The journal and the thought of supporting a organization was the motivator for me first joining ABS. Little did I know of the doors that would be opened to me. As a result of the first copy of the journal I opened, I have started a "intensive" study, meet other ABS members, and attended "Bonsai in the Bluegrass", a well run event, by the way. I live in a bonsai wasteland, the closest person with a intrest is a hour and a half from me, ABS helps me stay connected.
The forum is a plus, it could be more active, but time will cure that I am sure, as more people begin to use it, and benefit from it.