All right, let's discuss the issue of meetings first.
We've had a suggestion for monthly meetings and we've had a suggestion for mandatory attendance. I'll yell ya' right now, I can't do both. I was going to suggest a minimal number of official "club business" meetings where board members and other concerned members could gather to make club decisions. Then, have events as frequently as we like. That way, members can attend the events that they are interested in and people with concerns can attend the meetings.
That's not to say that I think monthly meetings are a bad idea. But I can't do it if you're going to boot me out if I miss 3 meetings in a year. On the other hand, a gathering down at the local pizza parlor or pub on the 3rd Friday of every month where we can get together, BS, drink beer (or soda as you prefer), and discuss what we'd like to do next sounds like a good idea. As long as we're not too strict on attendance.