Executive Director Message – November 2018

Gratitude and Wonder

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As we just finished celebrating a holiday in which we reflect on all those things for which we are grateful, we are now thrust full force into the hectic, harried holiday season. The rushing, the shopping, the ads, and the holiday music everywhere you go can all blend into one giant overwhelming blur. However, the beginning of the holiday season does not diminish the gratitude I feel for each and every one of you, for all we have accomplished so far, and for all you continue to contribute on behalf of the students we seek to serve. If you didn’t have a chance to watch my YouTube Thanksgiving message, please do so at https://bit.ly/DrRoss-ThanksgivingMessage as it was so important to me that I took time to fully express my thanks for all you do.

Now we are moving into what is, for me, a season of wonder: The twinkling lights cast against the ever earlier sunsets, the gently falling snow, and the memories formed over the years with our friends and family. All of this fills me with a sense of quiet wonder, which spills over into my work here at BPA. I have been awestruck by the dedication of so many to assure that our student members have the best experience possible – that they succeed in all they attempt – and that they are inspired to change their lives and change the world. Your tremendous generosity of spirit and dedication to BPA leaves me filled with gratitude and admiration and I thank each and every one of you for all you do.

Giving Tuesday

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The Business Professionals of America National Center and the 2018-19 National Officer Team are working together to grow the annual National Officer Scholarship Fund as well as enhance the programs and services BPA provides. Your support will afford our students the chance for greater access to college and more opportunities, while providing them the tools needed to Lead, Advocate, Collaborate and Innovate. Please consider making a donation to further this effort at bpa.org/donate.

Set your alarm: Giving Tuesday is a great opportunity to make the most of your donation dollars to Business Professionals of America. This year, Facebook and PayPal are partnering to match up to $7 million in donations when you donate through Facebook. You can DOUBLE YOUR DONATION by giving through our Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/businessprofessionalsofamerica/. The matching donation dollars will run out quickly, so be sure to set your alarm for Tuesday, November 27, 2018 at 8:00 AM EST and donate to help make a difference in the lives of today’s students, and tomorrow’s business professionals.

Thank you for bringing your support and passion to the work you do!