A message from your President,
It is an honor to share these words with you as the newest ISNA President. I am humbled to follow great leaders who have been very influential in my life and career. ISNA has been an opportunity for learning, but even more importantly, it has been an avenue to network with my colleagues and make lifelong friendships.
The recent 2017 Annual Conference “Ignite Your Appetite” was a wonderful opportunity for education, networking, and entertainment. The Century Center in the beautiful city of South Bend was a delightful new conference venue. I hope you went home from conference with an attitude of gratitude to share and inspire your family, friends, and co-workers. I’d like to thank everyone who purchased 50/50 tickets. We were able to donate $976.00 to the “Lunch Lady Hurricane Survivor Fund.” Also, the Chinese Auction returned to conference and raised $1,025.00, which will be used for 2018 Annual Conference scholarship opportunities.
Working and serving in school foodservice is an extreme privilege and is incredibly important. Each student has a story that they bring with them every day. We don’t know what might have happened at home or on the school bus before they arrived. This is the same for our co-workers. They bring to work their own stories that influence their attitudes and behavior. You have to remember that you have a unique opportunity to touch the lives of both your students and your co-workers. Your smile, concern, and care in each word, action, and meal you share can give hope that will have long-lasting effects in the lives of everyone you interact with. How will you choose to influence these stories?
Continuing education is the key to improving our lives and careers. Do you hold an SNA certificate? Earning your Level 1, Level 2, or Level 3 SNA Certificate in School Nutrition shows your commitment to your profession and helps you stay current in your job. This certificate program is based on the standards of practice in SNA’s Keys to Excellence Program and aligns with the USDA professional standards. Details for this program can be found on SNA’s web page at schoolnutrition.org. No matter where we are in life, it is important for our well-being to continually engage our minds in learning.
Are you interested in serving the Indiana School Nutrition Association? Please reach out to me or a board member if you are ready to step up for your association and most importantly, if you are ready to step up for your own personal and career growth.
Over the next year, I will lead ISNA with passion, integrity, and vision. I am excited to work with both new and returning board members. Together with the board we will continue to develop and offer high quality professional development opportunities throughout the year for our members.
Martha J. Silverthorn
TriCreek School Corporation
Director of Student Nutrition and Food Services
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