February 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 - Enroll through March 29
  • Book Group - Monday, February 25, South Branch Library
  • Joe Info - Good Neighbor Training, Feb. 19, March 26, and April 23
  • Tap LinkedIn to find your Encore Career - Free Teleconference Feb. 27
  • Meet the Next Chapter Program Planning Committee
  • 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
Exploring Jobs Courses are now 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 of February 11 - April 19.  Enrollment will continue through March 29.  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
Developed 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 John Banville's novel Ancient Light on Monday, February 25 from 5:30 - 6:30 p.m. at the new South Branch Library, 3104 Strong Ave, KCKS.  Banville is an award-winning author, and reviewers' comments are shown below.  With the forecast for wintry weather later this week, this would be a great time to curl up with a good book!
  • Ancient Light is a brilliant meditation on desire and loss, which also skillfully reminds us, even warns us, that ‘Madam Memory is a great and subtle dissembler’ . . . [Contains] page upon page of luxurious, lyrical prose.” --Minneapolis Star Tribune
  • “A breathtaking new novel . . . Banville, a writer of exquisite precision and emotional depth, writes with droll inquisition and entrancing sensuality in this suspenseful drama of the obliviousnessness of lust and the weight of grief. Alex’s misremembered love story and complicated movie adventures are ravishing, poignant, and archly hilarious as the past and present converge and narrow down to a stunning revelation. Banville is supreme in this enrapturing novel of shadows and illumination.” --Booklist (starred)
Check area libraries for books. Also, for more information about the group or the availability of 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 Group is co-sponsored by Next Chapter Kansas City and the Kansas City, Kansas Public Library.  The group focuses on transition topics for persons age 50+ as they experience various aspects of life in anticipation of or after leaving their primary career.  Both nonfiction and fiction books are discussed.

Joe Info - Good Neighbor Training Series
Know Yourself........Know Your Community

This is a reminder that 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 is held from 9-11 a.m. at Trinity Community Church, 5010 Parallel, KCK on the third Tuesday in February and the fourth Tuesdays in March and April. For more information, contact Liveable Neighborhoods at (913) 573-8737 or vmliveableneighbor@wycokck.org.
Tuesday, Feb. 19, 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

Encore Career LinkedIn Presentation
A Free teleconference on February 27

On February 27 at 8 a.m. Pacific/11 a.m. Eastern, Encore.org and LinkedIn will present a free, hour-long conference call on how to use LinkedIn.  With more than 187 million members, LinkedIn operates the world's largest professional network. This call could be helpful to persons who are considering a new job or career experience that makes a social impact - an encore career!

Yumi Wilson, a LinkedIn community manager, will lead the call.  She will explain the benefits of building professional ties online and show you how to get the most out of LinkedIn, whether you’re new to the site or are already using it.  The talk will focus on nonprofit jobs. You can register here. (Registration requires only your name and email address.) You are asked to create a LinkedIn profile before the call, if you don’t have one.

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, LeeAnn Duncan, 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.

"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 Scott Anglemyer, Marjorie Blank, Pat Brune, Cindy Cash, Diane Clark, Mary Lou Jaramillo, Rosemary Lischka, Mary Mair, Cris Siebenlist, Linda Siemens, 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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