Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Traveling Sisters

The Hatquarters of the Red Hat Society loves to share the many ways Hatters are playing in the Sisterhood. Here is a great story submitted by Queen Norma Gosling recounting a recent trip she took with six of her Sisters. We love these pictures!

Traveling Sisters
By Queen Norma 
The Cardinal C's of Abbotsford, British Columbia

On Sept. 20th, six Red Hat Ladies - Queen Norma, Queen Jean, Queen Cilla, Mary, Dorothy and Melanie and one mascot  - Ellie May - from Abbotsford and Surrey, BC and Blaine, WA set off for a trip to New York City and a Canada/ New England Cruise. What a fabulous time we had!  We spent three very busy days in the City that never sleeps - New York - visiting all the tourist spots - The Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island, Time Square, Central Park Carriage Ride and yes Queen Cilla and Mary went to a Yankees ball game in Yankee Stadium!

On Sept. 23rd, we boarded our ship - The Legend of the Seas - for a 10 night cruise which took us to Bar Harbor and Portland Maine; St. John, New Brunswick, Halifax, Nova Scotia and Quebec City, Quebec.  The weather was fantastic and the fall colors were spectacular. 

The day in Halifax is especially memorable for me, because I was able to meet and have lunch with Queen Daisy Dwyer. We spent several hours forging a Red Hat friendship and getting to know one another. What a fantastic day!  Thank you Ladies for your support and companionship during the cruise. Hopefully, we can do this again.

All Roads Lead to Indy
Thousands of Hatters from around the world will make their way to Indianapolis for the 2015 Speedway Sparkle International Convention next August, and we want you to join us! We're going to bring the sparkle to the Racing Capital of the World, and most importantly, we are going to spend quality time with our Sisters. Visit www.RedHatSociety.com for complete convention details.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Butterfly Wings

By 2014 Hatter of the Year Marilyn Cresci  

In this month's "Butterfly Wings" column, Lady Butterfly Marilyn Cresci shares the very special way the Red Hat Society gives back to the community. Here's what she has to say:
"As promised, I am answering questions today. I have a question submitted from a new Red Hatter, J.C. of Texas.
Question: Is RHS strictly a social club or do they contribute something to their area in any way?
Answer:   Welcome J.C. of Texas. This is a very good question. We give back to our community in many ways. First I am going to restate our Mission Statement.
Fun: We celebrate life at every age and stage
Friendship: We solidify and support the expansion of the bonds of sisterhood.
Freedom: We discover and explore new interests and renew abandoned ones.
Fulfillment: We realize our personal potential.
Fitness: We embrace healthy, life-lengthening lifestyles
This in itself will improve our outlook on life in general. As we go about our daily life and interact with our community, we smile at the tired cashier in the grocery store. We are very respectful of all who wait on us in restaurants, at the car wash, at the bank and in the shopping centers.
Why are we always smiling and being very happy?  We have a secret.
We are Red Hat Sisters and we know that in a few days if not today we will be meeting up with some of them and giggling and supporting each other. 
Being a Hatter opens a lot of new doors for us. We are having such a grand time exploring and enriching our lives that we become a very positive force in everyone's life we meet.  
There are many stories that have come into Hatquarters from women whose lives have changed since they became Members of the Red Hat Society.  There is the story of the widow, who had just about given up on life before joining the Sisterhood.  Her life is so full now that she is always busy in her community and has formed wonderful new friendships with her new Sisters.
Do we give back to our communities?  You bet we do! In many ways! We have the energy and the commitment to one another as Sisters. This gives us a new energy and a very positive outlook on life. Sit back and watch all those purple shoulders and red hats liven up a room no matter where they go."
If you have a question you would like to ask Marilyn, you can send it to cresci86@hotmail.com.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Bling’s The Thing Elegant High Tea

Seventy-five Members of the Red Hat Society recently illuminated Stavs Dining Emporium in Ontario, Canada with style and grace in the third annual “Bling’s The Thing” Elegant High Tea.  The event was hosted by Red Hat Society Canadian Ambassadors Eileen of the Decadent Dames Chapter and Louise of the Absolutely Marvellous Chapter.

In keeping with the theme of the event, Members dressed in formal attire in the vibrant colors the Red Hat Society is well-known for-- red and purple for Members ages 50 and above, and pink and lavender for Members under the age of 50.

This year’s event included a wonderful high tea, party favors, door prizes, a “share the wealth drawing,” a book signing from new author Rose Louise, and shopping from local vendors.  The smiles on faces of attendees bore testimony to the joyful atmosphere that was created among the spirited, fun-loving women.

The Red Hat Society is one of the largest women’s social organizations in the world. It is a thriving Sisterhood that connects, supports and encourages women in their pursuit of Fun, Friendship, Freedom, Fulfillment and Fitness. To learn more about the Red Hat Society, visit www.RedHatSociety.com.