For me, the hallmark of ScotNet has always been the friendliness of its members. I think the first meeting I ever attended (don’t ask me the year!) was on the Heriot-Watt campus. I knew nobody and it was obvious that everybody else knew each other. That can be a hugely daunting prospect, but in this case it was very easy to circulate and get to know people. And what interesting people they all turned out to be! It seemed to me that each person had a different story to tell and spoke a different mother tongue. I went home feeling I’d made a new set of friends, consolidated my decision to become a translator and had a very enjoyable and stimulating day.
Since then, I can honestly say I’ve looked forward to every meeting and summer workshop I’ve been able to attend, from Inverness to Skye and Dumfries, with many stops in between. I appreciate all the hard work that goes into the administration of the group, keeping the website up to speed and organising events. Long may it continue, and I hope we can meet again ere long in Shetland.