President's Message

 
 Leeanne Koeneman 
 
Dear Friends,

This will most definitely be the hardest letter to write to you all as it is my last correspondence as your association President.  I would like to say that it has been a great ride, but that seems laughable during a pandemic.  I find myself laughing quite a bit lately, for if I don’t, I’m quite certain that I would be left in tears!  I know you are all in the same situation as myself, and as I ponder the last 18 months, I can only be grateful to belong to such a wonderful organization as ISNA.  We were able to lean on each other, just as you all do.  We were able to take our current struggles to the powers that be with hope for improvement and insight as to where to go to next. Know that your voices were heard regarding the supply issues and labor shortages.   

I have always been impressed with the passion and endurance school foodservice employees embrace each and every day.  This pandemic seems to have allowed you all to find even more passion and the ability to dig deeper, change gears, and continue to battle each day to feed our younger generation.  Please know that these students see what you are doing every day for their benefit.  Their masked smiles are thankful.  Their hushed voices are screaming thank you.  Their remote situation has some resemblance of “normal” due to a simple school meal that they are having at home.  The smiles and loving gestures they see you demonstrating give them a reason to continue coming to you for another meal, for another day.   

 

While it may seem like a distant dream, our ISNA Annual Conference is quickly approaching.  I would challenge you all to consider attending in my home city of Ft. Wayne this October 27th – 29th.  You deserve to take a day or three for your own personal growth!  If we cannot network and collaborate about how to meet our current challenges, how do we stand a chance to have the tools to continue with passion?  If we don’t take the time to recharge our purpose, we will lose our ambition to carry on.  If we are not motivated, how will we empower and encourage our staff I truly hope to see you and talk with you in person.  Please know that the Grand Wayne Conference Center will take all the necessary precautions for your personal safety. 

Thank you all for everything you continue to do and give in the name of School Nutrition.  I appreciate your efforts as do your students and staff.  Please remember the next time you put on your gloves and face mask that these PPE’s are very simple:  Passion, Purpose and Excitement! 

 

Keep laughing! 

Leeanne Koeneman
ISNA President

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Hello Friends, 

 

This will most definitely be the hardest letter to write to you all as it is my last correspondence as your association President.  I would like to say that it has been a great ride, but that seems laughable during a pandemic.  I find myself laughing quite a bit lately, for if I don’t, I’m quite certain that I would be left in tears!  I know you are all in the same situation as myself, and as I ponder the last 18 months, I can only be grateful to belong to such a wonderful organization as ISNA.  We were able to lean on each other, just as you all do.  We were able to take our current struggles to the powers that be with hope for improvement and insight as to where to go to next. Know that your voices were heard regarding the supply issues and labor shortages.   

I have always been impressed with the passion and endurance school foodservice employees embrace each and every day.  This pandemic seems to have allowed you all to find even more passion and the ability to dig deeper, change gears, and continue to battle each day to feed our younger generation.  Please know that these students see what you are doing every day for their benefit.  Their masked smiles are thankful.  Their hushed voices are screaming thank you.  Their remote situation has some resemblance of “normal” due to a simple school meal that they are having at home.  The smiles and loving gestures they see you demonstrating give them a reason to continue coming to you for another meal, for another day.   

 

While it may seem like a distant dream, our ISNA Annual Conference is quickly approaching.  I would challenge you all to consider attending in my home city of Ft. Wayne this October 27th – 29th.  You deserve to take a day or three for your own personal growth!  If we cannot network and collaborate about how to meet our current challenges, how do we stand a chance to have the tools to continue with passion?  If we don’t take the time to recharge our purpose, we will lose our ambition to carry on.  If we are not motivated, how will we empower and encourage our staff I truly hope to see you and talk with you in person.  Please know that the Grand Wayne Conference Center will take all the necessary precautions for your personal safety. 

Thank you all for everything you continue to do and give in the name of School Nutrition.  I appreciate your efforts as do your students and staff.  Please remember the next time you put on your gloves and face mask that these PPE’s are very simple:  Passion, Purpose and Excitement! 

 

Keep laughing! 

 

ISNA President, 2020-21