Howdy fellow LA Drupaleros.
It's been an honor working with all the other Organizers in LA & throughout SoCal & in being in service to the community by bringing Drupal to the masses. I started in Drupal in '07 but not until I met Mike Stewart & Chris Charlton at SCALE in '08 did I even know that gdo existed (I owe them a cold beverage for warmly welcoming me into the community). I was excited about the meetups but thought we could be spreading more Drupal love by having meetups that were closer to where other folks lived/worked &, thus, more accessible. I wanted to do my little part, so my idea for DowntownDrupal was born (& in 2010 it officially launched). At our first official meetup, more than 1/2 the attendees said they'd never attended a Drupal meetup or DrupalCampLA so my hunch was accurate & it fueled me to keep going with more Drupal & community-building.
It's been so inspiring to see the sheer amount of work put in as folks took up the reigns to bring Drupal to their communities, as well- from Hollywood to Burbank to Long Beach to the SGV, to the IE all the way down to the OC & of course the OG (no, not Organic Groups hehe), the main Westside meetup. That's a LOT of Drupal! And it's a lot of folks who should be commended for their initial efforts and continued work. I have mad love & respect for them, their work & their community-building efforts.
I'm not going anywhere, I've just been focusing on other community initiatives- starting a Spanish-speaking Drupal/Open Source user group, helping out with various hackathons & am working on bringing more tech/hackathons to traditionally under-served communities & teens/youth. If anyone here ever needs any help with an event or wants to just talk community-building & Drupal, I'd be more than happy to help out or lend an ear.
Cheers & hope to cy'all this Summer!