By Patricia Montague, CAE, Chief Executive Officer 2014-06-13 17:16:57
Make Time to Celebrate Each year, as the SNA staff finalizes plans for the Annual National Conference (ANC), which is the culmination of our Association year, we reflect on the accomplishments of the past 12 months, just as many of you do at the close of your school year. We examine SNA’s efforts to support your work in feeding students healthy meals each and every day. Even though this is an extremely busy period, it’s important to make time for this type of review, because it serves as a crucial reminder that we have many achievements to celebrate, which in turn gives us the energy and momentum to keep moving forward. In just a few minutes of reflection, I tallied up several successes worthy of applause. We’ve increased the number of free educational webinar offerings for members at all levels. We are putting the last touches on a dramatic redesign of SchoolNutrition.org, which will be unveiled later this summer. We’ve launched a brand-new Keys to Excellence online assessment tool, which will prove a critical resource for directors. Each of our SNA meetings had near-record attendance—and ANC Boston is sure to “make history,” indeed, on track to be one of our biggest conferences. Perhaps the most exciting news is that membership now exceeds 55,000, the highest in 13+ years! Arguably the most critical accomplishment of 2013-14 has been SNA’s Strategic Realignment project. So much is changing in school nutrition, the business world and our society overall that it was time for the Association to do a thorough review of its entire structure and operations to ensure that SNA’s decisions and work processes are nimble and responsive to current and anticipated opportunities and challenges. You can read more details about this landmark project on page 28. Such an effort requires a forward-thinking leader and champion. President Leah Schmidt, SNS, has been that kind of leader. When we first met to discuss the goals for 2013-14, Leah and I discussed the need for an organizational review, but neither of us could have predicted the scope of the project that resulted! Fortunately, we haven’t done it all alone. Indeed, the consultants working on our strategic realignment project have noted that among SNA’s greatest strengths is the sense of community it inspires both within our Association and with allies. How fitting, then, that Leah had selected “Positive Partnerships for Healthy Results” as the theme for the year—she believed in the SNA community and all that we could and would achieve together. Leah, you have been a tremendous partner to me—not just for the last 12 months, but for several years, serving on multiple committees and in many Board positions. Thank you for all you’ve done for SNA and its members.
Published by School Nutrition Association. View All Articles.
This page can be found at http://mydigimag.rrd.com/article/First+Word/1735699/213566/article.html.