Membership Are You a VIP? Win a chance to enjoy Very Important Person (VIP) status at SNA’s “School Nutrition Event of the Year” when you help recruit new members for the Association. SNA’s 2015-16 Annual Membership Campaign is in full swing, and it needs your help to strengthen SNA’s ranks. When you recruit five or more new members between June 1, 2015, and May 31, 2016, you will be automatically entered into a drawing to win one of five VIP registrations to SNA’s 2017 Annual National Conference (ANC) in Atlanta.* The package includes free conference registration, VIP seating at the General Sessions and the Final Event, plus sightseeing opportunities and more. To get started on your recruitment efforts, visit www.schoolnutrition.org/vip. Pre-printed color versions of the brochure are also available for chapter meetings and state conferences. To request copies, contact the SNA Membership Department at firstname.lastname@example.org or (800) 877-8822. Additionally, let us know how you’re doing on recruitment by keeping us posted on social media. Use the hashtag #SNArecruiter! *Void where prohibited or restricted by law. For complete prize drawing rules, visit www.schoolnutrition.org/vip. Legislation Bipartisan Bill Introduced in House In mid-May, U.S. Representatives Rodney Davis (R-Ill.) and Brad Ashford (D-Neb.) introduced H.R. 2508, The Healthy School Meals Flexibility Act, in the House of Representatives. This bipartisan HQ legislation is a companion bill to S. 1146, introduced in the Senate at the beginning of May by U.S. Senators John Hoeven (R-N.D.) and Angus King (I-Maine), which is also called The Healthy School Meals Flexibility Act; it also provides permanent flexibility to aid schools in complying with USDA’s sodium and whole-grain requirements for school lunch and school breakfast. The legislation does not change any other current meal pattern requirements regarding calories, fruits or vegetables and trans fat. “School Nutrition Association members strongly support the Healthy School Meals Flexibility Act,” says SNA CEO Patricia Montague, CAE. “Although new nutrition standards for school meals have brought many positive changes, some of the new rules have caused unintended negative consequences. Too many students are passing up nutritious school lunches in favor of unhealthy alternatives. Schools miss out on the opportunity to teach students about healthy choices in the cafeteria, while losing critical revenue to invest in appealing school menus. The Healthy School Meals Flexibility Act will help schools maintain strong meal programs and better serve students.” With bills in both chambers of the U.S. Congress, SNA needs your help now more than ever to keep the momentum moving forward! Use your SNA Take Action account, found at http://tinyurl.com/takeactionSNA, to contact your legislators and urge them to support H.R. 2508 and S. 1146. ANC 2015 What’s Going on in Salt Lake ? SNA’s Annual National Conference (ANC) is so close that you can practically feel the sun of Salt Lake City shining on your face. Before you board your plane to the Crossroads of the West, take note of some of the latest ANC updates: • SNA’s House of Delegates will meet from 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday, July 11, 2015, at The Grand America Hotel. Although voting privileges are granted only to official delegates, all SNA members are welcome to attend the proceedings. For more information, contact the SNA Service Center at (800) 877-8822. • Longtime veterans of ANC will notice a change in this year’s Sunday morning schedule. There will be no Inspiration Service held at ANC in 2015. Those seeking religious services are encouraged to check with your hotel for information on local houses of worship. • Attention, chapter leaders! Do you need ideas to reinvigorate your chapter—beyond the ideas on pages 56-62? Would you like to network with other chapters from across the country? Chapter Leadership Day, scheduled for the morning of Saturday, July 11, 2015, is a fantastic opportunity to gather fresh ideas that will help lead your chapter through a successful year. A separate registration fee is required. For details, contact the SNA Service Center at (800) 877-8822. Promotional Calendar Celebrate Special Days in Special Ways Special days, special weeks, special months—kids adore these quirky, one-off holidays, and you can use these opportunities to not only do something fun in your school cafeteria, but also to build program participation. You’ve likely already marked staples such as National School Lunch and Breakfast Weeks and School Lunch Hero Day on your calendar. But what about Parents Day, Egg Salad Week or National Strawberry Month? SNA’s annual online Promotional Calendar will be available in July to help you plan for all the unique 2015-16 events and promotions. A free member perk that’s produced by the editorial staff of School Nutrition, it includes monthly, weekly and daily celebrations, as well as fun facts and suggestions for decorations, costumes and activities. Navigate to www.schoolnutrition.org/promocalendar1516 to download the calendar—keep it nearby for inspiration throughout the school year! Please note that the Promotional Calendar is not intended to be a comprehensive listing of all observances, and inclusion in this resource does not imply SNA’s endorsement of any events or observances. While SNA monitors sponsoring organizations for updates, dates are subject to change. Professional Development Catch up on CEUs This Summer Summer is a perfect time to get caught up on things, such as reading for pleasure, household chores and maybe even your fitness routine! Perhaps you have a whole list of things you’ve been hoping to accomplish, but does it include professional development, as well? Like many busy school nutrition professionals, you might not have much time to devote to professional education during the school year. However, SNA makes it easy to learn about hot topics in school nutrition and earn Continuing Education Units (CEUs) with its popular (and free!) webinars. Webinar Wednesdays—always held on (you guessed it!) Wednesdays—cover a host of school nutrition best practices, and hot topics, and provide concrete ideas to benefit your program. Additional webinars are scheduled as part of the Talk Tuesdays series. These are designed to help you take advantage of the many benefits of being an SNA member, such as new programs and services, member forums with SNA’s CEO and president and new educational and promotional tools you can use to enhance your school nutrition program. Be sure to take advantage of SNA’s Webinar Archives, where you can browse archived webinars categorized by the four key areas of the Association’s Certificate and Credentialing Programs, which are the same four key areas as USDA’s Professional Standards. Navigate to www.schoolnutrition.org/webinar for more information, including a schedule of upcoming webinars. Education & Training SNA: Your Professional Standards Source The final USDA Professional Standards rule for foodservice directors, managers, school nutrition staff and state agency directors is here and effective July 1, 2015. To help with implementation of the new standards, SNA has created several useful resources, available on its dedicated webpage www.schoolnutrition.org/professionalstandards. Here, you will also find links to USDA’s own resources, including a special training tracking tool. School nutrition directors, managers and employees can meet continuing education requirements for SY 2015-16 by attending education sessions at SNA’s Annual National Conference (ANC), July 12-15 in Salt Lake City. Attendees also will have access to an electronic tracking form to track all their training at ANC related to professional standards. To learn more about how SNA’s Certificate and Credentialing programs can help you meet continuing education requirements, listen in on the archived webinar, “How SNA’s Professional Development Programs Can Help You Meet Professional Standards,” at www.schoolnutrition.org/webinar/archives. Personal Wellness Take Some Healthy STEPS at ANC With activities designed to help you create a healthier lifestyle, SNA’s personal wellness program, the STEPS Challenge, takes center stage at the upcoming Annual National Conference (ANC) in Salt Lake City. Made possible by program sponsor—and the sponsor of the Opening General Session, too—Jennie-O Turkey Store, ANC provides an opportunity for SNA members to join together during a busy conference to make fitness a priority. On Tuesday, July 14, kick off your day with the STEPS wellness event, a sunrise stretch! Soak in the sunshine, the fresh air and the good feeling of starting your day with exercise. Attendees should be sure to pick up a free STEPS water bottle, which will help you remember the importance of staying hydrated, at Jennie-O’s booth (#500) in the Exhibit Hall. Supplies are limited of this special STEPS-themed item, so don’t delay. Join STEPS Program Manager Emily Mannel for Tuesday afternoon’s (2:15-3:15 p.m) education session. Mannel will detail how you can use the program to create a healthier work environment for your co-workers and yourself. Plus, you’ll get a sneak peek of what’s in store when the STEPS Challenge returns for its fourth year in August. For more information about the STEPS Challenge, visit www.schoolnutrition.org/steps. We look forward to seeing you in Salt Lake City! SNA Meetings & Events JULY 12-15, 2015 Annual National Conference Salt Lake City OCTOBER 12-16, 2015 National School Lunch Week JANUARY 17-19, 2016 School Nutrition Industry Conference San Diego FEBRUARY 28-MARCH 1, 2016 Legislative Action Conference San Diego FEBRUARY 28-MARCH 1, 2016 Legislative Action Conference Washington, D.C. MARCH 7-11, 2016 National School Breakfast Week APRIL 20-22, 2016 National Leadership Conference Baltimore MAY 6, 2016 School Lunch Hero Day Remembrance SNA Mourns Two Past Presidents This year, SNA (formerly ASFSA) and its members have said goodbye to two of its influential former leaders. The Association remembers with fondness Thelma Becker (April 2, 1926-February 8, 2015), 1986-87 ASFSA president, and Jane Wynn (July 5, 1928-May 6, 2015), who succeeded Becker as president in 1987-88. Thelma Becker As ASFSA president, Thelma Becker represented Pennsylvania, where she was the foodservice director for Souderton (Pa.) Area School District for nearly 20 years. “She was a great thinker, and her passion for child nutrition was very apparent,” says Karen Johnson, SNS, 2004-05 SNA president. Becker infused new life into the Association’s networking efforts with allied associations. She played an integral role, along with Jane Wynn and Shirley Watkins, in securing funding for the National Food Service Management Institute (NFSMI). Before her passing, Wynn reflected on the pair’s strong friendship. “All of us have had a person in our lives who added love and joy to each day. Thelma was all of that and more to me,” she says. Jane Wynn In addition to leading the Association, Jane Wynn served as the director of Food and Nutrition Services for the School Board of Broward County, Fla., where she implemented cost-effective programs to improve the financial health of the operation. After retiring, Wynn stayed active as a consultant who improved efficiency and the financial health of school nutrition programs. “Jane is one of the pioneers who did so much to shape school nutrition programs over the years through her tireless efforts,” notes SNA CEO Patricia Montague, CAE. In 1986, Wynn helped develop ASFSA archives and write the Association’s history. She was a highly effective chair of the Public Policy and Legislation Committee and a supporter of SNA’s Political Action Committee. “I love people and children, and that made my job easy,” Wynn told School Food in Florida in early 2015. “I have been so blessed with my family, my friends and my profession.”
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