Helen Phillips 0000-00-00 00:00:00
An Invitation to the Future Each year, at the end of April, a select group of SNA members are invited to attend the Association’s National Leadership Conference (NLC). Attendees are leaders at the national, state and chapter levels of our organization, and they gather at NLC to discuss the challenges and opportunities ahead for growing and nurturing our membership and our profession. I invite each of you reading this magazine to step up to leadership and join this group in the years to come. You—that’s right, you—are the future of SNA. And as the future of SNA, you also are the future of the school nutrition profession. It was because of the vision and commitment of former and current Association leaders that we have standards for members to become certified and credentialed; that we have a respected voice throughout Washington from the U.S. Capitol to the White House; that we have professional campaigns to counter negative stereotypes; and that we have dynamic national meetings, publications and online resources for professional and program improvement. Leadership isn’t a simple commitment. It’s an investment of time, creativity and compromise. It may mean overcoming personal anxieties and insecurities. But leadership can be rewarding on many levels! As a leader, you will learn new skills, enjoy unprecedented networking, discover hidden personal strengths, make lifelong friends, see doors open to a wide range of experiences and opportunities and drink in the deep satisfaction of being a part of transforming change. I can promise you that when Dr. Janey Thornton first stepped up to SNA leadership, she had no inkling that the road would lead her to a high-level position at the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Likewise, when I agreed to serve on the scholarship committee of my state association, I couldn’t have imagined that my future would involve strategic brainstorming with key White House staff members. I know many other Association leaders who have enjoyed similar life-changing experiences that can be credited wholly to their decision to volunteer. It’s your turn. Does your local chapter need a new treasurer or secretary? Take that first step and say, “I’ll do it.” Have you been asked to serve on a state affiliate committee, helping to plan the annual conference or assist with grassroots advocacy? Say, “Yes, you can count on me.” Grown comfortable at the local and state level? Then it’s time to take that next step: Volunteer for a national committee or throw your hat in the ring for a seat on the Board of Directors. I also invite you to give a boost to the leaders around you. Nominate someone with potential who needs that extra encouragement in order to take the next step. In ensuring that our Association stays strong, vital and responsive to the changes that will continue to come, we need a new generation of leaders. We need you.
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