The AAR is broken down into geographic regions. If you are an AAR member, you automatically are part of a region. Each year the regions sponsor conferences, usually in the spring. You can attend, give a paper, or become involved in the governance and organization of your region. It is usually less expensive and more convenient to go to a regional meeting. It is a good way to accomplish what may be more daunting on the macro level, namely, to meet people in the field and display your work on a smaller scale before you tackle the Annual Meeting (see AAR, Annual Meeting).