The Oregon School Nutrition Association (OSNA) is seeking proposals for sessions to be presented during our association’s annual State Conference at the Salem Convention Center, Salem, Oregon, March 15-16, 2019.
OSNA’s membership consists of school nutrition professionals and our conference attendees are school kitchen cooks, district nutrition directors, vendors and state agency personnel.
We hold this conference annually as a way for our members to attend professional development sessions, network with each other, and attend the Food and Equipment tradeshow held on the second day of conference.
We are issuing this request for proposal (RFP) because we believe that there are many organizations, vendors and businesses available to speak on topics that will interest our audience. We would like to give everyone the chance to submit a session proposal to help us make this our best conference yet. Our budget is limited for booking speakers who require payment; therefore, volunteer speakers are greatly appreciated.
Session proposals should include content that will meet the USDA Professional Development Standards. All school nutrition staff are required to earn a minimum amount of CEUs annually and many of our attendees use our conference as a way to complete those training hours.
If your business, organization, or network has content to share with school nutrition professionals attending our conference, please consider submitting a proposal for a session or keynote address. Sessions and/or topic areas that draw a crowd are:
- Marketing/Social Media/How to Market on a Budget
- Culinary Tips, Demonstrations
- Local Purchasing
- Expanding School Nutrition Programs
- Equipment/Smallwares (with an emphasis on affordable tips to make kitchens more efficient)
- Financial Management
- Increasing Participation in School Breakfast
- Lunch Shaming
Please submit session proposals, including any fees associated with your session or keynote address, to: Becki Wicks, firstname.lastname@example.org, by October 2, 2018.
Accepted proposals will be awarded by November 16, 2018.
In conjunction with the OSNA State Conference and Food Show, the Oregon Dairy and Nutrition Council is sponsoring a pre-conference Agriculture Tour on Friday, March 9. The bus tour will feature visits to Abiqua Dairy, Norpac and Truitt Bros. in the Salem area.
Interested in exhibiting at OSNA’s State Conference and Food & Equipment Show? The 2018 vendor information sheet, registration form and show floor layout are available at our State Conference page!
Booth reservations and vendor registrations are due by Feb. 10, 2018, so don’t delay!
The Oregon Farm to School and School Garden Network is seeking workshop proposals for its 2018 Oregon Farm to School and School Garden Summit, which will be held January 25-26, 2018, at The Oregon Garden in Silverton, Oregon.
Check out the information sheet today for details on potential topic areas and other details!
The OSNA Industry Committee is pleased to announce the second Chelsea Hicks Foundation and Chelsea’s Closet Costume Drive to be held in conjunction with its Annual Industry Seminar on October 13, 2017 at the Camp Withycombe Armory and Conference Center in Clackamas.
To get details on this charity and costume donations, please visit our Annual Industry Seminar page.
Our Oregon delegates to the July 2017 School Nutrition Association’s Annual National Conference (ANC) in Atlanta represented OSNA in style! Thanks to all of our delegates for their participation!
OSNA is pleased to announce that musician, songwriter, author and speaker Patrick Henry of “The Lunch Lady Blues” fame will be the keynote speaker for the 2017 OSNA Annual Industry Seminar on Friday, Oct. 13. The seminar will take place at the Camp Withycombe Armory & Event Center in Clackamas.
Get the program schedule and registration details on our Annual Industry Seminar page.