I’m glad to see we have some interest.
I guess the next step would be to work out the best format for it. I don’t know about anyone else, but I learn best by doing - the problem is, I don’t think there is very much which can be done in a 2-3 hour session once a month. With this in mind, I think it might be worth taking a book club approach to it.
I’m thinking that each meetup session would focus on an idea or technique or something - and end with the issuing of a task/homework (in the same way that a book club would say “this month you’ll be reading XZY”). You’d go away, and at your leisure in the month until the next meetup you’ll complete the task in whatever way you see fit. At the start of the next meetup there will be a peer review session, going over the past month’s task, and sharing what was learnt - before moving onto that month’s topic.
How does something like this sound?