"Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way you do great work is love what you do."
This quote was from a commencement address delivered by Steve Jobs, co-founder of Apple, over a decade ago, but still remains true. This time of year there is excitement in the air as our students are graduating and taking that next step in their lives. It is a time full of anticipation, prospect, and hope as many of them are starting their professional careers.
I believe many of us love what we do and find our work truly fulfilling. However as we continue to move through the day to day tasks, it is easy to get bogged down in seeing the larger picture of what our purpose may be.
I have often viewed NACUFS as a tool in assisting individuals and institutions see that larger picture. At the regional conference in March at University of Wisconsin - Madison, at least two individuals who spoke with me told me how comforting it is to find others with similar challenges. Networking is a cornerstone of NACUFS and sharing information, discussing challenges, and creating solutions to those issues help us to do great work on a daily basis.
NACUFS provides opportunities to invest in your professional skills through various educational opportunities. There are conferences, webinars, and subregional programs that add to our knowledge base of what it takes to move throughout our careers. We are always looking for trends in foodservice to ensure we are giving our customers what they are looking for. There is an opportunity in May during the NRA show to tour some Chicago restaurants to get ideas regarding trends in the Bucktown & Wicker Park area. If interested, there is more registration information here or feel free to contact me with additional questions.
Additionally from July 11th through 14th will be the National Conference in Providence, Rhode Island. NACUFS will be celebrating turning 60 and we will be celebrating the diamond jubilee of our association with great keynote speakers, interesting interest sessions, and numerous networking opportunities.
Some individuals feel there is more job satisfaction with volunteer and leadership opportunities. NACUFS provides a number of various volunteer and leadership opportunities. While there currently is not a call for leadership or volunteer positions, keep watching for opportunities. It is never too early to start thinking about if you want to serve in a leadership role within this organization. Working in these positions can give a great sense of gratification as we work together on envisioning the future of NACUFS.
I want to take this opportunity to thank some of the Midwest Region members who have been volunteering. Dr. Dawn Aubry, from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is a co-chair on the body of knowledge task force. This group is to work on developing a critical tool which will lay the foundation for all our learning opportunities. Other members of the Midwest region serving on this committee include Judy Gipper of Western Michigan University, and Julaine Kiehn of the University of Missouri.
Last I want to extend my gratitude to Jennifer Powers and Verne Scholl, as well as the entire University of Wisconsin - Madison team for their hard work in providing us the Wisconsin Experience at the Midwest Regional Conference. Their meticulous planning for this conference was appreciated by those who attended.
As always, I welcome your continued thoughts and feedback regarding NACUFS and appreciate the opportunity to serve as the Midwest Regional Director.
Lisa Krausman, RD, LD
Purchasing Manager, Administrative Dietitian
University of Northern Iowa