John YsursaGero Arte: Facilitator Transition

Message from John Ysursa

It was a real pleasure over the last several years to serve as NABO's Facilitator, especially working with others that make up the "vital few" who toil to keep Basqueness going.

I have very much enjoyed my time as NABO's Facilitator over these last years, but the time came to move on--or over--as the case may be.  Looking back on my time as NABO Facilitator what stands out now in particular were the great opportunities afforded me to have had the chance to meet and work with the Basque "vital few." 

It has been called the Pareto Principle, the 80-20 rule, or perhaps best said as the "Law of the Vital Few."  Stated simply, for many events roughly 80% of the effects come from 20% of the causes; e.g., it is a common rule of thumb in business that 80% of your sales come from 20% of your clients.  I have found that the same applies to Basque affairs:  many a Basque club, for example, relies on the "vital few" who make the extra effort to keep things going, without whom many Basque events would begin to disappear.

The same applies to NABO which relies on a "vital few" who transcend working in their own local Basque organization to lend their support to macro Basque initiatives.  I was privileged to have had the chance to work alongside dedicated individuals--from the local to international levels--on numerous projects over the years; the people to thank by name would go on too long here and this needs to be a brief see you later or "gero arte" in Basque, but I'll always cherish these working--and social--connections.     

As of Jan. 1, 2013 all inquiries go to our new NABO Facilitator Kate Camino, who will be assisted by Lisa Corcostegui.  I want to wish them the best, and NABO is going to be in very good hands with these two well qualified women. 

I will remain involved with NABO in other ways, including as a delegate and as a member of NABO's educational committee. You can contact me directly at Once again, thanks to those who continue to work together to promote Basqueness, and in particular to those who assisted me over the years.  It was a pleasure.  Eskerrik asko eta gero arte!

John M. Ysursa


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