August 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
  • Joe Info - a Coffee and Conversation event - Tuesday, August 28, 9-11 a.m.
  • Exploring Jobs Courses
  • What is an Encore Career
  • 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.

Joe Info - A Coffee and Conversation Event
Next meets on Tuesday, August 28, 9 - 11 a.m.
Join us the 4th Tuesday of every month from 9 to 11 a.m. for a good cup of coffee and some great information and conversation! On Tuesday, August 28, Donna Criss from the Regional Prevention Center of Wyandotte County will be the speaker. She will be presenting at 9:30 a.m. on prescription drug awareness, dangers of substance abuse, and proper storing and disposing of prescription drugs. This will take place at Living Water United Methodist Church, 3001 N. 115th, KCKS.  Click here for a printable flyer.  This month's coffee blend is Starbucks Breakfast Blend!

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.

Mark your calendar for Joe Info in September, which will be on Tuesday, September 25.

Exploring Jobs Courses
Do you want an Encore Career, but don’t know what job you want or how to find it?  Exploring Jobs Courses are four, online classes that are designed for adults of any age, including persons ages 50+ who are near retirement or are already retired, and who are considering a new job or career experience that makes a social impact.  Students work at their own pace, and the chosen course may be completed at any time during the eight-week timeframe in which the class is offered.  The course will be offered this fall between October 15 and December 7 through the Continuing Education Department at Kansas City Kansas Community College. The final details regarding enrollment will be confirmed in the next few days, and will be included in the September newsletter.

The courses include the following:
  • Exploring Jobs in Community Engagement
  • Exploring Green Jobs
  • Exploring Jobs in Education
  • Exploring Jobs in Caregiving
What is an Encore Career?
Listen to this informative and entertaining video clip (1:20 minutes) entitled "What's Next?" from the website.

"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 Andrea Generaux, Christopher Barnickel, Cindy Cash, Cris Siebenlist, Diane Clark, Linda Siemens, Marjorie Blank, Mary Lou Jaramillo, Pat Brune, 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 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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