ANC: A Lifetime of Memories Have you registered for SNA’s Annual National Conference (ANC) in Salt Lake City yet? If not, please consider attending! My first ANC was in 2002, in nearby Minneapolis. When our director asked for volunteers for the event, I am so happy that I agreed. I met so many wonderful, compassionate and fun people from all across the country during those few days in July. The Opening Session was wild! I was one of the greeters at the doors, and everyone entering was excited, happy and ready to start our ANC experience. This was the first time I realized how large our Association is. Listening to the national leaders welcome everyone was heartwarming. In fact, they made me, an employee, feel that I was just as important as a manager, director or board member. I kept hearing “We are all here for the kids,” and that still rings true—perhaps today more than ever. I learned so much from the Education Sessions and was totally overwhelmed by all the choices. My favorite was one focused on the special challenges and rewards of a predominately female workforce. Working in a two person kitchen at the time, I had not experienced many of the negatives that were discussed—but it prepared me for future situations that could arise. And, then, there was the Exhibit Hall: rows upon rows of booths, the smells of foods wafting through the air and sounds of laughter and chattering heard upon entering the enormous room. It was a chance for managers and employees—not just directors—to talk to the vendors about their food items, tech systems and kitchen equipment. There were games to play, prizes to win, the cooking demos to watch (and rest weary feet). I look forward to it every year! Sometimes, the best information came while sharing a coffee break with someone from another state or riding the shuttle buses between the hotel and the conference center. The industry-sponsored parties in the evenings were a chance to dress up a bit, relax and have fun with coworkers. I have attended nine ANCs since. Twice, I was sent by my chapter after serving as president, but the other years, I paid my own way. Many times, there were four or five of us sharing a room to reduce our expenses. But, oh, the fun we had! Early Bird registration is open through May 8, 2015, and regular rates are available May 9-29, 2015. Check out School Nutriton.org for all the details, and think about making Salt Lake City your destination for summer fun! Annual National Conference Salt Lake City, July 12-15, 2015 Get a jump start on meeting the new federal professional standards requirements with information and support found at SNA’s Annual National Conference (ANC). Three special ANC education sessions are dedicated to this topic. Employees and managers can earn all of your Continuing Education Units (CEUs) for Professional Standards at this event! Over the course of four days, explore 100+ educational offerings, more than 800 Exhibit Hall booths, three general sessions and numerous special events. It will get you re-energized and better prepared to head back to school in the fall. At the employee/manager section meeting, there will be an upbeat and energetic presentation from Cornell University’s Kathryn Hoy, RD, about the easy steps you can take to create a “smarter lunchroom” for your students. The always-fun STEPS Challenge Wellness event will help you “get moving” with hundreds of friends and colleagues. Top off your ANC experience by discovering your inner “cowpoke” with a rousing, hand-clapping, foot-tapping performance by country music chart-toppers, Big & Rich! If you haven’t registered yet for ANC, what are you waiting for? Visit www.schoolnutrition.org/anc for all the details. Chapter Leadership Day Annual National Conference July 11, 2015 Chapter Leadership Day, held at ANC, is a valuable opportunity for volunteer leaders seeking fresh ideas to invigorate local groups. If you’re a local or state SNA chapter leader, don’t miss this annual interactive, informative and fun event held on Saturday, July 11, 2015, from 8 a.m. to noon. Topics include developing a strong leadership team, planning effective and engaging meetings, building membership and more. The cost is $25, which includes breakfast; indicate on the ANC Registration Form if you plan to participate. Visit www.schoolnutrition.org/anc for more details.
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