Leah Schmidt, SNS, SNA President 2014-05-02 17:34:51
Many Thanks to Many Partners I have spent quite a bit of time in airports this year, and sure enough, as I write this month’s column, I am sitting in Reagan National Airport in Washington, D.C. This was my eighth visit to our nation’s capital in the last year, and during each of these, I have had the pleasure of meeting and working with many of our wonderful SNA Headquarters staff. We are so fortunate to have some of the most dedicated and talented Association staff working for us. I truly believe—and say it all the time—that they genuinely care about SNA the same way that we care about our schools and districts! I would like to publicly thank each of them for all they have done this year to help me in so many ways that I can’t even begin to list them. My travels this year also have taken me to six states (with three more scheduled) to attend state affiliate conferences. During my terms as vice president and president-elect, I traveled to an additional seven state meetings. I love these visits, because they give me the opportunity to see how our members learn, network and celebrate their achievements. And they’ve introduced me to new friends, so many who are bonafide school lunch superheroes! Making these connections has been my favorite part of being SNA president. With the Association year beginning to wind down, I can say that we have accomplished some pretty awesome work this past year! Our leadership, supported by staff and several key stakeholders (representing industry, our past presidents and the School Nutrition Foundation), took on a major new strategic initiative. It’s one that you will be hearing about for a while. Last month, at the National Leadership Conference in St. Louis, Mo., the SNA Board of Directors approved and presented a new strategic plan, the first step in a process that will allow us to better allocate and align our precious resources, both human and financial, to our vision, mission and goals. I can’t thank enough all of those involved for their participation. There have been many other accomplishments that make me proud. These range from an update of Keys to Excellence (see page 4) to the Foundation’s 50th anniversary celebration honoring five heroes (see page 44). New Partner Summits with representatives of allies in industry and education have helped us to educate and identify key supporters for the upcoming Reauthorization process. But even before that, we have been busy weighing in on many new proposed regulations from wellness policy changes to professional standards. I can’t begin to name everyone who has played a role in this successful year, but I can say a sincere “thank you.” We have done some great things—but the work continues. Stay tuned.
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