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Nice idea, and I don't recall doing anything like this. I guess it is mainly a local event, right? I have one thought on this. In DC, you are in a home office or "hub office" that probably draws in other employees from around the world for meetings from time to time, right? If you let members know they could clue you in when maybe meetings create travel for them to be in your office. (Maybe there is a creative way to get this info such as an internal TripAdvisor/TripIt notification people could give.) You could schedule the monthly meetings around those travel periods to draw in users from other offices. Just like JiveWorld and our client user group meetings help to solidify our virtual relationships. For your internal community, taking advantage of these opportunities to allow users to meet face to face would likely strengthen your internal community.
Excellent suggestion. I think that could also help with the "themes" because usually the big events bring people to DC around a particular topic or sometimes job stream. Thank you!