Pine, yes, this really is a key to success -- I think you've nailed it. If an organization (no matter whether official, unofficial, national, regional, etc.) presents itself as "representing" anybody, there's going to be friction. If it presents (and genuinely thinks of itself) as a "resource" to support regional activity, all should go well.
There is an increasing amount of activity in this area, and I think that's a good thing. I'm not personally motivated to put energy into forming a legal entity, and like Sarah don't have a lot of interest in IRC meetings unless there's a pretty strong commitment to putting everyone's time to good use, but if others want to go down that path that seems fine to me.
Personally, I'm much more interested in putting my energy into actual activities -- edit-a-thons, Wiknics, WLL, etc. If we get to the point where the lack of an organizing entity seems to be hindering such efforts, that might change my perspective, but at the moment it seems there's a lot that can be accomplished without getting lawyers or the IRS involved.
On Dec 19, 2012, at 4:05 PM, ENWP Pine wrote: