So, I'll start with one of the questions from the journal comments.
Why aren't the TPF meeting minutes available on the website?
We very rarely have formal meetings. Most of the business of TPF happens in email messages on various different lists or an exchange between a few people in email, on IRC, over the phone, or in person. This is pretty much the same way business happens in Perl development, so it's familar and comfortable to Perl people. (Personally, I'm allergic to Robert's Rules of Order.
In general, we try to make sure significant events get press releases, but aren't always entirely successful. One of the things we've wanted for a while now is someone whose only volunteer responsibility is keeping an eye out for news-worthy events and writing them up. It's sounds easy, but it's really an extremely difficult job, and the handful of people who have taken it on over the years have all found that they didn't have the time to keep up with it.
We're working on communication, and will get better over time. Maybe you can help.