October 2014 Newsletter
Lots of Fall Activities - take a look!
*Monthly Information/Networking Forum: "Speed Booking: A Quick Look at a Bunch of Boomer Books" - October 23  FINAL REMINDER  FINAL REMINDER

*Monthly Book Group: Leisureville - Adventures in a World Without Children by Andrew Blechman - October 28

*Aligning Passion and Purpose class: Nov 5 and 12, 9 a.m. to 12 noon

*Conference for persons 50+ starting their own business - December 12

*About Next Chapter Kansas City

*Check out Next Chapter Kansas City on Facebook and "like us!" 


Informational/Networking Forum
Speed Booking:
A Quick Look at a Bunch of Boomer Books

Thursday, October 23 - 6 to 7:30 p.m.
Donnelly College Community Event Center
608 N. 18th St. Kansas City, KS

You've heard of Speed Dating? Well this is the literary equivalent.  Maybe you are looking for the right book to guide you through the transition from career to your Next Chapter of life, but there are so many books out there. Join us to get introduced to several selections that range from stories of other peoples' pursuits of their passions to books on keeping your brain sharp to a treatise on what became of the squares, the hippies and the activists and which group will triumph as Boomers get their "second wind." It will be a fast paced, fun filled evening. Maybe you will even find your next literary love!

A book reviewer will be available for each book, and using the speed dating approach, you will be able to participate in up to six book groups.

Click here to register. There's no charge. For additional information, contact Cris Siebenlist, Next Chapter KC Program Committee Chair, at cpigsfly @gmail.com or Karen Hostetler, Next Chapter Kansas City Director, at karenh@sckck.org or (913) 281-8908.


Monthly Next Chapter Book Group
Leisureville: Adventures in a World Without Children

by Andrew Blechman
Tuesday, October 28 - 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.

Kansas City, Kansas South Branch Library
3104 Strong Ave, Kansas City, KS

Here's a reminder that the Book Group will be meeting on Tuesday, October 28. We are reading nonfiction this month. The book is  Leisureville: Adventures in a World Without Children by Andrew Blechman. It can also be found in the title of its original edition which is Leisureville: Adventures in America's Retirement Utopias.
Here's a review from the Library Journal:
"Intriguing, appalling, but always engaging.  Blechman thoroughly and with good humor delves into the largely American, and growing, phenomenon of gated, age-segregated communities. . . .Highly recommended."
Hope you can join us on October 28!


Aligning Passion and Purpose
in the Next Chapter of Life 
A Nonfinancial Life Planning class

Wednesdays, November 5 and 12 - 9 a.m. to 12 noon
Welborn Community United Church of Christ
5217 Leavenworth Road, KCKS 66104
Cost is $20 per person/$10 for Next Chapter members


"Aligning Passion and Purpose in the Next Chapter of Life" is a nonfinancial Life Planning class for persons ages 50+ who are exploring options for work, service and learning as they determine what's next in their life. Participants have the opportunity to explore, evaluate, and experience the thinking and tools that will be helpful in achieving a productive and satisfying transition. The next class will be held on November 5 and 12, 2014 from 9 a.m. to 12 noon at Welborn Community United Church of Christ, 5217 Leavenworth Road, Kansas City, KS 66104.

The facilitator will be Sandra Silva, JD.  She is a personal and professional coach, organizational consultant, and a member of the Institute of Coaching, McClean Hospital, Harvard University. Sandy has worked with families in transition for over 30 years and in 2004 established her coaching and mediation organization, Transformation Resource, LLC.  She lives in the Kansas City area and is an active participant in the non-profit community.  She is the Vice-President of Education for the Center for Practical Bioethics in Kansas City, MO

To enroll, complete the information on the Aligning Passion and Purpose flyer (
click here to see flyer).  You may also call or email the Shepherd's Center office at (913) 281-8908 or email melissab@sckck.org or karenh@sckck.org



Mark Your Calendars
Conference for Persons 50+ Interested in Starting Their Own Business - December 12

More information coming soon!



About Next Chapter Kansas City

Next Chapter Kansas City is a program of the Shepherd's Center of Kansas City, Kansas and Partner Organizations.

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

Vision Statement
Stay connected to your community, your sense of purpose, and your ability to make a difference.

Program Committee
Cris Siebenlist, Chair; Rosalyn Brown, LeeAnn Duncan, Therryl Holland, Robert Kaufman, Sara Kurtz, Judy May, Barbara Newby, Bill Porter, and Karen Hostetler, Next Chapter Director.

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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.

Click here to visit the Next Chapter Kansas City website and learn more about its purpose and various types of activities.
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 or check the Next Chapter website.

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