by Patty Fitzgerald
Editor, School Nutrition
Grandma had many enduring wisdoms that I picked up in my youth. There had to be "enough blue to make a Dutchman’s britches” to feel confident of the imminent clearing of a cloudy sky. I learned that if "wishes were horses, then beggars would ride” and feared for the sustainable trade of the nation’s tinkers should "’ifs’ and ‘ands’ be pots and pans.” I was also taught that the Chinese had an ancient curse: "May you live in interesting times.”
Life here in my Washington, D.C., hometown is certainly "interesting” these days. And IFEC life is about to get rather "interesting,” as well. In late January, our beloved longtime executive director Carol Lally informed me of her intention to step down from that role when her current contract ends at the end of July.
Carol’s message to the membership follows. Mine is short and sweet this month. I want to assure you that despite a brief period of personal panicked Chicken Little hand-wringing, I know we will all get through this. Most of us have only known Carol’s assured leadership. It is beyond difficult to imagine IFEC without her at the helm. But of those veterans who remember the Betty Bastion era, I suspect they, too, could not imagine IFEC going on when she elected to retire and pass the baton onto Carol. Yet here we are, 25 years later.
I will be chairing a Selection Committee that will work with Carol, the Executive Committee and the IFEC Board in various ways to manage the search and, eventually, the transition process. And Carol will always, ALWAYS, be a cherished member of the IFEC family. I’ll share more of my reflections on Carol’s leadership and friendship in a future column and keep you updated on our progress. In the meantime, please feel free to reach out to her directly with your unique expressions of anguished congratulations and to either of us with any questions about next steps.
Thank you for your kind words, Patty. I want to say how grateful I am to have had the privilege of working with all of you amazing people for the past 25 years. I’ve always thought that IFECers are the best and brightest people around. If that’s magical thinking, you have only yourselves to blame. When the time comes to change my email address, I know I’m going to miss you very much. Is there life after IFEC? I’m counting on it! After the tears dry, I plan to discard my old spices, clean out my basement and switch my shingle to Food & Communications Services. But that’s still almost six months away. In the meantime, it’s business as usual here in the IFEC office.
News for immediate release
October 26, 2016
Announcing the recipients of the inaugural Food for Good awardsThree Twin Cities nonprofits honored for their transformative food programs
For questions and more information, contact Carol Lally, Executive Director, email@example.com, 845-229-6973.
In the news in 2016
1. New officers elected
President Patty Fitzgerald, School Nutrition magazine
Vice President Megan Bykowski, Stephan & Brady
Secretary Katie Ayoub, Flavor & The Menu magazine
Treasurer Kathleen Stoehr, Catersource magazine
2. New board members elected
Amber Hensley, The Alchemedia Project
Michael Holleman, InHarvest
Tom O'Brien, Foodservice Equipment & Supplies magazine
Doug Peckenpaugh, BNP media
3. IFEC’s highest honors awarded
Abbie Westra of CSP Media, received The 2016 Betty Bastion Outstanding Service Award, aka The Betty, for her many contributions to IFEC during her years as a member.
QSR Editor Sam Oches took home The TerrIFECer for making a positive impact during a relatively short time as a member.