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GSNA 2019 Annual Conference
April 11-13
The Classic Center - Athens, GA
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2019 Annual Conference Tentative Agenda


Shuttle Bus Schedule

Can you feel it? Springtime in Athens, ya’ll! What makes this time of year even better is knowing that the Georgia School Nutrition Association Annual Conference will be held at the beautiful Classic Center in downtown A-town. 

So, bring your “Bulldog” best, and let’s celebrate our winning year with our very own SEC Champions! We will be “Movin’ & Shakin’ Around the Hedges!” Conference in Athens is always an extra special occasion, because the University of Georgia is a treasured partner of School Nutrition Programs in Georgia. UGA has a certification program that is instrumental in providing Georgia Directors a pathway to leadership and professional success and contributing to a higher level of respect within our industry which is nationally recognized. 

The spirit of school nutrition is amplified in the great city of Athens! If you truly want assistance in getting “Equipped to Serve,” then clear your April schedule and pen in April 11th – 13th, 2019. 

We are thrilled to offer a much needed and appreciated Pre-Conference Session, O.N.E. Cliff Notes, which will train and empower your staff to conduct a local O.N.E. class that is thorough and consistent. Additionally, you will have the opportunity to network with fellow innovators, visionaries, and mentors during a plethora of “Service Minded, Hunger Focused” education sessions. You will, also, be treated to an explosion of exhibits displaying new and creative ideas for your menus! 
Once you have packed your tool belt with knowledge and resources to move your program to the next level, then come move and shake on Friday night in the Classic Center Pavilion and enjoy the sounds of the ever rockin’ band, Hudson Road, and tailgate like “Bulldog Stars” with your nutrition friends and family! 

The Annual Awards Banquet will be held in the stunning Classic Center Athena Ballroom on Saturday night, so join us for a lovely meal designed for champions and a moment of gratitude to those esteemed colleagues who have achieved great accomplishments. 

Hunker Down and Save the Dates, NOW!!! Could there be pompoms? Could there be cheerleaders? You’ll have to register to see!!!

Lisa Singley, 2019 Annual Conference Chair
2019 Annual Conference Tentative Agenda

Nancy Rice

Thursday, April 11th
3:30pm — 1st General Session
Some Say Legacy...I Call it a Journey of LOVE

Nancy Rice, M.Ed., RDN, LD, SNS
State Director, School Nutrition — Georgia Dept. of Education
Have you ever wondered what it is about some leaders that enables them to
make a positive impact during their careers, or even continue to change how
people act and think in their organizations even after they’ve gone? This session will offer some heartwarming and lighthearted stories regarding that question that have helped mold and direct one 34 year career that is one of passion, dedication, commitment, and most of all, LOVE.

Chef Jeff

Friday, April 12th
1:15pm — 2nd General Session

Chef Jeff Henderson
Inspiring Celebrity Chef, Star of Flip My Food & Author of If You Can See It, You Can Be It

From humble beginnings in South Central Los Angeles to imprisoned drug dealer, and now an award-winning celebrity chef and best-selling author, Chef Jeff is a role model for anyone who needs the encouragement to reinvent their lives.

Since he discovered his passion and gift for cooking in the unlikeliest of places –prison – Jeff has completely turned his life around, and today serves as a popular and powerful voice for self-transformation. Hear his inspiring story!

Pre Conference Session - $75 per person - Thursday, April 11th (Must register to attend)
O.N.E. Cliffnotes
Receive the tools your staff needs to instruct a play by play Orientation for Nutrition Employees (O.N.E.) training class. Don’t miss this “train the trainer” class taught by Dr. Debra Morris, GSNA System Level Chair and director of nutrition at Jackson County Schools. This session condenses the most important information from O.N.E. into a understandable presentation.


When? Friday, April 12th
Where? Pavilion
Time? 7:00 PM
Join us as we take a break from the hustle and bustle of education sessions and exhibits. Come represent your team at the GSNA 2019 “Movin’ & Shakin’” tailgate celebration.
Dance to the sounds of the Hudson Road band, enjoy some of your favorite tailgate foods and meet new friends! We will
have a drawing for the “Movin’ & Shakin’” tailgate package full of all the things that make a tailgate great!

Hotel Accomodations

GSNA 2019 Annual Conference Hotels are now open for reservations through Connections Housing.
GSNA 2019 Annual Conference Housing link
Eric Layton
Phone: 404-842-0000 ext. 4015 / 800-262-9974
E-mail: Eric@connectionshousing.com

Georgia School Nutrition Foundation
2019 Golf Tournament
Wednesday, April 10th
1:00 PM Tee Time - Lane Creek Golf Club
1201 Club Drive, Bishop, GA  30621 - LaneCreekGolfClub.com


Lunch included! Lunch @ 11:30 a.m. catered by Fresh Air BBQ
Weird Ball ♦ Contest ♦ Closest to Pin ♦ Putting Contest ♦ Hole in One ♦ Closest to Center ♦ Best Dressed Team ♦ Best Theme Team ♦ Bake Sale

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