WisconsinGood for you, Pete, very active Convivium up there. Tami Lax is the Convivium leader. I'm not sure what's wrong with her eMail, but all memberships are handled through the national office anyway. Join up at www.slowfood.com, and they will put you in touch with Tami, or with whatever convivum is closest to where you will be living.
I'm awaiting a response from the national office on the excellent questions you posed, and I will post a reply to them when I know some good answers!
Keep it coming, folks!