June 2009 Newsletter


Summer Luncheon at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art


We hope everyone will attend our summer luncheon this year, Friday July 10, at the Rozzelle Court Restaurant in the Nelson-Atkins Museum.  Everyone will buy their own lunch from the cafeteria line and sit with other members at reserved tables. If you have a Nelson Museum member card, bring it to get a discount.  There is no charge for admission to the Museum.


Lunch should cost about $8 to $12. Following lunch, museum docents will lead a tour of artwork from countries that speak our languages (dividing us into smaller groups as needed).  If you plan to attend either the luncheon or tour or both, reserve a spot by contacting Carol Cowden by July 1 (see Executive Board Members, last page).


Fall Registration


We’re working hard to finalize the 2009-2010 class schedule and hope we’ll be able to post it on our website by mid-July.  On-line registration is targeted to begin August 1st. Watch your email for updates. As mentioned in the May newsletter, the registration fee will be $195 which covers the entire year. 


Book Sale


The annual Textbook Sale will take place at the Orientation Party on Friday, September 11. The chairman is Joan Daniels and more information will be forthcoming.  At this sale, members get the full price of any textbooks they sell.  Also, remember that if you shop Amazon.com textbooks or anything else, start with any of our Amazon.com links at www.lacauserie.org, we make some money on your purchase.  It doesn’t cost extra and includes non-book items as well.


Summer Studies


There are many options for students who want to hang on to what they’ve learned this year or get a jump-start on fall classes (or do both). Check out the following Internet websites to learn more about conversation/study groups in our area:

Kansas City Spanish Conversation Group – http://spanish.meetup.com/73/

Kansas City French Connection – http://french.meetup.com/27/

La Bella Italia – http://italian.meetup.com/409/?gj=sj2

UMKC Communiversity – http://www.umkc.edu/commu/default.asp


Some LCF students have formed their own conversation groups and meet regularly. An advanced French conversation group meets at Panera’s in Westport Sundays at 2:00 PM and an advanced Italian conversation group meets at Panera’s in Corinth Wednesdays at 3:00 PM.  As you seek out a conversation groups it’s important to check the level of proficiency expected so there are no surprises for you or the group.




There are many good tutors available, including some La Causerie instructors, who can help you maintain and sharpen your language skills over the summer:


Spanish Tutors



Italian Tutors




     French Tutors




2009-2010 Calendar


July 1                            Last day for reservations for Summer Luncheon

July 10                          SUMMER LUNCHECON at Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art

August 1                        Online Registration Begins

September 11                Enrollment Party and orientation for 2009-2010

September 25                CLASSES BEGIN and continue every Friday AM except:

November 27                 No class (Thanksgiving holiday)

December 25                 No class (Christmas holiday)

January 1                      No class (New Year’s Day)

March 19                       No class (Spring Break)

May 7                           Last day of classes



Executive Board Members 2009-2010






Dalene Bradford

1st Vice President

(Membership Chair)

Judith Walter

2nd Vice President

(Social Chair)

Jeff Piehler



Carol Cowden



Judy Pearlstein

Assistant Secretary


Nancy Abdou


Inez Pennington

Assistant Treasurer

(Textbook Chair)

Joan Daniels


Note: Email addresses and phone numbers are omitted from our website at www.lacauserie.org . Please refer to the email letter or Livret when these are needed.