Events Events Come discover why ANC is the place for networking! Over four exciting days, you will come face to face with thousands of colleagues from districts across the nation, allowing you the opportunity to discuss trends, swap tips, exchange ideas and benchmark your current practices. Here are just a few events and ANC favorites that will connect you with school nutrition professionals of all levels: Special Events Inspirational Service Sunday, July 12 Come together with your school nutrition friends and peers and enjoy music that will inspire you as you begin your time at ANC. First Timers Session Sunday, July 12 Is this your first time attending ANC? If so, this information-gathering session will guide you in the right direction in order to make the most out of the conference. Awards Ceremony Sunday, July 12 Celebrate SNA’s outstanding school nutrition professionals at the annual SNA Awards Ceremony, where state, regional and national award winners will be recognized by the Association and their peers. The prestigious honors recognized during the ceremony include the Employee, Manager and Director of the Year Awards to recognize SNA members, as well as the President’s Award of Achievement, membership awards, and professional development awards to recognize state associations and their leaders. The National Industry Member of the Year Award will also be presented. Join us for this professional and fun event to honor, recognize, and celebrate the women and men work every day to ensure well-nourished students across the country are prepared for success! New Connections Reception Sunday, July 12 ANC is all about networking, and at this special event, which brings together the new school nutrition directors (three years or less), Future Leaders program participants and ANC First Timer Scholarship recipients, you will make new connections. Participants are welcome to bring a friend to this networking event. This event is by invitation only. Star Club Breakfast Monday, July 13 The SNA Star Club is a program for recognizing and thanking members who are working hard to ensure the future of the Association by recruiting new members. This is an invitation-only event and Star Club members must RSVP to attend. STEPS Challenge Wellness Event Tuesday, July 14 Being on the road doesn’t mean that it’s time to skip regular exercise! This wellness event is a great way to get moving, energize yourself and have some fun with your fellow SNA members. Targeted Training Opportunities Chapter Leadership Day Saturday, July 12 It’s a new year, and chapter leaders are looking for fresh ideas to invigorate local groups. If you’re an SNA chapter leader, don’t miss this event on Saturday, July 11, featuring topics such as developing a strong leadership team, planning effective meetings, innovative fundraising efforts and building membership. School Nutrition Specialist (SNS) Credentialing Exam Sunday, July 12 The School Nutrition Specialist (SNS) exam will be administered at ANC on Sunday, July 12, from 8:00 am to 12:00 pm. Registration, approval and payment must be made in advance and cannot be done onsite. To learn if you qualify to sit for the exam, click here for more details. To register, contact SNA’s Credentialing Staff at firstname.lastname@example.org. The registration deadline is June 21, 2015. Membership Section Meetings Monday, July 13 and Tuesday, July 14 Membership Section Meetings allow peers from districts and schools all over the country to come together and discuss the best practice and challenges in your program. Be prepared to hear from leaders in the school nutrition community and gather information directly relevant to you and your profession. School Nutrition Research & Best Practices Showcase Monday, July 13 and Tuesday, July 14 The Showcase is the place to learn about recent research and best practices in school nutrition. Discover what sort of interesting ideas, techniques and tactics are being applied in school and districts nationwide. Take advantage of time to stroll through and review the posters, as well as dedicated time to speak with the posters’ authors to learn more about their research.