Joining and being an active member of a herp club or society is only good if the societies mission is the same as your own. There are some good organizations out there, but often the actions of the members conflict with the mission of the society itself, and this causes trouble. If the members of a club or society share the same goals and ideas, the club wil be an effective force in educating the general public, and promoting responsible reptile ownership. It is the irresponsible, uneducated keepers of herps that cause the activists to get upset in the first place.
Just my 2 cents
I have learned silence from the talkative, tolerance from the intolerant, and kindness from the unkind; yet, stranger, I am ungrateful to these teachers.