Harriet H. Cloud, MS, RDN, FAND, Margaret P. Garner, MS, RDN, LD, CIC, FAND and Nancy H. Wooldridge, MS, RDN, hosted a Second Century reception at Samford University’s scenic College of Health Sciences building in Birmingham, AL, on Saturday, May 18, 2019, to create some grassroots awareness and raise funds for the Academy Foundation’s Second Century Campaign. Harriet, Margaret and Nancy have all held Academy and Foundation leadership positions and have championed the Foundation’s efforts throughout their careers.

Margaret welcomed nearly 30 Academy members from Alabama and thanked Miriam J. Gaines, MACT, RDN, LD, FAND, Assistant Professor & Dietetic Internship Director at Samford University and her dietetic interns, who were on hand, for providing the beautiful space and all their help. Margaret, who will be the Foundation Chair-Elect this year, went on to share why she is so passionate about the Foundation and provide an update on the Foundation’s Second Century Campaign.

“The Foundation is the heart of the Academy, and it changes lives and provides opportunities around the world. Years ago, I realized how critical our Foundation would be to the future of our profession and I decided to get involved,”

She encouraged the students and young professionals in attendance to get involved early in their careers in leadership roles and supporting the Foundation, just like former Academy President and Foundation Chair Edna Langholz had encouraged her to do early in her career.

Birmingham Reception

Margaret went on to mention a number of great leaders in the dietetic profession from Alabama who have made great contributions to the profession as well as the Academy and Foundation, including former Foundation Chair, Audrey Wright, who established a lectureship in memory of her beloved daughter Karen in 1980 that supports a lecture each year at the ALDA annual meeting and Ken Wear, who was known to tell people to “give until it makes you proud,” when asking for donations to the Foundation.

Reception host Harriet Cloud, another Academy leader, distinguished donor and ambassador of the Foundation, also shared why she is so passionate about the Foundation, displaying a picture of herself, early in her career, receiving a Mead Johnson Foundation scholarship while pursuing her masters degree.

All three hosts took time to tell the attendees why they support the Foundation and why they should consider doing the same with a gift to the Second Century Campaign. Second Century dollars support collaborative efforts that make a tremendous impact within our profession, empowering Academy members to optimize global health with tools, research and model programs that are addressing the greatest global food and nutrition challenges now and in the future through research, projects like the Malnutrition Clinical Characteristics Validation Study and dynamic Academy members serving as Foundation Fellows addressing sustainability, food security and malnutrition.

Birmingham Reception

The afternoon wrapped up with a tour of the facilities that were directed by the dietetic interns, attendees were able to visit the school’s test kitchens, view a simulation lab for home health visits and enjoy the lush, green surroundings of the College of Health Sciences building that was originally the Southern Living magazine headquarters in Birmingham.

Gifts of any size are appreciated and needed to support a bold new vision of the future. Academy members are able to donate online. As a member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, this is your opportunity to make a significant impact on the future and donate to the Second Century.

For a closer look at a few Second Century fellows doing work in sustainability and malnutrition, check out this great video!