Each lodge night, and degree class night for that matter, there is always at least SOME discussion about “you should join…” and whatnot.
Here is my take on these discussions… Keep in mind I am only a FellowCraft.
1) I think far too many people are far too “pushy” with the “you should join…” commentary. While it is a great way to get folks to join the appendent bodies, it may be too much too quickly for the folks, like me, just entering the craft.
2) That being said, regardless of which body, if any, you decide to join, you must keep in good standing of your blue lodge. In addition to this, there are annual dues for each of the appendent bodies and other lodges you decide to join (all while maintaining good standing with your own blue lodge).