I do not believe the older posts to be 'neglected', per se. Some of them have been rehashed in different formats. Some of the posts may have satisfied their purpose as well.
However, just give the subjects that need the dust blown off of them a 'wake up' post and bring them to the front again, see if anyone is biting. With so many issues, needs, and thoughts that travel through these forums (and have in the 5-so-odd-years I have been here), not all of them will get the attention they deserve.
As far as activities for the Midwest, I have tried once before to get together with Tobobear and see what we could do about some sort of a scavenger hunt. How that went is beyond me because this site had a major crash last year and alot of posts were lost.
I'm all up for us meeting somewhere neutral. Some place where we can all chill and talk, maybe begin new journeys together. Of course, synchronizing everyone may be a challenge with all the events and gatherings that happen throughout the year.