The multitude of organizations serving the masonry industry--national, regional, state, and local--have all manner of membership configurations. Whatever their composition, masonry organizations exist first and foremost to provide benefits to their members. But they also are a valuable information resource for the industry as a whole as a whole and the general public. Whether their focus is promotion, technical support, research, writing standards, or government lobbying, all have a broader mission-- to increase overall industry profits by fostering greater awareness of masonry and better design, construction, and repair practices. Before deciding whether to join an organization or contact it for information or assistance, you should learn just what services are available to members and nonmembers.