2013-14 Annual State Conference

Theme: Do You Believe in Magic?

Location: Kalahari Resort – Wisconsin Dells, WI


SNA’s 2014 Annual Conference began on Monday, June 30. Early arrivals enjoyed events such as a Wisconsin Dells Duck Tour, Kalahari Kitchen Tour, and pre-conference sessions titled “Food Defense: Schools as a Target” and “Cashier’s Training.” The conference officially started with a session titled “The Magic of INFLUENCE…How to Get Great Results in Teamwork.” After this inspiring talk by Cathy Newton, several breakout sessions were held including:

  • First Timer Session
  • NFSMI: Utilizing Cafeteria as a Classroom
  • DPI: What’s New in USA Foods
  • DPI: Breakfast Regulations
  • Farm-To-School 101 by Sunny Young
  • NFSMI Food Defense: Schools as a Target
  • Balancing Work & Life… What’s the Magic Touch? By Cathy Newton
  • DPI: Food Code Updates and Food Safety Plans
  • DPI: Small Victory Topic: The 5 B’s of Customer Service
  • Director Roundtable Discussions

The day then wrapped up with a Fawn Creek Winery Tour in the evening. Attendees enjoyed local wine while surrounded by the peace and quiet of the woods on a serene outdoor deck overlooking the winery’s seven-acre vineyard.

Day two kicked off with a lively start! Participants danced their way to wellness with Erika Gerhart, AFFA Group Fitness and licensed Zumba instructor. After their heart rates returned to normal and breakfast was eaten, the keynote session, “General Overview of Farm to School” by Sunny Young, was underway. Breakout sessions followed with topics such as:

  • Time Saving Tips in the Kitchen and Worker Efficiency
  • Wisconsin Farm to School and Local Food Procurement
  • DPI: Smarter Snacks (Formerly Competitive Foods)
  • Beef: A Nutrient Powerhouse for School-Age Children
  • Going Beyond Pizza on Your Menu
  • SNA Membership & Member Benefits
  • WMMB: Fueling Your School Breakfast Program
  • Food Allergies and Law
  • Legislative
  • Training with Personality Plus
  • DPI: Marketing 101
  • Scratch Cooking
  • WMMB: Does your Beverage have you under a spell?
  • Fresh Fruits & Vegetables Program (FFVP)
  • Managing Waste
  • Blodgett HydroVection Demonstration
  • DPI: Procuring Local Foods

The day concluded with the “Do You Believe in Magic?” vendor party. Guests were encouraged to wear black, white, formalwear, hats, capes, canes, and anything else a magician would sport! Comedian Miss Shannan Paul, a Mash-tini bar, Hors d’Oeuvres, a DJ, and dancing made the night great.

The last day of the conference was celebrated with Products on Parade, closing remarks and prizes, and two great sessions: “School Nutrition Superheroes” by Leah Schmidt and “Life’s Lessons from School Cooks” by Marilyn Hurt, SNS.