On the board? Officer? Opinionated member?

If so I hope you will have a look at this:

Scholarly Societies: Why Bother?

and this:

The American Astronomical Society responds to “Scholarly Societies: Why Bother?”


  1. #1 Jim Thomerson
    April 15, 2010

    Back in the 20th century when I was active, I belonged to eleven scholarly societies. I still belong to two, where I am a life member. My major society requires membership for publication in our journal. I have generally enjoyed attending meetings. I knew many of the participants and have shared interests with them. I enjoyed standing up in a business meeting, “As a fully paid up Life member, I strongly support the proposed increase in annual dues.” People remember that to this day.

  2. #2 Greg Laden
    April 15, 2010

    Jim, I hope you go and answer the questions on the web site! Your perspective would be very valuable.

  3. #3 Stacy
    April 16, 2010

    Florida Citizens for Science. 🙂