I am a formerly lapsed student at my dojo. I took ten years off and came back in part to help the dojo through the hard economy. Even when I wasn't training, I really wanted the dojo to be there and to be fuctional. I ran into a fellow lapsed student who still pays dues, for much the same reason. Pretty noble of her.
So, I came back because I missed the training so much, missed the people, and wanted to support the dojo. Do you think there's value in contacting other lapsed members, seeing if they want to come on home?
Do it.! Even if they come for a short while, extra bodies on the mat help create a more vibrant atmosphere....so any newbs that join in that period see a lively dojo with a fuller mat....and not one with tumbleweed blowing in the silence.
Interesting view from Chris on the uniforms....see where you are coming from and agree that it people that count not the clothes....but for every person thats dissuaded by suits....theres another that likes the ettiquette and the whole dressing up thing. ....and quite a few that are motivated by belts hakama and suchlike. Its not right....or wrong...just how people are.
all down to dojo culture I guess.