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Election Close Out Special at the SNA Emporium

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October 17, 2012 – The National and SNA Election seasons are both in full swing! In celebration, the SNA Emporium is having a close out special on all “Vote for School Lunch” materials until November 6, 2012.

Stop by today to stock up on discounted “Vote for School Lunch” T-shirts, aprons, and much, much more!

T-shirts - now $5.00
Aprons - now $7.00

Call 1-800-728-0728 or visit to find out more.

Emporium – The SNA Shop
Phone: 1-800-728-0728

Discover the Possibilities with CNIC 2013 General Sessions

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October 17, 2012 – Are you looking for amazing information and ideas to take your operation or business to the next level? At SNA’s 2013 Child Nutrition Industry Conference (CNIC), which will be held January 13-15, 2013, at the Grand Hyatt in San Antonio, you’ll discover the possibilities to make that happen. This annual meeting of school nutrition operators and industry partners will include numerous educational sessions and networking opportunities focused on the conference theme “Where Partners Create Possibilities,” and will help you build essential relationships that will bring about the results your operation needs.

This year’s General Session keynote speakers are guaranteed to encourage and motivate you. In fact, they may transform the way you think about school nutrition. Ross Shafer is one of the most popular speakers and seminar leaders on the subjects of personal motivation, reinvention and market relevance, and he will offer you a fresh approach to change, transition and growth. A comedian and former Emmy-winning TV host, Shafer is also the best-selling author of Nobody Moved Your Cheese and has produced 14 human resource training films on customer service, motivation, leadership and peer pressure. While the words “change” or “transition” can strike fear in just about anyone, Shafer will inspire you to make change and transition work for you—today, tomorrow and always!

Do the changing obstacles that sprout up in your business sometimes throw you for a loop? As a leader in school nutrition, it’s important to be prepared for obstacles, learn how to overcome them, and create positive possibilities for the future. For more than 20 years, Jackie Freiberg, leadership expert and bestselling author of several books, including NUTS! Southwest Airlines' Crazy Recipe for Business and Personal Success has dedicated her career to helping leaders do their BEST work to create a BETTER world. Freiberg is one of the most sought-after female business speakers in the nation and is among the “Top 30 Best Minds on Leadership” (Leadership Excellence magazine). Get ready to lighten up, loosen up and take away powerful tools that you can use immediately as Freiberg shares how to create possibilities for your BEST future.

All this and more awaits you at CNIC 2013. Registerby November 26 to take advantage of the Early Bird registration rate!

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“Chopped” Scavenger Hunt Champions Selected

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October 16, 2012 – SNA received nearly 200 entries in the “Chopped” Scavenger Hunt! Congrats to Peggy Harrell of Mize, MS, who won the prize drawing. The Grand Prize winner, Peggy received a Master Chef cookware set from All-Clad.

Twenty-five other winners were picked to receive Food Network cookbooks. They are:

1. Debora Paschall, SNS, of Seaford, VA
2. Debra Maki of Portsmith, NH
3. Katheryn Banks of Corington, GA
4. Charlotte Blanchard of Labadieville, LA
5. Patricia Lazzaroni of Aurora, CO
6. Lorie Williams of Union, KY
7. Rosalind Reams of Little Rock, AR
8. Pam Henry of Winston, GA
9. Betsy Kelley of Forest Lake, MN
10. Jennifer Caporali of Franklin, TN
11. Sarah Maver of Fairfield, CT
12. Karen Ghiardi of Morgantown, WV
13. Kennie Ryan of Carlsbad, NM
14. Michele Hepner of Geneso, IL
15. Jeanne Shumann of Cross Plains, WI
16. Kathy Watkins of Fayette, AL
17. Amy Richards of Tucson, AZ
18. Kelly Sheehey of St. Paul, MN
19. Dorey Isetts of Lone Jack, MO
20. Genna Cockerham of Monroe, VA
21. Patricia Fredrickson of Kennesburg, CO
22. Carolyn Huston of Cartersville, GA
23. Andrea Murray of Lawrenceville, GA
24. Beth Todd of Palmersville, TN
25. Nancy Latiolais of Saint Martinsville, LA

Thank you to all participants for watching the episode and supporting the school chefs! “Chopped” is one of Food Network’s top-rated shows, and the school chefs episode helped spread awareness about hardworking, creative, passionate school nutrition professionals.

To view bonus footage of the “Chopped” contestants’ trip to Washington, D.C., and the White House garden, click here.

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