Hi, I will not be able to attend this week, but I want to keep in touch. I know of a few more interested people from the academic side, at CWRU and Kent State; I might be able to help with locations and speakers for future meetings.
"R is a free software environment for statistical computing and graphics" - The R Project
This group is designed for novice to expert R users to share tips, ideas, and experiences. Meetings will be designed to learn and challenge. A typical meetup will consist of brief socializing and a presentation. Added entertainment may consist of members discussing uncommon (but effective) uses for R, fun applications they've created, various competitions, etc.