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E-SU Annual Summer Party

Saturday, August 3
SAVE THE DATE for the Gala Annual Summer Party at beautiful LAKEWOLD GARDENS, a 10-acre estate garden at 12317 Gravelly Lake Drive SW, in Lakewood, WA. We are collaborating this year with friends from the Rolls Royce Club and their cars. Self-guided Garden strolling and tours; lavish and luscious hot and cold buffet; Rolls Royces on view; the traditional Summer Party Hat Contest (with several categories of competition); Silent Auction of tempting consumables and experiences; and ample parking! Early reservations are recommended. Details and Reservation forms are coming in May's Newsletter.

Hiring a bus from Seattle area to Lakewold and back is being investigated, for those who don't want to drive. We will need more than a handful of riders to do this, so if you are interested, please contact Mary Mohler, (425) 488-6258 (leave a message on machine after 6 rings) or ASAP !!


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Our branch would like to acknowledge the kind donations from some of our members recently. Christine Harrington, Avery Allen Cox, James Smith, Brian D, Wright and Heidi Renz. We are so appreciative of their donations.


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Happy 100th Birthday Ethel!!

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Ethel and James Kemp-Slaughter

Ethel Kemp-Slaughter was born to a prominent pioneering family. The Kemp family tree with strong English roots produced many branches with Kemps pioneering Washington State and all over the United States.
Ethel Kathleen Kemp was born March 21, 1919, preceded by her brother Walter and sister Elizabeth. Shortly after her birth, the family moved to Prosser. There Ethel grew up and eventually graduated in Education from Central Washington University. During her first year of teaching, she met Hugh Slaughter. They were married in 1943. The couple had two sons, Michael and James. After they moved to the 'Village" of Bellevue, Ethel continued her teaching career retiring in 1982 after 32 years of teaching.
Ethel has been active in so many charitable and educational organizations it is hard to name them all. Our own Seattle branch ESU had benefitted greatly from Ethel's grace and charm at our receptions and events. We have been so fortunate to have both Ethel and her son, James, involved in our group and its many activities. Once again, Happy Birthday Ethel!
—Pat Wilson, Editor


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ESU member, Masonic Brother, and longtime friend Donald Stewart McKenzie died at home in Queen Anne in the loving company of his bride of nearly 30 years, Elizabeth Buzzell McKenzie, and close friends and caregivers, Ardi and Fred Lipton, Don had been on hospice, and had subsequently suffered a recent stroke, so his passing was not unexpected.

He was an ardent Scot and ballroom dancer, and regretted not being able to attend this year's Christmas Ball, He and Elizabeth enjoyed years of far-ranging travels from Scotland to the Holy Land, and consistently made the most of what life had to offer them. While we will miss him greatly, he is finally at rest.

At this time Elizabeth would welcome cards of condolence, but no telephone calls or visits please. She is still recovering from her own recent injuries. Thank you for your considerate response to her situation.


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You Are Invited.

Our branch sponsors a yearly Shakespeare Contest for the area high schools. On Sunday, March 3, it will be held at the Frye Museum at 14 pm. The Frye is a great place to stop for lunch and check out the old favorites as well as the new exhibits.

The students are wonderful to watch. They are enthusiastic about the Bard and it shows in their presentations. Come and bring a guest or two to have an enjoyable afternoon. The event is FREE?!

Susan Wilson is the event Chairperson and she is helped by a group of dedicated members. They can always use additional committee members. See you there!


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The English-Speaking Union

Seattle 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.