Go to several meetings before you ante up for dues and clothing. My mom and I did it the other way around and after two meetings discovered that our group was using this org. as an excuse to behave like the most obnoxious of teenagers in public places. I guess they thought they were cute, but definitely not our cup of tea! Hopefully the ones in your areas know how to have a good time and enjoy themselves w/out making a public spectacle, but I would find out before I put any money into it.