I have to agree with what f=2504by497 has posted. It's lots of fun talking with members from all over, but there's also a lot to be said for meeting and making froends with people in your own area. When you are elbow-deep in a project on your Ford and need an extra pair of hands or some advice from someone who understands the local conditions, you really learn the value of local friends!
Joining a Chapter is a very easy thing to do. Just go to the Main Chapter Forums Page:
and scroll down the page till you get to the Regional Chapters section. Scroll further down till you find the Forum for your area and click on the join link. Follow the east directions from there and you're in - it only takes a minute to hook up with your local Chapter!