April 2010 Newsletter


Annual Membership Meeting and Spring Fête

The Annual Membership Meeting will be held on Friday, April 23rd at noon.  We will elect officers for the next year, acknowledge our teachers, thank volunteers, and welcome new board members. The slate will be sent in an upcoming e-mail.  

Plans are in the works for next year’s classes and input from members is always appreciated, so plan to join us, even if you haven’t been to class recently.

The meeting will be immediately followed by our Spring Fête.  Members are asked to bring a dish to be shared with the group.  Finger foods are best, including hors d’oeuvres, snacks, nibbles, and desserts.  Food with an international flair is especially welcome.  We will provide drinks, plates, napkins, utensils, and cups.  There will be a table set up for each of our countries representing their unique ways of celebrating Spring.

Take advantage of our annual book sale to sell some of your foreign language books, CDs, tapes, records, etc. to fellow members.  It will be held during the Spring Fête.  Bring items you no longer want or need, and there will be a table set up with instructions about how the sale works.  Half of the price will go to the seller and half will go to La Causerie at this event .


Upcoming Noon Programs

Note:  Two of our upcoming programs are offered in English. This may be new to some of our members.  Often there is an interesting cultural program with an English speaker as presenter. Sometimes a program is popular in one language and other students want to hear it in English.  So all members are welcome to these programs.

Spanish Program (Rescheduled) presented in Spanish, Friday, March 26 at noon

Note:  We had a slight misunderstanding with our speaker for this program that was originally scheduled for earlier in the month.  However, all is well and Maria is returning.  Spanish students will be delighted to know that Maria (who has a degree in theater and is a filmmaker), has created a delightful multi-media presentation.  She lets her subject unfold with photos, video and music. So don’t miss it.


Maria A. Perez-Andujar will talk in Spanish about Asturias, in Northern Spain, where she spent her early childhood years. The region is of Celtic tradition, it was the only region never invaded by the Arabs, and started the "Reconquista" (take back the land from the Moors). Visitors to Asturias will find pre-historic art, pre-Roman, Gothic, and more. The area has a microclimate that is actually very similar to Ireland's.


ITALIAN PROGRAM Friday, April 2nd at noon

Italian Cultural Program presented in English, Friday, April 2nd at noon

Local filmmaker David Marker will present portions of an Italian film he has produced called ZAMPOGNA: THE SOUL OF SOUTHERN ITALY.  He will also play the zampogna (bagpipes) and other Italian folk instruments. The program will be presented in ENGLISH.


David’s film is an official selection in Kansas City FilmFest taking place April 14-18 at the AMC Mainstreet.  Festival passes go on sale April 1st.  Individual tickets go on sale April 8 for those who want to see the entire film at www.kcfilmfest.org.


    A Year Teaching English in China presented in  ENGLISH  April 16th  at  noon    Last fall, former Pembroke Hill French teacher Ann Miller presented  a fascinating program about the year she and her husband spent in China teaching English .  The French department enjoyed this so much that we decided to offer it again to anyone in La Causerie.  This time she will speak in ENGLISH about this fascinating cultural experience, accompanied by pictures she took during her time there.

Film Festival

La Causerie is a sponsor of Kansas City FilmFest, taking place April 14-18 at the AMC Mainstreet . Six foreign feature films will be shown during the festival.  A schedule of all foreign films will be available to us in early April. Festival passes go on sale April 1st.  Individual tickets go on sale April 8 at www.kcfilmfest.org.


Keeping up during the summer months

It’s hard to believe that La Causerie classes end May 7, just around the corner in many ways. In the meantime, we’re sharing some ways to maintain your foreign language skills.

Last year, some Spanish students met on Tuesday afternoons at Aixois to review their homework and practice speaking. They tried to continue during the summer, but life got in the way. Maybe you can figure out a schedule that works for your friends.


La Causerie offers a list of tutors who are available for individual or small group instruction.  Check our website for a list that includes many of our instructors.


Most instructors recommend reading foreign language newspapers, listening to foreign language radio and watching foreign language TV. If you don’t know how to access these resources (many are available online), discuss it with your instructors now.  Many French students, for example, subscribe to TV5 through their cable provider.  TV5 also has rich, free resources on their website. 


Concordia Language Villages in Minnesota offers a large range of immersion experiences for French and Spanish (and other languages, but not Italian).  Many of our members have attended their programs and recommend them highly.  Check out: www.concordialanguagevillages.org/newsite/


If you have ideas to share, please send them our way for the May issue.


Important Dates:

March 26th        Spanish Program at noon (rescheduled)
April 2nd           Program in English at noon: ZAMPOGNA: THE SOUL OF SOUTHERN ITALY
April 16th            Program in English at noon: Teaching English in China
April 23rd             Annual meeting, Election of Officers and Spring Fête
May 7th                Last day of classes





Executive Board Members 2009-2010 



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Dalene Bradford

1st Vice President, (Membership Chair)

Judith Walter

2nd Vice President, (Social Chair)

Jeff Piehler,(co-chair)


Carol Cowden, (co-chair)


Judy Pearlstein

 Assistant Secretary (Newsletter)

Anita Toby Grow


Inez Pennington

Assistant Treasurer, (Textbook Chair)

Joan Daniels


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.