I am a member of the IEEE and NFPA. Partially for the reduced cost for documentation, partially for the trade journals, but also to support my trade organizations. As part of my membership, they provide a measure of governmental policy lobbying for me, that I couldn't do myself by hassling my local congressman.
#58836 - 11/23/0506:51 PMRe: Memberships in Professional Groups
I belong to IAEE, and used to belong to NFPA. The main reason I joined NFPA was that you were supposed to be able to call them and consult with an NEC expert. I attempted this on at least 6 occasions and was always told that nobody was available at the time. The last time I called, I explained this to the operator, and she put me into the voice mail of John Caloggero, one of the NEC Handbook writers. He never returned my call, so I never renewed my subscription. I call that false advertising.
[This message has been edited by Redsy (edited 11-23-2005).]
#58837 - 11/23/0510:40 PMRe: Memberships in Professional Groups