Welcome to the New Suncoast Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, a merged group from Tampa, Pinellas, Manasota, and Southwest Associations.
While we thought this merger was in our near future, we have actually been chosen to lead the pack starting this fall! FAND has plans to eventually merge all of the associations into five main districts, they chose the Tampa Bay area as one of the first to go- hopefully leading by example. They recognized the strong leadership within our association and Pinellas, as well as the support needed by Manasota and Southwest.
A task force has been meeting on and off, trying to set a plan of how this merger will be accomplished. Locally, the past presidents of these four associations met to discuss what our first steps will be. From this meeting we have determined a pathway, but let me say it’s not going to be without some bumps!
Our new area district is the Florida Suncoast Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. This will be comprised of the former Tampa, Pinellas, Manasota, and Southwest associations. We will be considered an “external merger” meaning we will still control our own bylaws, finances, and leadership. The other region that is merging early in the panhandle will be considered an “internal merger” where they will relinquish most leadership duties to FAND. All of this will be official as of October 1, 2017.
So what does this mean for you, our members? For now have suspended all local nominations and elections for the 2017-2018 term. We are considering have a conglomerate advisory board the first year of the merger, comprised of past leadership as well as the president-elect’s that have already been nominated. We will DEFINITELY still need help with many tasks and positions though. Membership will still have annual dues, but now you will be able to attend any event within our entire region. Education events will happen on a quarterly basis, offering multiple CEUs, and will rotate regionally.
If you are interested in being involved in the new leadership, please reach out to us via the CONTACT section. If you have any questions at all, please feel free to ask! We are hoping for the best as we make this move. Your ideas, thoughts, and support are appreciated.
Welcome to the Florida Suncoast Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics!