Food for Thought

by Abigail Solazzo
Happy New Year! As we usher in a new year and a new decade, we have much to look forward to in the coming months as chapter leaders; spring chapter meetings, celebrating our 60th anniversary at ACE in Las Vegas, and new opportunities as CDMs, members, and volunteers. New volunteer opportunities are just around the corner with the new volunteer year only six months away. 

If you haven’t submitted your name for the call for volunteers, please consider doing so. We are always looking for hardworking, dedicated, and knowledgeable volunteers like you to serve on various boards and committees. Responsibilities and time commitments vary for each committee. For more information on each committee and/or board, or to submit your name for consideration, please click here. Chapter leaders may also want to encourage their members to submit their names and become a part of the large network of dedicated volunteers, one of the many benefits of volunteering in addition to the following:

  • Develop leadership skills that transfer to your professional and personal life
  • Provide guidance to students and new members
  • Expand your professional network
  • Help make an impact and shape the future of ANFP and the foodservice industry
  • Give back to the group that helped you become a successful professional
  • Increase self-confidence
  • Be part of an exclusive community
  • Explore new areas of interest
  • Step outside your comfort zone
  • Be an agent of change

CE Prior Approval Process for Chapters – Changes and Updates

In our December issue of Volunteer Leader, we announced new changes to the CE prior approval process for chapters. We also included a brief description of several tools and resources that will be available. Included in those were the new Speaker Directory (formerly know as the Speaker Resource Guide) and the Event Planning Grid. Below are additional details about each. 

As described, the new user-friendly speaker directory will allow chapter leaders to find ANFP approved speakers by topic, state, and type of CE awarded (GEN, SAN, and Ethics). It also includes biographies from each of the speakers simplifying the process of tracking down speaker bios that are required as part of the application. The directory will be updated regularly with ANFP approved speakers. It will also include speakers that are recommended by chapters (pending ANFP approval). A speaker recommendation form will be available starting in June. Below is a glimpse of the directory that will also be available starting in June. 
Another tool that will be available in June is the event planning grid. This template allows the meeting/program chair to keep all information and details related to the meeting including, speaker checklist, food & beverage details/catering, daily schedule with room assignments and audiovisual needs, etc., in one place, for easy reference and organization. Additional tabs can be added and customized, like vendor information, budget or registration dashboard, or other important information related to the event. Below is a sample of one of the tabs that is included in the grid.