I tried a couple of local photo clubs years ago. It was just awful. The meetings were consumed by the meaningless bi-weekly competitions in which everybody seemed to run out at the last minute, snap off a roll of Ektachrome and, no matter what the results, enter whatever the maximum number of slides happened to be. This made for endless, mind numbingly tedious sessions of viewing mediocre slides while a judge drones instant evaluations concerning the use of "leading lines" and "the rule of thirds". Pure torture. I can't imagine what the advent of digiphoto has done to the process, lousy pix with photoshop effects I expect.
Give me an international group of serious, experienced analog photographers any day.