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  A federation of organizations to sustain BASQUE culture


  Izan ziralako, gara, eta garalako izango dira  
"Because they were, we are, and because we are they will be"
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Feliz Navidad y
Prospero A
ño Nuevo!

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BILERAK:  Tri-annual meetings

Each member organization of NABO selects its own two voting delegates to represent them at NABO meetings.  Meeting dates and location vary, but generally meetings are in the Fall, Winter then the Summer Convention meeting.  Dates and location are determined by the club/organization that volunteers to host the meeting.  Visitors are welcome to attend the NABO meeting as observers if space allows, but please obtain confirmation by contacting Valerie Arrechea at

Related links:  NABO meeting minutes    Delegates Handbook  Officers & Chairpersons      NABO election guidelines 

All delegates are requested to ensure that they have written, dated and signed proxies. Theses proxies must be given to the secretary before the start of the meeting.

NOIZ | When: 
Saturday, Feb. 13th at 8AM

NON | Where:
 San Francisco Basque Cultural Center

Email responses to

Call to Order: President Valerie Arrechea (roll call, proxies & introductions)
Approval of the minutes
Treasurers' Report

Committee Reports:
__ Video
__ Calendar
__ History
__ Pilota
__ Udaleku
__ Beti Gazte
__ Mus
__ Euskara
__ Kantari Eguna
__ Facilitator's Report
Old Business:

New Business:

Future Meetings:

Winter:  San Francisco, Sat. Feb. 13
Convention: Boise (Jaialdi), Fri. July 30

Convention: Buffalo, WY

Convention: tba

Convention: New York City

Convention: Bakersfield, CA (Memorial Day weekend)


NABO Meeting Procedures: Timely, fair & orderly

These are based on Robert's Rules of Order, but ultimately we as a group decide what works best for us.  The aim is to find a viable formula to make our meetings timely, fair and orderly.

General five minute report rule.*  Each person speaking on a point on the agenda will be given an uninterrupted (no questions until finished) five minutes to briefly state (because delegates can later refer to specifics provided them in written form or online) the following points:
What was done/not done since the last meeting
> What is the primary aim(s) to accomplish by the next meeting
> What (if any) motions need to be raised and voted upon by the delegate.  A motion is first made, then it must be seconded to open a discussion.

*Some reports are exempt from this five minute cap, including the Treasurer's & Facilitator reports
, and periodically a Basque Government report.

Questions & discussion. Following each specific presentation (that is not interrupted by questions) up to a ten minute period of discussion begins on this agenda point (which allows for questioning, input, motions from the floor, etc.).  Note that all members wishing to speak about the motion receive the opportunity to speak before any one member speaks for a second time.

If discussion/questions ends before the ten minute period, then we move to the next agenda item.  If after ten minutes discussion continues, an automatic return to Robert's Rules of Order (specifically "Motion to Limit or Extend debate") will occur.  At this point all delegates vote whether to continue the discussion. 

If the majority votes YES, the discussion continues for up to five minutes (when again the automatic vote is triggered)

If a majority votes NO, there are now several options:
1) "Call to Question:" to form or restate a motion to bring the matter to a vote or
2) "Refer to Committee:"  the matter is now referred to a specific committee that is formed or an existing focus (advisory) group.
2) "Lay on the Table:" General discussion of the item is tabled.  Those still interested in the matter can follow up and it's possible to "take from the table" and reopen the matter at a latter time.

Highlights from some previous meetings:
2008 Chino: "A Purdy Good a'Bunch:" Volunteers working to be Basque
2008 Winter Meeting in Salt Lake City
2008 Convention: Winnemucca, NV
2007 Winter Meeting: San Francisco, CA
2006 Fall Meeting: Gardnerville, NV



Minutes from the previous meetings

Minutes from the previous meetings are available here in pdf format
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2009 07 Reno, NV
2009 04 Salt Lake City, UT

2008 11 Reno, NV
2008 08 Chino, CA
2008 02 Salt Lake City, UT

2007 10 Ontario, OR
2007 06 Winnemucca, NV
02 San Francisco, CA

2006 10 Gardnerville, NV
2006 07 Buffalo, WY
2006 02 San Francisco, CA

2005 09 Winnemucca, NV
2005 06 Rock Springs, WY
2005 02 Salt Lake City, UT

2004 10 Las Vegas, NV
2004 05 Bakersfield, CA
2004 02 Salt Lake City, UT

2003 11 San Francisco, CA
2003 07 Elko, NV
2003 02 San Francisco, CA

2002 11 Reno, NV


Photos from previous meetings

San Francisco - February 18th, 2006

Josu Legarreta of the Basque Government addressed the NABO delegation.

Jesus Pedroarena, Video Chairperson, gives his report.

Winnemucca - September 24th, 2005

Salt Lake City - February 12th, 2005

John Bieter addresses the NABO assembly.



Grace Mainvil, NABO Treasurer, and Benan Oregi of the Basque Government. 


Aitor Sotes of the Basque Trade Commission addresses the NABO assembly. 

Las Vegas Meeting - October 9th, 2004




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