English-Speaking Union (ESU)
Union pour l'héritage anglais
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1918, by Sir Evelyn Wrench. Incorporates: Atlantic Union, set up 1897; American and British Commonwealth Association, formed 1941. UK Registered Charity: 273136.
Within the countries of the Commonwealth, the USA, Europe and elsewhere, promote mutual advancement of education of English-speaking people worldwide, in particular respecting their heritage, traditions and aspirations and current events and issues affecting them and their inter-relationships; promote study of the English language as a means of international communication of knowledge and understanding.
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Comprises 2 parallel and autonomous bodies, coordinated by ESU International Council set up 1974, comprising Chairman, Deputy Chairman, Honorary Treasurer, Secretary-General and Executive Secretary:
I. English Speaking Union of the Commonwealth - for international branches and for England and Wales, with headquarters in London (UK). Patron: H M Queen Elizabeth. President: H R H Prince Philip. Vice-Presidents (3, leaders of Britain's main political parties). Annual General Meeting. Board of Governors; Executive Committee of 7 members. Chairman; 2 Deputy Chairmen; Honorary Treasurer; Honorary Secretary; Director General. Local branches. Committees (8): National Council for England and Wales; Management and Development; Dartmouth House Limited Board of Governors; Investment; Education; English Language Council; Centre for Speech and Debate Committee; Books-Across-the-Sea Committee. Sub-Committees (7): Secondary School Exchange Scholarship; Lindemann Trust; Professional Scholarships; World Schools Debating; Library; Cultural Affairs; Promotions.
II. USA branch, with headquarters in New York NY (USA).
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