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          As the leaves begin their final color change and the holiday season approaches, we are making

          our last decisions for the year of 2015. Many of us are working hard to prepare for local/regional

          competitions, as others are working towards BPA Cares and Torch Awards. As we look towards

          the future, we look upon the 50th Anniversary National Leadership Conference in Boston,

          Massachusetts. As many of you may remember from the Grand Awards Ceremony, this year

          BPA has a special mascot, BOB! BOB has joined BPA’s social media accounts frequently

          during the beginning of this BPA season, but you may still be wondering what is so special

          about this little red lobster!

          BOB stands for “Best of Boston”. Not only is BOB significant to BPA, but he is an icon for

          Boston. This can be seen when members travel to NLC and get the chance to visit the BOB

          store, which of course sells giant BOBs!

          Just like our members, BOB loves to travel! He joined us on the “Where in the world is BOB?”

          portion of the Student Member Certification Series, as well as on his Twitter account! BOB is

          hoping to travel to each state association before NLC this year and has asked if you could help

          him make this a reality! If BOB is visiting with you, take lots of pictures and share it on his

          Twitter account, @BPABOB and BOB just may reply to you!

          BOB is very excited for the National Leadership Conference this year and he hopes each of you

          is just as excited! Who knows, he may even make a special appearance!


          Vanessa Hickman

          National Secretary

          Secondary Division

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