They do offer a lot of cheap classes and have helped me and anyone who joins the club a ton. I'm not trying to recruit but just wanted you to know you're not alone in the in N.C. with your love for bonsai.
Hey Joe, just realized you don't live to far from me. I'm in Johnston county just a little west of Smithfield. I have 2 very large ming aralia. I've often thought about putting the bonsai to them but never have. Without doing much of anything they seem to look like trees. I am also with the Triangle Bonsai Society in Raleigh. You might want to look into joining the group has a lot to offer and are a great bunch.