I have been a member of the Digital Arts Group since the early 90s. The group was called MacPI back then. We used to go out for pie after the meetings. Macintosh, Apple, Pie: get it? We still go out occasionally after the meetings, but more often we eat chips and salsa than pie. At some point, we changed the name to Digital Arts Group to better reflect our widening focus.
I have benefited tremendously from my association with the people in this organization. The advice I have received over the years has been instrumental in the growth of my business as a graphic designer. I have made lifetime friends. I encourage people to get involved in this and other interest groups. Participate and volunteer. You might be surprised at how much you receive in return.