By Leah Schmidt 2013-12-24 12:52:25
Mid-year Musings Let me be perfectly clear: I love and embrace new technology, especially when it enables me and my team to be more productive. That said, my love is not unconditional. Within the first month of the school year, I was faced with a brand-new desk phone, voicemail system, cell phone and e-mail program, while also being “encouraged” to maintain a Twitter account. Frankly, it sent me into a technology meltdown! I have since recovered, and I am able (for the most part) to use all my new tools. But it’s a continual learning process that can get a little overwhelming as more new gadgets, websites and system upgrades become available, and the tried-and-true becomes obsolete. I’ll admit that I’m looking forward to the technology articles in this month’s magazine with equal parts excitement and dread. I hope you will join me in simply taking a deep breath and jumping in to the next new thing! After all, life sure isn’t slowing down, is it? It is hard to believe that we are almost halfway through the school— and SNA—year. In the last five months, I have attended ve state affiliate conferences and participated in numerous events and meetings for SNA, the National Food Service Management Institute and the Alliance for a Healthier Generation. I’ve crisscrossed the country, traveling from Washington, D.C., to Washington state—plus Vermont, Massachusetts, New York, Florida, Mississippi, Arkansas, Nebraska and California. At each event, I’ve had opportunities to discuss the five pillars of SNA’s strategic framework (Education and Profession Development, Public Image, Advocacy, Community and Membership) and highlight our ongoing efforts and accomplishments in each area. It has been such a great experience! I can’t wait to see what the coming months will bring. One thing that I hope 2014 will bring is positive progress on wellness-related new year’s resolutions. I know many of you share those with me, right? If you are trying to adopt new healthy habits, I urge you to check out STEPS (www.schoolnutrition. org/steps) for its common-sense approach. Be sure to track and submit your monthly points to help your state affiliate become an All-Star State; you could be eligible for the all-expense-paid trip to Boston for the 2014 Annual National Conference! But the next stop is Miami, this month, for SNA’s School Nutrition Industry Conference. I hope to see many of you there or in our nation’s capital in March for our 42nd annual Legislative Action Conference. Visit SchoolNutrition.org for more details about both events! Have a safe and happy new year! Leah Schmidt, SNS SNA President
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