Some good ideas there Alex. As for the site's CMS yes it is Drupal. I have used it a few times along with Joomla! and CMS Made Simple. You are correct, I wanted to get away from the forum style, I wanted something different from existing Amiga sites and whilst the forum area is pants, it wont get used as much as EAB or Amiga.org.
I hope that initially it will help bring those who can't get to local meet together and those who are already in regional user groups to meet other users (in person) at a national venue. Just once a year, make the trip worthwhile making and also try to get enough going on at the show to make it worthwhile going!