April 2007 Newsletter


Annual Meeting and Spring Fête


On Friday, April 27 La Causerie will hold its Annual Business Meeting, followed by our Spring Fête in Fellowship Hall.  The Annual Meeting will begin at 11 a.m. and include election of officers for the upcoming year.  No classes will be held at 11 a.m. or 12 p.m. and the party will begin immediately after the meeting.


For the party, members are asked to bring a dish to be shared with the group—hors d’oeuvres, snacks, nibbles, desserts.  Food with an international flair is especially welcome.  Rosemary is already getting her famous punch ready and we will provide plates, napkins, utensils and cups.


Volunteers Needed


We are seeking interested members to assume roles on the board.  Even if you are new to La Causerie these are positions that do not require any previous experience.  Open positions are:


- 1st VP Membership Chairman (supervises registration)

- 2nd VP (acts as social and hospitality chairman)

- Assistant Secretary (in charge of publication of the Livret)


We are also looking for three people (one from French, Spanish and Italian) to organize noon programs next year.  This is a flexible volunteer position, meaning you can easily work it around your schedule and do it from home or office. Each program person identifies and schedules six programs during the school year.  We have lots of names to suggest and the Secretary coordinates the work of these three people. 


If you are willing to serve in any of these positions, please let one of our board members know (see list of current officers later in the newsletter). It is always good to have new energy in our leadership and several current board members have served full terms of office.


Registration for next year


Since we have many new members this year we thought it might be a good idea to mention how registration is handled over the summer.  First, the board has to finalize teacher contracts and class schedules.  Then the information is posted on our website and registration begins online.  You can anticipate registration beginning in August.  For more details—and next year’s calendar—attend the Annual Meeting on April 27.

Foreign Language Book Sale


Have foreign language books, tapes, CDs that you no longer use?  Somebody else at La Causerie might enjoy having them, so consider placing them in the annual book sale.


Our annual foreign language material sale will take place during the Annual Meeting and Spring Fête on April 27th.  Mark each item in pencil with your name and the price you want for it. 


We’ll prominently place these on a table on April 27 and members can shop at their leisure.  As usual, the selling price will be divided equally between the seller and La Causerie.  If you have questions, call Jan Cohen.


Family Illness


Our thoughts and prayers go out to long-time member Betty Wilkin (Spanish) whose husband Roger is very ill with cancer.   He has discontinued chemotherapy and is currently receiving hospice care at their home. Cards can be sent to her address in the Livret.  


Looking for a new home


Your board of directors has been looking for possible new locations for La Causerie classes.  We love First Lutheran and they are great to us. However, everyone is aware that we are cramped for space, meeting in some odd spots and have no place for coffee and conversation.


Do you have ideas of additional places we might explore? If so, tell a board member.  We need 7-8 separate classrooms on Friday mornings (with seating suitable for adults) and a social area is a plus.


FYI  We’ve already contacted the following locations (none of which has panned out):  St. Andrew’s Episcopal, Wornall Road Baptist, Baptist-Lutheran Hospital (Research), Village Presbyterian Church.


Spring brings lots of international movies


The Kansas City Filmmakers Jubilee takes place April 12 – 16 in Westport, celebrating independent films made in Kansas City—and around the world.  Short international films will be shown in a group called “World Cinema” on Thursday, April 12 at 5:45 p.m. at the Tivoli Theater and repeated again on Friday at 8:30 p.m. at the Westport Coffee House Theater. Dalene Bradford was a preliminary judge and highly recommends a Bolivian film in this group called “The Fighting Cholitas.” A featured documentary with international flair and broad appeal is “Beyond the Call” to be shown on Saturday, 7:45 p.m. at the Tivoli.  It’s a “Mother Teresa meets Indiana Jones” adventure of three middle-aged men, former soldiers and modern day knights, who travel the world delivering life saving humanitarian aid directly into the hands of civilians in some of the most dangerous yet beautiful places on Earth—the front lines of war.  For details and the full schedule of movies visit www.kcjubilee.org.


The Italian Film Festival of Kansas City will take place in April at the 770 seat Granada Theatre, 1015 Minnesota Avenue, Kansas City, Kansas. It is sponsored by the Istituto Italiano di Cultura di Chicago and the National Italian American Foundation (www.niaf.org), will feature the Kansas City premier of four recent Italian films:  La febbre (The Fever) by Alessandro D'Alatri (108 minutes) and Romanzo criminale (Crime Novel) by Michele Placido (130 minutes) on Saturday, April 21; La destinazione (The Destination) by Piero Sanna (124 minutes) and Alla luce del sole (Come Into The Light) by Roberto Faenza (90 minutes) on Sunday, April 22. Admission is FREE and open to the general public. For further information see www.italianfilmfests.org or call 314-422-3102.


April and May Calendar

April 13        Classes meet

April 20        Classes meet French program at noon

                     Professeur Cyprienne Simchowitz will talk about the presidential elections in France.  Program in French.

April 27          Annual meeting at 11 a.m. followed by spring fete at noon

                     Classes meet at 9 and 10 a.m.  No classes at 11 or 12.

May 4            classes meet.  Italian program at noon by Max Ambrosio of Brescia, Italy, topic TBA

May 11          Last day of classes;  no noon program