Some things work better in markets than others so local knowledge is helpful. You will learn things in your local group that are local market forces and can help your investing career. Of course this isn’t to say you can’t learn the basic strategies from a club in another area. I’d say if you are out of time and looking for something to kill time on a business trip stopping by a REI meeting would be beneficial. You should definitely try to attend a local meeting to get the local scoop on what works in your market and to NETWORK with local people, this is key.