What is keeping the Mennonites in Tights from growth? Is it our lack of cool kit? Is it the lack of any kit at all? I’ve noticed that Abe’s has a growing club and they have been able to do it with retro look Saskatchewan colours. Is it that we lack a club house? Perhaps we need a place to meet where members can get away from the weekly hububb and chill. From what I hear Abe’s does more drinking then riding. We would have to have a referendum on this one. My guess is that it would result in us becoming something like an Abe’s Franchise if we copied their model for growth. That would be humiliating for a proud and old institution such as ours. The trouble is that all of these methods of bringing in the newcomers also cost money. Personally, I would rather add another bike to the stable then spend it on such frivolities. With our small membership we are in a position of having to think small. So perhaps it is time to consider a name change. Here is my suggestion. Perhaps it is time we called ourselves the Franconites in Tights. I am not stuck on this though. I would also consider the Mennophones if that is more agreeable to the ridership. My logic is simple but brilliant. With our successful lure of three esteemed and accomplished Francophone riders from St. Anne on the ride today it is time to bury the Mennonite-Catholic hatchet and give ourselves a name that is more welcoming to all. If we can do this before next week we might get them to return for another ride. I know that many of you will see this as too ecumenical, but this may be the only way to save the club. I am willing to go even further and change the name to MennoFrancUKraphonites In Tights should any of the Ukrainian riders from Sarto, Vita or Landmark (Mark) show up to ride. That would look completely “Boss” (do we still use that word in Steinbach?) emblazoned in white lettering down the leg of my tights!