A couple of things;
(1.) Thank you for the welcome. The discussions read so far have been interesting and technically satisfying. The range of locations for the members is also interesting. I admit that I had not expected to be welcomed by people in England. That even brought back memories of trying to readjust to driving on the right side of the road (not necessarily the "correct" side) upon returning to the States.
(2.) Bob or rpsawin; thank you for the referral to the thread on the formation of a Northwest Section of APUG, or at least a gathering of photographers in Newport.