September 2007 Newsletter
Classes begin September
Registration has gone very well and we
have nearly 180 members—a new record.
There is still room to enroll in most classes. Please register immediately if you have not done so.
Since our board members are volunteers who attend classes
themselves, we do not want to be registering people on Friday mornings. Contact Patricia Reed at (816) 753-7671
immediately if you need to register before classes start. Please do NOT wait
responsible for purchasing your own textbooks. There is a special tab on the
website that lists books for all classes and provides links to sources for
purchase. Members are responsible for
purchasing their own texts. If you need
assistance, contact Judy Pearlstein who can help you.
All activities are held at Second
Presbyterian Church, 55th and Brookside Boulevard. There will be signs up to direct you to our
classrooms and social
room where coffee and snacks are served. All activities are on the third floor. Use the stairs or the elevator.
sympathy is offered to member Roe Griffith whose husband Mickey (Lloyd James
Griffin) died on September 11 after a valiant fight against cancer. Services were held on September 15 with
burial following in Johnson
Gardens. Members wanting
more details can read the entire obituary online (published in the KC Star
Welcome to our New
La Causerie has been
blessed with excellent teachers over the year and this year is no
exception. We welcome these new members
of our faculty:
Bass has taught Spanish and French for the past four years at a small
private Christian School in Belton, Missouri called Heartland High School.
She attended both Kansas
University and CMSU and
received a Bachelor's of Science in Education with a French major, Spanish
minor. In previous teaching positions
she started a French program in Pleasant
Hill that expanded its foreign language offerings. At Lee's Summit she helped
launch foreign language instruction at the junior high level so the
International Baccalaureate could begin to be offered at the high school.
Susan has also translated for a private detective, the police department, and a
missionary group traveling in Mexico.
R. Eikermann is a
consultant for corporations that do business in Latin
America and he speaks both Spanish and Portuguese. He graduated from the United
States Naval Academy in 1974, completed a Juris Doctor at the University of Kansas in 1982, and earned a Master of
Laws from the University of the Pacific in 1985. He is the author of two books: The Second
Half of the Life of Bernard Trammel, a novel published in 2001 by Creative
Arts Book Company, and What Your Lawyer Doesn’t Want You to Know, a
nonfiction book published in 2002 by Self-Counsel Press. Before and during law school, he
taught Spanish 101 and 102 to undergraduates for the Department of
Spanish and Portuguese at the University
Martha Gransee is a native Spanish speaker from Columbia, South America. She has a Bachelors degree in architecture
from the University Jorge Tadeo Lozano and has worked in construction
administration, historic restoration projects and other types of design
projects such as office and medical buildings and single family homes. Martha, who is fluent in English, has been in
Joan Gioacchini has studied Italian for
the past 14 years, both in New York
City and at La Causerie. She began teaching Italian a
few years ago at Johnson
College, teaching evening courses for beginning
and intermediate students. She also does private tutoring in her
home. She is married to an Italian from Parma named Alessandro and the family
(including three children) takes yearly trips there. Joan was born in Jamaica, has a background in Spanish and a BA in
Economics from Colgate
Joan spent 15 years as a journalist for both CNN and Fox in New
York City and Washington
Some rules of the road
With a new
location for our classes and a number of new members, we thought it might be a
good idea to outline the way some things work.
1. Please direct questions about La Causerie, problems
you encounter or needs that arise to your officers listed below, NOT
to the church staff. Second
Presbyterian Church has no role in running La Causerie. They are our landlord and we want to keep
them happy (and relatively unburdened by our business).
2. When you arrive for class, go directly to the third
floor. Check the bulletin board to find
your correct classroom as some class assignments have changed since the
Enrollment Party due to class size requirements.
- Members of your board of
directors take classes, too. In
fact, that’s how they got involved.
So do everything you can to take care of issues or needs at a time
other than Friday morning. Our phone numbers and emails are provided for
that purpose. If you tie them up on
Friday morning, you both may miss class.
- We have coffee and snacks
available on Friday mornings.
Members bring snacks and you can sign up with Pam White (or at the
coffee table) to participate. We
take up a collection at the snack table each week to cover the cost of
coffee. Think of it as our “weekly
- Please clean up after yourself
in all classrooms. Throw away all
coffee cups, trash and clean up any spills. We want to keep the church
happy with us (and keep our rent low).
Homework Assignments on
website you can find a tab at the top named “Wiki.” This is where our instructors post weekly
homework assignments. If you miss a
class, or forget the details of an assignment, check our WIKI for votre devoirs
or los deberes or i compiti.
teachers: instructions on using the WIKI
are coming your way soon.
La Causerie offers noon
cultural programs for its members. Generally these focus on cultural aspects of
the countries in which our languages are spoken. Each program is presented in one of our three
languages (occasionally a joint program in English). We try to have six programs each year in
English, six in Spanish and six in Italian.
A volunteer is still
needed to coordinate the Italian programs. If someone does not step forward,
there will be no Italian programs this year.
The volunteer would need to identify, schedule and coordinate six
programs. There is a $50 honorarium for
Thanks to Thad Carver
(French) and Angelica Estrada-Minton (Spanish) for coordinating those
programs. If you know of interesting
speakers in any of our languages, let these folks know about them.
September 20 Please complete all
September 21 CLASSES BEGIN
September 28 Classes held
Executive Board Members 2007-2008
CONTACT WITH A QUESTION:
Reed (Assistant to the Board)
Check Livret for contact info
President: Inez Pennington
First VP: REMAINS UNFILLED
Looking for a volunteer
Second VP: Pam White (also
Chair of Social & Hospitality)
Secretary: Joan Daniels (Program Chair)
Asst. Secy: Judy Pearlstein (Textbook Chair)
Treasurer: Linda Lyon
Asst. Treas Dalene Bradford (newsletter and publicity)