As the Chartered Society of Forensic Sciences reaches its 60th anniversary this year, Julie Allard and Kerri Allen are both honoured to have received long service awards in recognition of more than 25 years continuous membership. The Society has grown and there have been many changes from when we first joined but we have always found our membership invaluable, allowing us to meet, communicate and collaborate with other members of the forensic community. Our support of the Society will continue and, as scientists within a small organisation, in particular we appreciate the opportunities on offer for professional development. We would encourage other forensic scientists to consider joining and enjoy the benefits and opportunities that membership provides. There is more information on the Society’s website.