Glad to hear you're interested in becoming more involved with ACHE! There are a variety of ways you can get involved, depending on where your interests lie. Here are a few places you might want to start looking, based on the areas you indicated interest.
Writing for publications
Connecting with other members
ACHE's Official LinkedIn Group: http://www.linkedin.com/groups?home=&gid=1810424
ACHE Member Directory (for finding members near you): http://www.ache.org/newclub/ache/online_directory/affil_directory/terms.cfm
Congress on Healthcare Leadership
Apply to be a program assistant: http://www.ache.org/congress/progasst/progfaq.cfm
As a graduate student, you might also want to check out the Early Careerist Network (http://www.ache.org/mbership/ecn/earlycareernetwork.cfm) and the Student Associate benefits page (http://www.ache.org/faculty_students/benefits.cfm). In addition, while there may not be a chapter near you, chapters sometimes have program councils in outlying areas. You could try contacting the Georgia chapter president (Jerry Tillery, firstname.lastname@example.org, 770-852-4020) to see if he knows of any executives who might have interest in forming one in the Savannah area. For more information, check http://www.ache.org/chapters/Local%20Program%20Councils.pdf.
If you have any questions about getting involved, please let us know!
Jason Hicks, Senior Web Editor
American College of Healthcare Executives