As a member of a club I am surprised at the disdain with which these organisations are viewed. In the last year we have travelled to Prague, Iceland and Normandy along with other venues closer to home. We have an exhibition every year and members decide their own participation level. One really can learn from and enjoy engaging in projects and shooting 'in the field' with others.
I already consider myself a member of APUG Ireland and the idea of a decision-making structure seems a good one. With such a structure in place we probably would have met up in Spring this year and things like the exhibition become easier to put in place.