April 2011 Newsletter



Annual Business Meeting and Spring Fête

The Annual Business Meeting will be held on Friday, April 15 at noon. We will elect new officers for the next year, acknowledge our teachers, and welcome new board members. The meeting will be followed by our Spring Fête at 1:00 pm in Fellowship Hall. Members are asked to bring a dish to be shared with the group. Hors d’oeuvres, snacks, nibbles, and desserts are appreciated. Food with an international flair is especially welcome. We will provide drinks, plates, napkins, utensils, and cups.

The slate of nominated candidates are:

Ms Martha Hogerty                   President
Ms Judy Pearlstein                    1st Vice President
Ms Joan Adam                         2nd Vice President
Ms Gail Clair                            Secretary
Ms Alison Duncan                     Assistant Secretary
Ms Christie Lohmeyer               Treasurer
Ms Sharon Barb-O'Connor         Assistant Treasurer

We are planning for next year’s classes. Input from members is always appreciated, so plan to join us, even if you haven’t been to class recently.

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.


Italian Program, Friday, April 8

Rachel DiCamillo, who has a Masters from an Italian university in Classical Archeology and Culture of the Ancient and Medieval World, will give a presentation in Italian and some English, using power point, on the evolution of the iconography of the Egyptian Goddess Isis in Roman and Western culture. We will go to lunch at Bella Napoli after the program. Those wishing to go to lunch should email Marti Moore, martim@everestkc.net.


Kansas City FilmFest

Mark your calendars for Kansas City FilmFest, April 6-10 at the AMC Mainstreet downtown at 14th and Main street. This annual festival shows more than 100 films, including a number of films in our languages. You can find the schedule at www.kcfilmfest.org and in the March 30 issue of Ink Magazine. La Causerie is sponsoring a Spanish film being shown on Thursday night at 6:45 pm called “La mitad de Oscar” (or “Half of Oscar”). La Causerie made a small contribution to support this film and, as a result, we were able to place an ad in the program, spreading the word about our classes. The Alliance Française sponsored “Hors la loi” (or “Outside the Law) being shown on Friday at 2:45 pm. Another notable French film is “Déchaînées” being shown Saturday from 10:30 am to noon (sponsored by Andrés and the Consultate General of Switzerland in Chicago). All have English subtitles. The schedule includes films from 30 countries, including many award winners that may never reach Kansas City theatres.



Keeping up during the summer months

There are only four more weeks of La Causerie classes for the 2010-2011 school year. The last class will be on April 29, but you’ll want to maintain your foreign language skills. Here are some ways that students have continued to study during the summer.

La Causerie students have been known to organize a study group and contract with an instructor who holds sessions at various places around town (at a corner table at Aixois on a certain morning or in a library meeting room). Students equally share the cost of the instructor and negotiate the content with the teacher.  Ask around to see if there is a group you can join or form one of your own.


Douglas Eikermann and Patricia Siqueiros are each organizing Spanish classes for the summer. Doug is offering classes for two groups of six.


At 2:00 each Tuesday afternoon a Spanish conversation group meets at the West Wyandotte Branch of the Kansas City, Kansas Public Library at 1737 North 82nd Street, Kansas City, Kansas 66112. The group is led by Marina Vildoso, a reference librarian at West Branch and a native of Bolivia. There is no charge for the class and all are welcome to come and to visit in Spanish.


Check our website, lacauserie.org, for a list of tutors who are available for individual or small group instruction.


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 for French, Spanish, or Italian, please send them our way for the May issue.



Important Dates:

April 8     Italian program, Rachel DiCamillo

April 15    Spring fête and business meeting

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


 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.