wow, its so interesting as i am a newbie too. But I only have my Nikon D80 with kit lens, is that okie?
as for the sat and sun gathering issue, well, some might not be able to attend on sat and some might not on sun. maybe can split group to go on sat and sun, then all newbie will be able to enjoy the shoot together. hehehe....because, i am on shift work too. and working schedule changes every three months. as such, i will still be able to join if there are sat and sun meetup sessions. just a suggestion from me .