It’s funny, Bob, I had a very similar discussion with a friend not too long ago, who is in a LUG that no longer seems to have the sense of purpose it once had.
My question to him: why not try to find a sense of mission — something that everyone can accomplish together?
I know that can be tricky, especially in an organization that has become more of a social club, as old user groups tend to do. Still, maybe it’s worth trying to find a cause that people believe in. I certainly have one or two that I could recommend. ;)