[OSGeo-Discuss] FOSS4G-Hokkaido live stream now...

Jeff McKenna jmckenna at gatewaygeomatics.com
Fri Jun 22 20:53:34 PDT 2018

Hi Mori-san,

It is me and the whole OSGeo community that must take a moment, more 
than a moment, and thank you directly.  I have been meaning to write 
here to thank you for 12 years as President of the OSGeo-JP chapter.  I 
noticed your message a few weeks ago to the OSGeo-JP community and it 
really moved me.

What words can I say.

I can see your smile.  It is that smile and focus that has helped build 
a fun and vibrant community, and you have indeed helped grow it into one 
of the largest and most successful OSGeo chapters in the world. (so 
amazing to see your original 2006 event website ha! 
http://www.seminar.jp/osgeo/ )

But of course one of my favorite memories is still captured on the 
"About" page of the chapter website, the mola-mola group picture ha: 

I am of course very happy to learn that Iwasaki-san[1] has become the 
new President of the OSGeo-JP chapter, and I know that he will do an 
amazing job as well.  (others should read his Welcome from the New 

I can go on (we have so many stories and laughs: me so confused and lost 
at Narita airport the first time ha....so many laughs)

My heartfelt thank you for all of your passion and time that you have 
given to OSGeo. And I know you are not going anywhere, we can't lose 
this passion, there is no on/off switch ha.

It is great to talk here with you again! :)  Have a great event there 
and please share a kampai together with Mayumi for me - I hope to share 
a laugh with you all soon.

I bow my head to you as an utmost sign of respect.

[1] https://wiki.osgeo.org/wiki/Nobusuke_Iwasaki
[2] https://www.osgeo.jp/archives/1575


PS. my neighbors here in Canada must think they are in Japan, hearing 
the FOSS4G-Hokkaido talks coming from my TV speakers all night tonight 
ha!  Even the 'white noise' of the chatting and networking happening 
between sessions, caught perfectly through the youtube stream and sent 
across the world to my little fishing village, calms me and makes me 
smile.  Community.

On 2018-06-22 11:31 PM, Toru Mori wrote:
> Hi Jeff,
> Thank you so much sharing our FOSS4G Hokkaido event.
>> And admire the creativity and fun of the printed program: 
>> https://www.instagram.com/p/BkWSHSzhb7NFZlnOdxmcCeII1i7WiSOO7zghTc0/
> Yeah, I even wouldn't expect to see that kind of excellent artwork. Very 
> happy to work with great team.
> Toru Mori OSGeo Japan
>> 2018/06/23 11:23、Jeff McKenna <jmckenna at gatewaygeomatics.com 
>> <mailto:jmckenna at gatewaygeomatics.com>>のメール:
>> Please take a brief moment to watch and hear the passion, the spirit 
>> and fun at FOSS4G-Hokkaido in Japan.  (currently a GeoDjango talk) 
>> https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TvnlZJdFdX4
>> And admire the creativity and fun of the printed program: 
>> https://www.instagram.com/p/BkWSHSzhb7NFZlnOdxmcCeII1i7WiSOO7zghTc0/
>> :)
>> -jeff

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