What happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas, but this...we just have to share. Every year, SNA state presidents work tirelessly to further the mission of the Association. In the spirit of Las Vegas, we decided to kick things up a notch and bring in a few fan favorites to help honor these incredible individuals.
Who better to do that than Sonny and Cher circa 1970! Decked out in sequins and shag, the dynamic duo took the stage with a fantastic rendition of "I've Got You Babe" and presented the Thelma Flanagan Gold Achievement Award, the Louise Sublette Award of Excellence and the Heart of the Program Award to honorees from over 40 states. Talk about making an entrance! Honorees hit the catwalk in style rubbing elbows with "The King" himself - Mr. Elvis Presley. Where else but Vegas can you share the spotlight with not one, not two, but three pop icons!?
If you missed the action this morning, don't fret. Rumor has it that Elvis is in the building for the remainder of the day. Look for a white bejeweled jumpsuit and matching cape/cumberbund combo. Also be sure to congratulate your colleagues and thank them for their hard work and unwavering dedication to the cause.
ANC 2009 is here! Registration is now open, with members and exhibitors starting to arrive. The exhibit floor is currently being set up and will feature the latest in healthy school lunch innovations. Set to open on Tuesday, the exhibit floor is the largest of it's kind in the school nutrition industry.
Today, many SNA members are participating in preconference sessions. During the preconference sessions, school nutrition professionals are furthering their knowledge in a variety of areas, including financial management and food allergies. State chapter leaders participating in Chapter Leadership Day are gaining new ideas and learning about the many tools SNA offers. During the Future Leaders Program, rising stars are receiving hands on training as they become up and coming leaders in the school nutrition movement.
Keep checking the Viva Las Vegas - Viva ANC blog for updates throughout the week!
With only three days until the official start of ANC 2009, I’m just checking in to make sure you’re all set to make your way to Las Vegas. In fact, I’ve already arrived in this grand city of lights and sights, and although the weather here is hot, hot, hot, I’m positive this year’s conference is only going to ignite new friendships, spectacular solutions, professional growth and good times for all. We’re on track for a terrific event this year, with strong attendance numbers expected and more than 320 exhibitors set to showcase their innovative products and services. I can't wait to see you all here! In order to cash in big on your ANC experience, here’s a checklist to help you hit the ground running when you arrive in Vegas:
Viva Las Vegas, Viva ANC! Katie Wilson SNA President
On Monday, June 29th and Tuesday, June 30th, there will be a book signing immediately following the General Session. Don't miss your chance to meet renowned speakers and authors Robin Crow and Jeannette Walls, who will sign their latest books:
Monday, June 29: Jump and the Net Will Appear by Robin CrowAt forty, musician Robin Crow had a broken spirit, an empty bank account, and a family to support. Jump and the Net Will Appear is the story of how Robin turned his life around.
Tuesday, June 30: The Glass Castle by Jeannette WallsThis powerful memoir has been on The New York Times best-seller list for over two years, and details Walls’ life growing up in extreme poverty and describes the unimaginable obstacles she faced.
ANC attendees will be able to purchase copies of these books following General Session. So get in line and be sure to have your pen handy!
Join us for a social media gathering at ANC Vegas on Tuesday, June 30th at the Learning Lab in the Silent Auction: Mandalay Bay Foyer – Level 2 from 4:45 to 5:15.
Are you ready for ANC Las Vegas? Of course you are! But before you can enjoy this one-of-a-kind educational event, many of you will have to take to the friendly skies. From arriving early, to checking in and making your way through security checkpoints, airline travel can be a headache these days….but it doesn't have to be! Proper planning can make your trip a lot easier. To travel smart and travel safe, log on to www.tsatraveltips.us and learn tips from the experts at the Transportation Security Administration.
Are you a well-seasoned traveler? Share your travel tips with your peers in the comments section!
This is Peggy Eller blogging to you once again about all the exciting happenings in Vegas. Did you know that there is a meeting at ANC just for you!? The Membership Section Meetings are designed with the needs of your particular professional level in mind and include important updates about current and upcoming SNA initiatives and other key issues. These meetings are perhaps one of your best opportunities to connect with like-minded colleagues from districts around the country, with whom you can discuss shared challenges and exchange best-practice solutions. As you can see, there is something for everybody!
One of my favorite parts of these meetings is the opportunity to connect with old friends….and maybe gain some new ones! What's your favorite part of these meetings? Share your thoughts in the comments section!
Peggy Eller ANC Steering Committee Chair
One of the best things about attending ANC is the number of ideas you come away with. If you’re looking to get new ideas for your program, then the Child Nutrition Showcase is for you! This ANC event features posters submitted by SNA members on best practices and emerging research. The Showcase, located outside of the Exhibit Hall, is filled with inspiring ideas and valuable information.
Here are just a few of the topics that this year’s Child Nutrition Showcase posters feature:
The posters will be displayed for two days, on Tuesday and Wednesday, giving you plenty of time to check all of them out. Plus, the poster authors will be on hand Tuesday, June 30, 12:00-2:00 pm, to talk one-on-one and answer your questions. Additionally, some of these posters will be highlighted in the education session “What's the Latest: Emerging Research in School Nutrition” taking place on Wednesday, July 1st at 9:45 am.
One of the most valuable benefits of attending ANC is the opportunity to network with fellow school nutrition professionals and the Child Nutrition Showcase is the perfect spot to mingle. Do you have a personal ANC networking success story? Share it in the comments section!
If you’re like me, you’re always looking for new menu and recipe ideas. Well, then you won’t want to miss the Culinary Demonstrations offered during the ANC Exhibit Hall hours. Here professional chefs will show you “hands-on” skills that you can implement in your school, including how to garnish and present foods to make them more attractive to students. These demos also will feature many new products and healthy ingredients, including fruits, vegetables, whole grains and lean protein.
This year, there will be six demonstrations offered during the conference. They are:
Each demo will last about 45 minutes, so there’s still plenty of time to go to all the exhibits. I’m looking forward to sampling the prepared items to determine if my students will really like these new recipes. I hope to pick up some new ideas for my breakfast menus using eggs and whole grains. The demos featuring peanut butter and rice bowls should be good, too! I know my students love peanut butter and they also really enjoyed Yumi Rice Bowl during National School Lunch Week a few years ago.
So whether you take in one or all of the Culinary Demonstrations, you’re sure to come away a WINNER with some great new ideas! Got any winning culinary techniques or tips of your own? Share them with your peers in the comments section!
Stop by the Emporium in the SNA Marketplace and discover the latest school nutrition merchandise. This is your opportunity to stock up ANC 2009 keepsakes, NSLW and NSBW materials and much, much more.
Don’t forget to check out our ANC Vegas specials including the newly released School Nutrition Operations Report: The State of School Nutrition 2009, and the “ABCs of Child Nutrition” t-shirt.
ANC 2009 certainly is the place to come for professional development. But with such a fantastic city at your fingertips, you’re also encouraged to take advantage of your free time, or spend an extra day or two, and explore a destination filled with bright lights, spectacular sights and late nights. Here's just a quick rundown of some of the highlights of this “Entertainment Capital of the World”:
Been to Las Vegas before? What would you recommend seeing? Or if you’re visiting for the first time, what are you looking forward to most? Share your thoughts in the comments section!
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