Originally Posted by NoResults
The question was never answered? Is there a way to find a local chapter?
The question was answered for the OP in Post #2. But to find a local Unit— we call them Units, not Chapters— anywhere
in the USA or Canada, you can go to this website…
Click on a Region (you're in Region 10), and it will bring up a page with a map electronically pinned to show where the different units are located. Most Units don't have a fixed headquarters except for units that own Airstream-only parks (like TAHI in Texas owned by the Texas Gulf Coast Unit). In the absence of a headquarters, the pin on the map is usually the location where the Unit President or Unit Membership Chairman lives; it doesn't necessarily reflect where most of the members live.
There is no geographical requirement that you have to belong to the closest unit, though you usually gain the most benefit from membership if you join a unit near where you do the bulk of your camping. If you travel to a particular part of the country often, you might consider joining a unit there rather than near home, for example.
You can change Units every year, if you want to, just by renewing your membership with the new unit rather than the old one. So if you join a unit and decide that they're all sticks-in-the-mud and no fun, you can try a different unit next time, until you find one that matches your personality and interests.
And finally, you can join multiple units at the same time. You pay International dues once annually, and unit dues for each one you join. You only have voting privileges in one unit, the main one you belong to, but you can be an affiliate (non-voting) member in as many or as few units as you like. This is also a valid scheme for finding the unit that's best for you.