Coming up soon we have another DUG meeting. As usual, it's planned for the 2nd Thursday of the month. At Drupal Camp Utah I mentioned some things about changing it up: trying to include more people, finding a different location, etc... it always difficult to accommodate everyone, and we won't be able to make everyone happy... but, I feel like this will be a good compromise.
I propose that we hold two DUG meetings a month. One in Salt Lake and one in the Provo area. Then once every quarter have one combined meeting central to Salt Lake and Provo. This meeting could be held the last month of each quarter.
My understanding is the biggest impediment is the fact that driving up from Provo to Salt Lake or from Layton down to Provo is difficult for a number of reasons (time, cost, family, etc). Having two should provide a nearby meetup for those living around these two areas and give them the opportunity to participate in the local Drupal community.
For the combined meeting, I’d like to see the two groups come together and have one big DUG meeting. Same format, just central and together. Having it once a quarter should allow for people to plan ahead if they need to travel or make other arrangements. Plus, it's not so frequent that it doesn't become a burden to attend it for those who have to come some distance.
I feel every meetup is important; meeting together often opens up opportunities, great for networking, and brings the Utah group together.