Posted by Sari
Now, as I have gotten all that snooty and grumpy anti-fannish stuff out of my system, can I just talk about something I find really cool about fandom: The FanFunds. It is not just that the funds allow a person or persons who might not otherwise have money to attend cons - nice though that is - it is that all the delegates I have met so far have all been both interesting and interested in the ways of fandom in the countries they visit.
Jukka was the NoFF delegate in his first Swecon, and he has been back almost every year since, sometimes with a shoestring budget, but always enjoying himself. Kanerva was along at my first Swecon as a NoFF delegate and we had a great time. Jukka really enjoyed meeting this year's TAFF delegate Suzle at Worldcon, and Damien and Juliette are GuFFing their way through a respectable slice of Europe and were delightful houseguests in their short stop in Helsinki.
So next time the hat goes around in the Pub for NoFF give generously: Fan Funds are a great way to get to know new people and widen your fannish horizons.