Welcome to TSSG, Jeff. You're just the type of person we're looking for! I think you can get a lot out of the group, and we can learn more, and get more done with more contributors. I look forward to seeing you at one of our meetings.
This meetup group is for virtual self-study group for tech topics, similar to http://phppercolate.com/. We will have real in-person meetups for "study sessions" or "office hours", but anyone is welcome to join and study alongside us, even if they cannot make the in-person meetups.