I joined the AAPT when I moved back to England, after being in Scotland for years. Because the AAPT was not recognised where I trained, when I moved to my post in London, I was encouraged to join, even though I was somewhat cynical!
From joining, this helped me to absorb what others are doing, help with adapting to a different legal system, to share ideas, and to feel part of a community. Mortuary work means so many different things to different people, and it's always interesting to read about other people's projects, ideas, and challenges. (Particularly the challenges...I often find myself internally nodding in recognition...and there's the feeling that we're tackling these issues together.)
Being part of the AAPT and gaining my VRC registration has also helped with my career progression too. Over the years, members of the AAPT Council do a great job by fine-tuning the profession to our needs, organising the new qualification system and registration, however, because of a new cultural shift in death and care after death, the Council needs some refreshment, so with new representatives that come in they can reinforce the experience of the old ones by their enthusiasm.
This new approach can be demonstrated by other methods of networking and communications to gain new members and harmonising existing members. I was asked by another members of the Association to run for council representative. I guess they chose me because I am passionate, eager and proud to be an APT.