July 2013 Newsletter

Welcome to Next Chapter Kansas City Activities
*Thank You to Focus Group - June 25 (See photo below)
*Pat Brune Featured on Imagine KC
*An Opportunity for this Summer - Exploring Jobs Courses
*Book Group: Tues, July 16, Make Your Brain Smarter by Chapman
About Next Chapter Kansas City
*Check out Next Chapter Kansas City on Facebook and "like us!" 

Next Chapter KC Focus
Group on June 25

Facilitator was Pat Brune, and Cris Siebenlist led the discussion on programs.

Next Chapter gained input from Boomers in employment or retirement transition, and the participants had an opportunity to compare their experiences with each other.

Participants were Cathy Breidenthal, Rosalyn Brown, Pam Curtis, Maryanne Esteban, Andy Geoghegan, Richard Jones, Robert Kaufman, Steve McCue, Karen Williams, and Wendy Wilson.  A big thanks to all who participated, and to Pat and Cris for their leadership! We will be doing more in the future!

Pat Brune Featured on Imagine KC
Pat Brune was recently featured on Imagine KC in an episode that focused on programs and activities that keep older adults engaged in our communities in significant ways.  She described her experiences after retiring in 2009 from Federal service as the Clerk of Court for the Western District of Missouri (comparable to a CEO in business).  Her community involvements have included key leadership in several Wyandotte County organizations along with teaching at Donnelly College and a business venture with her sister Melissa Bynum.

Pat commented on the importance of volunteer and/or work opportunities that utilize a person's expertise and referenced the Next Chapter Kansas City program as a resource for persons who have left their primary career and are figuring out what's next for themselves.  Karen Hostetler, Next Chapter KC Director, was also interviewed and offered additional information.

This episode of Imagine KC additionally highlighted the Foster Grandparent program of Wyandotte County as well as other programs and individuals in the Kansas City metropolitan area.

Imagine KC is a program of the Mid-America Regional Council (MARC) and Kansas City Public Television (KCPT) and is designed to raise awareness of and present solutions to the economic, social and environmental challenges facing the Kansas City region.  Episodes on various topics have been filmed since 2010 and are available to watch on its website at www.imaginekc.org.  As of this writing, the most recent episode is not yet posted.

Exploring Jobs Courses
An Opportunity for this summer

Here’s an opportunity for you to consider this summer. Next Chapter KC’s online Exploring Jobs Courses are again available 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, and fits nicely into a summer schedule.

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 began on June 10 and continues through August 2. You can enroll through Friday, July 12. For course descriptions, endorsements, and to enroll,
click here.
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. Contact Diane Clark at (913) 588-1218 for more details.

Next Chapter Book Group
Join us for the Next Chapter Book Group discussion on Tuesday, July 16, 5:30 to 6:30 pm at the new South Branch Library, 3104 Strong, Kansas City, KS. This month's selection is Make Your Brain Smarter: Increase Your Brain's Creativity, Energy, and Focus, by Sandra Bond Chapman. Dr. Chapman is the founder and chief director of the Center for BrainHealth at the University of Texas at Dallas.

Here's a teaser: "We've learned more about the brain in the past ten years than all previous years combined." True or False?

The Book Group is sponsored by the Next Chapter KC program and the KCK Public Library.
It focuses on transition topics for persons ages 50+ as they experience various aspects of life in anticipation of or after leaving their primary career.  Both nonfiction and fiction books are discussed.

There are six copies available of Make Your Brain Smarter at the Main Library in KCK, and others can be found in area local libraries.  For more information or questions, 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.

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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