October 2009 Newsletter

Classes Have Begun!

The new school year got off to a great start, with 196 members registered for classes (and most are fully paid—we appreciate that). Thanks to the many volunteers from the board and our membership who arrived early to direct traffic, troubleshoot and generally make this a smooth start. If you are one of the few yet unpaid members, and still plan to attend, we’ll need your payment this Friday.

Some Logistics

Please fill out a nametag each week. Blank nametags and markers can be found on the table at the top of the third floor stairs. Our teachers want to be able to call you by name. Plus this helps you get acquainted with your classmates so you can have a more enjoyable and personal experience.

Please put your name in all your textbooks and reference books. Our Lost and Found has already been used this year. You can find lost items in Room O.

Gabi’s Italian classes will return to Room A on the third floor October 2. The church promises that organ tuning will be done before then. (And, no, we cannot continue to use the lovely room you got to borrow last week. It is great, but the church uses it a lot and will not rent it to us.)

We have a Suggestion Box on the table at the top of the stairs on the third floor. Feel free to use it.

As fall weather changes, we suggest that you dress in layers for class.  Remember that we meet in a very large church, whose heating and cooling systems cannot turn on a dime. If it gets really cold Thursday night, it may be cold in the church on Friday morning (even though it’s sunny and warm outside that next day).  And vice versa, temperatures often vary from classroom to classroom.  It’s easier for you to adjust layers of clothing than it is for us to adjust the church’s HVAC system (although they try really hard for us).

 Homework Assignments on our Wiki

On our website (www.lacauserie.org) you can find a tab on the top menu bar named “Wiki.” This is where our instructors post weekly homework assignments. If you miss a class, or forget the details of an assignment, check the WIKI site. There are a few people who had to miss the first day of class. We suggest that you check the Wiki right away, so you can be on top of things and ready to participate next week.

Our Wiki is open to the public. You do not have to join (although there is a JOIN button at the top). If your teacher fails to post an assignment, you can do it yourself, too! This is your club. Make it work for you and your colleagues.

Coffee and Snack Service

Having tasty snacks to get us through our Friday morning studies depends on our members. Please sign up in the Social Room for a day or two that you can bring snacks.

You don’t have to feed the entire school—three or four other members will contribute, too.  Both sweet and savory snacks are appreciated. Homemade stuff is terrific, but our hungry members will eat most anything.

Bring your snacks whenever you arrive. If you don’t get to class until 10 or 11 you can bring something long-lasting, like biscotti, a week before “your day.”  We’ll save it and put it out for you the next week.

We ask for donations for coffee or tea, which are provided by La Causerie. Leave a bill or two in the basket and you’ll help pay for this service.

Program Chairman

Can you help us arrange noon cultural programs in one of our languages? We need a program person for each language department. Please tell a board member if you could do this. You would be responsible for setting up four to six programs during the year in “your” language. We have suggestions of names, but need people to make the contacts, set up the schedule, handle logistics and greet our guests. We pay a $50 honorarium, which is attractive to speakers. If you can’t take on this responsibility, but know of a potential speaker, let someone on the board know.

Spanish Films at Plaza Library

In celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month, the Kansas City Public Library presents a retrospective of films by influential director Luis Buñuel at 2 p.m. on Sundays, October 4 and 11 at the Plaza Branch, 4801 Main St.

A native of Spain best known for his French films L’Age D’Or (1930) and Belle de Jour (1967), Luis Buñuel immigrated to Mexico in the late 1940s. Film historians recognized this period as particularly productive for Buñuel. He refined his craft and helped define Mexican identity during a turbulent time.

Films were shot on location in Mexico and will be introduced by a film scholar from either KU or UMKC. For more details check the library’s website: www.kclibrary.org

October 4: Illusion Travels by Streetcar / La Ilusión Viaja en Tranvía (1953) In Spanish with English subtitles. (90 min.)

October 11: Nazarín (1958) Winner of the Grand Prix International at the 1959 Cannes Film Festival. In Spanish with English subtitles. (95 min.)

September 2009 - May 2010 Calendar

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 e-news or Livret when these are needed.