Jim, you are a great addition to our club. I am leaving on a trip for a few weeks so won't be in town when you have your surgery, but I will be keeping good thoughts for you and expecting to see you on all our rides in the future!
Welcome to the OSC! There are lots of riding tips to be learned, lots of rides to be had, and lots of really good people to be there for you. We've all started out new at one point or another, and this is a great atmosphere for beginners. Pretty soon, you'll be riding with the best of them!