AGU has benefited the academic geophysical community since its inception. It has become a major medium of scientific communication through its excellent journals and meetings. It represents us at international meetings and has assisted those who have traveled to such meetings. Also, in these times when academic science, particularly basic science, is under some pressure, AGU can serve an important role in presenting the case for basic research in public forums. For all these reasons AGU deserves the support of the academic community, but why should we contribute to AGU-GIFT? Do we not already pay dues?