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KEYNOTE SPEAKER

Chuck Todd

The keynote address will be held Sunday afternoon, March 3, and will include an insider's look at Washington from Chuck Todd. With what Washingtonian magazine calls a “savant-like knowledge of politics,” Todd has become a fixture in the White House press room, a steady and constant presence on television and a tireless voice on the campaign trail. Todd is NBC News’ political director and chief White House correspondent and the host of “The Daily Rundown” on MSNBC. His up-to-the-minute poll analysis and insightful commentary has made him one of the most sought-after voices in American political coverage, and his on-air political analysis can be seen almost daily.

Todd is responsible for all aspects of NBC News’ political coverage, serving as the point person for political news and information. He is the on-air political analyst for “NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams,” “TODAY” and “Meet the Press,” where he is a contributing editor. He also edits First Read, the network’s must-read guide to political news and trends in and around our nation’s capital.

Accompanying his extensive media presence is his work as an adjunct professor, teaching a graduate-level political communications course at Johns Hopkins University. In 2012, GQ magazine named Todd “The Most Powerful Journalist in Washington.” That same year, he also won the “Jeopardy!” Power Players match. In 2005, Washingtonian featured him in its “Best of” issue in the journalism section, and in 2009, the magazine named him one of the top 50 journalists covering Washington. Before joining NBC News, Todd was the editor-in-chief of National Journal’s The Hotline, Washington’s premier daily briefing on American politics for six years.

Chuck Todd offers a comprehensive picture of the political landscape. As the political news of today becomes tomorrow’s American history, he will be the voice we hear when we think back to America in the early 21st century.

HILL RECEPTION

The Hill Reception will be held on Tuesday evening, March 5, from 5:00-6:30 pm in the Cannon Caucus Room on Capitol Hill. This reception is the first of its kind and will be a great opportunity for Congressional staff to further network with SNA members, beyond their Hill visits. You can continue the conversations from during the day in a more casual atmosphere. U.S. House and Senate members will be in attendance to share their perspectives on school nutrition. This event will afford Hill staff a chance to hear more about the work you do and to further build relationships and get to know the work of school nutrition professionals. At the reception, there will be passed hors d’oeuvres as well as stations throughout for networking and photo opportunities for your state delegations and with House and Senate members. This will be a great way to celebrate the culmination of a great LAC with your friends and colleagues, while leaving plenty of time for exploring Washington, D.C. Tuesday evening following the reception.

GCNF A POSSIBLE DREAM GALA

The 10th annual A Possible Dream Gala, which honors champions of child nutrition, will be held on Monday evening, March 4, from 7:00-10:00 pm. Please join the Global Child Nutrition Foundation in recognizing the achievements of Sherri Knutson, SNS, 2012 Outstanding Director of the Year and Barbara Jirka, PhD, SNS, 2012 Industry Member of the Year, as well as Arlene Mitchell, the recipient of the 2013 Gene White Lifetime Achievement Award for Child Nutrition.

This event will take place at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center, with proceeds from the evening allowing GCNF to provide technical assistance to developing countries working to create and sustain school feeding programs. Participation is by reservation only. To purchase seats or to become a sponsor, contact GCNF Senior Project Manager Erica Davies at (800) 877-8822 or edavies@schoolnutrition.org.

DAY ON CAPITOL HILL

Bring your expertise, your passion and your stories to Washington, D.C., and take advantage of this annual opportunity to get your message across to your state’s Congressional delegation. Tuesday, March 5 is reserved for visiting U.S. Representatives and Senators on Capitol Hill. Please schedule appointments with your legislators well in advance.

INDUSTRY FORUM

Speakers: Jonathan Dickl, MBA, Gitta Grether-Sweeney, and Elizabeth Wallace
The LAC Industry Forum, to be held Monday, March 4, 12:00-2:00 pm, is designed to inform and connect industry leaders doing business in the school nutrition segment. Join special guest speakers and more than 300 of your peers for a lively discussion on any number of the hottest topics of the day. Speakers and topics will be determined in the next few months. Boxed lunches will be available for purchase.

SNS CREDENTIALING EXAM

SNA’s Credentialing Program was created to enhance the professional image of school nutrition leaders. The School Nutrition Specialist (SNS) Credentialing Exam will be administered at LAC on Saturday, March 2, 8:00 am-12:00 pm. Registration, approval and payment of fees must have been completed prior to LAC and cannot be made onsite. To register, contact SNA Certification & Credentialing Manager Miles Truax at (800) 877-8822 or mtruax@schoolnutrition.org.

Fees: Members $200; Non-members $295
Exam Date: Saturday, March 2, 2013, 8:00 am-12:00 pm
Registration Deadline: February 8, 2013

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