As we get prepared to roll into school year 2022-2023, I do hope that each of you has had a chance to regroup, relax, and reconnect with each other this summer. I got to do all of those things in Fort Worth at our annual convention. It was a joy to see so many of our members sharing a good time and learning a thing or two at conference. On a personal note, I had the added honor of being installed as the President of this organization. I am looking forward to a great year!
Next school year we will all experience the benefit of an enhanced reimbursement rate. This is due in part to the work that TASN members did this spring at SNA’s Legislative Action Conference. As always, there is still more work to be done. Please consider joining us at LAC next spring.
LAC is only one opportunity to connect with your peers and enhance our profession. This year TASN is planning a full slate of in-person conferences including a Legislative Action Day and a Partnership Collaboration Summit. I look forward to seeing as many of you as possible at these events.
Just a reminder that you will soon be getting a call for nominations. TASN is always on the lookout for new leaders. I encourage you to run for an office or serve on a committee. I can tell you from my experience that working closely with our TASN officers and headquarters staff has been a life changing experience. Our organization only moves forward because of the work of volunteer leaders. Please consider becoming one. I promise you won’t regret it.
One of the exciting things this year will be a newly revamped certification program. This program will simplify the certification process and benefit our members. I want to give a big thank you to our education committee and headquarters staff for putting this program together.
As the year goes on, please check back on our website for more information regarding upcoming conferences and opportunities to elevate the profile of child nutrition professionals. I am excited about this upcoming year, and I look forward to seeing you out there! Thank you for your support! I won’t let you down.
Darin Crawford, MBA, RTSBA
TASN 2022-2023 President