October 2013 Newsletter

Lots of Fall Activities - take a look!
*Interested in Learning about Gmail and Google Calendar?
*Exploring Jobs Courses offered this fall
*Flower Power - Help Yourself and Next Chapter at the same time
*Book Group: Tuesday, October 29, Major Pettigrew's Last Stand
  by Simonson - See photo from September discussion
About Next Chapter Kansas City
*Check out Next Chapter Kansas City on Facebook and "like us!" 

Interested in Learning about Gmail and Google Calendar?
Have you recently switched to Gmail for your email program and find yourself fumbling around learning its features? Or perhaps you’ve used it for a while and suspect there’s more to know. Or maybe you’d like to learn how to use Google Calendar. Then this class is for you!
The Next Chapter Kansas City Program Committee is pleased to announce this first educational event on Thursday, October 24 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the Google Fiber Space Lounge, 1820 Westport Road, Kansas City, MO. 
“Google Apps Training 101: Intro to Google Apps” is a hands-on “Digital Literacy” class presented by the Google Fiber Team. For more information and to register, click here.

Exploring Jobs Courses

Next Chapter KC’s online Exploring Jobs Courses are again available this fall through Kansas City Kansas Community College. You can choose from four courses including Exploring Jobs in Community Engagement, Education, Caregiving, or in Green Jobs. Once enrolled, you can access your course anytime and anywhere you have Internet Access, and can work at your own pace and at times suitable to your schedule. It’s a flexible and convenient way to explore options.

The curriculum for each course was developed by a person with expertise in his or her respective career field. The course instructor is Dale Graham, former principal of Piper High School, and he is available to answer questions, help you navigate the course, and seek additional information as needed.

Access to the courses begins on October 14 and continues through December 6.  Because of the self-directed nature of the courses, you can enroll through Friday, November 15. For course descriptions, endorsements, and to enroll,
click here.  Information about the course developers is also available on the Next Chapter website by clicking on the Exploring Jobs Courses graphic on the homepage.  www.nextchapterkc.org  The cost is $50 per course.

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. Please communicate your questions and interest to leadershipwyco@gmail.com.

Flower Power
A way to help yourself and Next Chapter KC at the same time

For gardeners and wanna-be-gardeners...if you’re planning to buy bulbs this fall to brighten up your yard next spring and summer, please consider purchasing from Flower Power. This is an online bulb supplier that ships directly to you. It’s easy to order and Next Chapter Kansas City will receive 50% of everything you spend! Click here to view the bulbs and to order. Be sure to take a look at all three pages by selecting "Shop Now." The money raised will help support the new monthly educational/ forum series that is starting this fall.  

Also since everything with Flower Power is handled online, feel free to share this with interested friends and relatives who aren't residents of the Kansas City area. Afterall,
who doesn’t enjoy beautiful flowers!  Enjoy and thank you for your support!

,Next Chapter Book Group Meets at Kansas City, KS South Branch Library

On September 24 eight persons met for a thoughtful discussion of Join the Club: How Peer Pressure Can Transform the World by Tina Rosenberg. The discussion leader was Pat Crilly. Others attending were Cathy Breidenthal, LeeAnn Duncan, Clif Hostetler, Karen Hostetler, Phil Rhoads, Cris Siebenlist and Shirley Winkler.

After several months of nonfiction books, in October the group will be reading a novel Major Pettigrew's Last Stand by Helen Simonson. Everyone is welcome on Tuesday, October 29 from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. at the KCKS South Branch Library. Copies are available at local and metro libraries.

About 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.

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.

Executive Council
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

Partner Organizations
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


"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.

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.
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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