One of the things I learned at Word Camp Columbus (Ohio) was that Wordcamp.org can bring and wants to bring WordPress Meetup groups into the Wordcamp group. There are a lot of advantages to doing this – for example people inquiring about WordPress meetups for specific areas will more easily find local WordPress group. Being a part of the WordPress community brings Meetup groups into closer contact with WordPress (org)
One of the advantages is WordPress and Wordcamp take over the Meetup organizer fees ($72 every 6 months) – and they even sent me a bag of WordPress Swag.
There are a lot of national connections and networking available which out group is now a part of.