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We're Moving! Hiring! and Ready for the New Year!

Wednesday, December 18, 2019  
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Dear friends,

As we close the year, we have some updates to share with you about IRC staff, offices, and plans for next year. You may have had the opportunity to meet program coordinator Rachel White during her time with us this fall. Rachel has moved on to another opportunity, and we wish her the best.

We've posted an opening for a full-time program coordinator to develop, implement, and evaluate programs and events; contribute to organizational communications and marketing; serve as an ambassador for the organization in the Kansas City community; and support other IRC initiatives. This position reports to the executive director. Please share the full posting » with individuals you know who might be interested, noting the priority application deadline of Friday, January 3.

The new program coordinator will join us in our new office space at Union Station, where we'll be moving to start the new year. We've outgrown our current space at the corner of 9th and Baltimore and look forward to moving into the KC Chamber's offices on the second floor, which also serves as home to the World Trade Center–Kansas City. We're excited about this move and look forward to welcoming you to our new offices in the new year! Stay tuned for a new mailing address and phone number.

The IRC's Board of Directors expresses its sincere thanks to the following members who are finishing their terms of service on the board: Chelan David, Kirk Doan, Anné Erickson, Bob Rebori, Larry Rouse, Cyprienne Simchowitz, and Mike Wood. Congratulations to these newly elected officers for 2020: Jeff Bell (president), Holly Nielsen (first vice president), Carrie Sherer (second vice president), Kimberly Connelly (secretary), and Nancy Messer (treasurer). We also welcome the following individuals who will begin a three-year term on the IRC's Board of Directors on January 1:

  • Christina Arnone, Stinson Law Firm
  • David Au, Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City
  • Jon McGraw, Buttonwood Financial Group
  • Shahid Qadri, retired from Black & Veatch
  • Usha Saha, India Association of Kansas City
  • Dave Saunders, Hallmark Corporation

We'll be in and out of the office through the end of the year, so email will be the best way to be in touch if you need anything. Many, many thanks for another wonderful year, and the happiest of holidays to you and your family.

Kind regards,

Matthew Hughes, Executive Director
 • 816-423-2632

Great Decisions is America's largest discussion program on world affairs. The program involves reading the Great Decisions Briefing Book and meeting in a discussion group to discuss the most critical international issues facing the United States, and the global community, today. A number of groups meet around the KC Metro Area. 2020 Great Decisions Briefing Books are now on sale for $25 ($32 from the Foreign Policy Association), and DVDs are available for $40; both will be delivered in JanuaryLearn more and purchase materials »


Registration Open
IRC Book Club: From Cold War to Hot Peace – Tuesday, January 28 – 6:30-8 p.m. – Kauffman Foundation Conference Center
The IRC Book Club gives participants the opportunity to discuss foreign affairs, global topics, authors' perspectives, historical events, and their current local relevance in a respectful, engaging setting. Convened by seasoned Great Decisions leader Jack McLaren, the group meets every six to eight weeks to dig into a different author's work. Read more and register »

Does your business or organization have an upcoming event that could be of interest to IRC members? To have your event considered for inclusion in future IRC newsletters, please contact Matthew Hughes ».

Russian-American Business Chamber Networking Event », presented by the Russian House of Kansas City
Thursday, December 5 – 6:30-8 p.m. – Lenexa City Hall 

Turkic Food and Art Festival », presented by the Dialogue Institute of Kansas City
Saturday, December 14 – 11 a.m.-3 p.m. – Dialogue Institute of Kansas City

International Nativity Displays », presented by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
Saturday, December 14 – 6-9 p.m. – Kansas City, Missouri, Temple

Qatar and Oman Educator Tours », presented by Qatar Foundation International and Global Exploration for Educators Organization
Saturday, December 21 - Friday, January 3, 2020 

Basic International Humanitarian Law: "Even War Has Rules" », presented by the American Red Cross of GKC and NWMO
Monday, January 6 – 12-1 p.m. – American Red Cross (East KC) – Lunch provided – RSVP »

Open House: Once We Were Refugees & The Tamale Kitchen
Saturday, February 1 – 2-4 p.m. – 5001 Independence Ave., KCMO

For a complete listing of events, please see the KC Community Calendar ».


GAME Peace Builder Nominations 
Global and Mulicultural Education (GAME) invites you to submit a nomination for their 13th annual Peace Builder Award, scheduled on Saturday, February, 1, 2020. This event recognized one individual and one organization who have demonstrated long-term contributions to peace building efforts within our community. To access the registration form please visit , click Upcoming Events. If you have any questions, please contact Nomination Deadline is December 18, 2019.