ESU Charlottesville Branch

Message from the President

Dear Members and Prospective members,

Unless you are a new member who joined the ESU since April 1st of the year, members are kindly asked to rejoin beginning July 1st, the ESU's fiscal new year. The dues remain the same, $52/Single, $75/Couple. The fees are a small price to pay to support local and National philanthropies which are aimed at leveraging the ESU mission, both here and around the world. The ESU "Expands minds, Strengthens friendships, Unlocks opportunities – through the use of the English language." Where our youth is concerned, 

"The English-Speaking Union believes every child should be able to make their voice heard. We believe that the ability to progress and to thrive in life relies on oracy – speaking and listening – skills, which are not currently a prominent part of the school curriculum. Our debate, public speaking and cultural exchange programs help young people to engage with the world, to speak more confidently and to listen to and understand different points of view. These skills improve young people's attainment, emotional intelligence and social skills, helping them to live their lives to the fullest."

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News And Events

ESU Garden Party

ESU Garden Party
June 5, 2022

Dear Members and Prospective Members,

We must begin in gratitude for Bonnie Matheson, who not only opened her home and Loftlands Farm to us all, but she called up a spectacular day for us to enjoy the Branch's Annual AGM and Garden Party. We salute you, Bonnie! And, then flowed the President's Pimms Cup.


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Branch ESU Shakespeare Competition

Blackfriars Playhouse
February 5, 2022

Dear Members,

On a crisp, blue-skyed morning, the following members crossed Afton Divide into the Shenandoah Valley on route the American Shakespeare Center's Blackfriars Playhouse in Staunton.

They were: Fay Cunningham (Education Committee member), Bob Smith (who served as Third Party judge of our three professional Shakespearean actor judges), Skye O'Donnell (Branch Photographer, her pcs here, and Website Site Committee Chair), David and Anita Bonds, John Crawford, and yours truly. I can speak for the group when I say we were greatly rewarded, encouraged, and thrilled to see six skilled, and dedicated young thespians, three from Charlottesville High School, three from Covenant school.



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ESU Charlottesville 202-2021 Program

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ESU Charlottesville 2020-2021 Program

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Dr. Julia Vandewater Steps Down as President of the Charlottesville Branch after six years, seen here with incoming Branch President, Dr. Henry P (Phil) Williams III


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The English-Speaking Union

Charlottesville Branch

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.