July 2012 Newsletter

Welcome to Next Chapter Kansas City events and activities, beginning with a list of what's included in this newsletter.
  • Next Chapter Kansas City Mission Statement
  • Exploring Jobs Courses
  • Joe Info - a Coffee and Conversation event
  • New Book Group forming
  • Movie Talk
  • The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel Contest
  • Thank you and Welcome
  • Next Chapter and Encore Stories
  • Check out Next Chapter Kansas City on Facebook and "like us!"
  • Next Chapter Kansas City website
  • About Next Chapter Kansas City

Next Chapter Kansas City Mission Statement
Next Chapter Kansas City is a community collaborative developing meaningful opportunities for persons 50 and older as they explore options for work, service, and learning in life’s next chapter.

Exploring Jobs Courses
The Exploring Jobs Courses are ready to launch!  As noted in recent newsletters, Next Chapter Kansas City has been working on the development of several online courses in cooperation with the Kansas City Kansas Community College Continuing Education Department and also the college's Online Education Services.  They are now open for enrollment, and interested students can begin as soon as Monday, July 9. 

Simply put, the courses are full of information and are a great job resource! They are suitable for adults of any age, including persons who have left their primary career and may be in employment or retirement transition and considering a job or second career.  They are designed for people to work at their own pace, and can be completed anytime between July 9 and August 31, 2012.  They are also designed for persons who want to explore employment that combines passion, purpose and a paycheck! The cost is $50 for each course.  Instructors are Steven Joiner and Dale Graham.  The courses include the following:

Exploring Green Jobs
Exploring Jobs in Community Engagement
Exploring Jobs in Education
Exploring Jobs in Caregiving

Each class has four lessons, a resource center, and a moderated forum, all designed to provide helpful information and assist participants in determining their next best steps.  The Green Jobs and Community Engagement courses have both been endorsed by professionals in the field.  Julie Koppen, publisher with Greenability Magazine and Greenability Job Network reviewed the Exploring Green Jobs curriculum, and Jennifer Wilding, Director of Consensus, reviewed the Exploring Jobs in Community Engagement course.  Their comments are available with the course descriptions on the Community College website.  Additional endorsements are forthcoming.

To view the course description and endorsements, and to enroll, click here.  For questions, contact Karen Hostetler at karenh@sckck.org or at (913) 281-8908.

Joe Info - A Coffee and Conversation Event
Join us the 4th Tuesday of every month for a good cup of coffee and some great information and conversation!  The first event was on Tuesday, June 26 and the topic was Social Security.  On July 24, the focus will be on the New Kansas Voting Law with Bruce Newby, Wyandotte County Election Commissioner, providing information.  This will take place from 9 to 11 a.m. at Living Water United Methodist Church, 3001 N. 115th, KCKS.  Mr. Newby will begin speaking at 9:30 a.m.  The event is co-sponsored by the Shepherd's Center of Kansas City, Kansas; Next Chapter Kansas City; Liveable Neighborhoods; Living Water United Methodist Church; and the Volunteer Center at United Way of Wyandotte County.

New Book Group
In a Next Chapter Focus Group that was held in May, interest was expressed for starting a new Book Group that would center on topics of interest to persons age 50+ who are exploring options for their next steps in life.  A committee is being formed to organize the group, which will be held in cooperation with the Kansas City Kansas Public Library.  It is anticipated that the first discussion will be sometime this fall.  If you would be interested in serving on this committee or have questions about it, please contact Cris Siebenlist at cpigsfly@mindspring.com or Karen Hostetler at karenh@sckck.org or at (913) 281-8908.  More information will be forthcoming as the Book Group develops.   The KCK Public Library is a Partner Organization with Next Chapter Kansas City.

Movie Talk - "The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel"
Anyone interested is invited to attend the popular movie "The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel" and then gather for conversation following it.  We've confirmed that the movie will still be showing on Sunday, July 15 at the Glenwood Arts Theater, 9575 Metcalf, which is located on the east side of the Metcalf South Shopping Center in Overland Park.

It's not possible to know the showtime on July 15 at this point, so we are simply choosing an afternoon gathering time for conversation at 3:30 p.m. at Panera's at 75th and Antioch, which should last about an hour.  We have confirmed that our group would be welcome there.  We have learned that the theater showing the movie is small -- seats about 68 persons -- so keep that in mind for when you decide to see the film. (You will be attending the movie at your convenience; we are not reserving the theater).   Also, we realize that many of you may have already seen it, and you are of course welcome to come for conversation on July 15 as well. 

The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel Contest
Do you have an idea for a way to improve our community?  Click here to learn about The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel Contest.

Thank you and Welcome
.....Many, many thanks to Pat Brune, who has chaired the Next Chapter Executive Council for the past two+ years.  Her excellent leadership and insight have helped us move forward in important ways.  In addiiton to chairing the Council, Pat has led a book discussion, helped with public presentations, met with funders, posted articles to Facebook, and more! Although she will no longer be chairing the Council, we are pleased that she will be continuing as a member.   Thank you, Pat, for the many ways in which you have contributed to Next Chapter!

....Welcome to Cris Siebenlist, who is serving as chair of a newly-forming Progam Committee for Next Chapter KC.  In the past year, Cris was involved in writing the curriculum for the Exploring Green Jobs course.  She is a retired educator, and for the past five years has coordinated the YWomen CAN program, which is a training program for women who are seeking non-traditional careers.  She is an example of someone who has found a part-time "Encore Career" after leaving her primary career.  Welcome, Cris....we're excited to have you on board!

Next Chapter and Encore Stories
This section generally highlights stories about persons who have made a significant impact after the age of 50.  For a change of pace, this month enjoy this clever video entitled "What's Next?" from the encore.org website.   Also, if you go to www.encore.org, you'll see there is an article about our Exploring Jobs Courses in their News and Blogs section.  It is titled "New Opportunities to Explore Encore Careers Online."

"Like" us on Facebook
You can stay up-to-date with Next Chapter KC activities through facebook as well as through e-newsletters. Various Next Chapter articles, photos, and events are posted as well as general items of interest for persons over 50 that you won't want to miss. Click here to check it out and to "like" us.

Next Chapter Kansas City Website
Click here to visit the Next Chapter Kansas City website and learn more about its purpose and various types of activities.  Check the calendar for the latest.

About Next Chapter Kansas City
Led by the Shepherd's Center of Kansas City, Kansas, Next Chapter Kansas City is a community collaborative developing meaningful opportunities for persons 50 and older as they explore options for work, service, and learning in life’s next chapter.  If you completed the Wyandotte County Boomer Survey in 2009, you may remember us as the Wyandotte County Next Chapter Initiative.  We are now officially known as Next Chapter Kansas City!

Partners include Shepherd’s Center of Kansas City, Kansas (Lead Agency); El Centro, Inc.; KCK Area Chamber of Commerce;  KCK Community College; KCK Public Library; Landon Center on Aging; Leadership 2000; Liveable Neighborhoods, Inc.; Workforce Partnership Inc; Wyandotte/Leavenworth Area Agency on Aging. Next Chapter Executive Council members are Pat Brune, Andrea Generaux, Christopher Barnickel, Cindy Cash, Diane Clark, Linda Siemens, Marjorie Blank, Mary Lou Jaramillo, Rik Van Dyke, Rosemary Lischka, Scott Anglemyer, and Karen Hostetler, Next Chapter Director.

Special Thanks to Our Funders
George H. Nettleton Home, Inc.
Jewish Heritage Foundation
Willard J. and Mary G. Breidenthal Foundation

We are pleased to keep you posted about exciting and important news, events, programs, and resources!  For additional information about Next Chapter Kansas City and its various activities and events, contact Karen Hostetler, Next Chapter KC Director, by email at karenh@sckck.org or by phone at the Shepherd's Center of KCK at (913) 281-8908. You can also get the latest developments on facebook.

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