Sandra Ford, SNS 2013-05-03 19:40:01
Hang on— and Enjoy the Ride! By Sandra Ford, SNS I thought I was the queen of managing change, keeping all those fire batons in the air. But sometimes, changes come at you at a breakneck pace. I might be keeping up with it all (heavy emphasis on “might”), without letting things drop, but I’m feeling less confident. In fact, in the weeks leading up to writing this column, I have felt like one of those “bobble head” dolls—continually jumping from topic to topic, challenge to challenge, opportunity to opportunity. But I have to admit that it’s all pretty exhilarating, too! Consider all that’s going on! SNA recently submitted its official comments on the proposed competitive foods regulation; I’m confident that our Task Force did a thorough job ensuring that these comments reflect the top priorities of most of our operator members and industry partners. Thank you to all those who provided thoughtful feedback throughout the process. Next, we’ll be turning our attention to the implementation of the new breakfast meal pattern and readying for a proposed regulation regarding professional standards. Hold on—it’s going to be a bumpy ride. But transformation never happens in the blink of an eye, does it? And we’ve all taken incredible steps in our transformation journeys this year. We’ve invested quite a bit of sweat and a few tears—but also an enormous amount of passion and pride. It’s that fierce commitment that has allowed us to persevere and do what needs to be done. We have an admirable mission: feeding students, getting them ready to learn. We do what it takes to stay true to that mission, and we’ll keep on doing it. As I have traveled around the country, I’ve been accompanied by an Autobot Transformer (he should be eligible to earn frequent flyer miles). Despite all our time together, I still haven’t quite mastered the process of transforming him from a robot to a car without assistance. I may not meet my goal to be proficient in this by July. But you know what? I’ll be okay with that, because I know that it’s all right to ask for and accept help from others. We do this all the time in school nutrition, don’t we? Sharing our innovative ideas and strategic solutions is one of our strengths. Expert help is always available, no matter what we face or where we turn. In the meantime, Autobot and I are enjoying some quiet calm in Savannah a few days before SNA’s National Leadership Conference. President-elect Leah Schmidt, SNS, will share the plans for her year with state leaders. The Board of Directors will meet to discuss new opportunities for the transformation of SNA. My term may be starting to wind down, but as this door closes, I know another opens upon many fresh opportunities!
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