Aaron, I'm really glad you brought this up. I've often wondered why our UL careers seem resigned to solo adventures. The 'Hiking Partners' forum section doesn't seem too fruitful for locating partners.
Colleen, I think random get togethers are a great idea for comparing notes, gear, technique and philosophies, whatever. It'll really solidify the community. Maybe we can have a secret handshake too. Oh, and contests for team logo designs. HAHA.
Can the BPL staff create a forum section for these local groups? e.g. So Cal, Central Cal, Nor Cal, etc. We could freeze a couple threads at the top for introductions and contact info. A general section leader won't be necessary unless requested to coordinate trips and meet-ups.