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GSNA Equipment Academy
January 17-19, 2018 -Perry
School Nutrition Industry Conference
January 21-23, 2018 -New Orleans, LA
GSNA Executive Board Meeting
January 27, 2018 - Macon
GSNA Legislative 
Advocacy Conference
February 7-8, 2018 -Atlanta
GSNA School Nutrition Assistants Program
February 12th - Suwanee
February 14th - Macon
February 15th -Statesboro
February 16th - Valdosta 
SNA Legislative Action
March 4-6 - Washington, DC

GSNA LAC Scholarship - NEW Deadline Date - 12/6/17! 

In an ongoing effort to help its members develop professionally, the Georgia School Nutrition Foundation is offering a scholarship to attend SNA’s Legislative Action Conference (LAC) 2018.
There will be two scholarships available for first time attendees. The recipients of the scholarships will get funding up to $2,500 to cover registration, airfare, hotels, and meals for the National Legislative Action Conference in Washington, D.C. (March 4-6, 2018). The recipients will be responsible for making registration and travel arrangements. GSNA will reimburse all expenses up to $2,500 for each recipient. Click here for more information and an application.
New deadline to apply is December 6th.

GSN Foundation Scholarship & Grant-in-Aid Winter Submissions Deadline Date:  12/15/17 

GSNA has added an additional submission date for members.
Members can now submit their scholarship forms in December starting this year. Your winter deadline date is December 15th. This applies to Members ONLY. Scholarships and Grant in Aid for children of members will still be March 1st. Applications and requirements are available HERE. 

2018 NAC Art Contest:
"Grow, Search, Nourish, Achieve or
 "Shake it Up in School Nutrition" 

To participate in the state NAC Art contest each local association should select 3 winners, one from category K-5, one from category 6-8 and one from category 9-12 to be submitted for the district competition. Each district will select 3 winners one from each category to submit to the state level judging. All entries must have the theme “Grow, Search, Nourish, Achieve” or “Shake It Up In School Nutrition”.

Three state winners, one in each category will be announced at the 2018 Annual Conference in Savannah. Click here for contest rules and forms.


2017-18 Culinary Arts Competition 

The Georgia school nutrition program is full of talented cooks and chefs and NOW is the time to show off those skills! The GSNA 2018 Culinary Competition is fast approaching and you want to make sure you meet all of the deadline dates to participate.
Local contest winners should be submitted to your district culinary chair by February 1, 2018.
District contest winners should be submitted to the GSNA office by March 1, 2018.
The State Culinary Arts Competition will be March 13, 2018 @ Helms College in Macon.
State winners will receive monetary awards: First - $250 Second - $175 Third - $100

State winners will be announced at the GSNA Annual Conference - April 2018 in Savannah.

Culinary Arts 2017-2018 Categories:
Breakfast Flatbread:
Prepare a hearty WG flatbread that will help your students start their day off with a unique and delicious entrée. Sweet, savory, spicy or all of the above…it’s your choice!
Lunch in a Cup: No time to waste...prepare a lunch that is served in a cup so your students are eating healthy on the go. To get you started, be sure to include at least 2 oz Meat/Meat Alternate, 1oz WG and ¼ cup of Veggies.
Cobbler, Crunch or Crisp with Blueberries and Peaches: Nothing says comfort like a cobbler! Prepare your best cobbler, crisp or crunch that includes at least 1oz WG and ¾ cup of Blueberries & Peaches.

Click here for Culinary Arts Forms. 


GSNA 2018 Annual Conference Hotels are now open for reservations through Connections Housing.
GSNA 2018 Annual Conference Housing link
Eric Layton - Phone: 404-842-0000 / 800-262-9974
Email: Eric@connectionshousing.com  

GSNA 2017-2018 Corporate Sponsors
Platinum Sponsors

Equipment Academy Energy Sponsor

2018 Annual Conference

Conference Entertainment
sponsored in part by:

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Director's Lounge
Friday Sponsor

Gold Sponsor
Silver Sponsor

Manager's Retreat & Training

Kick Off Luncheon Seminar

Leadership Academy

 Click here for information on how to become a GSNA sponsor.

Message from the President

Love is….

Tina Turner, one of the all-time greatest singers, had a huge hit called “What’s Love Got to Do with It”. It’s a fun song that many of us know the words and enjoy singing along when it’s played on the radio. The next line of the lyrics answers the question with “it’s just a second hand emotion”. I recently heard this song and as I was singing along it made me stop and think what does love have to do with anything. Do I pay attention to love or is it as the song says, a second hand thought? This time of the year brings so much hustle and bustle that we slide right in to the fast lane and never look back until we reach January 1. Do we feel love or lots of others things…stress, worry and strife?

As mom, dads, brothers, sisters, and friends we incorporate love in how we treat our children, parents, family members and friends. But do we let love lead us in our workplace every day? I will admit that I tell everyone how much I love my job, however, my leadership does not always show love. The kind of love I am talking about is a selfless concern for the well-being of others. It is a giving love that is focused on helping others. It is often a sacrificial love that requires that we put the needs of others before ourselves.

So what does that mean at work? You say you love the children you serve, but you hurriedly go through the day, half-heartedly preparing meals, with the only thought of getting out the door as quickly as you can. Love becomes a second hand emotion. You love the profession of school nutrition, however, going to training and meetings is not worth your time. Becoming a better leader comes second to self. There are so many ways that our
“love” for what we do gets pushed to the side and we don’t even realize what has happened.

So how can we lead with love? If we lead out of a desire for fame, fortune, or other self-interests, then we are falling far short of successful leadership. During the Christmas season is a great time to look at your daily life and find those true
“LOVE” moments where what you have done is because you have given selflessly or for the welfare of others. In your day of work, look for the “love” moments that you talk about when you share about your job to others. Also look at those things you do that are not out of genuine concern but selfish gain. How can you turn them into a situation that makes your heart smile?

Paul writes in his letter to the Corinthians, “If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. If I give all I possess to the poor and surrender my body that I may boast, but have not love, I gain nothing.” Make everything about love and you can never go wrong. Is it easy to do…no, but what do you have to lose…nothing, yet everything to gain! So, be impeccable with your thoughts, don’t take things personally, make no assumptions and always do your best and love won’t be a second hand emotion. It will be what everyone sees in you! Merry Christmas!

With Much Love,

Laura Lynn, President 2017-2018
"Grow, Search, Nourish, Achieve…Let the Journey Begin”


 The GSNA office will be closed December 22nd – January 1st. We will open for the New Year on Tuesday, January 2nd.


GSNA Equipment Academy - January 17-19
Georgia National Fairground - Perry, GA

Join us for the 2018 GSNA Equipment Academy at the Georgia National Fairgrounds in Perry. Our equipment vendors will give you all the information you need to prepare for changes in the economy, in nutrition standards and in student preferences. You will receive tips and tricks to help elevate your school nutrition program and to become more
efficient and energy conscious.
Learning Sessions:
Care and Repair of Small Wares
How to Get It Right the First Time
Understanding Your Utilities
For more information and to register CLICK HERE.


Georgia Legislative Advocacy Conference
February 7-8, 2018 – Fairfield Inn - Atlanta, GA

All roads lead to the Gold Dome!
School nutrition travelers from across the state converge on the state capital to map out the school nutrition advocacy agenda for the next year. Lobbying for school nutrition is MORE important than ever!

So join us as we prepare for the 2018 Georgia Legislative Session where we will let our collective voices be heard.
Our legislative program will cover how to conduct a legislative visit as well as discussions on funding and regulation issues. We encourage ALL to attend. Industry partners and corporate members are welcome! For more information and to register CLICK HERE.


 GSNA 2018 Election Slate

Voting for the 2018 election will be open in January 2018.
The election slate is as follows:
President-elect: Cheryl Jones, School Nutrition Director – Hall County and Dawn Garrett-Martin, School Nutrition Manager- Forsyth County Schools
Treasurer: Dee Mathis, Food and Nutrition Manager – Forsyth County Schools
System Level Chair: Dr. Debra Morris – School Nutrition Director, Jackson County Schools
GSNA officer voting will be done ONLINE. All eligible voting members will receive an email with their member ID and a link to the GSNA election site.   


 SNA 2018 Election Slate

GSNA is excited to announce that we have two members on the ballot for 2018 SNA election slate:
Southeast Regional Director
Daniel Ellnor, Jefferson County School District, Kentucky
Vanessa Hayes, SNS, Tift County School District, Georgia

Leadership Development Committee - Southeast Regional Representative
Paula De Lucca, SNS, Wake County Public Schools, North Carolina
Cleta Long, EdD, SNS, Dade County School District, Georgia
Don’t forget to vote! Biographies of candidates selected for the slate will be available to view online in early January 2018. The election will be held February 15-28, 2018 online at the SNA Website. SNA will send all eligible members an email with voting instructions. Click here for more information on the SNA 2018 election.  

Congratulations and good luck to all the ballot candidates!


SNS Credential Exam Grant
GSN Foundation is also offering a $500 grant to cover expenses for a member that is sitting for the School Nutrition Specialist (SNS) Credentialing exam. If you are thinking of becoming SNS Credentialed apply for the funding to help with your expenses such as books, study guides, application fee, etc. The deadline to apply for the grant is December 15th. Click here for the grant application. For more information about the SNS designation visit: https://schoolnutrition.org/Credentialing/

SNS Study Group
GSNA is offering a SNS Credentialing study group for members. The SNS Credentialing study sessions will take place over a 12 week period, 1 – 2 hours a week via conference call, and facilitated by experienced GSNA credentialed members. We have set tentative dates for the GSNA SNS Study Group Sessions. The first session will be on Tuesday, January 9th.

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