Welcome to the ESU...

The English-Speaking Union of the United States is a membership organization whose mission is carried out locally by the efforts of Branch members.  As an ESU member, you are contributing both financially and personally to programs that enrich the lives of students and educators through a diverse range of local and national programs.  Additionally, members expand their own social network by being invited to cultural and social events, speakers and book author events, regional and national events as well as invitations to international travel opportunities.

The Portland branch of the ESU always welcomes new members.  We host a range of interesting speakers, including those from the ESU's Evelyn Wrench National Speakers program. Our activities include participation in the annual Shakespeare Competition and the Books Across the Sea Project, and tutoring in our local English in Action program.

In addition to our programs, the Portland branch has a summer picnic, a Christmas holiday party, and a Twelfth Night dinner with a guest speaker or entertainment from a local group or school.

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Membership dues are as follows:

Single $50
Couple $75

Additional Contributions

You can help the Portland Branch execute the mission locally by donating to the Branch Scholarship Fund and the Branch Shakespeare Fund.  These funds provide for educational and cultural opportunities for local teachers and students.

Consider Joining as a National Patron

National Patron Membership provides higher level support to programs that enrich the lives of our members, teachers, and thousands of high school and college students nationwide.  National Patrons receive local and national recognition and invitations to exclusive events.  Up to one half of your contribution can be designated to support your branch. 

National Patron Program Description: Download PDF

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Tax Information: The English-Speaking Union of the United States is a 501(c)(3) organization .  Membership contributions are tax deductible to the extent permitted by law. Our Federal Tax ID: 13-1623995


The English-Speaking Union

Portland Branch

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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.