You heard about it? I must be doing a better job than I realized :-). As you witnessed with that other group, it really can be an uphill battle at times. However, I think we have a good core of folks that will make it a good group.
We are unfortunately quite a way south from SF. However, we have a couple SF folks from RFF interested, and we're doing a joint "photoSlam!" in late April where we will bring folks together to share work, equipment, ideas and techniques in an informal setting. We also will be having a studio lighting workshop in May and our field trips tend to be towards the city (if only because both our field trip organizer and myself tend to like doing work there).
Keep me updated on your progress. Perhaps you could include me on some of your conversations with others?