January 2010 Newsletter


Classes Resume

We looking forward to seeing everyone this Friday, January 8th, when classes resume after our long vacation. Check the wiki for your homework assignment.

 Also, we will all enjoy any remaining holiday treats you can bring to the Social Room, whether you have signed up, or not.


Upcoming Noon Programs 

French Program on Friday, January 8th at noon: Jean-Pierre Bacherot, present at the founding and long-time waiter at Le Fou Frog and man of many interests, will make a presentation in French on Friday, January 8th at noon in the Calvin Center. He will talk about "Table Manners of French Restaurants."

 The Calvin Center is in the basement at the bottom of the stairs nearest the west door (the one you enter from the parking lot), where Doug Eikerman’s and Kathryn Davis’ classes are held.  Sorry, there is no elevator to this space.


Spanish Program on Friday, January 22th at noon:  Marina Vildoso, native of Bolivia, will tell us in SPANISH about Bolivia, today, and the changes she has seen in her native land.

Do you have ideas for other cultural programs?  Tell one of our board members and we’ll help get it started.


Holiday Party 

We had a most enjoyable holiday party on December 18th.  Many thanks to our social chairs, Carol Cowden and Jeff Piehler, for all their work. Special, this year, more than 50 members attended and visited centers where we sampled food and learned how the holidays are celebrated in the countries where our languages are spoken.  We also enjoyed holiday music in all three languages.

Because of the generosity of our members, each of our teachers received a $100 bonus along with a gift bag full of Kansas City treats.  Our staff person, Amanda, also received a $100 bonus.  Thanks to all of you who contributed to the holiday bonus fund.


Shop Amazon.com and Support La Causerie

You can continue to help support La Causerie (at no extra cost to you!) when you shop online at Amazon.com.  To support La Causerie you must access Amazon through any of our Amazon.com links at www.lacauserie.orgIn return for the promotion we give them on our site, they send us a small percentage of their profit. Every little bit helps us to keep your membership fees low.

 Look for:  Used foreign language books on a cart in the Social Room.


Have a suggestion?

 We are committed to making your learning experience positive and successful. If you have a suggestion for an instructor, speak up and tell them. If you have a general idea or concern, tell a board member.  

 If you’re the shy type, there is a Suggestion Box at the top of the stairs, in the hallway where you pick up a nametag each week.  Write down your thoughts and we’ll get the information to the right person.

 Important Winter Dates:

January 8th          Classes resume, French Program at noon. 

January 22nd        Spanish program at noon

March 19th           No classes, Spring Break


Snow Policy:  When Shawnee Mission School District closes for bad weather, La Causerie will also be closed. Please listen to the list of school closings on television and radio or check the district’s website, http://www.smsd.org/


Executive Board Members 2009-10



Email address



Dalene Bradford

1st Vice President

(Membership Chair)

Judith Walter

2nd Vice President

(Social Chair)

Jeff Piehler



Carol Cowden



Judy Pearlstein

 Assistant Secretary (Newsletter)

Anita Toby Grow


Inez Pennington

Assistant Treasurer

(Textbook Chair)

Joan Daniels

Assistant to Board of Directors

Amanda Hassett

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.