President Elect’s Message
Welcome to the 2021-2022 school year. I hope everyone was able to get some much-deserved time off over the summer months. It has been a super busy time here at NYSNA planning for the coming year. I have so much to tell you about. Back in July I had the opportunity to attend SNA’s Annual National Conference. It was different having to attend on a virtual basis. I really missed the excitement of the show floor, engaging with our industry partners and networking with colleagues across the country. One of the best takeaways from the conference, for me anyway, was the session with their opening general speaker, Ben Nemtin: See the Possibilities, Embrace the Future. Ben stressed the need for everyone to have a “resiliency tool kit” to help us in times of turbulence and uncertainty…. does that sound familiar? I know I struggled during the past two years to find time for myself; to decompress and take care of my “small stuff ”. It took a toll on me and sitting through Ben’s presentation, I was reminded of how important it is to take care of myself; take time for myself. He offered some insightful tips for tuning in to our own inspiration and finding ways to go after our dreams, our own personal bucket lists. I really enjoyed his lecture and have taken some of his suggested tips and implemented them in my life. I make it a point now to
intentionally set aside thirty minutes of each day to reconnect with MY dreams. To slow down and become more present and be more grateful. This has helped me in the most unexpected ways. My creative juices are flowing again, and I feel so much more centered and grounded. Find a way to spend some time on just yourself, every day!!! Have you noticed all the new faces woven through the numerous NYSNA committees? What an exciting time to be a part of this great association. I had the pleasure of attending several committee meetings recently and as I sat either in the room or on the conference calls…I was so excited to see so many new faces stepping up and taking the reins to move our association forward. Headquarters staff and current board members have managed to recruit new leaders from across the state representing a nice diversity with all regions of the state represented. It was truly energizing watching all these great ideas being suggested. I can’t wait to see what new and exciting ideas come from these inspiring volunteers. NYSNA met to plan a new strategic plan to take us through the next several years as an association. It was great to be a part of such an awesome group of people planning for the future. I can’t wait to see the final draft and then to further present it to the membership. If you have never had the opportunity to be a part of strategic planning, I highly recommend getting involved either in NYSNA’s strategic planning or within your own districts, communities, etc. It is a great way to steer the course of your organization and to collaborate with diverse perspectives from across your membership. It is always an interesting and dynamic couple of days watching as our vision goes from brainstorming multiple ideas to a solid plan. Have you registered for the upcoming conference in October? What a great concept to join the virtual with the in-person opportunity for the Regional Food Shows. I will always favor in-person over virtual, but I must admit that I really enjoy having the option of tuning in to From the Show Floor for months after the original event. It makes it so convenient and easy to find the products, vendors and information I am searching for, when I need it. How great is it that we can continue with this option in conjunction with in-person opportunities to see our Industry partners and all that they have to offer. I am really looking forward to seeing some faces I haven’t seen in a while, come October. If you haven’t already registered, please do so ASAP. I hope to see you all there. I would love to hear from all of you. How are you doing in your districts? What ideas did you need to implement during COVID that you will be continuing with moving forward? I always love getting ideas from all of you. I hope to see you soon. Be well and the best of luck to you and your staff in the new school year. DONNA RIVIELLO NYSNA President Elect Donna Riviello has been a school Food Service Director for the past 11 years currently employed through Wayne Finger Lakes BOCES and working with the Clyde Savannah and North Rose - Wolcott Central School Districts. She has been a NYSNA member for all of my eleven years and she looks forward to serving this organization for the next two years as the current President Elect and future President. - Donna -
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