Hey @doctorj, welcome to the community here at Feverbee, it's great to hear from you!
This sounds interesting - a couple of questions:
What is the online community you're looking to launch, is it B2B, B2C, who is it targeting?
What sort of things have you been doing in your local community? I love the sound of this, I often use the local community as a metaphor when talking to people about online communities so it's really interesting seeing it the other way around and seeing someone building upon the offline community experience and applying it to their online role.
Feel free to ask any questions you've got, or throw anything out here that you want to bounce around a bit - there's a ton of experience and knowledge in here for you to draw down on!