60th Annual State Conference
“60 Years Of Leadership”


MSNA Annual Conference 2016

July 31-August 3, 2016
River’s Edge Convention Center
10 4th Ave South
St. Cloud MN 56301


2016 Annual Conference Registration Form (PDF)

Please note:
Due to an unexpected change the  Pre-Conference session of
Current Healthy Food Trends on Sunday July 31st at 1:00pm is being replaced by ” Olympic Training and Getting Ready for The Games”. Glennis Werner, CSB/SJU will be presenting on nutrition/marketing and what it takes for athletes to be ready to play their sports!

Dates of sessions: Sunday, July 31st, Monday, August 1st, Tuesday, August 2nd and Wednesday, August 3rd.  (dates in conference booklet has error)

To register online-click the link – Online registration link

Registration types
MSNA Member – $225.00
Director/Purchaser – $235.00
Non Member – $350.00
Onsite Registration – $275.00
Extra Banquet Ticket – $35.00
(1 included w/registration)


SNS Credentialing Exam
July 31, 2016
Board Room C
River’s Edge Convention Center
10 4th Ave South
St. Cloud MN 56301

Registration is now closed for SNS EXAM


“Instant Level One” Certificate Sessions
MSNA is offering the SNA core courses of Nutrition Building Blocks for Great Trays and ServSafe w/Test-for members to obtain their SNA level one certificate. Sessions will be on Saturday & Sunday, July 30 & 31, 2016.Location will be at the Kelly Inn.  Once sessions are completed MSNA will send in all completed forms and fees to SNA for “instant certification”.  $160.00  (Membership must be current)

  • Nutrition Building Blocks-Saturday, July 30, 216 8:00am-5:00pm
  • ServSafe w/Test-Sunday, July 31, 8:00-5:oopm

Sanitation Refresher Course (4 hr MN Food Manger Certificate)
Sunday, July 31,2016
River’s Edge Convention Center


Vendor Show
August 2, 2016

2016 Industry Exhibit Registration Form
Early Bird deadline is July 15, 2016

A & N Convention Services is the decorator for the 2016 Conference Exhibit Show.
Phone: 320-253-4050   Email:

Electrical Services

RECC Electrical form

There is no electrical service provided as part of the basic booth package. Those exhibitors who require electrical service will order it from RECC.

Vendor set times:

The vendor show will be in the Terry Haws Exhibit Hall B & C.

Registration Location:

Terry Haws Exhibit Hall C
Booth Set-up Times:

Monday, August 1st from 2 – 6 pm. River’s Edge CC personnel will be available during those hours.
Tuesday, August 2nd, set-up will start at 7:00 am.

Show Hours: Directors/Buyers
9:30 am– 12:00 pm Attendees
12:00pm – 1:30 pm (Team Pink)
1:30pm-3:15pm (Team Green)

Set-up Deliveries:

Goods can be delivered to the north receiving doors of the River’s Edge CC on Monday and Tuesday during set-up hours.  First (1st) Street N runs along the north side unloading area. You will be able to drive in to deliver items at doors #11 & #12.

Vehicles cannot remain in the facility. The usual small items can be delivered at door #19.

There are limited parking spots at the north end of the building for larger trucks. Vendors with smaller vehicles are asked to park in the ramp or in the metered lot on the west side of the Civic Center.


A refrigeration truck will be available at door #9, on the north side, along 1st. St. N. *Ice cream cannot be stored in the refrigeration truck or in RECC.
Ice will be available in the River’s Edge CC freezers off of the kitchens near Terry Haws Exhibit Hall C.
Handwashing stations:

You must have a handwashing station in your booth if serving samples. See Attached form.

Food Shelves:

Catholic Charities will be accepting all foods and fresh produce. Large boxes will be located near the north doors of the vendor hall. Foods should be ready for collection about 3:15 pm.  We will be collecting the food from your booth.



2016 Annual Conference Schedule at a Glance (pdf)Due

Click here for workshop session handouts (dropbox link)

Monday, August 1st
General Session Speaker

Tami EvansMotivational Speaker Tami Evans shares her energy, passion and humor to create an unforgettable experience for audiences.  Click here to hear Tami!  Her session will be  on learning and activating optimism and other hard core soft skills!

Recently appearing on The Dr. Oz Show (where she taught him to chair dance) Tami lives her belief that laughter is a vital part of learning.  Her entertainment-based content celebrates and motivates participants, engages and empowers employees, creates communication cohesion, boosts confidence and busts stress!

Genuine & funny, Tami is a professional speaker who specializes in fast-paced, interactive programs, filled with lots of learning and laughter. She has a broad professional history which includes working as a; University Professor, Communications Specialist, Professional Actress in NYC, Fashion Designer for Banana Republic, Personal Assistant to Nell Carter, Every kind of Waitress you can imagine, Stand-in for Melanie Griffith (pre-Antonio), accidental illustrator, and author of “Half Full of It: Activating Optimism and Other Hard Core Soft Skills.

Tami is an energetic motivator and performer, with both corporate and independent experience. She holds an MFA, and BAA in Broadcasting Communications, and Theatre.Tami shares important communication and leadership tools along with fresh ideas like Personality trumps Perfectionism, you can Fail with Flair, and we all need to Embrace our Inner Dork!

Awarded TOP 5 New Speakers 2012 by the National Speakers Association, and currently the President of the New York City Chapter, Tami was also recently honored with the distinction “Best Avocado Sandwiches on the Planet” by her young son. Originally from the beautiful state of Michigan (show me your Hand Map!) Tami now lives just outside New York City.

Wednesday, August 3rd
General Session Speaker

JoAnne Robinett, SNS~ America’s Meals
In Profile--JoAnne Robinett (2)

“Education, Inspiration, Motivation” is “Mission One” of America’s Meal, the training company owned by JoAnne Robinett. JoAnne is committed to guiding school foodservice staff to see the world from a global point of view. Her exciting presentations are aimed at taking you from the same old daily routine to inspiration – and from inspiration to action, altering the image you might have of institutional food service. She will help you and your group find the best in you, the strength in your team, and the confidence that you are an important part of your community.

JoAnne Robinett, MSA, SNS, is a nationally recognized author and speaker. She has presented in over 25 states at multiple state and national conferences, and for Fortune 500 companies. She has been quoted in USA Today, Parenting Magazine, and The Boston Globe. Her articles have been featured in many state association publications, in Great Possibilities, and in School Nutrition, SNA’s flagship publication.

Her humor, passion, and down to earth style of presenting keep audiences tuned in and entertained, while learning new ideas.

JoAnne lives in Jamestown, Ohio. She winters in Southwest Florida on the Gulf of Mexico and travels abroad each year.



Service Project

  • Newborn Baskets-
    Babies need love, attention and lots of Stuff! You can make the lives of parents in the surrounding communities of St. Cloud a little easier by providing them with the basic needs to help them focus on taking care of their child once they leave the hospital. Organizations that would benefit are: LSS Crisis Nursery, The Salvation Army and/or Anna Marie Alliance.
    Items to bring to the conference:
    Diapers     Baby Wipes     Baby Powder     Baby Shampoo/Soap
    Pacifiers    Blankets          Onsies (0-3months)   Bibs
    Bottles      Board Books   Newborn Toys      Diaper Bag/Tote Bag

Entertainment: Monday Night, August 1st
Slip Twister Slip Twister








Click on link-MSNA Hotel Block (pdf)

When calling hotel ask for the MSNA Room Block
**Due to many members booking multiple rooms, the hotels closest to the convention center are filling fast! Keep checking back with the hotel as rooms are released or ask to be put on waiting list.

Best Western Plus Kelly Inn
100 4th Ave South
St. Cloud MN 56301
$84.00 + tax per night

Courtyard By Marriott
404 St. Germain West
St. Cloud MN 56301
$129.00-$159.00 + tax per night

GrandStay Residential Suites Hotel
213 6th Ave South
St. Cloud, MN 56301
$119.00-139.00 + tax per night

Country Inn & Suites
120 7th Ave South
East St. Cloud MN
56304 320-252-8282
$89.00 + tax per night

Hampton Inn & Suites
145 37th Avenue North
St. Cloud, MN 56303
$129.00-$149.00 + tax per night

Holiday Inn & Suites
75 S. 37th Avenue South
St. Cloud, MN 56302
320- 253-9000
$89.95 + tax per night


Chapter Leadership Seminar
Sunday, July 31, 2016
River’s Edge Convention Center
St. Cloud, MN 56304


2016 Nutrition Conference
October 15, 2016
Location: Eden Prairie High School

2017 61st Annual Conference
July 30-August 2, 2017
Duluth, MN
NOTE: The MSNA hotel block for Duluth will not open until March 15, 2017



2015 Annual Conference Speaker Presentations


MSNA Industry Conference

Hand out from Speaker Rick Olson-Pig Profile (pdf)

2014 Annual State Conference
“Step Out Of Your Box”

To download hand outs from the 2014 Annual conference workshop sessions click here.