I think it incumbent upon writers looking to be professionals in the SF & Fantasy field to support the apparatus they wish to have support them. If you faunch after a Hugo award, be at least a supporting member of the community. Should you dream of your own Nebula Award, for ghu's sake, join SFWA. I point to Damon Knight, who I had the the honor to chauffeur about several times, and to work with -- side by side and long distance -- for several intense weeks. Damon, of course, created the Clarion experience through the Milford workshops. He founded SFWA. And he founded N3F -- the National Fantasy Fan Federation. And when I worked with Damon? It was for his book about one of the cradles of modern American Science Fiction -- the fan group known as The Futurians.