I was offered the opportunity to donate $250 to my local AIA office to support the young architects association. The donation comes with an invitation to a dinner (with a dress as your favorite movie character theme) that will be attended by late 20s/early 30s architects. Could be a great networking event, but do you think it is worth $250?
I am an architectural photographer.
Look at it as a good way of being seen in the right places; become a fixture. You support them, it can work back to you. Blow that money on a meal or a bottle of something special on your own or with a wife/friend and it ends down the tubes. You have to look as if you belong. Be happy you were invited.