To join, or not to join?

Given all the ‘interestingpublicity that the RWA has been getting over the last couple of weeks, I’ve been wondering if joining a writing organisation is a good or bad thing. The organisation in question? The CWA (Who have a bloody awful website. Not germane to the discussion, I know, just thought I’d throw my professional opinion in there for you. And that’s free by the way, no charge.).

Will having the letters CWA after my name make me seem more sophisticated and alluring at parties? I mean, I’ve already got my manly beard and twinkly eyes for that, and how much more alluring can one person get? And I’ve never really contemplated joining a professional organisation before, it always struck me as a rather odd thing to do. So how come I’m giving it serious thought now?

Anybody out there a member?