Hi Brad! I'm the one who couldn't make the MemphisPython meeting the other night. I just knew ya'll would feel that way! My hope for Memphis PyLadies is simply to create another door to both the Memphis and Greater Python Community. The thing I'm seeing as I talk to women who might be interested, is an immediate response of "Oh I could never do that." I believe many barriers can be self perceptual rather than originating from community.
I know in my experience, my older son was my first introduction to Python. (He and I wrote batch files in GW Basic together when he was 5) :) I wish I'd been able to keep it up then. He was passionate and welcoming about sharing information about open-source origins and Python and Linux. A couple of years ago I actually met a young man doing Route 66 with his father in (no kidding) the Petrified Forest. He mentioned he was taking the Summer to work on his coding skills while travelling west with his dad. I asked if it was open-source. I even accidentally called it Anaconda. :) At a viewing station, on the side of a cliff, with a huge storm rolling in, he was just as passionate and encouraging.
I'm looking forward to meeting ya'll at MemphisPython and being part of your group as well! Thank you for the offer! It's going to be a great Summer!