since the meeting are in lansing every 3 months you should be able to make a trip once or twice. I go and its an hour drive. the last meeting had guys from iron mt. their (10 hours) so I would expect to see everyone if they have an agenda to follow.
if you read the guide lines its says that what ever you want to talk about must be submitted in writing at least 2 weeks before the meeting , send the info to Steve Kubisiak. if you want to comment on things at the meeting you may have 3 minutes at the end if you fill out the card with your name on it. no matter what its recorded into the minutes of the meeting.