My university likes honor societies. In college I was elected to Phi Beta Kappa and I joined it, to the amusement of those who felt a true aristocrat and rebel would turn it down. I did not intend to join further societies, however.
Here I was first invited to join Phi Beta Delta, and felt I could not turn it down because I was too new. Then I had to join Sigma Delta Pi because it is practically a requirement in my department. Now I have been asked to join Phi Kappa Phi.
Last year I begged off saying I was too poor, and promised to join this year. I thought the $77 was for a life membership but it is only for a year’s membership and it is not technically tax deductible (although I will take it off on a 2106 form if I join, make no mistake).
This feels like just blowing $77 on nothing much, though. It also obligates one to attending a ceremony on a Sunday when I would rather be elsewhere. Would you join to be polite, or are there reasons to do this I am unaware of, or would you just say no?