I witnessed the founding of ISWS in 1968. From there on, I saw it progressing, despite initial hiccups, tremendously. Conferences, actively attended,
have always been a huge success. Its flagship, IJWS, now maintains high quality and standard. The Society, of which I was fortunate to play a prominent part for many years, had the distinction
of successfully organizing APWSS Conferences twice (1981, 2015). I extend my best wishes to the Society as it organizes the 2020 Conference at Goa.