November 2010 newsletter

Fall Meeting for November 5

Each year there are two business meetings to which all members are invited. These meetings are a chance for members to provide input to their organization and for you to develop a better understanding of the workings of La Causerie. The fall membership meeting will be held Friday, November 5th at noon (room to be determined). Please plan to stay for a short meeting. You’ll meet the officers who manage La Causerie, see our operating budget and its allocations, get updated on enrollment and operations, and learn about plans for coming activities.

French and Spanish Language Programs in November

Save the dates.

November 12, French program with Ann Miller

This is a presentation geared toward beginning and intermediate level French students by veteran Pembroke Hill School teacher Ann Miller. Join her to examine two iconic French paintings and learn about what they have to tell us about French culture. This very interactive presentation will compare:

Together the group will explore the social context in which these two works were painted and see how this helps us understand them.

Then we will discuss la composition, la symétrie, les lignes diagonales, le réalisme, etc. What was happening in France at the time they were painted which helps to explain them?

Participants will get to review dates and numbers. We will have lots of visual cues to aid in understanding and to help in expanding your vocabulary.

Ann Miller is a retired French teacher, tour organizer and French translator. While she has geared this presentation to beginning and intermediate students, others are welcome to attend.


November 19, Spanish program with Al Moore

Al Moore will speak about "Un viaje memorable” -- A Memorable Trip, his experiences and studies in Ecuador, and will show photos of a particular road trip he took with one of my host families from Quito to Piñas (a small city near the Peruvian border).
He teaches Spanish and ESL at a private company, and in the Adult Education Division of NKC Schools.  He was the founder of ¡Claro K.C.! - The Kansas City Spanish Conversation Group and he has received certification from the Ministerio de Educacion del Ecuador as a Profesor of Spanish for Foreigners at all levels.

Coffee and Snack Service   

We always appreciate donations of snacks for our Friday morning classes, either homemade or store bought.  Please sign up in the Social Room for a day that you can bring a treat.  Bring your snacks when you arrive and if you don’t get to class until 10 or 11 bring something that can be saved by the staff and put out the next week like biscotti.  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.

Snow Policy 

Winter’s not far away, so we’d like to remind you that La Causerie follows the Shawnee Mission School District practice on snowy or icy days. If the Shawnee Mission District closes its schools due to bad weather, La Causerie will also be closed. In case of inclement weather, please listen to the list of school closings on television and radio or check the District’s website.

And, yes, there is a reason we don’t follow the KCMO School District policy (even though our school is in their boundaries). Over the past several years the board has watched how the various districts handle snow days. KCMO, because, many of its students ride buses, sometimes cancels school because of cold weather only. This is appropriate to protect students standing at bus stops, but not relevant to our situation.

Shop and Support La Causerie

If you’re doing holiday shopping through, there’s a way to support La Causerie as you shop online. If you shop by starting with any of our links at, we make some money on your purchase. It doesn’t cost you extra. This applies to anything you buy through Amazon, not just books. It’s a cool way to boost that feeling of holiday giving this season. Link through us to and you give to friends, families, and La Causerie!


Do you have a suggestion or comment about classes, teachers, logistics, LCF in general? Drop us a note and put it in the Suggestion Box at the top of the stairs on the third floor. We welcome your input! 

2010 ‒ 2011 Calendar

November 5            Fall business meeting at noon

November 12           French program at noon, Ann Miller, Speaker

November 19           Spanish Program at noon, Al Moore, Speaker

November 26           No class (Thanksgiving holiday)

December 3             French program at noon, Cyprienne Simchowitz, Speaker

December 10           Spanish program at noon, Paula Mitre, Speaker

December 17           Holiday Fête from noon to 1 p.m.

December 24, 31      No class (Christmas holiday)

January 7                Classes resume

March 18                 No class (Spring Break)

April 29                   Last day of classes

Executive Board Members 2010-2011

Do you have a question? The first contact in case of a question is our trusty Board Assistant Amanda Hassett at 913-538-6238. If she doesn’t have the answer, she can direct you to the right person.

President                                               Martha Hogerty 

1st Vice President (Membership Chair)      Inez Pennington

2nd Vice President (Social Chair)               Joan Adam

Secretary                                              Gail Clair

Assistant Secretary (Newsletter)              Judy Pearlstein

Treasurer                                              Christie Lohmeyer 

Assistant Treasurer (Textbook Chair)       Dalene Bradford

Board Assistant                                      Amanda Hassett