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December 2019 Newsletter:
Rollin' to the New Year

Message from the President 

Meetings & Events Calendar

Greetings GSNA Members,

As I reflect on the wonderful things that you all are doing to feed children, all the while working toward GOLD Scrolls, I can’t believe we are approaching the end of 2019 (don’t blink). It has certainly been my pleasure to visit local and district chapters across the state, our GSNA members are ROCK STARS! During our Legislative and Leadership training in June, I was impressed by how everyone really stepped up to the plate and committed to completing tasks on the district and local plans of action in Advocacy, Community, Education, Image and Membership. In July, the ANC in St. Louis was an exciting conference filled with fabulous education sessions and phenomenal keynote speakers. Having the opportunity to network with each other and our Industry Partners in the exhibit hall was priceless! August and September were very busy months with most of us starting back to school, but that didn’t slow us down! We completed a GSNA Executive Board and Committee meetings and everyone’s excitement for school nutrition reignited during the Kick-Off Luncheon in Macon and Manager's Retreat in Dalton. October was another busy time with the GaDOE Managers Conference in Macon and the annual C.R.O.P. Show with a session on Procurement and GaDoe Directors Conference in Athens.
With plans to keep up the momentum, here’s a quick rundown of the upcoming GSNA calendar of events: starting in January with Equipment Academy, SNAP in February, GSNA Legislative Advocacy Conference in March, and "Rollin’ to Augusta" in April for our GSNA 65th Annual Conference.

Each of you have worked hard this school year, so I encourage you to take some much needed time for YOU this month. It is certainly a privilege and honor to serve as your GSNA President and I can’t thank you enough for all that you do for our children while fueling Georgia’s future. I wish everyone good health, much happiness, gentle peace and an abundance of prosperity in the New Year. Thank you again for all that you do.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!                       

GSNA President 2019-2020

 GSNA 2020 Awards

2020 Awards Deadlines - Click HERE for Awards Forms

January 15, 2020
Culinary Arts (Local) District Culinary Arts Chairman

January 18, 2020
GSNA NAC Art Contest Local Competition (Send to your Local judges)

February 1, 2020
Culinary Arts (District)

February 15, 2020
GSNA NAC Art Contest District Competition (Send to your District President)

February 21, 2020
Scroll Application Cover Page to District President (Send to your District President)
Director of the Year
Employee of the Year /GSNA Golden Leaf Award
Manager of the Year /GSNA Lucille T. Watson





February 28, 2020
Ann C. Smith/Hall of Fame Award
Naomi Tolbert Central Office Support Award
Certification Awards
Consistently High Participation Awards
Josephine Martin Award of Excellence
Membership Awards
GSNA NAC Art State Competition
NAC of the Year
Scroll Awards
Three (3) % or More Increase in Participation (Breakfast and/or Lunch)
Best Chapter Participation Award
Marie McGlaun A.L.I.R.T. Local Contacts Application (Send to your District Legislative Chair)

March 1, 2020
Grants-in-aid & Scholarships

March 6, 2020
Marie McGlaun A.L.I.R.T. District/Local Contacts Application








GSNA 2020 Election Ballot Announced

Voting for the 2020 election will be open starting January 6, 2020 to February 6, 2020.  The election slate is as follows:

Emily Hanlin, SN Executive Director - Cobb County Schools
Dawn Garrett‐Martin, School Nutrition Manager - Forsyth County Schools

Amber Martin, School Nutrition Manager - Butts County Schools

System Level  Chair
Cathy Johnson, School Nutrition Director - Richmond 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.  

To view the candidates bios please click HERE.

2019-2020 Legislative Position Paper

The 2020 Legislative Position paper has been approved and is available online. Please take time to familiarize yourself with the GSNA positions as we continue to advocate on behalf of school nutrition in the state and nationally. CLICK HERE FOR A COPY OF THE POSITION PAPER.
And remember to save these dates: SNA Legislative Action Conference – March 8-10, 2020 – Washington, DC and GSNA Legislative Advocacy Conference–March 24-25, 2020 in Atlanta, GA.

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) 2020. 

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 8, 2020).

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. Deadline to apply is December 15th


SNS Credential Study Group

It is time to start thinking about whether or not this is your year to start down the road to becoming SNS credentialed. Every year GSNA provides an online study group for our members who wish to take the SNS credentialing exam in April at the GSNA Conference.
If you decide to buckle up and follow this road that has already been taken by about 70 of your fellow Georgia School Nutrition professionals, you will be provided with  weekly expert guidance from 12 SNS credentialed GSNA members. The online study sessions occur once a week from February through the beginning of March.
Being a credentialed SNS School Nutrition professional shows your dedication to School Nutrition as a career and your broad-based knowledge of the program.
GSNA looks forward to assisting you on your journey to become SNS credentialed!
If you are interested in being a part of the SNS Study Group please email info@georgiaschoolnutrition.com by no later than January 8th so we can add you to our list.

Georgia School Nutrition Foundation Scholarships and Grants in Aid Available

The GSN Foundation Winter scholarship and grant in aid deadline is December 15th. GSNA members can submit their scholarship forms for the winter deadline. This deadline date applies to Members ONLY. Scholarships and Grant in Aid for children of members is March 1, 2020. APPLICATIONS AND REQUIREMENTS ARE AVAILABLE HERE.

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/

GSNA 2020 Culinary Arts Contest

The Georgia school nutrition program is full of talented cooks and chefs and we want you to show off those skills in the GSNA Culinary Competition!
The GSNA 2020 State Culinary Competition will be held at Helms College in Macon on February 19th.  
Make sure you place all the deadline dates to participate on your 2019-2020 school calendar!
Local contest winners should be submitted to your district culinary chair by January 15, 2020.
District contest winners should be submitted to the GSNA office by February 1, 2020.

Please use Georgia grown products where possible. Contestants at the district and state level can enter only one category.

Back Yard BBQ Delight – Lunch or Breakfast Entrée: Pork, Chicken or Beef make sure and include at least ¼ cup of creditable vegetables and creditable grain.
Spud-licious a creative Potato Dish Smashed, Mashed, Hashed, Creamed, Tots, Chips, Fries or Hash browns - Breakfast or lunch - side or entrée make sure it is creditable, low fat and low sodium
Breakfast Roll Out - a Cinnamon Roll or Fruited Danish: Light and fluffy yummy treat! Must be whole grain rich and credit at least 1 whole grain but 2 grains preferred.

State Culinary Awards
First Place - $275 monetary award and certificate
Second Place - $200 monetary award and certificate
Third Place - $125 monetary award and certificate
Attendees’ Favorite - $75 monetary award and certificate

For Culinary Arts Forms and More Information
Visit the GSNA Website: http://www.georgiaschoolnutrition.com/Resources/Culinary-Arts-Competition 

GSNA Equipment Academy
January 15-17, 2020
Georgia National Fairgrounds - Perry, GA

There is STILL TIME to join us for the 2020 GSNA Equipment Academy at the Georgia National Fairgrounds in Perry. Don't miss this bi-annual event! This is your chance to receive unique in-depth training on equipment categories you may need to purchase over next 2 years.

Our equipment vendors will give you all the information you need to make cost effective decisions on your kitchen equipment purchases. You will receive tips and tricks to help elevate your school nutrition program and to become more efficient and energy conscious.

In-depth equipment training and demonstrations with school food pairings.

5 Classrooms, 5 Opportunities to learn about different factories in each equipment category.

Experience new kitchen technology while expanding your knowledge for future equipment decisions.

1 on 1 time with factory reps, chefs and equipment dealers

Directors | Key Equipment Decision Makers | Coordinators | Equipment Supervisors | Nutritionists


2020 Annual Conference - Augusta, GA
April 16-18 - Augusta Convention Center

Up The Ante in Augusta!
GSNA is “Rollin’ to Augusta” and we want you to bet on blue and celebrate GSNA’s 65th Annual Conference April 16-18, 2020 at the convention center on the beautiful Riverwalk in downtown Augusta.

Our 2020 annual conference will be packed with informative educational sessions and a wide variety of exhibits as well as lots of FUN!

The city of Augusta  has a lot to offer our attendees. We will meet at the newly renovated, state of the art convention center along the Riverwalk. The convention center and conference hotels are within walking distance of some of Augusta’s best restaurants and activities.

The Housing link is OPEN NOW! Please make your reservations  HERE.

 GSNA Platinum Sponsor (As of December 2019)
 GSNA Office Closing/Holiday Schedule

Winter Break - GSNA office closed:  Tuesday, December 24th - Wednesday, January 1st
The GSNA office will open for the new year on Thursday, January 2nd.


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