Greetings from OCDO! We have a steady influx of new people on this board, and with your LEO background, I'm sure your input will be useful. It will also be interesting to hear more of what you have to say about the CA civil rights fiasco. Anyway, with regard to your questions: If you look up and down the Virginia page you will at some point see the "OC in NOVA" thread, which is cumulative and has been going on for years here. NOVA is really where our OC activism got most of its start. There is also a regular thread about when and where someone in NOVA is setting up a dinner. Keep and eye out for that, and you will have a "home group" to start going to!
Again, welcome aboard !!