Of course, the ROI of your TCA membership relies heavily on the quality of your local division. Not all divisions are created equally.
That is so true! When I joined back in 1981, I was living in Denver (Rocky Mountain Division). I had a lot of fun, and the group was very active. We did big meets quarterly, and business meetings with some train related program monthly, followed by going out to dinner.
When I moved back to my true home, I was in the Lakes and Pines Division. Nice guys, and I'm still friends with a bunch of them, but the division activities on the whole were underwhelming to say the least.
My taste in trains has evolved over the years, and I have no interest in anything made in the 20th century. This kind of makes the publication useless to me, along with the grading system. If I'm looking for used trains, I shop eBay. Most of what I buy these days is new.
In my 25+ years in TCA, I never went to York. I dropped out more than 10 years ago, and haven't missed it at all.