Missed the post earlier, but there is a homebrew club in RI, The Rhode Island Fermentation Technicians, aka RIFT.
There is a web site with details: http://www.riftbrew.org. Click on the About RIFT link to find a link to the Yahoo Group (where most correspondence happen).
We have monthly meetings with occasional special events. Our last meeting was a tour of RI only hop farm, Ocean State Hops.