SNA ANNUAL ELECTION SNA LEADERS ARE YOUR VOICE SNA’s leaders are your voice, representing your professional interests and concerns. The Association’s Leadership Development Committee met at Committee Days in Arlington, Va., last fall to select the following slate of candidates to stand for election. The SNA Election will take place next month for a two-week period (February 15-28), using a secure online voting website. Each of the elected Board members will serve a three-year term, with their installation to take place during the Annual National Conference (ANC), July 9-12, in Atlanta, Ga. The elected Leadership Development Committee members will serve a two-year term, beginning after the election on March 1. The Industry Advisory Council Chair also will serve a two-year term. Observant readers will note that the 2017 election slate does not include candidates for the position of Vice President. As part of the governance restructuring approved by SNA’s Delegate Assembly in 2015, the officer track was changed to reduce the time commitment required for service in the Association’s top leadership positions. Vice President Gay Anderson, SNS, will be installed in July as President-Elect for 2017-18. In the 2018 election, SNA members will select the individual who will serve as President-Elect in 2018-19 and as President in 2019-20. Remember, each and every SNA member has an important role to play in our Association’s governance. Your vote counts in selecting those who will step up to the task in representing your priorities and needs into the future. Certain positions will be voted on only by members in specific geographic areas or membership sections. For details about eligibility, how to vote and biographies of all the candidates, log on to www.schoolnutrition.org/snaelection. SNA PLANNER 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 JULY 9-12, 2017 Annual National Conference Atlanta, Ga. OCT. 9-13, 2017 National School Lunch Week 2017-18 SNA BOARD OF DIRECTOR CANDIDATES Mideast Regional Director • Chris Derico, SNS, Lewis County Schools, West Virginia • Tamara Earl, SNS, Mason City Schools, Ohio Midwest Regional Director • Sandi Kramer, Yankton School District, South Dakota • Sandra Voss, SNS, Marquardt School District, Illinois Southwest Regional Director • Lilly Bouie, PhD, Little Rock School District, Arkansas • Monica Deines-Henderson, SNS, Falcon School District, Colorado At Large Director • Stephanie Bruce, Palm Springs Unified School District, California • Stephanie Dillard, SNS, Geneva County Schools, Alabama LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT COMMITTEE CANDIDATES Northeast Regional Representative • Judy White, Wrentham Public Schools, Massachusetts Northwest Regional Representative • Ariane Shanley, South Kitsap Schools, Washington Southwest Region Representative • Kevin Ponce, SNS, Oklahoma City Public Schools, Oklahoma INDUSTRY ADVISORY COUNCIL CHAIR CANDIDATES • Mike Burke, SNS, Vulcan/ITW/FEG • Michael Miller, SMART Temps VIRTUAL EXPO DON’T MISS UPCOMING “LIVE DAYS” SNA’S INAUGURAL VIRTUAL EXPO WILL OPEN FOR VISITORS JANUARY 31 AND RUN UNTIL APRIL 30. The first three days of the Expo are designated as “live days,” during which exhibitors will be available to answer your questions in real time through a live chat feature. You won’t want to miss out on this exciting new program. The Virtual Expo will offer school nutrition operators a unique experience in researching K-12 products and services from more than 35 exhibitors before you complete your bid documents. Plus, a visit to the Network Lounge will offer opportunities to chat directly with some of the best in the business and gain valuable information you won’t find anywhere else. Stop at the Learning Center, where you can earn CEUs/training hours through on-demand education sessions. “Some of our best feedback on new product possibilities comes from our knowledgeable school-based employees,” says Jessica Shelly, MBA, SNS, REHS, foodservices director at Cincinnati Public Schools and SNA Mideast Regional Director. “Unfortunately, they aren’t always able to come to [school] nutrition conferences due to expense and scheduling issues. With the SNA Virtual Expo, my lunchroom managers and frontline workers can easily participate from the comfort of their school.” Shelly adds that she’s looking forward to their “real-time feedback about great, innovative new products.” Best of all, the Virtual Expo is free to SNA members. Check https://schoolnutrition.org/Meetings/VirtualExpo/2017/ for details and to register before the “live days” kick off. OPERATIONAL RESOURCES GUIDING YOUR AFTERSCHOOL MEAL PROGRAMS SNA is dedicated to providing its members with helpful, complimentary online tools to ensure the effective operation of your school meal program. A recent partnership between Share Our Strength and the School Nutrition Foundation resulted in the publication of a guide to help operators better understand afterschool meal programs. Three Meals A Day: A Win Win Win–A Guide to Starting and Improving Your Afterschool Meals Program features best practices from 10 school nutrition directors who have implemented the Child and Adult Care Food Program’s At-Risk Afterschool Meals Program in their districts. Each of these directors represents different district characteristics, and each offers a unique perspective and path to participating in the program. Visit www.schoolnutrition.org/operations to access this resource and all the other tools available at your fingertips. SN MAGAZINE WHERE IS RUBY ROAMING? HAS RUBY READER BEEN SPOTTED IN YOUR SCHOOL, NEIGHBORHOOD OR EVEN YOUR OWN LIVING ROOM? In November 2016, School Nutrition announced the third consecutive “Where’s Ruby Roaming?” contest. In the spirit of “Flat Stanley”-type activities, we want to see where the magazine’s popular mascot has been traveling—while also gaining your feedback about specific SN articles and ideas that resonate with you. (Or tell us what you think about the magazine’s redesign, launched with the June/July 2016 issue!) If Ruby hasn’t made her way into your cafeteria or accompanied you on a holiday vacation—with evidence sent on to our office—don’t worry! There is still some time to participate and be eligible for the special prize drawing. All entries must be received by School Nutrition no later than Friday, January 27! In addition to being eligible for a prize, your creative Ruby photos may be included in the pages of an upcoming magazine, online or via social media. Don’t delay, show us how much you love School Nutrition and Ruby Reader before time runs out. Ruby needs to get on home by the end of January! Visit www.schoolnutrition.org/SNMagazine/WheresRubyRoaming/ for details. SNA CERTIFICATE PROGRAM SHOW YOUR PROFESSIONAL PRIDE! When you have earned a Level 1, 2 or 3 SNA Certificate in School Nutrition, you have demonstrated that you are a committed professional who has the special expertise required to work in the complex K-12 foodservice segment. That’s a big deal! You should take pride in this achievement and promote it to friends, coworkers and the students you serve. Maybe you are the manager or supervisor of a team who have all earned their SNA Certificates—but are too humble to brag. You can do so for them—and should, because they absolutely deserve some recognition! SNA has developed new customizable tools designed to help you share this milestone on social media and in your cafeteria. Are you on Facebook? Give yourself a “thumb’s up” with a downloadable social media button. Have a serving area wall that needs decorating? Consider one of our brightly colored customizable posters available in three different sizes. Posters can feature the name of the cafeteria or school district, as well as an optional team photo. Visit www.schoolnutrition.org/Certificate/ToolsToPromote to access the easy-to-download materials. Print the option that works best for your cafeteria or office. SCHOOL NUTRITION FOUNDATION 2017 SCHOOL NUTRITION HEROES ANNOUNCED Mother Teresa may have had the accomplishments and humanitarian efforts of our School Nutrition Heroes in mind when she stated, “Not all of us can do great things. But we can do small things with great love.” The School Nutrition Foundation (SNF) proudly announces the five school nutrition professionals who best exemplify, through care and compassion, the dedication and drive to go way beyond their job to make a big difference in the lives of the children and communities they serve. This year, a total of 31 nominations were submitted from 17 states. Each was abundantly qualified to be called a “hero,” but five individuals rose to the top. With just the briefest details of their extraordinary outreach, School Nutrition congratulations the 2017 School Nutrition Heroes: David Schwake, MS, RD, SNS, foodservice director, Litchfield Elementary School District #79 in Litchfield Park, Ariz., fights childhood hunger by lending his expertise, time and money to local hunger-relief organizations. This includes the Association of Arizona Food Banks, which credits Schwake with bringing to their attention opportunities for involvement in expanding access to school meal programs. Whenever an area principal knows there is a family in crisis, they can call on Schwake to help the family navigate community resources. Timikel Sharpe, MS, deputy director of Food Services in the Los Angeles Unified School District, purchased a house in her hometown of Montgomery, Ala., with the specific goal of transforming it into a place where homeless working families are provided temporary housing while getting themselves back on their feet. Known as the Vision Grace Transition Home, Sharpe’s project has been successful in reducing the number of homeless in Montgomery. Doreen Simonds, foodservice director at Waterford (Mich.) School District, has for the past 7 years led numerous wellness initiatives that have engaged the community, district and students. These include arranging for free pediatric dental services at summer foodservice sites, creating a “Food & Fit Committee” that leads wellness initiatives at every site in the district, hosting an annual “Plot Luck” dinner to spotlight farm-to-school initiatives and much more. Elizabeth “Liz” Whidden, is an outstanding child nutrition program manager with Hoover City (Ala.) Schools by “day,” exemplifying customer service. She’s also the owner of a small mercantile store located in an urban area with a significant population of homeless and sex workers. Whidden’s Samaritan spirit prompts her to reach out to these less-fortunate neighbors, offering backpacks filled with donated toiletries and clothes, encouraging young women to escape their bondage and taking prayer requests. Executive director of the Office of School Nutrition for Detroit Public Schools, Betti Wiggins, CPM, is one of the founding board members of the Detroit Food Policy Council, committed to nurturing the development and maintenance of a sustainable, localized food system, establishing a food-secure city. Collaborating with Greening of Detroit, Wiggins works tirelessly to repurpose city land to create beautiful and productive green spaces throughout the city. These five praiseworthy individuals will be honored at SNF’s fourth annual Celebration of School Nutrition Heroes on Monday April 3, during SNA’s Legislative Action Conference (LAC) at the J.W. Marriott in Washington, D.C. Advanced registration is required for this special event, so visit https://schoolnutrition.org/SNHeroesCelebration to make arrangements. The Celebration is made possible with the generous support of several school nutrition vendors, including Premier Sponsor AdvancePierre Foods. “We support the true heroes, the men and women that get up every morning to nourish today’s youth so they’re ready to learn, grow and prosper in life,” explains Jim Clough, president of AdvancePierre Foods. “Helping the heroes that do this great work is not optional; it’s our obligation to give back.”
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