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          Your Time in BPA Doesn't Have to End

          As the membership year comes to a close, many members’ time in BPA will come to an end. You may wonder how you can end your membership career after a year, two, or even four. If that is the case, please know that your time in BPA does not have to end! There are two great options that you have to stay involved with BPA.

          The first option is to continue with another division of BPA. For instance, members who currently are in the Middle Level have the opportunity to join the Secondary Division, while Secondary members can join the Post-Secondary Division! Though each division is unique in a variety of ways, including competitions provided, the experience overall is the same. This provides you with the opportunity to stay in BPA, while you continue through your educational career.

          The second option is to join the Alumni Division of BPA. Former members from any division, who are no longer an active student member, can join this division to stay involved with the organization, while giving back to the next generation of members. The Alumni Division hosts monthly meetings to plan several events that take place at the National Leadership Conference, including a National Alumni Division Panel, which will take place Thursday, May 11th in the Northern Hemisphere Salon A4 (Dolphin Hotel) at 1:00 pm. In addition, the Alumni Division supports a monthly blog that ranges in topics from highlighting tips members can use in any professional setting or how BPA has helped them personally.

          The benefits of joining the Alumni Division are endless! This serves as a means to stay in contact with fellow members in order to maintain a strong professional network as we are entering the workplace. In addition, it allows members to continue their involvement with BPA, and helps shape tomorrow’s business professionals when members serve as judges in their field of expertise. The joy of giving back to the organization that helped you become who you are today will inspire you to provide that opportunity to future members.

          The Alumni Division accomplishes incredible events and tasks throughout each membership year. As our organization is growing, they look to younger alumni members to join them as they help support our organization. To register for the Alumni Division, please visit http://www.bpa.org/membership/alumnijoin. For more information about the Alumni Division, including the blog, meetings, and other ways to stay involved, please visit http://www.bpa.org/membership/alumni.

          We hope that each of you will Spread Your Wings, as you take your next steps in our organization.


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