Yeah, I guess all of the local activity is deeper into the city, huh? We have a similar situation around here, for the small number of people on the south side of Raleigh.
They keep asking if we can schedule something down more near their way. Sure, go ahead and schedule something in Garner or South Raleigh, but the people in Durham, Chapel Hill, and North Raleigh aren't going to show up, unless it's a specific event with a special speaker or something similar ... and those are always scheduled in south Durham, north Cary, or northwest Raleigh, since that's closer to the center of things.
Alison, I know it can be overwhelming. Just jump in and give it a try. If you are as I, I think any mistake I make will ruin the whole system for everyone. Can't happen.
I am so very glad you are here. Start by just saying Hi to everyone and introduce yourself if you want to. Or just read for a while. The goal for all of us is to have a safe place to explore and examine our thinking. Sometimes someone will give some instruction or some criticism. I accept those as gifts to my understanding. If the person is correct, I need to rethink something. If the person is wrong, I can read it, thank them and then do what I think is right for me.
I am much more militant than many of the others and some of them want me to tone down a little. I think it is important that I express my thinking and if they can give me evidence I am wrong, I can change. So far, they have not given me evidence that is convincing to me.
You do what feels right for you. And have a good time while doing it.