ANC 2015 Answer the Call—for ANC Proposals While SNA’s Annual National Conference (ANC) in Boston just concluded a few short weeks ago, staff at SNA Headquarters are already hard at work preparing for next year’s 69th ANC. Be sure to mark your calendar now—block off July 12-15, 2015—and start preparing to join thousands of your peers in Salt Lake City! In order to ensure this premier national event continues to provide the most dynamic educational offerings, the ANC 2015 Program Planning Committee invites you to share your expertise and experience with the school nutrition community. Each year, education sessions, poster presentations, culinary demonstrations, section meetings and pre-conference workshops focus on a wide variety of school nutrition strategies, initiatives, trends, achievements and issues, and your assistance is invaluable as we plan for next summer’s exciting program. There are many benefits of presenting at ANC, including pre- and post-event promotion to nearly 56,000 SNA members, contribution to furthering the education and professional development of school nutrition professionals and more. To submit your presentation idea for consideration, complete the “Call for Proposals” (CFP) form, available online only at www.schoolnutrition.org/cfp. Please note, the CFP form will be accepted only through September 30, 2014. For questions, please contact SNA at (800) 877-8822 or at firstname.lastname@example.org. Membership Recruitment Keep the Positive Momentum Going! Recently announced 2013-14 year-end membership numbers were cause for celebration, as SNA experienced its highest total membership numbers since 2001! At just shy of 56,000, the total is ample demonstration that school nutrition professionals all over the country recognize the many benefits of belonging to a national professional organization. All seven regions saw increases in their year-end membership over last year’s totals. Fourteen states had increases of 10% or more: Alabama, California, Delaware, Hawaii, Illinois, Massachusetts, Mississippi, New York, Nevada, Ohio, South Carolina, South Dakota, Texas and West Virginia. Naturally, SNA wants to keep that positive momentum going! And a good rst step is participating in the Back to School Membership Drive for State Associations, which begins September 1 and lasts through November 30. With the start of a brand-new school year, it’s the perfect opportunity to discuss the value of SNA membership with your employees and coworkers. The three SNA state associations, representing each membership division, recruiting the most new members during this campaign will win one free 2015 National Leadership Conference (NLC) registration to send a representative to this important meeting in San Diego. (Note that the prize covers the registration fee only.) Boosting SNA’s membership ranks can be as simple as a conversation about all your positive experiences as a national member! Maybe you will share details about “Making History” in Boston at the Annual National Conference last month. Or perhaps you’ll pass along an idea you read about in School Nutrition. You might count up all the members-only resources that you can access on the newly redesigned SchoolNutrition.org website. It won’t be long before others realize the bottom-line value of membership in the national association. State and chapter leaders—or anyone else who wants to distribute Membership Drive support materials to back up your comments—should simply send an e-mail to email@example.com. You can request: • Recruit Then Relax With SNA Membership! (Annual Membership Campaign Brochure) • SNA Membership Brochure—Director • SNA Membership Brochure—Employee/ Manager • State Membership Applications For more information about the Back to School Membership Drive for State Associations, contact SNA at (800) 877-8822 ext. 174 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. SNA Headquarters Annual Report Spotlights a Busy Year The joint purpose and cooperative link that connects the 55,000+ members of SNA certainly was well in evidence all throughout 2013-14. From the collaborative engagement of many leaders and stakeholders in our dynamic strategic realignment process to the registration numbers for our national meetings and online webinars to our growing social media presence and participation, it was a year in which members embodied the spirit of “Positive Partnerships for Healthy Results.” The highlights of the past 12 months are featured in SNA’s 2013-14 Annual Report, now available online at SchoolNutrition.org. Visit “About SNA” to access a downloadable PDF, read through the Report and take deserved pride in the many achievements of your national organization. SchoolNutrition.org SNA Website Gets Brand-New Look Last month, after months of preparation, SNA unveiled a brand-new design and navigation for SchoolNutrition.org, the Association’s official Internet resource. With an updated, eye-catching look, improved search engine and responsive design for use on desktops, laptops, tablets and smartphones, SchoolNutrition.org continues to strive to provide members and visitors with an extremely user-friendly experience, through a website that offers greater functionality, without compromising content. In today’s online-driven world, an upgrade of the website was an important project for SNA. Technology is evolving faster than ever, and SchoolNutrition.org now taps some of the most cutting-edge elements of connectivity, while ensuring that you have access to the widest range of school nutrition information available! Back-to-school season is the perfect occasion to give SchoolNutrition.org a test drive, checking out the dynamic visuals and vibrant colors of its clean, uncluttered design, while surely approving of the easier, intuitive navigation, along with enhanced search features, quick access to SNA’s social media channels and much more. School Nutrition will highlight some of the specific features of the new website in future issues. In the meantime, be sure to visit SchoolNutrition.org today to start your own exploration of the exciting transformation and experience the new innovations firsthand. Promotion Calendar Get the Party Started! Special cafeteria promotions are among the most tried-and-true strategies for building participation. Children are attracted by special events and activities that make the cafeteria fun and full of (pleasant) surprises. Whether you have already headed back to school or will do so in the weeks to come, now is the time to mark your calendar for a bevy of different promotions and celebrations to consider for the months ahead. Of course, you already know about National School Lunch and Breakfast Weeks, as well as School Lunch Hero Day, not to mention such traditional holidays as Halloween and Valentine’s Day. But what about National Mushroom Month, National Wildlife Week or International Museum Day? If you seek new ideas—and new events to celebrate—turn to SNA’s annual online Promotion Calendar, a free member service produced by the editorial staff of School Nutrition. This year’s calendar can be accessed at www. schoolnutrition.org/promocalendar1415, and it is available in a new, easy-to-download PDF format for at-your-fingertips reference with your team. It includes monthly, weekly and daily celebrations for the 2014-15 school year, as well as suggestions for decorations, costumes and activities, along with fun facts to get you started. Please note that the Promotion Calendar is not intended to be a comprehensive listing of all observations, and inclusion in this resource does not imply SNA’s endorsement of any events or observations. While SNA monitors sponsoring organizations for updates, please note that dates are subject to change. SNA Meetings & Events OCTOBER 13–17, 2014 National School Lunch Week JANUARY 15–16, 2015 School Nutrition Industry Conference Phoenix, Ariz. MARCH 1–4, 2015 Legislative Action Conference Washington, D.C. MARCH 2–6, 2015 National School Breakfast Week MAY 1, 2015 School Lunch Hero Day MAY 4–8, 2015 School Nutrition Employee Week JULY 12–15, 2015 Annual National Conference Salt Lake City
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