Nancy Thatcher, SNA School Nutrition Employee/Manager Representative 2013-05-03 19:39:33
See You in the Heart of the Nation! By Nancy Thatcher, SNA School Nutrition Employee/Manager Representative It’s May, and for many of us, another school year is coming to a close. We all have had a big year. There have been many changes we have had to adjust to, but we did it! If you haven’t already, give yourself—and your staff—a big pat on the back! We all deserve one. We may struggle sometimes when asked to change, but learning not only what needs to change but why can help us with easier transitions—in our kitchens and our lives. I admit, I don’t always look forward to change. I am, however, looking forward to transitioning from the school year to summer. Why? Because I’ll be headed to SNA’s Annual National Conference (ANC) July 14-17 in Kansas City, Mo. When I attend ANC, I feel like a teenager at a concert getting to meet new people and seeing the “stars” of school nutrition—and even national celebrities at our General Sessions and Final Event. This year, Al Roker, from the “Today Show”; Lisa Ling, host of “Our America” the Oprah Winfrey Network; and Jarrett J. Krosoczka, author of the Lunch Lady series of graphic novels, are all slated to be General Session speakers. The talented Darius Rucker, formerly from Hootie and the Blowfish, will perform at our Final Event. But ANC is not all about seeing “stars.” I can’t forget the education sessions! I really like learning new things from the speakers and workshops that are offered. Some sessions will teach us about the new rules and regulations. Some will teach us how to deal with other people and become good managers of both our time and resources. Others will teach us how to be healthy, both physically and mentally. We also are introduced to new products—too many to count!—in the Exhibit Hall. Sampling the products allows us to learn about new items available for our students—and we may even have a chance to win prizes in the process. The vendors work really hard to develop new recipes to help us provide nutritious and delicious foods to the kids we serve. Another ANC highlight for me is getting to experience a new part of this big, beautiful country. I love meeting new people and getting to know them—in fact, it is my favorite part of ANC! We get to engage in idea sharing with people from all over the United States. Meeting all these people who care so much about children has taught me that this is not just a job, but a passionate career. Whether you’re considering attending for the first time or you’re an ANC veteran, I sure hope to see you in Kansas City, Mo., “The Heart of the Nation”! Chapter Leadership Day July 13, 2013 Chapter Leadership Day, held in conjunction with SNA’s Annual National Conference (ANC) in Kansas City, is a valuable opportunity for volunteer leaders to learn new ideas and techniques for strengthening their chapters. Presentation topics will include developing a strong leadership team, planning effective meetings and building membership. The cost is $25 per attendee. Be sure to indicate on the ANC Registration Form if you plan to participate. Visit www.schoolnutrition.org/anc for more details. SNA Certification Enhance Your Skills Are you exploring the idea of certification? Or thinking of taking your current certification up a notch? SNA certification adds credibility to your position and to your school nutrition operation. It showcases your expertise in this profession, provides a career ladder for advancement and demonstrates your commitment to school nutrition. In some school districts, certification even may gain you a pay raise! To learn more, visit www.schoolnutrition.org/certification. Share Your Success! National School Breakfast Week If you helped your students to “Be a Star With School Breakfast” during National School Breakfast Week last March, be sure to share the details of your celebration, along with photos, with the School Nutrition editorial team. Your report could be a part of our annual wrap-up article published later this year or appear on SNA’s Facebook page! Don’t let this task get overlooked in the busy activities of the end of the school year. Send your story by e-mail to email@example.com or by mail to NSBW Wrap, School Nutrition, 120 Waterfront St., Suite 300, National Harbor, MD 20745. [Note: Submission of photos grants permission to use the images in the magazine or other SNA materials.]
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