News And Events

News And Events

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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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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Help Underwrite Our Scholarship Winners for the May 15th Annual General Meeting Dinner

Laura de Vos, Safiya Karmy-Jones and SuMiyat Thu are first-year graduate students in the University of Washington's Department of English. They are studying everything from colonial literature to literature of "multiple Englishes." They will be officially honored at the Annual General Meeting on May 15th at the Seattle Yacht Club. Won't you please help underwrite the cost of their dinners?
Branch President, Sarah Atwood, has taken the first step by underwriting the dinner cost for University of Washington Professor, Jeffrey Knight, who was involved in the efforts of the Seattle Public Library consortium (including our Seattle branch) to get an exhibit of Shakespeare's First Folio here in 2016.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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