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JANUARY 2018
Building Healthy Children, Ready to Learn
2017-2018 Platinum Sponsors


 

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
Conference
March 4-6 - Washington, DC

 

NATIONAL LAC SCHOLARSHIP RECIPIENTS

Congratulations to Tory Grace of Brantley County and Lauren Koff of Houston County. They have been awarded the 2018 GSNA Legislative Action Conference scholarships.
They will be able to attend the national legislative conference in Washington D.C. with financial assistance from GSNA.
We are happy to help our members develop professionally and get involved legislatively. This experience will help further their education and devotion to school nutrition.
 

DESTINATION SAVANNAH
Final destination - Savannah! We will celebrate our year of school nutrition achievements in the beautiful, enchanting city of Savannah.
Each of the stops along the way helped us arrive at the most “Swingin’” celebration of the year.
You will have opportunities to
GROW your nutrition knowledge, SEARCH for new products, NOURISH your soul and ACHIEVE the highest honors in Georgia School Nutrition.
For more information and to register CLICK HERE.

2018 Tentative Agenda

ANNUAL CONFERENCE HOTELS

The hotel link for reservations for the 2018 conference is open. You can search the available hotel’s rates, amenities and locations. To receive the GSNA rates use this link to complete your hotel reservation(s). 

 

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



  
Message from the 2017-2018 President
#The Journey

 Happy New Year! I am sure many of you have made and possibly already broken your New Year’s Resolutions. Did you think about and make any GSNA Resolutions for the New Year? Have you thought about all the possibilities that lie before you? Or do you say…that’s impossible?

Recently, the GA SNP used Audrey Hepburn’s quote, “Nothing is impossible, the word itself says I’m Possible!” So I challenge you to SEARCH what is on the horizon for GSNA and determine what will help NOURISH who you are as a member, professional and a person. As an association, we want to help you GROW so that you ACHIEVE all that you see as impossible and be able to stand and say I’m Possible!

We just had a phenomenal Equipment Academy in Perry, Georgia. Thank you to all who braved the weather and showed up to learn about the equipment in our kitchens. Although many states talk about this one of a kind event, no one has even attempted to do what Georgia does….many kudos to all the members and industry partners who have over the years made this a one of a kind learning experience.

Soon we will all be gathering at the state capital for Georgia LAC. Registration is still open and we’d like to see you all there. Cheryl Jones, GSNA State PPL Chair is working tirelessly with GSNA Legislative Consultant Mary Frances Williams to make sure that this conference will teach, motivate and inspire all of us to advocate for ALL School Nutrition Programs across the state. There is STILL time to join us! (Click here for registration information)

The Heart of School Nutrition is the School Level Employees. They are the ones that truly make a difference every day with a kind word and delicious food. School Nutrition Assistant Program (SNAP) will be held during Valentines week in 4 different locations. These locations were chosen so that as many members as possible could maximize this opportunity. There is STILL time to get your registration in, so don’t delay!

I am super proud that Debra Morris felt my enthusiasm in providing a study group for the SNS Credentialing Exam. She has put many hours into research and communication with those who have taken the exam to provide the best possible panel of leaders for the 12 week sessions of learning. This training will be a valuable tool for those taking the test at our state conference in April! We have already had great participation and response to our three sessions.

Lastly, we will make our way to Savannah…our final destination of this year’s GrowSearchNourishAchieve Journey. There is so much buzz about our educational sessions, awesome exhibits, out of the box speakers, awards galore and our night of Swingin’ on the River with the Swingin’ Medallions (Thanks to our corporate sponsors!@IngeniousCC, @JTMfoodgroup, @petersonfarmsinc pace@pacereps.com and sales@acf.co). You don’t want to miss this extraordinary opportunity so make your reservations and complete your registration now! #Destination18

As we settle back into the most rewarding as well as most demanding career, I leave you with this quote from Charles Dickens, “The most important thing in life is to stop saying “I wish” and start saying “I will”, consider nothing impossible. Then treat possibilities as probabilities”.

With Much Love,


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

 

GSNA 2018 ELECTION

GSNA officer voting will be done ONLINE only using the link below. You may click the link below or copy and paste the address into your web browser
https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/2018GSNAELECTION
You will need to enter your Georgia Member ID begin the voting process. Voting will be open from January 1, 2018 - February 1, 2018.

Voting is ONLY open to GSNA School Nutrition Members. GSNA Corporate members are not eligible to vote.
If you have any questions or problems please contact the GSNA office at 770-934-8890 or email info@georgiaschoolnutrition.com.

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 2018 AWARDS

It’s GSNA awards season! Do you know someone that took the "GrowSearchNourishAchieve" journey for the 2017-18 school year and deserves to be recognized for their outstanding work?
GSNA has several opportunities for you to help celebrate your employees and friends dedication to school nutrition.
The awards deadlines are coming up soon, make sure you have submitted all the paperwork you need to participate. Visit HERE for award forms and information.

 

GSNA 2018 LEGISLATIVE CONTRIBUTIONS

Please remember to send in your State legislative contribution by March 15th. Your donations help GSNA lobby on behalf of ALL school nutrition staff to the state and national legislature. GSNA has asked that each local chapter contribute to our legislative fund to assist in these efforts.
Please use the Legislative Contribution form to calculate your local donation amount.


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