The families I work with are emailing and calling this week asking one question: Should they sign up for membership in a national high school organization that promises to help promote them scholastically? They are asking because the association has deadlines and they are worried that they will miss out on a critical opportunity for college admission success. They say they are feeling pressure to make a payment and join soon.
My answer to the families is that the only honor societies that have been recognized by colleges to which my clients apply have been the National Honor Society at high schools and the subject honor societies at their high schools (science, social studies, Spanish, French, Latin etc). Although there are private honor societies students can pay to join, colleges are more likely to be interested in honor societies that students earned through academic achievement.
I never tell families not to join such organizations, but I do explain that joining does not equate to college admission advantage.