One of the best way for new members to meet up is to post in the regional forums. A lot of fun events take place when someone posts "I'm going to be at _______ on _______ and we are going to have breakfast and go for a ride."
Doesn't matter if you are a new member or not. Post and see who turns up.
HERE is an example. Looks like the folks who came had such a good time they are going to do it again.
Your enthusiasm as a new member may be just what is needed to make this happen.
Oh, and let us know how it turned out. Pics always add to the story.