Ow does participation in State and National AOM associations promote the profession?

I am an acupuncture student that is applying for a scholarship (its merit based) and the subject is how does participating in state and national AOM (acupuncture and oriental Medicine) associations promote the profession? There are 2 main sites that you can be a member of 1) FSOMA (Florida State Oriental Medical Association) and 2)AAAOM (American Association of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine).
Basically the reason I am in acupuncture school is because I wanted to be a part of the medical field without the involvement of western medication. i feel that drugs are over-prescribed and as an acupuncturist i can get to the root of the condition and treat it with alternative therapies and herbs. also ive had personal positive experience with acupuncture myself that made me want to get into the profession. the main thing was that i was getting chronic sinus infections and since seeing my acupuncturist i havent had any so i wanted to have that kind of impact on someone elses life as well.