News And Events

News And Events

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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Ethel Kemp -Slaughter was honored at Emerald Downs

Longtime member Ethel Kemp-Slaughter was honored at the Opening of Emerald Downs Race Track with the third race being named "Ethel Kemp-Slaughter 95th Birthday Purse" and was recognized in the winner's circle. One of many special days celebrating this natal date. Hoorah to Ethel and  here's hoping you and James held the winning ticket.

Passages - George Pigott

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Long-time board member and parliamentarian George Pigott passed this month. Teacher, mentor, professor, inventor and friend, he will be missed by all who knew him.

REGION VIII 2014 SPRING MEETING RECAP

Although attendance was low (10 people including the ESU Executive Director), delegates from Seattle, Portland, and Denver participated in a lively and informative meeting in Tucson AZ on March 29th Executive Director Chris Broadwell lauded Seattle once more for the outstanding national conference last September. He has visited a number of branches. Many of these branches have excellent programs that appear to be well kept secrets! National wants to get information about various programs from the branches so that they may be highlighted on the national website. Despite the closing of some branches (National is administering their Shakespeare programs), one branch actually got revived through the Shakespeare Competition. A student from Ogden UT participated in the Denver Competition, and the student's teacher is considering starting a branch in Ogden. So new branches can indeed get started from our activities.

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Shakespeare Committee Report

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Shakespeare Winner Abby Carter

Last month our branch hosted our 27th Annual Shakespeare Competition at the Frye Art Museum. We had a great group of students that participated this year. Besides having high schools from around the Seattle area, we had Oak Harbor High School participate for the first time!!

The winners this year are as follows:

  • First Place: Interlake High School Abby Carter
  • Second Place: Overlake High School Emily Lautch
  • Third Place: Oak Harbor High School Nikeesa Gooding

See photos of the event in the photos section. We want to congratulate all of the participants for such wonderful performances.

—Susan Wilson, Chairperson

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March Reception News

The home of Phyllis Failor was the venue for the March reception—a lovely and comfortable place. A big thank you goes to Phyllis and also to Gay Saunders who organized the bountiful table for the reception.

The following are the people who helped Gay, providing the food: Josephine Hays, Mary Mohler, Ingrid Philbrick, Sarah Atwood, Eleanor Monroe, Allison Ellison, Norma Jean Kritsonis, Julie Albright and, of course, Gay Saunders.

It was a wonderful evening with great food, great drinks (thanks to Joe and Steve) and great attendance including three of the past scholarship winners (thank you, Loveday). A real success!

—Marlene Holbrook

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Member news from Barbee Tucker-Pigott

Dear ESU Friends,

Thank you for the many cards and emails expressing condolences upon learning of the death of my grandson, Torin Tucker. Your warm thoughts have been a solace and I appreciate each one. Torin was an amazing young man and I am grateful to have had him in my life. (For more information, you can google his name.)

Barbee Tucker-Pigott

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Congratulations to Marina...

Marina Tarlinskaya's book, "Shakespeare and the Versification of English Drama, 1561—1642," has been accepted for publication by Ashgate Publishers. Publication will occur later this year.

The book contains an analysis of various numerically measurable properties of the verse of essentially all known poets of the period. From it one can obtain a "signature" of each poet, which is then useful in determining the authorship of anonymous works, or the identification of authors act-by-act for collaborative works.

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