R is a free software environment for statistical computing, data analysis, and graphics. Although R is primarily used in academia, it is rapidly growing in use by major companies as well and is becoming increasingly more visible. One of the major strengths of R is the community-based nature of the project. From the original development to current maintenance and development, R is maintained by a growing community of members. This community is what we seek to foster with this group. The Seattle Area R Users Group is committed to bringing together local R users to exchange knowledge and information in an informal setting in the hopes of creating new ideas and directions for users.