You can join during a meeting, I did. However, you'll get more of the online perks faster if you join online. I believe the boards are setup so your status changes faster if you pay the dues online. I'm not sure if they're prorated or if it's one year from your start date.
While you can join either way, joining via the internet allows you to quickly be setup on our web site and your info is automatically updated regarding ordering your membership card versus us manually updating the membership database days or regrettabley weeks later and then ordering your card.
You'll need your membership card to take advantage of our Sponsors' discounts.
Our memberships are now for a full year. We stopped prorating dues early in 2006 when we started using a PayPal Subscription method that automatically keeps track of renewals.