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A Message From “Stephen Protz”
SNAAZ President, 2021

As your new SNAAZ President I look forward to working with all of you and our SNAAZ Executive Committee, Lorrie Ahern (President-Elect), Dustin Walker (Vice President), Jennifer Gordon (Secretary), Gina Logan (Treasurer) and the rest of the Executive Board members this year.

 

2020 sure gave us many unexpected ups and downs with both our regional and state live conferences cancelled due to COVID-19 which continues into 2021 and with expectations for some return to what the new normal will be. Because of no live in-person conferences SNAAZ moved forward with online meetings and conferences with hopes that we can return to in-person chapter and Executive Board meetings along with a renewed state conference later this year.  Be sure to take a minute and check out all of our Strategic Plan Goals below.

 

I am proud to be a part of the School Nutrition profession because each and everyone of you has shown that because of this pandemic you all did whatever it took to make sure that the children of Arizona still got healthy nutritious meals.  

STEPHEN PROTZ

2021 SNAAZ PRESIDENT

2021 Strategic Plan Goals

A great alternative of Accordions are Toggles, same
functionality as Accordions except the collapse.

Goal: School nutrition professionals will continually improve their knowledge and skills to administer, manage, deliver, and sustain successful school meal programs.

Objective: Increase individual certifications for Levels 1-4 and SNS

Strategies:

  • Establish clear expectations of each Executive Board members role in developing certification opportunities (per bi-laws).
  • Continue to incorporate sessions that meet all key areas (1-4) topics at conferences, chapter meetings, trainings and online work
  • Create state wide SNS prep-course with study group to provide assistance in test prep
    Provide annual SNS exam

Goal: Policy makers, school officials, parents and school nutrition professionals will rely on SNA as the leading advocate for school nutrition programs.

Objective: Increase efforts to enhance the public’s perception of school nutrition professionals and school nutrition programs.

Strategies:

  • Promote the value and qualification of school nutrition professionals through social media and conference recognitions
  • Promote the quality and nutritional value of school meals through nutrition related articles and images on social media, websites and direct communication with people outside of school nutrition
  • Sharing great accomplishments districts and individual schools are doing. Bring these accomplishments to the forefront with social media, SNAAZ website and recognition at state conferences
  • Continue to support legislative efforts by supporting SNA’s Legislative Action Conference and to visit Arizona representatives on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C.

Goal: School nutrition programs nationwide will be strengthened through the engagement, leadership, and collaboration among SNA’s members, state associations, the School Nutrition Foundation, allied partners and other stakeholders.

Objective: Increase involvement at chapter and state level

Strategies:

  • Look into implementing a future leaders program for SNAAZ to increase understanding of the process and build confidence in membership to run for office at chapter and state levels
  • Continue to outreach to districts that are not currently active members or participating members to encourage new membership and involvement
  • Explore collaboration opportunities between state association and state agency
  • Evaluate electronic methods to increase opportunities to attend meetings when driving distance is prohibitive to involvement

Goal: SNAAZ will have a financially sustainable funding model with a nimble governance and structure that is aligned with the strategic plan and reflects contemporary business practices.

Objective: Evaluate processes and options to improve efficiencies and communications

Strategies:

  • Evaluate the software and detailed reports to maximize the efficiency of the treasurer position on the board
  • Continue to improve online industry and membership registrations for conferences and sponsorships through the website and improve tracking and accuracy of website sales
  • Explore alternative cloud based online document storage location that is accessible to all board members (ex: google docs)

Goal: SNAAZ will have a financially sustainable funding model with a nimble governance and structure that is aligned with the strategic plan and reflects contemporary business practices.

Objective: Evaluate processes and options to improve efficiencies and communications

Strategies:

  • Evaluate the necessary software to minimize the hours needed and accuracy for the treasurer position on the board
  • Implement all online registrations for both vendors and members for conferences and sponsorships through the website to improve tracking and accuracy
  • Develop a cloud based online document storage location that is accessible to all board members (ex: google docs)

2018‐2021 SNA Strategic Plan

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We are a state affiliate to the School Nutrition Association (SNA), which represents over 55,000 individuals who have made a commitment to child nutrition.

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