Well, you asked and we acted!
Based on some member suggestions in this forum, I just set up a new Member Meetup forum with areas for more casual cookie chats and to stage tool and other exchanges with members. I also moved the existing Member News area into this forum, along with all of the threads that were already in it.
Here's the link to the forum, along with the descriptions of the various areas within it: http://cookieconnection.juliau...tegory/member-meetup.
Thanks for the suggestions, and I hope everyone enjoys this new place!