One benefit of joining SCMP is that it provides a great network to call on when we need help--which happens often. A compassionate voice at the other end of the phone (or e-mail) is often a big help in a crunch.
Like the day I went into work only to find my office's 800 number (the Long Beach Area CVB) advertised on a promotional flyer for an upcoming meeting of a multi-level marketing organization. In and of itself, this wasn't a bad thing. After all, CVBs are service organizations.