers $1500 recruitment scholarships to entering graduate students in the UW's English Department. For Fall 2015, ESU is granting two scholarships to entering students. What would normally be a third scholarship is being set aside for funding a UW professor or student for research and/or conference travel in conjunction with 2016 being celebrated as "The Year of Shakespeare", the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare's death.

Matthew J. Poland is interested in the intersection of the following areas: the history of books and reading, knowledge organization, and how material texts transmit literature and structure its interpretation. What did it mean for nineteenth-century readers to read and use books printed in the early modern period? Matthew's research encompasses consideration of material texts, reading and editorial practices, and the history of collecting and knowledge organization.

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2015 ESU Annual Conference in New York City

You are invited to join fellow ESU members in metropolitan New York City for a Columbus Day weekend filled with camaraderie and activities to highlight George Washington's time in the city. The conference will be comprised of the ESU Regional Meetings, the ESU Annual General Meeting with substantive presentations on the ESU's national educational programs, the activities of the branches and models for a vibrant and energetic ESU in the future. More later in future newsletters.

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Passing of George W. Williams

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George and Inez Williams

George W. (Wesley) Williams passed away peacefully in his home in Seattle, Washington on April 17, 2015. George was born February 21, 1924 in Portland, OR to parents George William Williams and Pauline Baldwin, and half-siblings Elaine Thomas and Harold Williams. He grew up the greater Northwest area and served in the Navy during World War II, stationed in Maui. There in his free time he discovered his passion for painting, which he pursued further after relocating to New York in the 1960's. There he took up acting as well, and obtained roles in several major movie pictures, soap operas, and off-Broadway stage productions. He met and married his true love Inez Gertrude Williams in May 1975, and they lived happily together until her death on December 14, 2012. George will be dearly missed for his great creativity, his mischievous smile, his sparkling eyes, and the way he could captivate any audience privileged to be held in his sway. George is survived by his nephews Steve and Mike Smith in Portland, OR, and by many, many friends. While there is no service George Williams will be toasted at the May, 2015 ESU board meeting, and board members may view a display with photos of Mr. and Mrs. Williams.

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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.