I'd like to put forth a motion, or an idea.
What if, after deciding on a date to gather, we then choose a film of some sort to all watch ahead of time. Then we could freely discuss the film in the new chatroom.
If this is too regimented, don't be afraid to say so.
The film could be a new release, but keep in mind, the international members may not have the same films in the cinema as in America.
Or, the film could coincide with Sam and Adam's Marathon.
Either way, this could be fun.