A message from your President,

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Jill Riggs  

  

A BIG THANK YOU to everyone who was able to attend the ISNA Annual Conference in Indianapolis this past November! The energy that flowed through the conference space was phenomenal! I saw people everywhere excitedly exchanging ideas and engaging with speakers and vendors. Logan Weber started us off with a bang; really getting everyone laughing and learning how to better engage with each other at work and on a personal level. Amy Dee followed up the next day to help us learn from our experiences and rethink our perspectives on others and situations. Nancy Rice greeted our Saturday attendees with some good, down home Georgia advice with a program titled, “Sometimes You Have to Make the Coffee.” Breakout sessions included topics for everyone, thanks to the professional development research committees. The Exhibit Fair was like no other with lots of space to take your time and have meaningful conversations. We could not host this type of educational and professional conference without the support of our vendors, sponsors and volunteers.

If you were not able to attend the conference, we do hope to see you next year in French Lick, Indiana!

The Executive Board did not take a break from working for our membership! The new board that was installed on Friday morning of conference got down to business on Friday, November 16th working on policies and programs that are central to our association’s mission. There was great discussion regarding all aspects of conference based on the feedback from people who attended. It is very important for attendees to complete the evaluations following all ISNA events, as your feedback is used to plan subsequent events.

Watch your inbox for Winter Seminar information to come soon…Registration will open mid-December. The seminar will return to The Willows on Westfield due to great reviews on the venue following last year’s event. The Nutrition Committee has a great program planned!

ISNA has been working with the IDOE for the past several years designing a Food Service Director Certification program. This comprehensive program has been created to cover all aspects of School Nutrition Management with the goal of preparing a motivated person to move into a School Nutrition Director position and/or to catapult new Directors to success!  Courses will be both in person and on line. The official name and logo as well as marketing materials are now in the works with the first courses to be held as a preconference to Winter Seminar. This exciting program will allow school districts to hire our members that have completed the program with confidence. Watch for details coming soon!

As your President, I look forward to working hard with a very committed board to carry out the mission of ISNA for all our members. Please let me or any board member know how we can better serve your needs. This is YOUR organization and I am proud and humbled that you have elected me to lead it.

Hope to see you at the Winter Seminar!!

 

Jill Riggs 
Penn Harris Madison Schools 
(574)258-9552
 

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