Capital District

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President's Message

It's time to get the new year started. The new officers have graciously stepped forward to plan the meetings and continuing education sessions for Capital Area and Gateway Satellite members. I represent the district members as President for 2022-2023. Our district is large and there are many dietitians that I hope to reach and network with over the next few months. I welcome AND members to be a part of our local efforts to stay connected with each other, learn what's happening in our communities and have some fun along the way. We provide an annual contribution to the Central IL Food Bank here in Springfield. Typically, we choose a county of need and volunteer at the mobile food pantry event.  In 2021, it was decided to provide a $1000 donation. What food insecurity do you experience in your county? Come to our meetings and let's discuss similar passions - our communities, our nutritional health, our kinship.

Capital Area district is in the transition phase of making it easier for members to complete the membership request form online and make online payment of annual dues. Reaching members locally - that's what it's about for me. Once you become a member, ask to join our private group on Facebook where we post upcoming events, news worthy announcements and other activities. If you want to bring ideas or concerns to me, please email me at [email protected] or [email protected]. I look forward to building a stronger district with you!


2022-2023 Events

Jackie Joyner-Kersee Food, Agriculture and Nutrition Innovation Center presentation by Amy Funk, Director of Danforth Plant Science Center, East St. Louis.
Presentation via Zoom, 6:30 - 7:30 pm (1 hour CEU)

Membership meeting 7:30 - 8:00 pm

Milk the Real Deal presentation by Kelsey Bentlage, St. Louis Dairy Council.
Presentation via Zoom, 6:30 - 7:30 pm (1 hour CEU)

Membership meeting 7:30 - 8:00 pm

Sanitation Updates: What the Non-food Service RDN Should Know presentation by Manuel Gomez, Sanitarian.
Presentation via Zoom, 6:30 - 7:30 pm (1 hour CEU) 
Membership meeting 7:30 - 8:00 pm
Eating Disorders presentation by Charlyn Ware MS RDN.
Presentation via Zoom 6:30 - 7:30 pm (1 hour CEU)

Membership meeting 7:30 - 8:00 pm

03/25/23 - Save the Date
Gateway Satellite of Capital Area AND 
Topics and CEUs to be determined
Location: SIU Edwardsville
Contact Jaimette McCulley for more information at [email protected] 
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2022-2023 Board of Directors

President Cheryl Burns

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President-Elect Gayle Jennings

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Immediate Past President  Abby Iocca
Treasurer Connie Cranford

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Secretary Beth Tanner