I am still a member of the Western Reserve section and used to sit on the Board of Directors. Politics were too much for me to bother with. Dropped the board but kept the membership solely for The Star magazine. It's by far the best car club magazine I have yet to see. I think it's worth the $45/year because you 1.) get a sweet magazine and 2.) get a 10% discount on MB parts from any dealership, which, if you buy enough parts or a really expensive one, will have saved you enough to pay for the membership and then some. I had fun when we hosted Gemutlichkeit '99 up in Cleveland. Lots of work, but a great time indeed. My former 6.9 saw lots of action that weekend!