Thank you for your encouragement!
And thank you for sharing your experiences on the growth of the dojo that you train in. I am lucky to have a friend who will be joining me once a week, who is a shodan from the same organization. My home dojo is also only twenty minutes away, and I am hoping that I'll have visits from my fellows there as well to help us get the ball rolling. It is great to know that your group started out with only a handful of people without experience though, and that it has been a sucessful endevour.
Thank you again.