September 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
  • Frequency of Newsletter
  • Exploring Jobs Courses - October 15 to December 7
  • New Book Group - October 16
  • Baby Boomers:  Medicare Beneficiaries and Caregivers - October 30                   -What you should know about Long Term Care Insurance and Medicare
  • Joe Info - a Coffee and Conversation event (cancelled for September)
  • 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.

Frequency of Newsletter
To date, the Next Chapter newsletter has arrived in your email inbox no more than once per month, sometimes less.  Because there are times when time-sensitive information needs to get out, in the future we will occasionally send an email blast in between newsletters.  In those instances, the e-blast will come from Next Chapter Kansas City and the subject line will indicate the specific activity being addressed.  We thought you'd like to know in advance!

Exploring Jobs Courses Open for Fall Enrollment
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 in employment or retirement transition.  They are for individuals who are considering a new job or career experience that makes a social impact....often referred to as an Encore Career!  Students work at their own pace, and the chosen course may be completed at any time during the eight-week time frame in which the class is offered. The Fall 2012 class is between October 15 and December 7. Enrollment will continue through November 16.  The courses include the following:
  • Exploring Jobs in Community Engagement
  • Exploring Green Jobs
  • Exploring Jobs in Education
  • Exploring Jobs in Caregiving
The classes provide a wealth of information about work in a range of employment settings – in traditional as well as less known work venues.  Each course has four lessons, a resource center, and a moderated forum, all designed to provide helpful information and assist participants in determining their next best steps. 

Consider this:  Did you know that Green Jobs cross a broad range of occupations?  Or that community organizing is one aspect of community engagement, but not exactly the same?  Or that there are employment settings in the field of education outside the traditional classroom? Or that the career of Professional Caregiving is expanding to accommodate the anticipated, expanding number of older adults over the next 20 to 30 years?  There's much to learn about these career fields.

The courses, which are $50 each, are sponsored by Next Chapter Kansas City and offered through Kansas City Kansas Community College; they 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.

New Book Group
A new Book Group co-sponsored by Next Chapter Kansas City and the Kansas City, Kansas Public Library will have its first discussion on Tuesday, October 16 from 5:30 - 6:30 p.m. at the Main Library, 625 Minnesota Ave, KCKS.  The book will be A Visit from the Goon Squad by Jennifer Egan; it won the 2011 Pulitzer Prize for fiction.  Next Chapter Book Discussions to date have focused on nonfiction, and we have received feedback that participants would also like fiction. That's actually pretty difficult since it's not easy to find novels that focus on transition topics for persons age 50+.  However, we think that A Visit from the Goon Squad contains some relevant themes.

For books, contact Emma Claudius at the Main Library by calling (913) 279-2010 or by emailing her at   You may also contact Karen Hostetler at (913) 281-8908 or at  for more information about the group. Cris Siebenlist will be leading the discussion. 

Baby Boomers:  Beneficiaries and Caregivers
What you should know about Long Term Care Insurance and Medicare

Do you keep thinking you should be looking into Long Term Care Insurance?  Do you understand Medicare and what it provides - either for yourself or family members?  Stop by after work or before your evening activities on Tuesday, October 30 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. to learn more about these two topics.  It will be held at the KCK Community College Conference Center (by the lake), 7250 State Ave, KCK.  Light refreshments and socializing will begin at 4:45 p.m.  There is no charge to attend.  So that we have some idea of the numbers that will be attending, please RSVP by calling (913) 288-7660 or by emailing Mary Mair at beginning on Tuesday, September 25.

LaMonica Upton, Information and Assistance Specialist with the Wyandotte/ Leavenworth Area Agency on Aging, will be presenting on Medicare.  Cindy Hermes, Director of Public Outreach and Health Care Consumer Ombudsman from the Kansas Insurance Department, will talk about Long Term Care Insurance.  The event is co-sponsored by Kansas City Kansas Community College, Landon Center on Aging, and Wyandotte/ Leavenworth Area Agency on Aging together with Next Chapter Kansas City.

Joe Info - A Coffee and Conversation Event
Please note that Joe Info has been cancelled for September and will resume again in 2013.

"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 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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