Helen Phillips 0000-00-00 00:00:00
Facing Change Change is always coming, isn’t it? As soon as we begin to adjust to the last change, before we can catch our breath, the next one is coming around the bend. While I have spent the last 12 months encouraging each of us to stand up and welcome change, I must admit that I’m not sure I am ready to take in the changes in store for me, as my year as SNA president winds to a close in a few short weeks. I have mixed emotions about this upcoming change. I have truly enjoyed being so closely and deeply involved in Association work, especially—and somewhat to my surprise— everything related to public policy and legislation. I wouldn’t consider myself a political person in general, but I have loved all that I have learned in this tumultuous year—it sure hasn’t been boring! And I have found it energizing and meaningful to be involved in helping to shape and influence changes that will guide our programs in the coming years. I also will miss the regular contact with so many key stakeholders within and outside of our organization. While I have made lasting relationships that will continue, I recognize that the level of that interaction will change when I’m no longer SNA president. I don’t have a single regret about this experience— and I encourage SNA’s future leaders to seize these unique opportunities when they present themselves. But I don’t want to sugarcoat it, either. It’s been a busy, busy year. At the beginning, it was “easy”—especially because so many people have gone above and beyond to help me keep it all together, from my terrific staff at Norfolk City Public Schools to my understanding family and the supportive SNA staff. But there is a cumulative effect in keeping up the pace required by this commitment. I’ll admit it: I’m a little tired. And that’s actually a signal of good changes to come. It means that I know that it’s the right time to pass on this responsibility to President-elect Sandra Ford, SNS. It’s time for her fresh energy and for the ideas and insights of a new Board of Directors, who will work under her direction to help SNA and the school nutrition profession in ongoing efforts to transform…to, well, change with the changing times. Plus, I’m looking forward to channeling my energies back into my district. It feels like I’ll be coming home to a new job. I’m really excited about implementing things I’ve learned, reacquainting myself with my team and getting involved with the day-to-day challenges of school nutrition. This last year has been a wonderful opportunity to empower my staff to carry on without me. It’s also been personally rewarding, helping me to get out of some ruts and gain new perspectives. Change has been good. And it will be good, for us all, in the year ahead.
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