So my efforts to start a guitar club took a quick nose dive. I have been unable to find any place where such a group could meet without paying. To collect dues would mean incorporating as a non-profit under state law, and then there are loads of fees and paperwork with IRS, attorney-general, secretary of state, etc.
Best idea was to collect $$ each night and use that to offset the rent. Pretty unreliable, but it might work.
My thought at the moment is to reconnect with the people who expressed interest and find out if anyone has a garage we can use. I really wanted something more than a jam session, something that could accommodate players at all levels. But I still believe one of the best ways to improve is to work with others.