I thought about taking the traditional route by starting with a simple Eeyore greeting from Winnie the Pooh by saying, “HELLO-O-O-O-O-O”, but seemingly that didn’t do well with my test audience. So instead, let me start out by saying, THANK YOU! Thank you for being a school nutrition professional, thank you for being essential, thank you for being the best, thank you for feeding the community, thank you for your time but even more, thank you for being a Texas Association for School Nutrition member.
These last several months have been a journey no one ever expected to happen, but a journey that you exceeded beyond EXPECTATIONS. I have read over Melissa Bryan’s president greeting from last year several times to get inspiration on how I should approach this greeting for each of you. Melissa said something very valuable last year. She said, “How wonderful it is to know that what we do each day for the students in our districts allows them to not have to worry about food, at least for the time they are at school.” We have been challenged to expand on Melissa’s statement and to build on something even more, so let us take it a step further. How wonderful is it to know that what we do each day for the students and our communities, allows our families to not have to worry about food, especially when unexpected challenges are presented to them when their child is at school or at even at home.
“You never know how or when you will have an impact, or how important your example can be to someone else.”
Do we know what the new school year will bring? No. Will we succeed at it? Absolutely! We are challenged with being better than what we were yesterday, and yet we will solve those challenges we face tomorrow with strength and determination. Thousands if not millions of meals have been distributed across the state of Texas to students over the last 5 months. All from the hard work that each of you have accomplished daily in your schools and your jobs! You took the time and effort to embrace these unforeseen challenges by creating unprecedented solutions.
"If everything was perfect, you would never learn and you would never grow."
At TASN, for the 2020-2021 school year, we are working on creative solutions that will allow you to manage and advance your professional development; along with ways to make your TASN membership work for you and from wherever you might be.
We value your time and your efforts and you are an important piece to the students of our future. We are a team and we want to hear from you. We want to hear your success stories! We want to know the things that did not work for you and want to know the things that did work for you. While we cannot provide concrete answers at this time how events and processes will look moving forward, our focus as a team will be to do all we can to help support each other and build on how we can come together as a team when we do have events.
Please keep in mind, that the team I mention includes you. Yes, if you are reading this, YOU are a part of the TEAM. No matter if you are an employee, manager, supervisor, director, ESC/TDA, retiree, TASN Office staff or industry member, each of you are a part of the TEAM!
Being that we did not get together for conference this summer, you still have been Creating Endless Possibilities to Lead the Way on this unique journey because we are Better, Stronger, Together as members of TASN. Keep doing what you do best and keep being the best that you are!