The gathering never having been announced, it seems like a good idea to reschedule.
Let's shoot for 2014, when we can push it back once again. I have found that never actually having the meetings works best for everyone's calendars.
According to the info accompanying the photo below, the critters at that woman's feet are Tibetan marmots. I think I've read that they are considered a food source there. So maybe she's tending her herd.
No sense trying to warn them at this point. "'To Serve Marmot'...it's...it's a COOKBOOK!"