Courier - English-Speaking Union of the United States

Courier - English-Speaking Union of the United States

Philadelphia Branch of the English-Speaking Union


215 S. 16th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19102 January 2012

Wednesday, December 7 – Annual Holiday Party

As always, a wonderful time was had by all at our Annual Holiday Party, held this year at the

City Tavern Restaurant. Included in the evening’s festivities was the presentation of the

English-Speaking Union of the United States Merit Award for 2011 to our current treasurer,

William J.D. Jordan. Will became a member of the Philadelphia Branch of The English-

Speaking Union in 1972 as part of our young members group. He was a member of the Junior

Committee from 1972 to 1988. Over these thirty nine plus years, Will has been on countless

committees for countless events. He was chair of our English in Action Program from 1983 to

1985 and a Board member of ESU Philadelphia for three six year terms. Will became Treasurer,

for the first time in 1989 and served until 1992. He then became president (1992 to 1995)

and again agreed to be Treasurer from 2001 to present. Will’s expertise and tireless devotion

to the Philadelphia Branch of the ESU is to truly be celebrated. The entire membership of the

ESU congratulates Will on this momentous occasion.

Wednesday, February 8 – Pub Night – CSI meets ESU, again……

Thank you members for making our first Pub Night such a HUGE success last year!!!

With that in mind, we are pleased to bring back the members of the Vidocq Society

once again to entertain us with their true stories of murder and intrigue.

Join us on Wednesday, February 8 th as we turn McGillin’s Olde Ale

House into The Murder Room. Have a pint and enjoy the sumptuous

dinner buffet as the men and women of the Vidocq Society get together

to tell us how they solve cold case murders.

Our evening starts at 5:30 with the cocktail hour – open bar – followed

by our presentation and dinner. Cost for the evening is $55

and will include an open bar all evening with a dinner buffet. Dress

is khaki casual. Your invitation is included with this newsletter.

Monday, February 20

25 th Annual Shakespeare Competition

Members of our Branch are invited to attend all or part of

the 25 th Annual Shakespeare Competition to be held at the

Arden Theatre Company,

40 N 2 nd Street, Philadelphia. This year’s competition will

be held on Monday, February 20, 2012 beginning at 9:30 AM,

and ending mid-afternoon. Our chair for our event this year is

board member Suzanne Lavins. There is no charge for admission.

We expect to have over 25 local high schools represented

from the Greater Delaware Valley including the 5 county area

and southern New Jersey. Our competition format remains the

same but we will be providing wonderful additions to the

day’s festivities including a short workshop on acting provided

to our participating students by the Arden Theatre Company.

Please consider joining us for an exceptional experience.

Sunday, March 4 th

Shakespeare Competition Awards Ceremony

Arden Theatre has again graciously invited us

to host our Shakespeare Awards Ceremony in

their reception space at 40 N 2 nd Street in Old

City, Philadelphia. Thanks to board members

Pat Bushyager, Geni Klein and Peg Mertz

who will be organizing our sumptuous reception.

Invitations will be sent out shortly for

this wonderful, not to be missed occasion.

Cost for the cocktail reception: $25.

For more information, please call the office at



Kelley and David Casper

Dorothy Hocker

Carol Koerbel

John K. Runnette, Jr.

Philadelphia Branch Courier January 2012

President’s Column

President’s Message -

We have had a very busy and productive year.

I am glad to report that the Philadelphia Branch

of the ESU continues to prosper with all of our

events AND programs continuing to finish in the black. Hours of

planning go into providing our calendar throughout the year to provide

our membership with programs that are interesting, entertaining

and cost effective.

I’d like to sum up the events and programs over the past calendar year and

recognize those who have given so generously of their time.


January – The Murder Room/Vidocq Society– Gail Tomlinson and Stanley


March – Wrench Speaker, Cathey Leitch at the Restaurant School

April – Mask and Wig

April – Royal Wedding Reception – Debbie Webster, chair, with Lyn

Marinchak, Geni Klein, Gail Tomlinson and Stanley Olkowski, Leslie Kase

and Andrew Swinney and the students from the Duke of Edinburgh Awards.

June – Queen’s Birthday Garden Party – Julie Christoph and Gail Tomlinson,

chairs, Susan Dupee, Geni Klein and Sheila Leith co chairs, David

Richards who provided the beautiful toast to the Queen and Frank and Dottie

Giordano who were our hosts.

October – Annual General Meeting of the English-Speaking Union and Annual

Meeting of the International Council of the English-Speaking Union

Debbie and Andy Webster, chairs, with George and Ronna Tyndall, Matt

and Susan Dupee, Judy and Don Rosato, Bob Hanrahan, Will Jordan, Julie

Christoph, Steve Holt, Lyn Marinchak, Gayla McCluskey and David

Humphrey, Diana Evans, Jim Munnis, Suzanne Lavins, Sheila Leith.


Ongoing Books as Envoys – Chuck Gupta

BUSS – Mary Darlington

Feb and March – Shakespeare Competition and Awards Reception - Pat

Bushyager, chair of competition, Peg Mertz and Michael Lynagh,

(reception) Philip Mossburg, Edwin Probert, Carole Mablekos (cold readings)

and our wonderful MC Steve Holt

Our programs continue to benefit from the generosity of our supporters.

I would like to give special thanks to the Shakspere Society of Philadelphia,

Arden Theatre, who have really enhanced our Shakespeare Competition, and

to our benefactors for our scholarships – Nancy and Maurice Webster – for

their continued generous support.

Thanks also to Don and Judy Rosato and Matt and Susan Dupee for their

continued financial support.

We have our ongoing connection with the Royal Oak Foundation through

the Union League with wonderful programs that are amazingly well attended

by our membership.

President’s Message Cont.

A special thanks to the executive committee for their

monthly commitment to meetings to keep our branch

running as smoothly as it does. And, I would like to

thank the best Managing Director anyone could possibly

have, Judith Francis.

We on the board hope that you all enjoy your experience

with the ESU and we welcome new ideas or suggestions

for keeping our vibrant organization growing.

Wishing you all a happy and healthy New Year,

Debbie Webster

ESU International Director-General Peter Kyle, OBE CCMI

at Dartmouth House – October 31, 2011

ESU thanks McNeil Designs for Brighter Minds, Inc.

for co-sponsoring our gifts to this years Shakespeare

Competition Contestants.

Philadelphia Branch Courier January 2012

Tuesday, January 10 – Intimate Dinners

Our first in a series, “Intimate Dinners” is designed to give our members and guests the opportunity to interact directly

with the speaker of the evening. Questions are ncouraged at any time and all will be sitting together in an

intimate dining venue. Seating for this dinner is limited to 18 people.

Featured this month is Lynmar Brock, ESU member and author of numerous books including Must Thee Fight, In

This Hospitable Land, and his latest, Genevieve. In This Hospitable Land, our featured book for this evening, has

been named one of the 18 “great war books” on Amazon. This impressive list includes, among others, authors Ernest

Hemingway, John Steinbeck, Kurt Vonnegut.

In This Hospitable Land, was inspired by the true story of a Belgian family who actually

survived the Holocaust while living in the South of France.

Join us at Bellini Grill, 220 S 16 th Street, Philadelphia (across the street from the Racquet Club) starting at 6:30. The evening

includes a three course dinner, red and white wines, and of course, the wonderful company of your ESU friends and

guests. Costs are $55 for members and $65 for non members. No invitation was sent – email notices only. So, if you’d like

to join us, call the office asap to reserve your space at 215.545.3619.

Monday, February 27 – Royal Oak Foundation at the Union League

Glorious Goodwood: A House of Ducal Splendour – James Peill, Curator

James Peill, Curator of the Goodwood Collection, will explore the history and art collection at Goodwood House in West Sussex, the

seat of the Dukes of Richmond & Lennox for over 300 years. This lecture will tell not only the history of a grand house and its resplendent

contents, but also present a lively account of an aristocratic family often in the forefront of the intellectual life of the day.

The 1st Duke of Richmond was an illegitimate son of King Charles II and his French mistress, Louise de Keroualle who purchased the

original house as a hunting lodge in 1697. His descendants have lived at Goodwood ever since; among them are the famous Lennox

sisters including Emily, Duchess of Leinster and Louisa Conolly of Castletown. The 3rd Duke is responsible for the first horse race

that took place in 1801. Today the racing tradition

continues with the annual “Glorious Goodwood”

festival. Each year, Goodwood also plays

host to the Festival of Speed and the Goodwood

Revival, motorsport events that attract a worldwide


All programs are at the Union League of

Philadelphia, 140 S Broad Street, and start at

6 p.m. with Cocktails (cash bar), 6:30 p.m. program

and 8 p.m. optional dinner. Dinner reservations

are non-refundable and must be made by

the Friday before the lecture. Cost: $25 program

only, $75 program and dinner with wine. Reservations:

Call Beth De George at The Union

League Library, 215-587-5594 or

Thursday, March 29 – Mask and Wig – A Reptile Dysfunction

Just when you thought the stocks couldn't get any worse, Mask and Wig catapults you back to an era when money was tight and the

thumbscrews were tighter in its 124th Annual Production, A Reptile Dysfunction. Enter a totalitarian kingdom where it's the last straw

for a town of revolutionary peasants hungry for change — or at least more straw. When the king finally un-ignores the townspeople's

misery, he does the only reasonable and prudent thing he can: stage a fake dragon-slaying to dupe the masses into accepting a world

where fairy tales exist and everyone lives happily ever after. Brace yourselves – double entendres abound!

The performance starts at 8pm at the Mask and Wig Clubhouse, 310 South Quince Street, Philadelphia. Please contact the box office

directly for ticket purchases - multiple dates are available from January 27 th through March 30 th .

Tickets: 215.586.3729 or

Philadelphia Branch Courier January 2012


Honorary Governors

Hon. Oliver St. Clair Franklin, OBE

Mrs. Joseph S. Lord III

Charles E. Mather III


Deborah Smith Webster

Vice Presidents

James J. Munnis, Esq.

Dr. Donald J. Rosato

Ms. Gail Tomlinson


Mr. George Tyndall


Mr. William J.D. Jordan


Ms. Patricia Bushyager

Ms. Julie Christoph

Ms. Jean Conroy

Mr. Robert E. Cumens

Ms. Mary E. Darlington

Ms. Susan N. Dupee

Ms. Diana Lola Evans

Mr. Stephen W. Holt

Mr. Rollin Iles

Ms. Geni Klein

Ms. Gene Kosich

Ms. Suzanne Lavins

Mr. Michael Lynagh

Ms. Sheila Leith

Ms. Harriet Margolis

Ms. Lyn Marinchak

Ms. Gayla J. McCluskey

Mr. Edward Mengel

Ms. Marguerite Mertz

Mr. Philip Mossburg

Mr. Edwin N. Probert

Managing Director: Judith K. Francis

Calendar of Events

January 10 – Intimate Dinners

February 8 – Pub Night at McGillin’s Olde Ale House

February 20 – Shakespeare Competition

February 27 – Royal Oak – Glorious Garwood: A House of Ducal Splendor

March 4 – Shakespeare Competition Awards Reception

March – Chinese New Year Dinner

March 27 – Royal Oak – That Woman: the Life of Wallis Simpson

April 17 – Wrench Speaker Dinner/Restaurant School with Jonathan Foyle

May 7 – Royal Oak – Westminster Abbey: A Place for Royal Celebration

May 15 – Royal Oak – A Great Number of Useful Books: Country House Library

June 10 – Annual Queen’s Birthday Garden Party

Our Strange Lingo

When the English tongue we speak.

Why is break not rhymed with freak?

Will you tell me why it's true

We say sew but likewise few?

And the maker of the verse,

Cannot rhyme his horse with worse?

Beard is not the same as heard

Cord is different from word.

Cow is cow but low is low

Shoe is never rhymed with foe.

Think of hose, dose, and lose

This was written by Lord Cromer, published in the Spectator of August 9th, 1902

Please remember to drop off your

new/like new books at the ESU

office for our Books as Envoys

program. Hardbound books of

ANY subject are needed – fiction,

novels and dictionaries especially

appreciated – and will

now be sent to either St Xavier’s College

in Mombai, India and Tongren

Middle School in Tibet, China.

And think of goose and yet with choose

Think of comb, tomb and bomb,

Doll and roll or home and some.

Since pay is rhymed with say

Why not paid with said I pray?

Think of blood, food and good.

Mould is not pronounced like could.

Wherefore done, but gone and lone -

Is there any reason known?

To sum up all, it seems to me

Sound and letters don't agree.

The English-Speaking Union . 215 S. 16th Street, Suite 14 . Philadelphia, PA 19102

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