Outside of the controlling aspect of it, and on a serious note, you get to meet some really neat people. The group also makes you realize how small the world really is.
For example, there are a few who are within a short drive of where I live here in Maryland. When members of the team fly through BWI or happen to drive through town there is opportunity to actually put a face to a name. This has happened a few times.
An example of a local meetup is on the IF instagram page…where I had the chance to get an in -person radar training session:
There are some who are in the exact same line of work as I am in…and some with even the same medical condition that I have…both of which end up creating a bond, understanding, and hopefully lasting friendships.
I feel safe with and trust the people in this group because IFATC leadership does a good job of screening everyone who is a part of the group. Being a part of this group also establishes relationships that make me feel it’s worth it to do things like travel to Vegas for the Sim Expo.
Hope this gives the community some good insight and encourages those on the fence as to whether or not to join to make the jump on over.