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JUNE 2017
Building Healthy Children, Ready to Learn


SNA Annual Conference
July 9-12, 2017
Atlanta, GA

GSNA Committee Days
& Executive Board Meeting

September 7-8, 2017

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
Location TBA

T-shirts & 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.

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

2017 Legislative Summary

The 2017 session of the Georgia General Assembly ended March 28 with both chambers working well past midnight, which seems to be the new norm. May 9 was the final day for Gov. Nathan Deal to sign or veto legislation passed during the 2017 session.   Click here for more information on the 2017 Legislative Session. 
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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Message from the President

Who is ready for the adventure of a lifetime?

I am and I certainly hope you are too! As we start this new journey, we will navigate through some exciting turns that will help us to “Shake It Up” in School Nutrition. Like all fun trips, there will be some stops along the way to learn about many fascinating things such as who we are as a person, employee and member. My hope is that as we are learning we are growing as we hop and skip down this road called life. So much of who we are is reflected in the kind of job we do every day, what we do with our “extra” time, as well as who we surround ourselves with on our journey.

The theme for this year “Grow, Search, Nourish, Achieve…Let the Journey Begin” is what I believe that we all strive for every day. As School Lunch Professionals, it is our goal to make sure that we are the very best at our daily jobs as well as being the very best parent, sibling, friend and even a GSNA member that we can be. If we are not working towards always being a better person then we might need to get an EKG and make sure we are alive! My hope is very simple: 1.) Realize how valuable you are every minute of every day 2.) Look for ways to better the lives of your staff and children 3.) Feed the hopes and dreams you have while feeding our children the very best breakfast, lunch, snack and even supper 4.) Realize that while traveling on your journey, you have achieved so much more than man could ever applaud you for…you have made a difference!

This year you will see many of our same activities and events, however several new and fun adventures await. Our culinary contest has taken some new directions so be aware of a few new twists on this path. We are going to band together to help those in need by having a statewide community service project. This roadmap awaits you and I know that fork in the road will be very profitable for many. Young Professionals will be new to our trip this year with interesting and fun ideas to encourage everyone. Last, but not least, we will look “Beyond the Plate” to honor those that give back unselfishly to their community.

This theme is our theme together. I want you to feel free to share your journeys with me…I want to hear how you Grow, Search, Nourish and Achieve at work, play and home! I am very proud to be your President this year and hope that as our paths meet, cross and meet again that in some small way I have made a difference in your life.

May the road rise up to meet you. May the wind always be at your back. May the sun shine warm upon your face, and rains fall soft upon your fields. And until we meet again, may God hold you in the palm of His hand. ~ Old Irish Blessing

Laura Lynn, President 2017-2018

There's Still Time! - SNA Annual Conference
July 9-12 - Georgia World Congress Center
When thousands of school nutrition professionals from across the country come together, it’s a one-of-a-kind networking experience you don’t want to miss!
And this year it is in YOUR BACKYARD!
Make plans to show the world what the “Peach State” has to offer by attending the 2017 SNA Annual Conference in Atlanta, July 9-12 at the Georgia World Congress Center.
If you’ve never been to a national annual conference this is your chance to do it while it’s close to home.
Visit https://schoolnutrition.org/Meetings/ANC/2017/Register/ for more information on how to register for this dynamic experience. 

GSN Foundation Scholarship/Grant in Aid Deadline:
August 1st
Start getting your scholarship applications ready for the Fall deadline date of August 1st. The GSN Foundation awards scholarships and grant-in-aid to members ONLY in the Fall. Applications and requirements are available here. 
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.

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