Earlier this month, the Seattle Basque Club served as gracious
host for one of NABO’s tri-annual meetings. It was a real
pleasure to have had the opportunity to travel to that beautiful
city and take in a different part of our Basque world.
Our federation, known by
the acronym NABO, currently counts forty member organizations
(mostly Basque clubs but not exclusively; e.g., the Boise
Oinkari Basque Dancers are members, as is the Society of Basque
Studies which is an educational organization, etc.). Some of
our members count several hundred individuals as their members,
while others count only a handful. So we span from big to
small, a multitude of organizations with some shared aspirations
but also specific, separate interests.
NABO Treasurer Grace Mainvil
giving the financial report to delegates
As a federation, we do not have a headquarters or other facility
and are thus dependent on member organizations to serve as hosts
of various NABO events (e.g., Udaleku, Kantari Eguna, Pilota
tournament, etc.) So that is why it is always gratifying when
one of our members agrees to host our delegate meetings that
allows us to get together a few times a year to speak together.
We are also dependent on a small group of volunteers that work
on various projects; these are usually people who are already
active in their own local Basque organization so we are glad to
have them and the time, treasure & talent they contribute.
Getting to met the locals at
the "Txori" Basque pub. This was the first time that NABO
was hosted up in Seattle.
Vancouver delegate Elena Sommer
& NABO Secretary Marisa Espinal at the reception for delegates
in the high-rise apartment of Mr. & Mrs. Ray Aspiri.
The Seattle meeting was
unique; a newer member in NABO this was the first time the
Seattle club hosted a NABO event. It was a pleasure having the
opportunity to visit this beautiful American city. Hosted
events for visiting delegates included a Friday evening
reception at the high-rise apartment of Mr. & Mrs. Ray Aspiri
with a stunning view of the Puget Sound. Then the next morning,
the Seattle club hosted the 2009 Fall NABO meeting, that was
nicely punctuated with a fine lunch for delegates. The evening
concluded with a dinner at a local Basque restaurant “Bilbao.”
The cost of hosting the event varies (e.g., if a club needs to
rent a facility) and if the host is able, a light breakfast and
then a lunch are provided the delegates. Oftentimes, hosting
the NABO meeting serves as a way of bringing more people to a
host’s event (e.g., in Salt Lake City which merges the hosting
of the NABO meeting with their annual Basque dinner-dance
Delegates being tempted by the
Our visiting delegates
had a wonderful time, and the hope is that the Seattle Basque
Club enjoyed having us. It was a great opportunity for
delegates to go to a town few had seen before, and though a
small club, the Seattle Basques were great hosts.
NABO delegates & Seattle Basque