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2017-2018 Platinum Sponsors


GSNA Committee Days & Executive Board Meeting
September 8, 2017

Kick Off Luncheon
September 21, 2017
Macon Centreplex

National School Lunch Week

October 9-13, 2017
“School Lunch: Recipes for Success”

October 11, 2017
Athens, GA

GSNA Manager's Retreat & Training
November 2-3, 2017
Okefenokee Swamp Park, Waycross, GA

T-shirts, Totes & Aprons!
The 2017-18 logo t-shirt is available for $15.00.
There are two colors:
Coral Silk (Small - 3XL)
Blue Sapphire (Small - 5XL)
Click here for an order form.

Lunch Lady Tote Bags
Tote bags are $15.00 per bag in the following color combinations:
Hot pink/lime green
Kelly green/pink
Custom bags are $20.00 per bag. Order Form

Aprons are $20.00 per apron. There are three colors:  Black, Blue and Red. Order Form

"Lunch Lady" T-shirts are $15.00. Order Form

Are You a NEW School Nutrition Director?
 GSNA has a resource that may be of some help. A “Director’s Tasks List” created by Hall County School Nutrition Director Cheryl Jones may be just what you need to guide you in your new position. Director’s Tasks List
New SNA Certificate Level
Bridging the Gap – Getting You to Where You Want to Be Professionally
SNA is launching a new Certificate Level in July 2018 as a “bridge” between current Level 1 and Level 2. Read More
NSLW 2017 Tools & Resources
SNA’s free downloadable #NSLW17 tools are ready to be seasoned liberally with your own creative flair. Download them today and build a celebration full of unique flavors. Remember, NSLW is scheduled for October 9-13, 2017. Read More  

FY2018 Federal Agriculture Appropriations Update 
The Senate Subcommittee on Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies approved a $145.4 billion appropriations bill (S. 1603) on July 18th. The bill was then sent to the full Senate Appropriations Committee, which passed in a hearing on July 20th. FY 2018 House Appropriations Agriculture Bill containing $25 million for school cafeteria equipment grants and policy provisions for whole grains and sodium flexibility, passed the House Appropriations Agriculture Subcommittee on June 28th. You can learn more about child nutrition funding and riders in the House and Senate bills. Read More 
GSNA 2017-2018 Corporate Sponsors

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Kick Off LuncheonSeminar

Leadership Academy

2018 Annual Conference

Conference Entertainment

Director's Lounge

Message from the President

As school is starting back, one of the first questions that a student has as they enter the front door is “Who are you?” This applies to every person that they meet during the day. They may be looking to meet their teachers, principals, bus drivers and friends….and they probably are looking to meet Y-O-U! The most important person in their day besides their friends is YOU! So how will you greet them as they start the journey that will last a yearlong with you by their side? Maybe this is a time to really reflect on “Who are You?”! We cannot be our best “you” if we don’t really know what makes us tick?

So here are a few questions to quickly ask yourself: 1.) What could I have done better last year? 2.) What are my strengths? 3.) What are my weaknesses and how can I improve on them? 4.) Where can I take personal initiative and become a stronger employee who contributes more this year?

A few minutes of personal reflection can make all the difference in your school year for you and your students! It will probably give you a little more confidence, a bigger smile on your face and drive to have the best year yet!

Many of you have already had the opportunity for growth this summer at Professional Enrichment Programs across the state. I have heard of great success from so many training sessions and the participation this year has been outstanding! Kuddos to District Presidents who are making a difference in GSNA!

GSNA has so much to offer in personal growth and another stop on this journey is the Kick-Off Luncheon in September. Be sure to make plans to attend our family reunion where we will meet and greet old and new friends, celebrate the accomplishments of our Best Practice Winners as well as discover new Recipes for Success! Mark your calendars for September 21st in Macon, this promises to be an event that you do not want to miss!

We are off to a great start to Growing, Searching, Nourishing and Achieving amazing things this year! Please continue to send in your pictures and accomplishments so that we can track and enjoy your GSNA Journey!

See you somewhere soon!

"Grow, Search, Nourish, Achieve…Let the Journey Begin”

Laura Lynn, President 2017-2018

SNA Annual Conference Volunteer Thanks

To GSNA Volunteers
Dedicated hearts like yours
Are not so easy to find.
It takes a special person to be
So generous and kind.
To care so much for your fellow man
Is a quality all too rare.
Yet you give of your time and talents,
For all in need to share.
So thank you for being a volunteer,
We're privileged to work with you.
We want you to know how appreciated you are,
Not just today, but the whole year through.

I personally want to thank each and every one of you who gave of your time, talents and friendly smiles to make sure that all ANC participants were shown our Georgia Hospitality! SNA has said to me that there will never be another Georgia….you set the bar high on volunteering and I know that many will try but no one can out give YOU! So thank you, thank you, thank you for all you did to make GSNA shine and to make this the best ANC ever!

Special “THANK YOU” to Debbie Purcell, Sheila Cooper, Dawn Lewis, Kathy Peavy, Teresa Stevenson, Rhonda Barlow, and Rhonda Cooper for graciously contacting “Georgia Grown” vendors who provided gifts for the 125 SNA House of Delegates gift bags. They were a huge success and very much appreciated!

I also want to recognize all the efforts from our State Office; Susan Cheshire, Daphne Webb, Patrice Cayce and Naomi Tolbert . Without them, we could not have pulled it all together! And… to Robert Aspinwall, Ways and Means Chair, an unending “Thank You” for the tremendous job you did and are continuing to doing with GSNA Fundraising…nobody does it better than you!

Thank you to all from the bottom of my heart!

Laura Lynn, GSNA President
SNA Local Volunteer Chair

2017 GSNA Media Award Submission Deadline:

August 31st
It’s time to recognize the wonderful support given to School Nutrition programs by social media, print, radio and television media sources, school system Public Relations staff, and others.
The deadline to submit your Media Award nomination is August 31st.
We couldn’t tell the story of how children are learning healthy eating habits by eating school lunch and breakfast, or how schools are offering healthy choices, fresh fruits, and whole grain breads without our friends in the media. Please nominate your media partners TODAY! Click here for the 2017 Media Award Nomination Form.

GSNA Seeking Leaders:  Officer Nominations Open
It is time for GSNA to consider nominees for officer positions on the GSNA Executive Committee. This year we are seeking nominations for president-elect, treasurer and system level chair.
Please feel free to recommend fellow school nutrition members that you feel may be interested in being on the 2018-2019 ballot and love the honor of serving as a GSNA Officer.
Candidates must hold a SNA certificate or be credentialed (GSNA will determine eligibility before potential nominees are contacted). Please submit names no later than October 2, 2017. Click here for the 18-19 Nomination Form.
GSNA Partners with Georgia Organics to Celebrate
"Farm to School Month"
 October is Farm to School Month and schools and early care centers across Georgia are celebrating all things legumes! Make Room for Legumes is a state-wide celebration to get kids eating, growing and participating in legume-themed activities. To participate in Make Room for Legumes at your school, early care center, or in your community, visit www.georgiaorganics.org/for-schools/octoberfarmtoschoolmonth and sign up. Participants will receive free electronic resources to help you plan and implement your activities. Resources include standards-based lesson plans, quick activities, recipes, videos, school garden planting and harvesting information, and more!
 2017-2018 SNA Membership Campaign
Help SNA recruit new members and your reward could be a chance to win a VIP registration to ANC 2019 in St. Louis! Recruit five or more new members between June 1st, 2017 and May 31st, 2018 and you will automatically be entered into a drawing to win 1 of 5 VIP registrations to SNA’s 2019 Annual National Conference (ANC) in St. Louis in Missouri. For more details, please visit: https://schoolnutrition.org/membership/recruitment/2017-18-annual-membership-campaign/
Recruited someone new to SNA? Tell us on social media using the hashtag: #SNARecruiter

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