Although IEEE is the international leader in the publication of technical electrical information, many of the benefits that members obtain from IEEE are found at the "grass-roots" level. At the local level, members meet others with similar interests in a familiar setting. Speakers from the community and elsewhere share valuable information with their audiences who then have opportunities for questions and comments. Excellent discussions often result--due in part to these diverse gatherings of personalities and backgrounds. Needless to say, Chapter meetings can result in the formation of business contacts and friendships that frequently extend for many years.
For those with leadership ability and skills, local Chapters provide opportunities to practice, build, demonstrate, and develop their skills. Chairs and other executives are always in demand in both the local Chapter and the Section. Thereafter, opportunities may expand and move on through Regional Activities to higher levels of management, or via the international route to the Technical Committees. Skills learned and used at the Chapter level are the same as those used in business. Also, the environment within the local Chapter is friendlier than that of most businesses--since IEEE is seeking to serve the particular needs of local members.
Overall, membership in the local Chapter is a winning situation for everyone, whether one's interests are technical, business, social, managerial, or -- as more often the case -- some combination of these.