THE NAHB SETS ASIDE ONE DAY EVERY YEAR to celebrate its official National Membership Day, but the truth is that for a grassroots association such as ours, every day is Membership Day.

Our strength lies in each of our more than 220,000 members and the unique knowledge and experiences they bring to their associations and other members.

In particular, our members have “institutional knowledge.” Every day that goes by and every professional experience provides another bit of critical information to help solve the problems associated with building affordable housing for Americans. For this reason, it is important that we focus our efforts on retaining members, keeping their expertise in-house, and using their knowledge.

WHY JOIN? It's always important to recruit new members, and the tools and benefits that the NAHB provides are here for all to use. I urge you to take advantage of them whether you are a new member or one who has been with us for decades. The following are just some of the many benefits associated with membership in the NAHB.

Three-in-One Membership: When you join your local association, you automatically become a full member at the state and national levels.

Powerful Advocacy: Currently ranked No. 11 on Fortune's Power 25 Advocates list, the NAHB has grass-roots strength and is the nation's highly respected voice of housing.

Critical News and Information: Members stay informed and connected through publications, exclusive Web site content, e-newsletters, financial data, special reports, and more.

Invaluable Networking Opportunities: As an alliance of members from all areas of the industry, the NAHB is a one-stop networking shop, providing hundreds of ways for members to build relationships with fellow professionals, customers, and suppliers.

Educational Programs: The NAHB University of Housing offers hundreds of educational programs, including professional designation programs, to help members gain and keep a competitive edge.

Access to Expert Advisers: Members get instant access to the NAHB's economists, legal research staff, financial experts, librarians, and regulatory and technical specialists.