2014 Annual State Conference
Step Out  Of Your Box“ Step Out Of Your Box!

August 3-6, 2014
Rivers Edge Convention Center
St. Cloud  MN


2014 Annual Conference Registration Booklet/Form


Education Session Descriptions

To download workshop sessions click here.

Sunday August 3, 2014 

  • SNS Credentialing Exam
    The SNS Credential is a mark of excellence and achievement that reflects what it takes to manage school nutrition programs in today’s challenging climate. The SNS Credentialing Exam evaluates candidates’ knowledge and skills required to perform specific job activities related to managing or directing school nutrition programs. Those who meet the exam eligibility requirements should expect to spend 3-4 months preparing for this comprehensive exam. The SNS Credentialing Exam is comprised of 200 multiple choice questions and candidates will  have four hours to complete it.
  • The exam time is from 11:00am until 3:00pm.
  • Registration for credentialing exam begins on  6/4/14
  • Credentialing Exam registration closes on  7/13/14
  • Chapter Leadership Seminar                                                                                                                                                                        Chapter Leadership Seminar will be held on Sunday, August 3 from 10:00-3:30pm.  This seminar is designed to provide information to MSNA Chapter leaders and incoming MSNA Board members that will be helpful to them during the upcoming year.  Invitation forms have been sent to Chapter Leaders.


  • Train The Trainer Workshop
    The Trainer Network committee is offering a 4 hour “Train the Trainer” workshop on Sunday, August 3, 2014 at the River’s Edge Convention Center in St. Cloud.  Time is 12:30pm-5:00pm. This session will provide trainers and directors with resources from MN Department of Health and the U of M Extension. This workshop is free to attend.  Space is limited though and priority will be given to MSNA Trainers. Please contact the MSNA office to pre-register by email or 877-251-2344 by July 31st. Note: No refreshments or snacks will be provided.  Requirements for all Trainers
  • House of Delegates
    A House of Delegates (HOD)will be held at the Annual conference on August, 3rd.  MSNA is in the process of reviewing the current bylaws to bring them in compliance with best governance, practices, ease of use, and to ensure clarity and consistency. The voting delegates shall consist of members of the executive board, five immediate past state presidents, the presidents and presidents-elect of affiliate chapters.  Each chapter shall send two representatives which shall include the president, the president elect or their alternates.  Each chapter is allowed two votes. All members are invited to attend.  To review click on link MSNA 2014 Bylaws Draft. Note that the MSNA Articles of Incorporation cannot be changed. (Notice is also in the mailed July issue of the Thymes)
  • Sanitation Renewal Course-                                                                                                                                                                                   This session meets the 4 hours of sanitation renewal requirements for the MN Department of Health Food Manager Certificate. This session is taught by Lars Johnson.
    Note: ServSafe certificate renewal is not covered by this course.


  • Pre-conference workshops-Need to pre register with payment.  (Conference Registration form)
    Classes are repeated. 12:45-2:45pm and repeated 3:15-5:15pm
  • Knife Skills Battle:
    Chef Joe ArvinChef Joe Arvin, from the CBS hit show “Big Brother” will cook off some of his favorite recipes after prepping with various techniques. Chef Joe will review best practices for chefs and anyone who prepares foods in the kitchen. Chef Joe will also use his knife skills vs Todd Anderson and his food processor skills and the session will end with a slicing and dicing competition…man vs machine! “Let the battle begin!”

Personality Styles At Work
Self-identify your personality style & how you interact with others based on your style. Kathryn Diederichs will help you learn how to work effectively with others through discussion and activities.

iPad Basics (Limited to -20 per session)
Do you have questions about how to navigate your iPad? Bring your iPad to this session along with your personal Apple ID & password. This class is based on iOS7 and it will be helpful for youto have a device running on iOS7. Learn to personalize your settings, how to take pictures/videos and navigate the Internet.


  • Service Project
    The service project this year comes at the request of our General Session speaker, Reneé Rongen. She is very passionate about reducing domestic violence and is asking MSNA members to bring a new pair of pajamas (newborn to adult)  for the local shelters.  The donated pajamas will be supplied for moms and children who have to flee in the middle of the night due to domestic violence.
  • Education Raffle
    The 6th annual Education raffle is also stepping out of the box a bit! This year we are changing up the “purse” raffle and are asking for donations of anything you would like to put in a box. Instead of just purses and bags, you can bring boxes (step out of the box) or baskets full of goodies such as baby items, cooking items, grilling items, back-to-school items, gardening items, quilting items, scrapbooking items, etc. Use your creativity to fill a box of any size with new items for men or women and let your imagination run wild as you “Step out of your box!” The boxes can be sealed or open, decorated or not, but we would like the contents to be not totally revealed to add to the excitement. Baskets/Purses are also still an option.All proceeds from the Education Raffle will be going to the MSNA Education Fund, which helps to extend the education of our members.  Tickets are six for $5.00 or a baker’s dozen (13) for $10. The random drawing will take place and winners will be announced at the Wednesday, Aug. 6 closing General Session. You must be present to win!Please bring your donated item to the registration area by 12:00pm, Monday, August 4th.

Monday August 4,  2014Renee Rongen

Opening General Session Speaker

Reneé Rongen is an award-winning humorous and inspirational speaker and author. Reneé engages her audience with her “legacy living” philosophy and the media has dubbed her “The Mother of Motivation and a combination of Lily Tomlin, Oprah and Mother Teresa.” Her messages transcend age, culture and profession. Renee’s comedic timing coupled with her acclaimed gift as a master story teller will help to inspire you to become the best you can be.

  • General session begins at 9:00am on Monday August 4th. Snacks and Beverages will be served 8:00am-9:00am. Registration is open 8:00am to 4:00pm
  • We also recommend that you bring along your sweater or jacket just in case the meeting rooms are a little cool.
  • Executive Board Installation
  • Monday Night Mixer
    Monday night will again have the dessert/coffee mixer after the meal. The band “Staff Infection”  from Anoka HS, will have attendees dancing in the aisles and singing along to great songs! You will have the opportunity to get your photo taken in the photo booth and show your funny side!

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

  • Vendor Exhibit Show
    Director/Food Buyers – 10:00am-12:00pm
    All Attendees-12:00pm-3:00pm
  • Education Sessions

Wednesday, August 6, 2014Maureen Mulvaney

Closing General Session Speaker

Maureen Mulvaney, better known as “MGM”, will shake her pom poms as she helps attendees discover their super powers and show us how to change our attitudes to increase our productivity. It will be like eating a huge piece of chocolate cake without the calorie gain! Be prepared to laugh and learn!

  • Education Sessions



**New Hotel Blocks Added

*Holiday Inn & Suites

75 South 37th Avenue
St. Cloud, MN 56301
Poolside Room Rate
89.95 +tax
Poolview Room Rate
84.95 + tax
Holiday Inn has a shuttle service that is available to shuttle guests to the conference center. Must schedule at check in.
Metro Bus is available to shuttle you to/from convention center (no cost with conference  badge)-Bus Stop located 1 block from hotel
(Room block closes July 3)


*Country Inn & Suites West
  235 Park Ave South
  St. Cloud MN 56301
Room Rate $93.00 + tax
Located 5 miles from the convention center at the intersection of Hwy 15 & 23. (By Old Chicago)
Metro Bus is available to shuttle you to/from convention center (no cost with conference  badge)
(Room block closes July 3)



Le St. Germain
404 St. Germain W
St. Cloud MN 56301
Room Rates $129.00-$149.00 + tax


Best Western Kelly INN
100 4th Ave S
St. Cloud MN 56301
Room Rates $84.00 + tax


GrandStay Residential Suites
213 Sixth Ave S
St. Cloud MN 56301
Room Rate $89.90 + tax ( One bedroom Suite)


Country Inn & Suites
120 7th Ave South East
St. Cloud MN 56301
Room Rate $83.00 + tax
Located 1 mile from the convention center.
Metro Bus is available to shuttle you to/from convention center (no cost with conference  badge)
(Room block closes July 3)




Tuesday, August 5, 2014
Rivers Edge Convention Center
St. Cloud, MN 56301

MSNA invites you to be a part of our vendor show during the Annual Conference in St. Cloud, MN, on Tuesday, August 5th, 2014.  July 15, 2014 is  registration deadline for Industry Vendor Show .

Schedule of Events

Annual Awards & Installation Banquet

Monday, Aug.4th   -   5:00 pm – 7:00 pm, Terry Haws Hall B

As conference exhibit participants you are invited to the Monday Night Mixer Event and the MSNA Annual Awards and Installation banquet.  Although they are separate events, we want to give you the opportunity to celebrate MSNA member awards and the installation of new officers. Cost for the banquet meal is $35.00. **This is not included with the booth registration.  Please use the AC Conference Registration form  for banquet ticket found on page 7.

Monday Night Mixer

7:00  – 9:00 pm, Terry Haws Hall A

Join association and fellow Industry members in an evening of fellowship as we enjoy desserts and conversation. This will be a good time to visit with many school food professionals in a relaxed setting.

A cash bar will be available.

Exhibitor Set-up Hours

  •  Monday, August 4, 2014      2:00 pm – 6:00 pm
  • Tuesday, August 5, 2014      7:00 am

Exhibit Hall Hours:

  •  Tuesday, August 5, 2014     10:00 am – 3:00 pm
  •  10:00 am – 12:00 pm (Directors/Buyers)
    Directors allowed for entire show hours
  •  12:00 pm – 3:00 pm  (All attendees)

Exhibit Dismantling Hours:

  • Immediately after show hours.

This vendor show is a great opportunity for your company to promote your products and services to over 900 MSNA and SNA members.  Below are the registration forms, drayage, rental and electrical forms.

Industry Vendor Show Registration Form  2014

A & N Drayage-Freight Forms #3011 0814

A & N Rental Form #3011 0814


If you have questions,   contact Sharon Maus, MSNA, Executive Director, 320-251-2344,





October 25, 2014
Shakopee High School
Shakopee, MN


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