MEMBERSHIP BET ON YOUR PROFESSION HEAD TO #ANC18! Can’t you just picture it in bright lights!? “Welcome to Fabulous #ANC18 in Vegas!” And that’s where you may be headed, on the Association’s tab, when you help SNA recruit new members throughout the next 12 months. Recruit five or more new members between June 1, 2016, and May 31, 2017, and you will be automatically entered into a drawing to win 1 of 5 VIP registrations to SNA’s 2018 Annual National Conference (ANC) in Las Vegas*—the entertainment capital of the world! The VIP package includes free conference registration, VIP seating at General Sessions and the Final Event, plus sightseeing opportunities and more goodies. Bet on the continued success of school nutrition professionals and the children they serve by enlisting more members to join the national Association. To get started on your recruitment efforts, visit http://www.schoolnutrition.org/vegas for details. Pre-printed color versions of the Annual Membership Campaign Brochure are available to distribute at manager and staff meetings, chapter gatherings and state conferences. To request printed copies, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or (800) 877-8822 and ask for a State Support representative. Additionally, you can download a colorful flyer to distribute via email and social media or post to your web pages. Keep Vegas in your sights as you tally up each new member. Be sure to keep us posted about your successful efforts through social media. Use the hashtag #SNArecruiter! * Void where prohibited or restricted by law. For complete prize drawing rules, visit http://www. schoolnutrition.org/vegas. RESOURCES The SN Marketplace Is Open 24/7! CAN’T MAKE IT TO #ANC16 IN SAN ANTONIO THIS SUMMER? Still seeking new product solutions after you return home? SN Marketplace is the premiere online product search tool for school nutrition professionals, and this market is open 24/7! This valuable resource, developed for SNA and its members, is designed to help you locate the particular vendor, product or service solution that you need for your K-12 school nutrition operation. In a busy, fast-paced foodservice environment, convenience is key. SN Marketplace delivers, with several search features that will help you find exactly what you seek. Search by basic keywords or perform advanced searches based on city/category, company/contact name and radius/category. You can also browse by category and check out highlighted items in the Product Showcase. Enter your specific needs into the “Request for Information” feature and you’ll be provided with a private, personalized response delivered directly to your email inbox. Tap into the incredible network of SNA’s industry partners through the SN Marketplace, and find just what you need through the Association you trust. Start your search today at http://www.snmarketplace.com or access this resource through the “Other SNA Websites” tab at the top of http://SchoolNutrition.org. SNA PLANNER JUL. 10-13, 2016 Annual National Conference San Antonio, Texas OCT. 10-14, 2016 National School Lunch Week JAN. 22-24, 2017 School Nutrition Industry Conference Orlando, Fla. MAR. 6-10, 2017 National School Breakfast Week APR. 2-4, 2017 Legislative Action Conference Washington, D.C. MAY 4-6, 2017 National Leadership Conference Baltimore, Md. MAY 5, 2017 School Lunch Hero Day JUL. 9-12, 2017 Annual National Conference Atlanta, Ga. SCHOOL NUTRITION FOUNDATION State Ambassadors Unite for SNF Welcome and thank your School Nutrition Foundation (SNF) State Ambassadors! Early in 2016, each SNA state association appointed an official SNF State Ambassador to represent their respective state in supporting the Foundation’s programs and fundraising efforts. The state affiliate was encouraged to consider SNA members who have supported the Annual Fund in the past, as well as having an enthusiastic willingness to meet the objectives of the program: an increase in both the Foundation’s resources and reach! At press time, 44 dedicated individuals have taken on this exciting new role. Some state affiliates even have two Ambassadors! Their responsibilities include: • promoting SNF to SNA members and explaining why the Foundation deserves their support; • urging members to take advantage of SNF programs and scholarships; • providing leadership for the SNF Annual Fund campaign at state conferences; and encouraging support of SNF at SNA national, regional, state and local meetings. The SNF State Ambassador Program is just one example of how SNF is focused on providing solutions that will help to educate and empower SNA members. Visit http://www.schoolnutrition.org/snf to learn more about the School Nutrition Foundation. ANC16 LESSON PLANS SNA’s Annual National Conference offers inspiring keynote speakers, innovative products on display and networking with old friends and new. But it’s the vast majority of educational offerings that makes this the singular, don’t-miss event of the year! And at ANC, there is something for everyone, with targeted training opportunities to help you LEARN, LEAD and SUCCEED in school nutrition. The 100+ sessions on the agenda in San Antonio this summer will follow the four Key Areas of the Association’s Certificate and Credentialing Programs. These are the same four Key Areas in USDA’s Professional Standards rule. • NUTRITION “Be Aware, Don’t Scare: Better Food Allergy Management,” “Creative Culinary Strategies for School Nutrition Menu Planning,” “Understanding Clean Label Trends,” “Say ‘No Thank You’ to Wasted Food,” “Gluten-Free Food Handling: What’s Your Plan?” • OPERATIONS “Battling the Stomach Bug: Food Safety is Your Friend,” “Mobile Serving 2.0: Beyond the Cafeteria,” “Developing Effective and Efficient Bids,” “Offer vs. Serve: The Game Show,” “Deal or No Deal! Are USDA Foods Right for Me?” • ADMINISTRATION “Simple Solutions for Dealing with Difficult People,” “Coping with Unpaid Meal Charges,” “NSLP: Thinking About Jumping? Wait!,” “Key Performance Indicators: Practical Applications,” “But, Wait! There’s MORE! Going the Extra Mile” • COMMUNICATIONS & MARKETING “Use Your #SocialMedia Savvy to Take the 2017 #SchoolBreakfastChallenge,” “Small Districts Can Do Great Marketing,” “How to Feed the Teenage Brain,” “Smarter Lunchrooms: Putting Your Plan into Action,” “Creating Memorable Presentations” GOVERNANCE Let Your Leadership Light Shine! THE SNA LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT COMMITTEE (formerly the Nominating Committee) will meet informally at SNA’s Annual National Conference next month to begin identifying and recruiting candidates to fill open positions on both the Board of Directors and the Committee. Wearing “SNA Talent Scout” buttons, they will be available to discuss opportunities with potential candidates. Nominations close September 30. The slate will be announced in October and the election will be held February 15-28, 2017. The Leadership Development Committee is charged with actively promoting national leadership opportunities at SNA (and state association) meetings. So, don’t be surprised if someone taps you on the shoulder and encourages you to “look into leadership” opportunities with the Association. SNA’s revised governance structure offers new opportunities for volunteers to serve the national Association. For example, the Board of Directors now includes 11 positions that require state leadership experience, but no national SNA governance experience. In addition, there are multiple committee and advisory council appointments to be made each year. To be considered, you must be an SNA national member in good standing and have earned the SNA Certificate or the SNS Credential (except for state agency and industry members). Certain positions are further restricted by membership category, geographic location and subject matter expertise. Coming this summer is a new page on http://SchoolNutrition.org with a variety of resources to help you determine how you might step up to serve—or nominate someone else with leadership potential. Visit http://www.schoolnutrition.org and click on “About SNA” for more details. ANNUAL NATIONAL CONFERENCE Visit www.schoolnutrition.org/ANC2016 to easily plan your education agenda. With a newly added online tool, you can filter sessions by date, key area, member type and topic area. All of ANC’s education sessions have been selected to help you meet your annual training hours for USDA Professional Standards requirements. Be sure to check out the Speaker Spotlight series to meet some of the top experts and dynamic presenters who will be featured in San Antonio. www.schoolnutrition.org/ANC2016 SNA FAQs When I’m on http://SchoolNutrition.org, how do I log in to my SNA member account? Click on the red button (“Login to my account”) at the top righthand corner of the http://SchoolNutrition.org website and enter your username and password. To create a new online account, click on the “Login to my account” red button, then click “Member Registration” located at the bottom lefthand side of the screen and complete the information requested, verify your email address and submit. I want to take a training course that is not labeled with a Key Area code. How do I know that it will qualify for a Key Area in SNA’s Certificate and Credentialing Programs? SNA provides a list of broad topics explaining the different courses/sessions that will be acceptable or considered for Key Area training. These are aligned with USDA Professional Standards topics. Visit http://www.schoolnutrition.org/professionalstandards to view the list of course topics by Key Area. Do I still need to continue bundling two hours of CEUs to earn my Key Area hours in SNA’s Certificate and Credentialing Programs? No, SNA no longer requires bundled hours to count as Key Area hours. Instead, individuals can submit 1 CEU (1 hour of training) in a Key Area and apply it toward their initial requirements for Levels 2 and 3. Even though Key Area hours have been eliminated, the number of initial hours required for Levels 2 and 3 certificates has not changed. I earned my SNA Certificate in School Nutrition! How can I print my certificate so I can frame it? Go to http://SchoolNutrition.org and log in to your SNA member account. Click on “Member Record” and choose “Member Certificate Record.” Click on the printer icon at the top righthand side of your record and the option to print will appear. SNA Local Calling ALL SNA Chapter Leaders! ARE YOU ATTENDING SNA’S ANNUAL NATIONAL CONFERENCE (ANC) IN SAN ANTONIO THIS JULY? If so, would you like ideas to reinvigorate your chapter? Do you want to network with other chapter leaders from across the country? If you answered an enthusiastic YES to these questions, then Chapter Leadership Day (CLD) is the unique event just for you! This annual interactive, informative and fun session, for local and state SNA chapter leaders, is led by JoAnne Robinett, MSA, SNS, owner of America’s Meal Child Nutrition Consulting and Training, and Kathy Burrill, SNS, director of foodservice for Chisago Lakes Area (Minn.) Schools and SNA Professional Development Committee Chair. CLD will take place on Saturday, July 9, from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and will feature such topics as developing a strong leadership team, planning effective and engaging meetings, building membership and more. You’re virtually guaranteed to leave this dynamic session with several actionable ideas, a few new friends and a big smile. Registration is required. The cost is $25, which includes breakfast. If you have already registered for ANC and would like to add a CLD registration, email email@example.com. PUBLICATIONS RELATABLE RESEARCH Managing an efficient school nutrition program means finding relatable research to help make the case for innovative changes. Finding reliable (and free) sources for that information only helps makes your job easier. Have you ever checked out the fascinating research results you can find specific to school nutrition programs in The Journal of Child Nutrition & Management (JCN&M)? The latest issue, Spring 2016, has reached the “digital newsstand” and is available for you to review at no cost. JCN&M is SNA’s peer-reviewed journal, published twice each year and available exclusively online at http://SchoolNutrition.org. Every issue features a variety of research articles on topics critical to the successful operation of school meal programs. In the Spring 2016 issue, you will find: • An evaluation of the quality of school lunches before and after the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act, using the Healthy Eating Index 2010; • Documentation of how a Cook Fresh Workshop can improve cooking knowledge, confidence, attitude and intentions to use the skills learned; • A look at how a school garden-based curriculum could influence student knowledge and preferences for pulses; • An investigation of how a change to recess before lunch in three Iowa schools affected student food consumption; and • A summary of recently completed and upcoming USDA research that focuses on child nutrition programs. To access these research articles, as well as more features in the latest issue— plus the JCN&M archives—visit http://www.schoolnutrition.org/jcnm.
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