By Lynn Harvey, EdD, RDN, SNS, SNA President 2017-08-09 03:02:44
Walking a Mile in Their High Heels HUMBLING. That’s how it felt to address the thousands of SNA members filling the General Session Ballroom last month during the Annual National Conference (ANC) in Atlanta. They were there to hear from Keynote Speaker Alex Sheen and special guest Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue, of course, but they were also there to witness the installation of the 2017-18 SNA Board of Directors. It was humbling to speak to them about the honor of serving as the Association’s new president—and it feels the same to speak to all of you in the pages of this magazine, as well. Humbling, daunting—and a little surreal, too. I am amazed to follow in the footsteps of legendary servant leaders whom I admire and appreciate. You know their names: Josephine Martin. Gertrude Applebaum. Gene White. Dorothy Caldwell. Shirley Watkins. Mary Nix. Vivian Pilant. Dora Rivas. Mary Hill. Nancy Rice. There are too many on the honor roll to list them all. Some of them are still with us, others have passed away, but all have passed on a tremendous legacy. I stand in awe of all the school nutrition movers and shakers who have shaped our profession and our organization. But a few recent leaders have had a direct impact on the journey that has led me here. Katie Wilson invited me to join SNA’s Public Policy and Legislation Committee. It was at Janey Thornton’s request that I served on the Education Committee. In my initial years on the Board, I was amazed by the strength, resilience and courage of Leah Schmidt, as well as the drive and determination of Julia Bauscher. I was stirred by the example of Jean Ronnei, who embodied the olive branch, as a symbol for strong and diplomatic leadership. And then, I must recognize my immediate predecessor and my successor. I have been so inspired by the vision of Becky Domokos-Bays, who understands how to identify and distill a problem, addressing it with wisdom, grace and patience. I am moved by the many gifts of encouragement, conscience and kindness of our President-Elect Gay Anderson. I could go on about so many others. Instead, I’ll simply pledge to all of you that I will do my very best to safeguard their trust, serve with their example in mind and champion the energy and enthusiasm of those future leaders looking forward to their turn.
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