Carmen, we started one in the Moscow/Lewiston Idaho area a couple of years ago. We have a great time! Since the closest Panera to us is 300 miles away we meet at a local coffee place usually on the 3rd Sat of the month. So far we have not sent the Colorado bunch a franchise fee nor have we buckled under and sent Eileen in Sacramento a bottle of limoncello as her fee! We are an independent group!
We first got together when we noted 3 of us who posted on the forums lived within 40 or so miles of each other. A couple of us keep an eye out for forum posters who live in the area and send the a PM to see if they are interested in coming. We have a couple of folks who drive about 2 hours!
Not all of us have been on RS tours. Most of us are interested in light travel but that's not a requirement! We all are interested in chatting about travel, hearing about others' trips, and picking up tips and advice from others.
Good luck in getting your group started!