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Book Club: KCSC Page Flippers

KC Shepherd’s Center is starting a new Book Club, called the KCSC Page Flippers. We are excited to read and explore 4 books together this year, all written by past 70 over 70 Alumni.

At the end of each quarter, we will offer a Zoom or an in-person discussion with the author of each book. We are asking those of you who choose to join us on this reading journey to tell us what YOUR preference is when you register and we will go with what the majority wants. View the four authors below!

To register, follow the link below or, call Terri Goddard, Director of Development, at 816-293-9614.

Meet the Authors

Dr. Rusty Ryan, 2018 70 Over 70 Alumn

A Proven Experiment:  The Shepherd's Center Story

Book Club Discussion Date: August 14, 2023 from 2:00-4:00 pm.

Join us on this documented journey as we celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Kansas City Shepherd’s Center. The revered founder of the KC Shepherd’s Center, Dr. Elbert C. Cole, created a legacy of ministry by, for, and with older adults that remains with us today. This book documents the 50-year history and offers a deeper look into the future leadership qualities and models needed to reach older generations for decades to come.

The Shepherd’s Center, “A Proven Experiment,” provides evidence of the impact on quality of life for older adults when we meet and exceed their vital personal, social, and spiritual needs. Through this book, we celebrate the commitment to lifelong learning, compassionate care, and volunteer service opportunities demonstrated through the years at Kansas City Shepherd’s Center. We remember, recognize, and realize lessons learned from the past and present that propel us into the future!

The book is available on Amazon for $14.95. Order here:

Janice Ellis, 2022 70 Over 70 Alum

From Liberty to Magnolia: In Search of the American Dream

Book Club Discussion Date: September 11th from 2:00-4:00 pm.

Janice Ellis has lived and worked in Missouri for more than three decades, analyzing educational, political, social and economic issues across race, ethnicity, age and socio-economic status. Her commentary has appeared in The Kansas City Star, community newspapers, on radio and now online. She is the author of two award-winning books: From Liberty to Magnolia: In Search of the American Dream (2018) and Shaping Public Opinion: How Real Advocacy Journalism™ Should be Practiced (2021). Ellis holds a Ph.D. in communication arts, and two Master of Arts degrees, one in communications arts and a second in political science, all from the University of Wisconsin.

This book is available on Amazon for $14.59. Order here:

Deborah Shouse, 2018 70 Over 70 Alum

An Old Woman Walks Into a Bar

Book Club Discussion Date: December 11th from 2:00-4:00 pm.

Deborah Shouse, Kansas City, Missouri, enjoys the flexibility, humility, excitement, connections, and joy inherent in the writing life. She has been featured in many anthologies, including more than five-dozen Chicken Soup books. For years, she wrote a Love Story column for The Kansas City Star. Deborah and her life partner Ron Zoglin co-wrote Antiquing for Dummies and she co-authored several volumes in the Yes, You Can financial series. For years, Deborah has worked with and written about people who are living with dementia and their care partners.

She has authored two books on this subject: Love in the Land of Dementia: Finding Hope in the Caregiver’s Journey and Connecting in the Land of Dementia: Creative Activities to Explore Together. Working with medical professionals and care partners, Deborah and Ron have presented their stories and ideas in countries such as New Zealand, England, Chile, Costa Rica, India, Italy, and Turkey. An Old Woman Walks Into a Bar is a work of her heart and she is honored to share it with you.

This book is available on Amazon for $12.95. Order here:

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