What I need:
A way to schedule and show events. (date, time, location, description.)
A way for members to suggest events. (Possibly they could directly schedule it, and I could just delete it if I don't approve...)
A way for members to indicate if they are going to attend the event. (RSVP in meetup parlance)
A way to post/email messages to the group as a whole.
I would need to be able to add in members who just want to get the emails, but have no desire to go to the web site to "join" This is actually a big deal, a number of past attempts to use google or yahoo groups have failed simply because we couldn't get everyone to sign on to google or yahoo. They just wanted the email and didn't care what we had to do to get it to them. Annoying but they are willing to volunteer to help in our core mission, so can we blackball them because they don't want to figure out how to sign up to a we site.
Any idea what I can use? What I have seen are either forum software with an inadequate calendar, or a basic calendar without the emailing capabilities.
Meetup would meet my need, but it isn't worth $144 a year to me. And I would have to convince some of the group to sign up to meetup and the group.
Google's calendar seemed the best, but unfortunately my employer decided to block access to it. (They don't block yahoo's calendar, but Yahoo's calendar doesn't have the features I want.)
Twiki sounded intriguing but the calendar was even lamer than Yahoo.
Thanks for your help everyone. But it looks like I will shelve another idea till a later date.