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The core of the CNIC experience is the professional rejuvenation gained by connecting with peers who share your passion and are seeking solutions to the same everyday bumps in the road. The following events are just a few of the occasions to network during the course of the conference:

SNS Credentialing Exam
Saturday, January 14

SNA’s Credentialing Program was created to enhance the professional image of school nutrition leaders. To register for the exam, visit to download the SNS Credentialing Exam Handbook. This resource contains eligibility requirements and application form. The deadline to register is December 21, 2011.

Patron Networking Reception
Saturday, January 14
School nutrition operator attendees are invited to attend the annual Patron Networking Reception. Don't miss this opportunity to catch up with old friends and thank your Patron partners for their continued support of the Association.

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Chippin’ for Children Benefit Golf Tournament
Saturday, January 14  CANCELLED
Join the School Nutrition Foundation (SNF) on the International Course at the Omni ChampionsGate for a 9-hole golf tournament that will benefit SNF’s Professional Growth Scholarship program. The tournament is from 12:45 pm–5:00 pm on Saturday, January 14, 2012.

Foodservice operators are invited to play in industry-sponsored foursomes at no charge. To sign up to play as a foodservice operator, click here.

If you are an industry member interesting in sponsoring a foursome, click here

For more information, click here or contact Julie Abrera at (800) 877-8822, ext. 181, or

First-Timers Session
Sunday, January 15

From first-timers who are new to the CNIC experience to the veterans eager to welcome newcomers, this information-gathering session will guide you in the right direction in order to make the most of your conference experience. Get a rundown of the highlights and events and participate in sharing questions or success stories. Don’t miss this fun networking event!

Networking Lunch
Sunday, January 15

Enjoy lunch and conversation with an industry host and a table full of your school nutrition peers.

FAME Awards Reception and Dinner
Sunday, January 15

Brought to you by Basic American Foods, Schwan's Food Service and Tyson Foods
Take a trip down the rabbit hole for an unforgettable night at the Foodservice Achievement Management Excellence (FAME) Awards ceremony. During this Alice in Wonderland-themed event, six school nutrition professionals will receive awards for their unparalleled leadership, service and spirit. A reception will begin at 6:30 pm in the Omni, followed by dinner and the FAME Awards ceremony. End the evening with a dessert party. You don't have to be mad as a hatter to have a good time, so check your pocket watch and be sure you're not late for this very important date!

Wake Up & Walk
Sunday, January 15–Tuesday, January 17

For CNIC attendees wishing to keep up their exercise regime, come grab a pedometer and join your school nutrition colleagues for a brisk morning walk around the beautiful ChampionsGate grounds. It's the perfect way to relax and get ready your mind for the day’s learning.

MyPlate Mixer
Monday, January 16

This fun networking activity is based on the USDA’s 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans. is designed to remind attendees to eat healthfully and guide them to resources and tools to put the Dietary Guidelines into action.  Through this food experience, you will have an opportunity to put those guidelines into practice. This Mixer is also your chance to network with all the Innovation Station companies. Each company representative will be available to answer your questions and provide information that you can use within your own school district. You don’t want to be out of the mix!

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Monday, January 16

Be the example of wellness that your staff, students, family and others will want to follow by participating in this fun activity. Multiple marathon finisher Gary Vonck, vice president of education sales for KeyImpact Sales & Systems and Ironman competitor Kim Schwabenbauer, corporate dietitian for Super Bakery, will lead groups through a non-competitive 1 to 3 mile run or walk, with various turn around points based on your own comfort level. Or, if you prefer, you can join the Omni Resort’s fitness instructor for a non-intense and relaxing session of tai chi.