Nancy Thatcher, SNA 2014-06-12 07:19:05
A Fond Farewell This is my last article for School Nutrition magazine, and I cannot believe how quickly my two years on SNA’s Board of Directors have flown by! I have really enjoyed being your school nutrition employee/manager representative to our national Association. Thank you for allowing me to serve you. I have always loved being part of SNA, and since being voted as your representative, I have enjoyed it even more. I have had the pleasure of learning from an incredible number of employees and managers, gleaning ideas in so many areas related to school nutrition. I have enjoyed immensely becoming friends with other Board members and SNA staff—widening my knowledge base and friendship circle at the same time. Over the last two years, I learned just how valuable SNA Headquarters staff can be to us as school nutrition professionals. If you have questions about the latest government regulations or SNA resources, remember that your SNA staff is there to help. Another area the Headquarters team excels in is organizing great conferences! The next conference on the calendar is SNA’s Annual National Conference (ANC) in Boston, July 13-16, 2014. There are so many education sessions to choose from, grouped into four key areas: Operations; Nutrition, Nutrition Education & Physical Activity; Administration; and Marketing & Communications. Within these key areas, you will find sessions geared toward specific job levels and designed with particular goals in mind, helping you learn how to work with people and do your job more effeciently and effectively. Education sessions also are a valuable way to make sure you’re up to date on the latest government regulations, such as required menu changes to the breakfast program, like adding fruit and cutting sodium. Sessions related to federal rules apply to everyone, but also look out for those sessions marked as being specifically for employee/managers! There is so much to understand about this complex business, and we need to help our directors by learning all we can. ANC is the perfect place to take advantage of available professional development, but it’s also a lot of fun. Whether it’s your first time attending ANC or you’ve lost count of how many years you’ve gone, reach out to fellow attendees sitting next to you at education and General Sessions or waiting in line at the elevator; you never know who you might meet—it might be someone with the perfect tip that you can use in your own operation or someone who becomes a lifelong pal! I hope to see you this year in Boston; if you see me, please say “hello”! Annual National Conference Boston, July 13-16, 2014 Expand your professional horizons at SNA’s Annual National Conference (ANC) by tapping into the knowledge and resources of your peers in school nutrition. Over the course of four days, you will be treated to more than 100 education sessions, some 850 exhibit booths, three general sessions and numerous events designed to advance your career to new heights. Other ANC 2014 highlights include a national and state awards ceremony, and author Jarrett J. Krosoczka is back after resonating with so many of us at last year’s ANC in Kansas City. He’ll speak about why school nutrition employees and managers are everyday heroes at the Employee/ Manager Section Meeting. Also, don’t miss ANC returning speaker Ali Vincent, author of Believe It, Be It: How Being the Biggest Loser Won Me Back My Life, who will be interacting with ANC attendees at several STEPS Challenge events. (Read more about Vincent on page 151.) ANC winds down with a Final Event featuring the infectious sounds of Huey Lewis and the News! You won’t want to miss a single minute. If you haven’t registered yet for ANC, what are you waiting for? Visit www.schoolnutrition.org/anc today. Steps to Good Health STEPS Challenge With the start of a new school year, the STEPS Challenge Program enters its third year. Whether you’ve participated before, or if you’d like to make this the year you get serious about focusing on your health, get ready for a new year of monthly challenges! Check the article in next month’s issue of this magazine and visit www. schoolnutrition.org/steps for more details, including a challenge in which the state affiliates with the most member participation will be named STEPS Challenge All-Star States and have the opportunity to win special prizes!
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