January 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
  • Exploring Jobs Courses - Begins February 11
  • Book Group - Tuesday, January 29, South Branch Library
  • Meet the Next Chapter Program Planning Committee
  • Joe Info - Learn About Yourself and Your Community - January 22
  • 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: Spring 2013
Beginning Monday, February 11 and continuing through Friday, April 19, Exploring Jobs Courses are again available to help persons explore new opportunities. Students work at their own pace, and the chosen course may be completed at any time during the eight-week time frame.  Enrollment will continue through March 29, but an early start will give you more time.  The courses consist of four, online classes that are designed for adults of any age, including persons ages 50+ who are considering a new job or career experience that makes a social impact....often referred to as an Encore Career!  The courses include the following:
  • Exploring Jobs in Community Engagement
  • Exploring Green Jobs
  • Exploring Jobs in Education
  • Exploring Jobs in Caregiving
Sponsored 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 karenh@sckck.org or at (913) 281-8908.

Next Chapter Book Group
Join us for a discussion of Anne Tyler's novel Noah's Compass on Tuesday, January 29 from 5:30 - 6:30 p.m. at the new South Branch Library, 3104 Strong Ave, KCKS.  It's an easy read and is readily available for checkout at the library.  Here's what critics have to say:
  • With a masterful touch, Anne Tyler transforms a passive, sixty-one-year-old teacher into a sympathetic figure.....  - More magazine
  • Surely it is one of the best compliments I can pay Noah's Compass that I longed to drag Liam out of his armchair and into the noisy world! The Boston Globe
  • Those of us who know Anne Tyler know that uncomfortable nudge, that promise of an unknown next stage.  In one tragicomic novel after another, we've seen frightened, disoriented people -- just like us -- pushed out of their comfort zones into quirky occupations and difficult family arrangements.... A sensitive, witty story about a man who's forced to realize he's not dead yet. - The Washington Post
Books can be checked out from the Kansas City, Kansas Public Library.  There is one copy at each of the four locations:  West Wyandotte, Main, South Branch, and Turner.  There are also two large print copies available.  For more information about the group and books, contact Karen Hostetler by phone (913) 281-8908 or by email karenh@sckck.org.  You may also contact Emma Claudius, the Business and Careers Librarian, at eclaudius@kckpl.org.  The Next Chapter Book club is co-sponsored by Next Chapter Kansas City and the Kansas City, Kansas Public Library.

Meet the Program Planning Committee
The Next Chapter Program Committee has begun meeting monthly to review current programming and to plan for the future.  Many thanks to Cris Siebenlist, committee chair, and members including Rosalyn Brown, Therryl Holland, Robert Kaufman, Sara Kurtz, Judy May, Barbara Newby, Bill Porter, and Karen Hostetler, Next Chapter director.  Feel free to share your ideas with the committee members whom you  may know, or you can email Cris Siebenlist at cpigsfly@mindspring.com or Karen Hostetler at karenh@sckck.org.

Joe Info - A Coffee and Conversation Event

Know Yourself........Know Your Community
Good Neighbor Training Series

Everyone is welcome to attend this free series of good neighbor training, made available through a partnership between Liveable Neighborhoods, United Way of Wyandotte County, and the Shepherd’s Center of Kansas City, Kansas.

The series will be held the fourth Tuesday morning of the month, from 9-11 a.m. at Trinity Community Church, 5010 Parallel. For more information, contact Liveable Neighborhoods at (913) 573-8737 or vmliveableneighbor@wycokck.org.
Tuesday, Jan 22, 2013 - True Colors…….Rachelle Stelzer, Wyandot Inc
Learn your personality style and how to recognize and work with others through “True Colors,” a user-friendly model of personality identification.
Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2013 - Overview of Good Neighbor Training, Economic Development, Building Inspection and Business Licensing/ Occupation Tax
Tuesday, Mar. 26, 2013 - Code Enforcement, Demolition and Abatement, and Rental Licensing
Tuesday, April 23, 2013 - Operation Brightside, Health Department, Animal Control

"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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