Never mind the exceptional colleagues I get to rub shoulders with as fellow members. Set aside the golden opportunities my wife and I get in seeing different parts of America, as the conferences routinely change cities each year.
For me, the best part of being part of this group is that the powers that be tasked with planning each conference go to great lengths to bring in some of the best speakers to each event. Such as Grapevine, Texas in 2005 where a Washington Post columnist was in attendance. At the time, Wil Haygood had a brand new book out on Sammy Davis Jr, which we were quick to snap up, and have him sign: