Attendees Leave ANC 2014 Fired Up!


Time flies when you’re having fun, and such was the case on the final day of SNA’s Annual National Conference 2014 (ANC). During the exciting Closing General Session, the 2014-2015 SNA Board of Directors, including new President Julia Bauscher, were installed.

For the final time, 2013-2014 SNA President Leah Schmidt addressed the Association’s membership. “We as an association have accomplished so much this year, including building solid partnerships and developing a new strategic plan to drive the association forward,” she said.

Bauscher took the stage and explained SNA’s theme for the coming year: Engage, Energize, Excel! “SNA’s Board has some big goals to help SNA as an association engage, energize and excel this year,” she said. “We’ll put our strategic plan into action, which will include enhancing SNA’s educational offerings and strengthening our advocacy efforts—and, of course, providing valuable membership and networking opportunities continues to be a priority.”

Scott Swogger, chair of the School Nutrition Foundation (SNF) and President and CEO of AccuTemp, and SNA’s CEO Patricia Montague, who serves as the Executive Director of SNF, discussed the milestone of SNF’s 50th Anniversary. They also explained the SNF campaign, “Summertime and the Giving Is Easy.” It’s easy to donate; visit Supporting SNF is an opportunity for you to give back to your fellow SNA members and the profession. By donating to the foundation, you can help provide the education, research and scholarships that will support the next generation of school nutrition professionals.

The Closing General Session concluded with motivational speaker, trainer and author Aric Bostick, who truly got the audience Fired Up! using his one-of-a-kind, high-energy performance and style. Before the session began, Bostick had SNA members dancing and singing along to such well-known songs as The Village People’s “YMCA” and Kool & The Gang’s “Celebrate.”

Bostick, a former teacher and high school coach, relayed, “Not every single student is going to be on the basketball or football teams, but they all come to lunch! The lives you have touched are so much bigger than the budget restrictions or regulations.”

Bostick’s sense of humor, positive attitude and high energy truly motivated the conference attendees, making it an amazing and memorable experience for all!

Attendees also gleaned valuable information from Wednesday’s education sessions, including three hot topic offerings:

  • Creating a Business Plan to Implement Community Eligibility – This session focused on how to be better prepared to create your Community Eligibility business plan.
  • Successfully Implementing the New Meal Pattern Guidelines – A panel discussion that detailed how directors have successfully implemented the new meal pattern in their districts.
  • Serving Up Smart Snacks in Schools – The provisions of Section 306 of the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act (the establishment of professional standards for foodservice).

This year’s education program tracks were centered on the four key areas of the Association’s Keys to Excellence, Certificate and SNS Credentialing programs, with each session providing development and training critical to this profession. With 90+ education sessions over the course of ANC, attendees could easily tailor their schedule to meet their individual learning needs.

The School Nutrition Research & Best Practices Showcase featured posters highlighting successful practices and research in school nutrition. Winners were named in two categories:

Research: The Impacts of Removing Flavored Milk From Elementary School Menus, Sarah Maver, RD, Albert Benjunas and Margie Saidel, MPH, RD, LDN; Chartwells, Fairfield County, CT.

Best Practices: Eating With Your Eyes: Merchandising and Plating School Food, Judy Baker, RD, Cynthia Gonzalez, Cynthia Fitzgibbons, MS, RD, LD, and Elizabeth Cowan Phillips; Harlingen Consolidated Independent School District, Harlingen, TX.

The ANC Final Event was a rocking good time, when Huey Lewis & The News took the stage to belt out some of their classic Top 10 hits.

The band known for its Grammy-Award winners had everyone singing along throughout the night, as they delivered such classics as, “Power of Love,” “Heart of Rock & Roll,” “Stuck with You,” “I Want a New Drug,” “If This Is It,” “Hip to Be Square,” “Do You Believe In Love,” and “Workin’ for A Livin.’”

This memorable evening was full of “Heart and Soul” and the perfect conclusion to ANC 2014—where a near-record attendance of more than 6,500 school nutrition professionals came together in fellowship and camaraderie and truly “Made History in Boston!”

The ANC conversation doesn’t have to end just because the conference is over! You can keep it going on our social media sites. Connect with us on Facebook and follow @SchoolLunch on Twitter.

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