Annual National Conference Cowgirl (or Boy) Up With Big & Rich! Attendees of SNA’s Annual National Conference (ANC) Final Event rate it among the top highlights of every summer meeting. The live performance scheduled for ANC 2015 in Salt Lake City is certain to be another hit, as concert-goers will discover their inner cowgirl or cowboy with country music chart-toppers Big & Rich as this year’s headliners. Big Kenny Alphin and John Rich have exerted a definite “gravitational pull” on the direction modern country music has taken since they exploded into the public consciousness a decade ago. With 2004’s triple-platinum “Horse of a Different Color” album, featuring four Top 40 country hits, they tapped into the best strands of a wide spectrum of popular music. Today, “Look At You,” the lead-off single to their latest album, “Gravity,” peaked at No. 7 on the charts, demonstrating their enduring influence on the musical universe. You’ll want to be there when America’s “Technicolor cowboys” take the stage exclusively for ANC attendees. Don’t miss what is certain to be a rousing, hand-clapping, foot-tapping performance that audience members will be talking about for years to come. Visit www.schoolnutrition.org/anc to register today! For more details about the 2015 ANC in Salt Lake City, check out the special supplement to this issue, found between pages 56 and 57. SNA Governance SNA Explores Governance Changes For more than a year, SNA’s leadership has been engaged in a “strategic realignment” process to ensure the organization’s resources and structure are aligned with the key priorities of its strategic plan. [Editors’ Note: See “Falling Into Place,” June/July 2014, to learn more about the strategic planning process and the results.] One key aspect of this realignment process is a deep-dive review and potential revision of the organization’s governance structure. It’s been more than 15 years since the last time the Association engaged in such an undertaking. In early January, 33 representatives of several stakeholder groups (including member types, state and national leaders, past presidents, representatives of state agencies, industry and allied organizations and key staff) gathered in Phoenix prior to SNA’s School Nutrition Industry Conference to reflect on the Association’s current governance structure and brainstorm potential changes. All aspects of the national organization’s governance were examined, from the House of Delegates to the Board of Directors to standing and advisory committees. Under the facilitation of association consultants Tecker International, the participants brainstormed potential new models and evaluated the pros and cons of each. In February, SNA’s Executive Committee reviewed and revised a proposed model that will be discussed by the full Board of Directors in early March. Any changes to SNA’s governance will be presented to the Association’s House of Delegates (HOD) in the form of bylaws amendments, and details will be provided to state leaders well in advance of the July 2015 HOD meeting for their consideration and questions. Stay tuned to SchoolNutrition.org, clicking on the “About SNA” tab for updates. NSBW 2015 Share Your Best NSBW Stories Each year, School Nutrition looks forward to receiving the engaging particulars of National School Breakfast Week celebrations. We are always impressed with members’ enthusiasm and creativity—and, in turn, we like to spotlight these efforts in the pages of this magazine. So, tell us all about it. Don’t leave out any of the critical details! Did you give your breakfast menu a makeover? Invite a local celebrity to eat breakfast with your students? Or decorate the cafeteria with NSBW posters and balloons from the SNA Emporium? And did you promote it all on social media? Whether your promotion was big or small, your great ideas could inspire other members in promoting school breakfast. We want to hear how you, your co-workers, your staff and your students made the grade this month with school breakfast. Send your stories, along with high-resolution, standard-size digital or print photos, to: School Nutrition, Attn: NSBW Wrap-Up, 120 Waterfront St., Suite 300, National Harbor, MD 20745 or via email to email@example.com. SNA Leadership SNA Needs YOU! Have you or a colleague considered taking the next step in your commitment to school nutrition programs? SNA is seeking qualified candidates with leadership competencies to serve on the national Board of Directors and the SNA Nominating Committee, as well as to be considered for various committee appointments. These leaders play an important role in guiding the future of the Association and leading changes for the school nutrition profession overall. If you or a colleague is up for the exciting challenges and rewards of volunteer service at the national level, it’s time to step up! To learn more about which Board of Directors seats will be open for national election in Fall 2015, the requirements for specific positions and how to submit a nomination for consideration, contact Nominating Committee Staff Liaison Jean Geraghty at firstname.lastname@example.org. STEPS Challenge Small Victories, Big Rewards! VICTORY! A success in a struggle against difficulties or an obstacle. What a great image that word evokes—and it sounds so good rolling off the tongue, too. And what a great feeling you have when you are victorious! Whether it’s a personal challenge or a work-related one, when we tackle a problem or obstacle, the victory feels awesome! SNA’s STEPS Challenge was designed to help school nutrition professionals make healthy changes and be victorious—one step at a time, one day at a time—in an effort to enjoy a lifetime of good health. The program provides participants with sample monthly challenges, a wealth of tools and information to guide you down a healthful path and plenty of inspiration to keep you going! We invite you to tell us about your STEPS Challenge success stories by participating in SNA’s Small Victories Sweepstakes. By entering, you’ll have a chance to win the grand prize: an allexpenses- paid trip for two to this year’s SNA Annual National Conference, July 12-15, 2015, in Salt Lake City. The Small Victories Sweepstakes opens on April 1 and closes May 31. For more information and to enter online, visit www.schoolnutrition.org/STEPS. Remember, like any goal you want to achieve, personal wellness takes hard work, effort and dedication. However, each health-related goal you meet is important and a step forward on your wellness journey. Plus, each victory builds on another to bring about BIG rewards. We look forward to hearing your STEPS Challenge victories!
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