That's pretty much the same with me--I'm also new to the wonderful world of Star Wars costuming, and do not know anyone personally. However, I'm a lurker at heart, and recognize quite a few names. I'm also familiar (in an online sense) with the members of the San Francisco Fan Force. I really hope to meet some of you and them in person someday soon!
(I but regret I cannot become an official member until I turn eighteen...*counts down the years*)