There are some clubs that are more social, some more business-like..... my preference is a balance of the two, or even leaning a bit more towards the social side (thank you very much). I know for me personally, I don't learn as much from technical presentations anymore, and learn a great deal more just by talking to people on a less formal, more social basis. So for those going to meetings to learn something, recognize that there are different ways to learn. One looks more like a classroom with Powerpoints, and the other looks to an outsider more like "being too social", but for me, that's where I learn a lot. And to those more interested in business or politics...... personally, I don't give much of a rat about all that. Go run for office or start up a brewery, whatever suits your fancy. I just want to brew and enjoy each other's homebrews, thanks.
Just being honest and open. We can all get whatever we want out of a club. I like a little bit of everything, but not a lot of any one thing. All good things in moderation.