Make Your Plans to Attend the Member Section Meetings at ANC


SNA's 2017 Annual National Conference (ANC)

The following is the eleventh in a series of news stories exploring the exciting opportunities and events at ANC.

Regardless of your position or job title, foodservice professionals at all levels face daily challenges and are seeking solutions to similar issues.

The Membership Section Meetings at SNA’s Annual National Conference (ANC), breaks down Association members into five specific sub categories – District Directors/Supervisors, Major City Directors/Supervisors, Employee/Managers, College Educators and State Agency Employees – and targets each individual group with a session on a “hot topic” of major interest, to better enhance your professional development and allow you to meet your peers.

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Regular Rate registration deadline is June 12! For a complete schedule, special event and general session information, hotel and travel, Exhibit Hall information and more, visit or watch the  ANC video.

Conducted and moderated by well-versed experts on the subject, you can listen, interact and learn with your colleagues in foodservice, who share the same issues, problems and concerns as you do. The difference between the Membership Section Meetings and the Educational Sessions, is here, you are primarily surrounded by people with similar job functions. All of these popular section meetings are free to all registrants and do not require pre-registration. With the exception of the State Agency Employees Section Meeting (which is only for people working at a State Agency), you may attend any or all of the sessions. Seating is first-come, first-serve.

“Wouldn’t it be cool to work at a school district, whose program is known for having some of the highest quality people that you could find?” asks Dave Weber, “You can, when you choose to have an amazing attitude, regardless of how you feel or regardless of what kind of week or month you’ve had.”

More Targeted Learning Opportunities at ANC

Looking for more targeted learning with your peers? Check the ANC app and SNA website for more info on the following:

    -   First Timers Session
Who: People attending ANC for the first time
When and Where: Sunday July, 9 at 9:45am-10:45am
    -   New Directors Roundtable
Who: New directors (less than 3 years as a director in school nutrition)
When: Sunday July 9, at 1pm-2pm
    -   Young Professionals Meet-Up
Who: Young professionals (you know who you are)
When: Sunday July 9 at 2:15 pm-3:15pm
    -   Rural Districts Sharing Session
Who: Operators from rural districts
When: Monday July 10 at 8:30 am-9:30am

Attendees to the Employee/Manager Section Meeting will be treated to Dave Weber, a nationally recognized motivational speaker, who will help you find “The Winner in You!” At this interactive, high energy and fun session, you will learn how attitude and professionalism are two things that can make a huge difference, and turn your blah workday into a great experience. From here on, service will be with a smile.

At the District Directors/Supervisors Section Meeting, your group will enjoy an exciting interactive panel discussion on “The Student Perspective on School Meals!” Moderated by Dottie Ryan, RD, LDN, vice president for Planning and Implementation of Fuel Up to Play 60 with the National Dairy Council, she will introduce you to Tyler, Will and Adiah in Grade 8, 10 and 5 respectively. The trio of Student Ambassadors will provide honest feedback and insights to help you attract more students to school meals more often. Their answers may surprise you!

The overuse of antibiotics in animal agriculture is now recognized as contributing to human antibiotic resistance. With school districts making large meat purchases – particularly chicken – you have the opportunity to leverage your purchasing power to engage this issue. However, up to now, so little is known about awareness, attitudes or experiences with purchasing non-antibiotic meats. At the Major City Directors/Supervisors Section Meeting, SNA Past President Jean Ronnei, SNS, will moderate a distinguished panel of experts on “School Meals and the Responsible Use of Antibiotics.” Before you leave this session, you will understand all the information surrounding antibiotics and will know the best practices around procuring antibiotic meats on your next menu.

Calling all educators! Join us at the College Section Meeting to discuss how to best utilize existing university research, dietetic/nutritional programs and internships to strengthen the educational needs of your students, attract young professionals into school nutrition and develop undergraduate research. If you are college educator or even a student, the “Working with Academia for School Nutrition Success” section meeting, is the perfect place for you to discover all the tools and resources available, to be the best school nutrition educator that you can be. School nutrition operators are also welcome.

What is the latest on Child Nutrition Reauthorization in Congress, USDA research, USDA Foods and Professional Standards? At the State Agency Section Meeting/USDA Workshop, attendees will hear directly from representatives of the USDA and members of SNA’s State Agency Advisory Council, who will inform you on the most up-to-date information on the agency’s recent activities. Stick around to the end, because this is the place to get all your USDA questions answered.

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