February 2011 Newsletter

Seeking New Board Members   

At our annual meeting on April 15th, we will elect new board members for next year. This is a critical issue for our all-volunteer-run organization. Over the next several months our current board members and a Nominating Committee will be talking with members about getting involved. We invite all members to consider serving in some capacity. Tell any board member, listed at the end of the newsletter, that you’re interested. They can also answer your questions about board roles (which are more fully described in the Livret on pages 49-51).

Here are the positions:

President: Coordinates the work of the Board and the assistant; creates annual budget, contracts with instructors; organizes class schedules and room assignments

First VP: Membership Chairman: Oversees enrollment process and produces the annual roster (the Livret)

Second VP: Social Chairman (primary functions are holiday and spring parties and summer luncheon)       

Treasurer: Manages all payables, bank accounts and CDs. Prints out reports as needed for meetings. (There is nothing about running the finances of the club that is different from any household.)

Asst. Treasurer: Assists the Treasurer; serves as Chair of the Textbook Committee

Secretary: Records minutes of Business Meetings; handles correspondence; coordinates the schedule for noon programs                                     

Asst. Secretary: Produces newsletter and organizes publicity during summer months. The Board meets approximately four times a year at times set for the convenience of the board members.

It is possible to carry out these responsibilities around travel, work, or family obligations.

Coming Programs – Mark your calendars!

Special Program in English for All La Causerie Members on February 4 at Noon
The chance to live in a country that speaks our language is often hard to come by. But a number of our students have done the next best thing: enjoyed a full week or a weekend immersion program at Concordia Language Villages

Operated by Concordia College and held in the beautiful North Woods of Minnesota, Concordia Language Villages offers immersion programs for adults in nine different languages. Program lengths vary, but they are designed for adults, with lodging and meals provided. You live, study, work and play in the language. Whether you're a beginner or nearly fluent, there is a place at these language camps for you. (There are also family camps, where parents and children learn together.)

Former La Causerie French instructor Becky Tucker teaches at Concordia and she will join us to describe the programs, share materials and answer your questions. Come learn more about this opportunity that a number of our members have taken part in.  Then spend time in Minnesota surrounded by villagers and leaders who love the language as much as you do!

Spanish Program, February 18th at Noon

Phillip Noonan scheduled to give a Spanish program on Feb 18th.  Topic to be announced.

Italian Program, February 25th at Noon

Marti Moore has invited an Italian speaker to come on February 25th. Topic to be announced.

FYI for French Students

We have received word of a first novel, Un jour d'été. It is written in French only and a large part of the story takes place in Southwestern Kansas. If you are interested, the author,  Caroline Favaretto, has created a website to present it : http://favarettocaroline.e-monsite.com

And Other Important Dates:

January 7        Classes resume

February 4:     English program for all languages

February 26:   Italian program

March 18        No class (Spring Break)

April 15          Spring fête and business meeting

April 29         Last day of classes

Keep the Snacks Coming!

Having tasty snacks to get us through our Friday morning studies depends on you. It’s traditional that snack donations tend to wane at this time of year—so we need volunteers to step up now. You don’t have to feed the entire school—three or four other members will contribute, too. And your treats don’t have to be homemade. You’ll find the sign-up list to bring treats in the Social Room.

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.org. In 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.

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/.