August 4, 2011 – All good things must come to an end and, unfortunately, so did this year’s Annual National Conference (ANC) in Nashville. Were you among the 7,500+ school nutrition professionals, industry partners and advocates in attendance? If so, you know that this year’s conference was filled with plenty of fresh and innovative ideas, new and old friends and unmatched learning opportunities, as well as the chance to let loose and have a good time in “Music City, USA”
To help you preserve your ANC 2011 memories for years to come, this year SNA and EZ Event Photography are offering keepsake print photos of ANC activities, exhibits and other conference excitement. With hundreds of images to choose from (sorted by event), you may find candids of yourself, your coworkers, your friends and many of your favorite moments. To view and order photos, visit http://ezeventphotography.morephotos.com/mp_client/pictures.asp , and enter “ANC” as the password. Pricing and ordering instructions are available on the site.
Also, if you didn’t make it to every session you wanted to at ANC, handouts of many of this year’s education session presentations are still available online for download. To print handouts for your favorite sessions or ones you missed, see the Related Links.
Finally, although ANC has come to an end, you can continue the exchange ideas all year long by connecting with peers from all around the country on the School Nutrition Network (SNN), a dynamic networking community available on SchoolNutrition.org. To start building your personal network of friends and colleagues today, visit www.schoolnutrition.org/snn .
Be sure to mark your calendar now to explore new horizons at ANC Denver, July 15-18, 2012, and stay tuned to SchoolNutrition.org for conference information!
ANC 2011 Photos
ANC 2011 Session Handouts
We were excited to roll out several fresh, new school food programs at ANC 2011. Last week in Nashville marked the debut of the 2011 National School Lunch Week theme, called “School Lunch - Let’s Grow Healthy.” The new theme is designed to help students understand where their food comes from. As we all know, an essential benefit of school lunches is to help kids grow strong and healthy; “School Lunch - Let’s Grow Healthy” aims to create a connection between growing kids and the food they eat—the food that contributes to their growing up healthy and strong.read more here
What a week we had in Nashville, TN! ANC 2011 was the best-attended ANC in a decade--almost 8,000 of our members were in attendance--and we thank all of the conference attendees, the speakers, our leadership, and our industry partners for making this event so successful and memorable. read more here
The doors opened. The crowd rushed in, quickly taking the nearest seat in the intimate concert hall. Waves of anticipation swept through the audience, one after another. Everyone chanted for the guest of honor. You could feel the excitement in the air. And then… the hall went dark, the strumming of guitar strings slowly filled the room and then a spotlight appeared center stage. The time had arrived for what would be an ANC Final Event like no other and the historic Grand Ole Opry had never seen an audience quite like this—a hall filled with boisterous and energetic school nutrition professionals ready to celebrate and unwind after four days of learning and networking.
The night’s performer, country superstar Alan Jackson, certainly picked up on the energy in the room, even stopping to comment after the first song on what a lively crowd these school nutrition folks were. He continued, “I know why they wanted me to come and sing at this thing, ‘cause my momma… she was a dietician in the cafeteria at the elementary school.” He added, “I appreciate y’all for inviting me to come sing tonight. We just do ole country music and songs about life, love, having fun and heartache, and hopefully I’ll play something y’all like, recognize or enjoyed over the years and just have a good time.” Jackson did not disappoint, playing all his well-known favorites, including the upbeat “Little Bitty,” “Don’t Rock the Jukebox,” and “Chattahoochee,” as well as his heartfelt ballads “Remember When,” “Drive (For Daddy Gene)” and “Where Were You (When the World Stopped Turning).”
From the very first song to the time the lights went up, the Final Event was absolutely and undeniably a “Good Time” for all in attendance, and it was a fantastic and memorable way to end yet another great ANC.
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