President's Corner

Summer 2017

Greetings from the President

Each year as June approaches, excitement levels run high at TASN headquarters as they pull the final pieces together for one of the most phenomenal state conferences in the country. This year was no exception! The classes, exhibits and offsite Industry Evening of Entertainment in Houston did not disappoint. Thank you to our members, volunteers, the Conference Planning Committee, our industry partners, and the TASN Board of Directors for your efforts and participation. Last but not least, Texas is fortunate to have a dedicated and hardworking headquarters staff that makes it all look easy. You are gratefully appreciated!

When I started in the child nutrition profession 19 years ago it never occurred to me that I would want to, or actually become, the president of TASN. When asked to consider running for Vice President several years ago, I looked within and the answer was “Yes, I can do this,” followed by “Did I just say that?” One of my personal goals is to develop strong leadership skills and this year will certainly provide opportunities for that. I am grateful for the opportunity and proud to serve the TASN membership.

We are all leaders in some way, whether at work, at home, or simply in how we conduct ourselves and treat others on a daily basis. You may not receive the recognition you deserve, but providing nourishment to children in the form of food and love is something to be very PROUD of. Don’t ever forget who YOU ARE and the impact your actions have on others.

I challenge you to look within and see if there is a voice calling you to say YES to stepping up to serve in your local chapters (or start one) or to get involved in TASN. You will grow personally and professionally without a doubt!

Looking forward, due to the interim rule allowing for relaxed nutritional guidelines in several key areas, we will now be positioned to provide nutritious and delicious meals to our future leaders, so they are fueled and ready to learn. But our advocacy is still needed! With the possibility of block grants looming, it is important now more than ever to build relationships with our state representatives. I encourage you to join us at our local Legislative Action Day in Austin. Stay tuned for details as we move through the planning process. The SNA Legislative Action Conference will take place in Washington, D.C., March 4–6, 2018. We must lead the way with our voices.

Thank you for your support as your 2017–2018 President. I look forward to getting to know many more of you and hearing about your successes this year. Let’s lead the way together!

Laura Mason
Pasadena ISD
2017–2018 TASN President