May 2013 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
  • Interested in exploring a new job or career experience?
  • Book Group - Tuesday, June 4, The Time of Our Lives by Tom Brokaw
  • Senior Health and Fitness Day at KCKCC - May 29
  • Next Avenue - a great resource sponsored by Public Television
  • 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: Summer 2013
Interested in exploring a new job or career experience?  How about an Encore Career -- doing something you love, helping others, and getting paid for it!  Taking an Exploring Jobs Course may be the path to help you find what's next in your life!

Exploring Jobs Courses consist of four, online classes that are designed for adults of any age, including persons ages 50+ who are anticipating leaving or have already left their primary career. Students work at their own pace, and the chosen course may be completed at any time during the eight-week time frame of June 10 - August 2.  Enrollment will continue through Friday, July 12. The courses include the following:
  • Exploring Jobs in Community Engagement
  • Exploring Green Jobs
  • Exploring Jobs in Education
  • Exploring Jobs in Caregiving
Developed by Next Chapter Kansas City and offered through Kansas City Kansas Community College, the courses are $50 each and are open to anyone. (You don’t have to live near Kansas City.)  The instructor is Dale Graham, former principal at Piper High School. To view the course descriptions and endorsements, and to enroll, click here.  You may also enroll by calling the college Continuing Education Department at (913) 288-7660.  For questions, contact Karen Hostetler at or at (913) 281-8908.

NOTE: The Leadership 2000 Board of Directors is offering a limited number of scholarships for Leadership 2000 alumni who are interested in taking an Exploring Jobs Course. Contact Diane Clark at (913) 588-1218 for more details.

Next Chapter Book Group
Join us for a discussion of Tom Brokaw's book The Time of Our Lives: A Conversation About America; Who We Are, Where We've Been, and Where We Need to Go Now.  The group will meet on Tuesday, June 4 from 5:30 - 6:30 p.m. at the new South Branch Library, 3104 Strong Ave, KCKS.  Copies are available at area libraries.

Brokaw is the former anchor and managing editor of NBC Nightly News and also the author of five bestsellers.  In this book, he turns his attention to the challenges that face America in the new millennium, and to offer reflections on how we can restore America's greatness.

  • “What happened to the America I thought I knew?” Brokaw writes. “Have we simply wandered off course, but only temporarily? Or have we allowed ourselves to be so divided that we’re easy prey for hijackers who could steer us onto a path to a crash landing? . . . I do have some thoughts, original and inspired by others, for our journey into the heart of a new century.”

The Next Chapter Book Group is co-sponsored by Next Chapter Kansas City and the Kansas City, Kansas Public Library. The group focuses on transition topics for persons age 50+ as they experience various aspects of life in anticipation of or after leaving their primary career.  Both nonfiction and fiction books are discussed. For more information or questions, contact Karen Hostetler by phone (913) 281-8908 or by email You may also contact Emma Claudius, the Business and Careers Librarian, at

National Senior Health and Fitness Day
The Wellness Center and Prime Time Club at Kansas City Kansas Community College are hosting "National Senior Health and Fitness Day" on Wednesday, May 29, 2013.  The event will include 30-minute presentations on a range of topics, beginning with a Welcome and Breakfast Snack at 8:00 a.m. and concluding with a presentation on Social Security/ Medicare from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m.

Click here for a full listing of the day's events and to sign up online.  You may also call (913) 288-7660 or email to let them know you are coming.  The morning sessions will be held in the KCKCC Wellness Center/ Allied Health Building, and the afternoon topics will be presented in the Conference Center by the campus lake.  You are welcome to stay for the whole day, but it is also okay to "come and go," and attend the sessions of most interest to you.

Next Avenue - Sponsored by Public Television
Next Avenue is a website "where grown-ups keep growing."  It is an excellent resource on a variety of topics that are coordinated and/ or written by a group of Public Television people and journalists. It's possible to sign up for a weekly e-newsletter on the website or you can receive a daily article on facebook by "liking" the Next Avenue facebook page.  In some parts of the country, television programs are aired with a local PBS affiliate, but that is not currently available with KCPT here in Kansas City nor with the Topeka station. 

"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 Scott Anglemyer, Pat Brune, Cindy Cash, Diane Clark, Mary Lou Jaramillo, Rosemary Lischka, Mary Mair, Cris Siebenlist, Linda Siemens, and Karen Hostetler, Next Chapter KC 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 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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