I am not an AOS member. Too expensive for me at the moment. I would feel good about supporting their conservation efforts, but I support conservation efforts in my own backyard (NH and NE), where there is PLENTY to do. Once I am wealthy (!), I will extend my range of support. I am a new, active member of the NH Orchid Society. It has been a good way to meet other like-minded addicts, to learn, and to acquire reasonably-priced plants. Some members display the most wonderful plants each month! And I have been invited to attend an AOS judging -- I'm looking forward to that!