Have you ever looked at your reflection in the mirror and wondered why life leads you in the direction you are heading? This thought has helped me focus on the simple things in my life, and celebrate what is dear to me. It makes me strive to begin each day with an appreciation of one element, one person or one event already in my life. The mirror has led me to think about the significant events in my life and how they have shaped the person I am today. As I write this column, I am celebrating an appreciation for what the Georgia School Nutrition Association and the national School Nutrition Association have given me. I have had the opportunity to achieve personal and professional goals through serving in various positions in both organizations—and simply by having the courage to serve. I received scholarships from both associations, which afforded me the opportunity to graduate in 2013 a college degree. I walked across that stage with the determination to continue to grow in my profession. Working full time and going to school at night took a of patience and understanding from everyone involved my life, but the desire to grow professionally has always been a goal of mine. I have continued to persevere, depending on my faith to bring me through various obstacles and disappointments. I know that staying strong plants seeds for growth and guides me in meeting future goals. Recently, I have been given one of the greatest growth opportunities in my school nutrition career: I will now be working with the Georgia State Department of Education. Unfortunately, this means leaving my school district—and having to resign as the Employee/Manager Representative on the SNA Board of Directors (see article top right). I can only express sincere gratitude to SNA and its members for the opportunity to serve and the growth I have seen in myself through this period. The decision to leave was not an easy one, but I find I must hold fast to my beliefs as I establish new goals and embrace new challenges in life. I absolutely love the school nutrition profession! Being a member of an organization such as ours nurtures my mind, my spirit and my soul. Embracing the lasting friendships we make here helps us to look beyond ourselves and into the hearts of one another. Open your eyes to learning and growing. Keep that reflection in the mirror true to your heart—only you have the courage to change the most important individual in your life: you. A Change in Representation Due to a change in her professional status, SNA Employee/Manager Representative Teresa Stevenson has resigned from the SNA Board of Directors (see article left). Roxanne “Roxi” Knops, the elementary kitchen manager for Willow Lane Elementary School, White Bear Lake Area Schools, White Bear Lake, Minn., has assumed the position effective November 2014. Knops has served as Member Services Committee chair for Minnesota SNA, as well as twice serving as president of her local chapter. Her goal as SNA Employee/Manager Representative is to be a voice for the “worker bees” in child nutrition programs, and to encourage professional development for employees at all levels. Legislative Action Conference March 1-4, 2015 Time is drawing near to join SNA and your school nutrition colleagues in Washington, D.C., for SNA’s 43rd annual Legislative Action Conference (LAC). This exciting meeting is geared toward SNA members at all job levels, and it allows you to advocate for school nutrition programs with lawmakers not only in D.C., but also back home. With the 2015 Child Nutrition Reauthorization on the horizon, now more than ever, raising your voice is critical. Learn more about LAC by visiting www.schoolnutrition.org/lac or calling the SNA Service Center at (800) 877-8822. Certificate in School Nutrition Celebrate Your Success Have you recently earned your SNA Certificate in School Nutrition? Congratulations, that’s a big accomplishment and SNA wants to help you celebrate! To aid members like you in promoting and celebrating all that it takes to earn a SNA Certificate in School Nutrition, SNA has created some fun tools to help share the news with friends, co-workers and students. These tools include a downloadable button to use on Facebook and other social media sites, as well as customizable cafeteria posters in varying sizes. Visit www.schoolnutrition.org/Certificate/ToolsToPromote to check out the new certificate promotion tools and let the celebration begin!
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