October 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
  • Exploring Jobs Courses - What Students Are Saying
  • Book Group - Tuesday, November 27, South Branch Library
  • Baby Boomers:  Medicare Beneficiaries and Caregivers - October 30      
  • Joe Info - a Coffee and Conversation event
  • A "Sketchbook" Video from the Kauffman Foundation
  • 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: What Students Are Saying

“I welcomed the discussions on re-training, networking, volunteering, etc. I needed the reminder about putting together and following an action plan." (Man, age 58, currently works in the wine industry for an importer/distributor/retailer)

“I am going to work on me first.  What do I really want and how do I want to get there.  Then I will contact the leader at the Green Zone and my friend who is a safety manager and go from there.”  (Woman, age 50 - 59, previously in the communications field for 30+ years)

Both of these comments are from individuals who took the Exploring Green Jobs course this past summer.  After completing the course, they were able to list three or four next steps they would take in seeking a new job or career experience.

Keep in mind that beginning October 15 and continuing through December 7, 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 November 16, 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.


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 primetimeclub@kckcc.edu.

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.  Click here for a flyer about the event.


Next Chapter Book Group
Join us for a discussion of Bruce Frankel's What Should I do With the Rest of My Life? on Tuesday, November 27 from 5:30 - 6:30 p.m. at the new South Branch Library, 3104 Strong Ave, KCKS.  Here's what Amazon.com has to say:
  • In today's world, the question "What Should I do with my life?" only scratches the surface.  Now, more and more people - from baby boomers retiring from their "first act" to people in their forties and fifties forced to reconsider their careers in this gloomy economy - are finding themselves wondering how to find new stimulation and meaningful work over a lifetime.  Bringing together a diverse array of stories, veteran journalist Bruce Frankel brings to life a mesmerizing series of profiles of men and women who discovered a new calling, success, or purpose later in life.  Brimming with inspiration and humanity, What Should I Do With the Rest of My Life? celebrates activisits, artists, entrepreneurs, filmakers, and others who found extraordinary ways to experience true fulfillment in the second half of life."
For books, contact Emma Claudius at the Main Library by calling (913) 279-2010 or by emailing her at eclaudius@kckpl.org   You may also contact Karen Hostetler at (913) 281-8908 or at karenh@sckck.org  for more information about the group and to purchase the Frankel book.  The cost is $9.00 per book.


Joe Info - A Coffee and Conversation Event
Please note that Joe Info will resume again in 2013.


A Sketchbook Video from the Kauffman Foundation: Global Entrepreneurship Week
Here is an intriguing "sketchbook" video from the Kauffman Foundation about Global Entrepreneurship week, which is November 12 - 18.  Jonathan Ortmans suggests that "entrepreneurs can be a force for change......think beyond economic change.....that they can actually make the world a better place." (quote from the video) This is a thought-provoking video whether or not you are interested in becoming an entrepreneur!


"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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