On the board? Officer? Opinionated member?
If so I hope you will have a look at this:
Scholarly Societies: Why Bother?
The American Astronomical Society responds to “Scholarly Societies: Why Bother?”
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.
Jim, I hope you go and answer the questions on the web site! Your perspective would be very valuable.
Florida Citizens for Science.
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