Why the English-Speaking Union is for you...

Your membership in the ESU helps others as well as yourself. You'll meet some of greater Cincinnati's most interesting people as well as talented and engaging visitors and speakers. You will be enriched by a variety of social events - cultural and entertaining activities. You will also help to support a wide range of educational programs and scholarships.

Our members are spirited, thoughtful, and concerned about intercultural and international communication. They share a common, genuine interest in people and community affairs. If this sounds like you, read on...

What you gain as a member:
1. Receive the special publication, Branch Notes, announcing all members' events and all National ESU activities.
2. Hear lectures and seminars by prominent speakers of international and national reputation. Topics range from the arts, current affairs, and education, to travel and historic preservation in the U.S., British Commonwealth and elsewhere.
3. Meet new people, old friends, and international visitors at receptions and other social and cultural events.
4. Receive invitations to special events such as National Patron and Shakespeare weekends. Also attend national and international conferences.
5. Travel on a variety of special interest tours arranged exclusively for ESU members.
6. Save when you visit England by using ESU club facilities. Dartmouth House, London headquarters of the ESU of the Commonwealth, and its neighboring hotel, The Chesterfield, are available at reduced rates. (Visiting membership in ESU of the Commonwealth is required at a small fee.) You will have the opportunity to take part in special tours and cultural events, including the prestigious annual ESU Summer School at Oxford University.
7. Gain access to all facilities of the ESU National Headquarters in New York City.

What you give as a member:
1. Scholarships and awards. The Cincinnati Branch awards grants to area teachers and students for graduate study in a commonwealth country.
2. High School Shakespeare Competition designed to encourage and reward excellence in the use of the spoken word.
3. Your ideas. Members have the opportunity to volunteer, to serve on committees, and to take an active part in the programs that realize our goals.
4. Hospitality for visitors from other countries. Branch members have the opportunity to meet and provide hospitality for visiting scholars, speakers, and students. Lifelong friendships and reciprocal visits often result from such personal diplomacy.
5. Participation in a word wide organization. As an ESU member, you will be working toward the same goal of international communication as do ESU members around the world.

For information on how to become a member, please drop us a line at - membership@esu-cincinnati.org.