By Julia Bauscher, SNS SNA President 2014-07-28 23:38:53
Three Steps to School Nutrition Happiness “I’m so excited and I just can’t hide it!” The first line of the refrain from the popular Eighties-era Pointer Sisters song plays over and over in my head whenever I think about SNA and the year ahead. It’s the perfect embodiment of my enthusiasm for this Association, our members, our volunteer leaders, our staff, our friends in industry—and all that we can accomplish when we work together. I am so excited to kick off a year in which each one of us will make the commitment to “Engage. Energize. Excel!” After all, these three verbs cover everything we do as school nutrition professionals. One leads to the other in a continual circle of improvement! My challenge to you in the coming weeks and months is to reach out to people you don’t know and engage them in personal and professional conversations. In making new connections, you will be energized as you discover new ideas and new friends. Applying fresh ideas to your programs will help you to excel in all regards! In the spirit of engaged, energized excellence, the SNA Board of Directors, senior management staff at Headquarters and other key stakeholders have been very busy in recent months on a process to take a fresh look at our core competencies, values and mission in developing new strategic objectives. I hope you read about this process and the outcomes in the June/July issue (“Falling Into Place”). Our next step will be to review all of SNA’s resources (including programs, services, staff and governance) to ensure that they are aligned with the new strategic goals and can assure member support in our challenging, ever-changing school nutrition environment. This process has been an eye-opening experience in critical information gathering and strategic discussions and decisions, and I am very excited about how the next steps will further position SNA to provide excellence to every member of this organization. Did you travel to Boston for the Annual National Conference (ANC) last month? It was a terrific event—such a celebration of all the things that make this profession unique. I hope you talked with someone you didn’t know and made a connection, because you never know where it will take you! At my very first ANC, in 1994, I made a new friend: Leah Schmidt, SNA’s now immediate past president. I don’t know that either of us could have predicted that 20 years later, we’d be serving as Association leaders. But doing so makes me confident that 2014-15 is going to be a year of many exciting connections that will last the test of time, 20 years down the road. I couldn’t be more engaged, energized and ready to excel—I hope all of you are, too!
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