As most of you know, Ruth Bryant stepped down as ESU president after years of dedicated service to the branch. Her leadership has enabled our branch to flourish in so many ways: engaging speakers, spearheading the British University Summer School program and our Shakespeare competition, inviting Evelyn Wrench speakers and Page scholars, and organizing successful social functions.
Ruth joined the St. Louis Branch in 1973, and was elected to the board in 1989 when Nick Franchot was president. She served as vice president from 1992 to 1996 and was elected president in 1997. Ruth generously shared her knowledge with National, serving on the executive committee of the ESUUS from 1998 to 2002, and served for two years as National Vice President responsible for development. She continues to be our inspiration.
The board discussed ways to recognize Ruth's exemplary service and decided to honor her service and dedication by creating the Ruth A. Bryant Education Fund. The fund will support our varied educational programs. It embodies Ruth's commitment to educating our members in all aspects of English language, culture, and history.
We hope that you will seize this opportunity to give generously to the Ruth A. Bryant Education Fund. Please make your tax-deductible contribution payable to the ESU – St. Louis Branch and send to PO Box 410017, St. Louis, MO 63141.
The board hopes that you will be able to attend the Queen's Birthday Tea on Sunday, June 12, where we will formally honor Ruth for her outstanding dedication to our ESU branch.
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