MEMBERSHIP SNA IS ALWAYS WORKING FOR YOU We’re pleased to report that SNA’s membership is the highest it’s been in 15 years—58,000 members strong! Much of that success can be attributed to the efforts the Association has made over the past few years to enhance the support and services we provide you, our valued SNA members. Examples include the brand-new design and additional informative content in the publication you’re currently reading, as well as SNA’s continuing response to complex legislative challenges, the development of Professional Standards resources and much more. To sustain the high-quality member benefits you expect and deserve, the Association must continue to modernize, expand and improve your experience. To accomplish this, the SNA Board of Directors has approved a dues increase, which will go into effect on October 1, 2016. Among the governance changes passed by the SNA House of Delegates in 2015, national member dues increases are now approved by the SNA Board and may be applied, as needed, every other year (only in even years), with a maximum of a 10% increase. Annual national dues will increase as follows: • Affiliate Employee/Affiliate Retired: From $16 to $17 • Employee/Student/Retired: From $30 to $33 • Manager: From $32 to $35 • Director/Major City Director/Educator/State Agency/Other: From $110 to $120 This dues increase will provide for enhanced member benefits, support SNA’s important advocacy efforts (such as #StoptheBlock), as well as help cover the general increased costs of doing business. SNA members also can look forward to additional professional development opportunities, including resources to develop leadership skills, training materials to help in meeting USDA Professional Standards and more webinars. The Association also will continue to produce complimentary resources (FAQs, talking points, templates, etc.) to ensure that you have tools to help promote your school meal programs. Are you making the most of the many benefits and services your SNA membership provides? By being a member of the national association, you are a part of something bigger than your individual school or district. You join 58,000 committed members from all across the country who share a common goal: to feed nutritious meals to our nation’s schoolchildren. If you have any questions about SNA membership and its benefits, please email member email@example.com. PEER TO PEER SHOWCASE YOUR SCHOOL NUTRITION EFFORTS! DID YOU KNOW YOU CAN SHOWCASE YOUR SCHOOL NUTRITION EFFORTS TO THOUSANDS OF YOUR PEERS—AT ONE TIME? For more than a quarter-century, the School Nutrition Research & Best Practices Showcase has been an important component of the educational offerings at SNA’s Annual National Conference (ANC). That’s because it offers SNA members an unparalleled opportunity to present their work in a simple, visual format at the largest and most dynamic K-12 school nutrition conference in the country. The 2017 Showcase will feature two types of “poster” presentations: ● School Nutrition Research Posters: These posters share findings from recent research on various child and school nutrition topics. ● Best Practice Posters: These posters focus on best practices related to school nutrition operations. Participants’ posters are displayed at the conference, and attendees may peruse the materials at their own pace. On the second day of ANC, poster authors are on-hand at their display to answer questions. To be a part of the 27th Annual School Nutrition Showcase taking place at ANC in “Hot’lanta” (July 9-12, 2017), please visit www.schoolnutrition.org/SNShowcase to submit your proposal. Graduate students enrolled full-time in an MS or PhD program and faculty members employed at an accredited college or university who are active SNA members and are accepted to participate in the showcase will be eligible for the Kathleen Stitt Award, which provides one individual $500 to help defray travel expenses to attend the conference. Details on how to apply will be shared with eligible participants. Please note that the traditional timeline for submitting poster proposals has changed. The Call for Posters is now aligned with the Call for Proposals for ANC education sessions to allow for better promotion and incorporation of the posters with all of ANC’s educational activities. The deadline to submit a proposal is September 30 at 11:59 p.m. ET. SNA ELECTION Nominations, Leadership, ACTION! In the June/July edition of What’s Cooking @ SNA, we challenged you to “Let Your Leadership Light Shine!” by nominating SNA colleagues (or yourself) for open positions on SNA’s Board of Directors and the Leadership Development Committee. At the recent Annual National Conference in San Antonio, members of SNA’s Leadership Development Committee wore “SNA Talent Scout” buttons and spoke with various attendees about national leadership opportunities. They remain hard at work, seeking members with strong leadership skills, professional achievements and participation in their state association, who are willing to serve at the national level. You can be an SNA Talent Scout, too! Have you observed leadership talent in your state or region? Or have you considered that your own leadership potential might allow you to grow professionally, bring your perspective to national issues and network with others? If so, now is the time to act before the September 30 deadline for nominations. Submit your own name, or submit a colleague’s name for consideration. The slate will be announced later this fall, and the election will be held February 15-28, 2017. Turn your time and talent into action for the benefit of the school nutrition profession and your Association! Visit www.schoolnutrition.org/AboutSNA/LeadershipOpp to learn more and to find out how to submit a nomination. PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT Get the ANC Advantage “SOMETIMES FOUR DAYS JUST DOESN’T SEEM LIKE ENOUGH!” These words could have been uttered by any one of the 7,000 attendees who gathered in San Antonio in July for SNA’s Annual National Conference (ANC). After all, it’s referred to as the “School Nutrition Event of the Year” for good reason, and this year was no different, with an abundance of fresh and innovative ideas, new and old friends and truly exceptional learning opportunities! If you didn’t make it to every ANC session you hoped to attend, you can still get the “ANC advantage” by heading online to access much of the valuable information presented. Many of this year’s education session presentations are now available for download. SNA members who want to access and print materials from favorite sessions or ones that they missed should visit http://tinyurl.com/ANC16-presentations. Want to be on the inside of ANC 2017 plans? Feeling inspired to share your own expertise, innovations and ideas with your peers in school nutrition? There’s still time to submit a proposal to present at ANC 2017 in “Hot’lanta.” For more information about the Call for Proposals or to learn how you can submit a presentation for consideration as a pre-conference workshop, education session or “poster” presentation (above), visit www.schoolnutrition.org/cfp. The deadline is September 30 at 11:59 p.m. ET. Be sure to mark your calendar make your way to Atlanta for ANC 2017, July 9-12, 2017. You won’t want to miss your best opportunity to explore hot topics and make cool connections! SNA PLANNER 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.
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