News And Events

News And Events

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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December's Passings

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Mollie Ward & Eleanor Monroe

December brought the loss of three members. Mollie Ward died just past her 98th birthday, a toast to her life will be held at the January E-SU Social. Jane Hallett Award winner Eleanor Monroe died unexpectedly just before Christmas. Dick Engstrom died in early December.

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RECAP OF THE ESU SUMMER PARTY

Sixty-five ESU members and guests mingled, ate and drank happily at the Sahalee Country Club last month. The day was a warm one, just right for a summer get-together. Many thanks to co-chairs Ingeborg Dunlap and Pat Wilson as well as Eli Kirkpatrick and Susan Wilson. Special thanks to Larry Woodin who stepped in at the last moment help judge the Annual Hat Contest along with Bob Dunlap and Pat Wilson.

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"Oh, We Must All Go to Brighton!"

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Brighton Royal Pavilion

Jane Austen's Lydia Bennet was right. For a young person today, Brighton is the perfect place to pick up (that is to say, "meet") other young people. For more mature persons, Brighton still offers many pleasures. Fred and I stayed there in April to experience a "last evening of fun" before traveling on to Hailsham to attend a rather intense conference on Statistics, Science and Public Policy. The Granville Hotel along the waterfront features rooms that are named rather than numbered (with themed decor), including the Noel Coward Room, the Japanese Room, Mr. Kemp's [!] Room, and the Pavilion Room.

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Passages - Rudy Friedland

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Rudolph "Rudy" passed away in his home at the age of 91. He was born in Seattle to Erich and Johanna Friedland and is survived by Eli "Ellie" Kirkpatrick and son Carl. Rudy graduated from Garfield High School and from the University of Washington with degrees in Electrical and Industrial Engineering and worked for Boeing until his retirement. He was in the Army during World War II and was stationed in Okinawa. There will be an Open House at the home of Rudy and Eli to celebrate Rudy's life Saturday, July 26th from 2-5pm

Receptions Past and Present

We enjoyed quite a special monthly reception at the home of Dr. Martin Greene in Madison Park in June. Dr. Greene's library was the highlight of the evening. It houses a fine collection of travel and exploration titles related to Polar Exploration (Arctic and Antarctic), Russian-American and selected titles on exploration of the Pacific Northwest, Northwest Passage and Northeast Passages. It is

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SEATTLE BRANCH ESU SCHOLARSHIP WINNERS HONORED AT MAY AGM

The Seattle Branch's Annual General Meeting this May at the lovely Seattle Yacht Club included officially recognizing our three 2013—14 scholarship winners. Ramon Henderson, Alexander McCauley and Zachary Torp are nearly finished with their first year of graduate studies in the University of -Washington's Department of English, and they expressed their thanks and how they felt honored by being scholarship recipients. One scholar is looking into literature that explains how coffee has been "flavored" (as in, adulterated!) through the ages and how that has led to changes in food laws. "We also welcomed back Professor Juan Guerra, who has one more

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Jane Hallet Award

Congratulations to James Kemp-Slaughter who was awarded the Jane Hallet Award for his years of dedicated work for our branch. James has run and Annual General Meeting for more years than I can count as well as serving on many other committees. Good work, James

RECEPTION COMMITTEE

Norma Jean Kritsonis and Alison Ellison have been appointed as your new Sub-Committee Chairpersons for the food buffet. A few changes have been made and need to be noted. There will be a sign up sheet at each reception for volunteers to bring food to future receptions. Those who volunteer will have their entrance fee waived. If you bring food and did not sign up for that month's reception, your contribution will be a wonderful donation but please keep in mind you will need to pay the entrance fee.

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Reception Report

We had a marvelous time in April at the home of Jennifer and Stan Beckelman. The evening was warm, the house overflowed with members and guests. There are simply none more welcoming than the Beckelmans. A very big Thank You to the bar managers Steve Dorn and Joe Harrington. Given the number of folks at this event, they worked non-stop! The buffet table was overflowing courtesy of Alison Ellison, Norma Jean Kritsonis, Ingeborg Dunlap, Margaret Read, Sarah Navarre, Marlene Holbrook, JennyBeckelman, Ann Dickerson, Delia and Joe Marloich. The food was simply superb!!

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