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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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