By Jean Ronnei, SNS, SNA President 2016-08-11 01:38:04
United in Friendship, Commitment and Compassion I CHERISH THE LIFELONG FRIENDSHIPS I’VE FOUND THROUGH SNA, but I didn’t realize how universal those feelings of connection are to so many of our members until these last years that I’ve traveled the country. Networking is an increasingly important skill in our modern, interconnected world, and it’s a vital leadership trait. You need to build a network of support to help you stay strong, stay current and stay positive. When incoming Board At-Large Member Mark Bordeau started as a school nutrition director after years in the restaurant business, directors from neighboring districts in New York offered him support and invited him to join the local SNA chapter. Over time, colleagues became close friends, mentors and even neighbors! “It’s important to watch and learn from great leaders,” says Mark, noting the value of emulating the strengths of others. Resolutions and Bylaws Committee Member Tamara Earl, SNS, also transitioned to school nutrition as a second career, which made her extra motivated to learn quickly. She, too, was introduced to SNA by area Ohio directors. “SNA was a center for me to cover the learning ground I needed when I started,” she recounts. Both Tamara and Mark, and so many others I spoke with this past year, cited the collaborative spirit that is a hallmark of this profession. As our work becomes even more complex, we have pulled together to share resources and solutions in order to help everyone succeed. SNA is the conduit for those connections. Through SNA we meet others who share our passion and understand our challenges better than anyone else. I encourage each of you to use the resources and reach of this organization to exchange ideas, learn new information and help one another become better, stronger leaders. “SNA is the heart of our profession,” Tamara sums up. I am so proud to have served this organization as your president and represent such an inspiring group of professionals who care deeply about the health and well-being of America’s children. Each school nutrition program is so unique, and yet we are so united. Thank you for working hard every day to serve nutritious and tasty meals to our students. You are the heart of our organization— and the heart of this very noble industry.
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