Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Sue's Corner

Have you made any New Year's resolutions?  If so (and if you're keeping them), congratulations!  Setting a goal for some sort of positive change is a brave thing to do – but often a difficult thing to achieve.  Personally, I didn't arrive at any specific goal by January 1; but I am mulling over a change or two that I do want to make, and steeling myself for the persistence reaching that goal will almost certainly require.
Any one of us who is looking for a role model in the exercise of persistence would do well to visit the RHS Facebook page and read a feature on  "Grandma Luge" (AKA Anne Abernathy).  Anne, a bona fide Red Hatter, has attended several of our conventions, serving as a hugely-entertaining and inspiring speaker. I hereby nominate her as the poster child for pure "stick-to-itiveness."  If she doesn't inspire you, no one will.
She has been referred to as one of the most remarkable athletes in the world, and for good reason.  Competing in the luge, Anne set a record for being the sole female athlete to compete in SIX winter Olympic Games, as well as being the oldest female to do so (that's why she's earned the title of "Grandma Luge").   Not familiar with the luge?  Well, it's that sport where one lies down on a sled - on one's back - feet first - and proceeds to hurtle down a steep, slippery, convoluted track of solid ice - at speeds up to heaven-only-knows how many miles per hour.  Yes, that one.  (In her most recent Olympics this Red Hatter competed wearing a red helmet!)
So that's a rather impressive record of persistence.  Consider too the fact that during this time she has fought off a couple of bouts of cancer and has broken 30 bones (oh - and suffered one severe head injury).  In Anne's vocabulary, the word "persistence" is spelled in all caps!
Anne is now in her sixties, and might well be expected to rest on her laurels and take it easy.  But that's not for her.  But she's not getting back on that sled; she's taken up archery instead.  And she's doing what she always does - putting 110% effort into it.  After practicing only seven months, she made it into the World Cup Archery competition, and did very well.  If she makes it to the 2016 Summer Games in Rio de Janeiro she will better her own record by being the first female athlete to compete in seven combined winter and summer Olympics!  When asked if she considers this an impossible goal, she replies, "Absolutely not!"
Not only is Anne modeling persistence of the highest order, she's putting herself out in front of the whole world and declaring her goal.  She's inviting all of us to hold her accountable and encourage her in the pursuit of her dream.  That takes a different kind of courage.  I'll bet that all of us Red Hatters will be cheering her on.  And when one of us sets a goal (makes a resolution) we, like Anne, will be more apt to reach that goal if we tell others and ask them to watch us as we pursue our aim.
So, if you're in the process of making some kind of change, or even still contemplating one, I suggest you think of Anne, slap on your imaginary red helmet and just "keep on truckin'!"
In friendship,

Sue Ellen Cooper, Exalted Queen Mother

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Red Hat Society

Join the Red Hat Society For These
Simply Fun Events in 2015

Throughout 2015, the Red Hat Society is going to go back to its roots and focus on the fun that is found in making new connections and celebrating life with like-minded women.

In addition to our annual international convention, which will take place in Indianapolis, Indiana this August, we have put together a fun-filled calendar for 2015. We hope you will save these dates and join us for some genuine girl-time!

April 25
Red Hat Society Day
May 10
Tinker Bell Half Marathon
May 14 – 16
AARP Miami

June 13
World Wide Hoot Day

September 24
Virtual Pirate Party
October 25 -26
ZoomerShow Toronto, Canada
October 29
Monster Mash Virtual Party

We’re Playing Online!

One of the best aspects of the Red Hat Society is having access to friends any time you need them. The Red Hat Society currently houses a Members-only discussion board called the Queens and Members Board, and we are playing in just about every Social Media forum! Like us, follow us, watch our videos, re-pin something and join in the conversations. We want to get to know you!

Did You Know?

The $20 per year Supporting Membership in the RHS will give you the freedom to play with as many Chapters as you would like. You can use our Contact Chapter feature in “My Account” to locate and contact Queens in your area.

Are you ready to
grab life by the hat?

There’s only one. Join the Fun!

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Love Notes From Hatters

In preparation for the "Hatter's LOVEFest" taking place at the 2015 Speedway Sparkle International Convention, the Hatquarters of the Red Hat Society requested that Members write a note on the Red Hat Society's Queens and Members Board sharing why they love being a Hatter. We have received 20 "Love Notes" from Hatters around the world, and each story is touching in its own way. 

Today, we thought we would share a few of the love notes here with you. If you are an RHS Member who loves the Sisterhood, we hope you will be inspired to share a Love Note of your own. Each message we receive will be displayed in the main ballroom during the Hatter's LOVEFest on Friday, August 14th. If you are a woman who was considering joining the Red Hat Society, then we hope you will be inspired by these messages to grab life by the hat and join in the fun!

Love Notes from Members of the RHS

"I am so very happy to be involved in such a wonderful organization.I have met many wonderful people. I am hoping to meet many more.There are so many diverse personalities in the society, and it is amazing how they all come together!

One of the reasons I chose to become a Red Hatter was not only because of a good friend inviting me to join this wonderful world, but also because in my younger years and also these mid years, I have been witness to many older relatives who passed on without really living their golden years. One in particular comes to mind, and after seeing her become mean and spiteful with no desire to maintain any healthy friendships or even enjoy the world around her, I refused to become like her. I am a very social person and have the desire to live a full and crazy life until I cannot do it anymore. Life is too short not to enjoy it!

I have a wonderful Chapter with a group of wonderful gals who I am proud to call my friends and Sisters!" - Queen Jacquie of the Sparkling Angelic Divas Chapter

My whole social life was wrapped up in my daughter. My friends were the parents of her friends. When she married and moved away, I didn't quite know what to do. I saw some ladies out and about in purple with red hats. That's how I found out about the Red Hat Society. And then I knew what to do. I joined, found a Chapter and made friends locally. I started posting on the QMB and made friends all over the country, and then in other countries as well. I've been a member for over 10 years. It is the best gift I have ever given myself. I travel every year to new places and meet new friends. I even went to London one year. Thanks, Sue Ellen, for giving us this wonderful society."- Ambassador Sharon of the Ramblin' Roses Chapter

"I have been a Red Hatter for 10 years + and I have met so many new and fabulous friends from all over the world. If not for the Red Hat Society I would have never been able to connect with so many different people from all walks of life. I can have fun with my Red at sisters and they make me feel welcome wherever I go. Thanks Red Hat Society for showing me the true meaning of friendship and allowing me to meet so many wonderful ladies and have great adventures!!!" - Queen Shelly of the Queen of the Malls Chapter

"If you knew me when ….when I was shy! ….when I was the quiet one! ….when I watched more than participated! ….when I was a loner! ….when I didn’t have time for friendship! …. when I was way too serious!

If you know me now …..I’m spreading my wings and soaring to new heights ….I’m making my voice heard and laughing out loud, frequently! ….I’m leading the fun – singing, parading, dancing and having a Hoot! .... I’m reaching out to others to join the fun! …..I’m building friendships! …I’m no longer serious!!!

I’ve joined in the RHS FUN! I’m letting my “little girl” out to play! I wear sparkly clothing and glittered shoes, lots of blingy jewelry and the bigger the hat the better! I dress in theme and costume!

I’ve joined in the FUN! I’m a Michigan Red and Pink Hatter, a Mover n’ Shaker, a Bionic Babe, a Dinner Belle, a RHS Pirate, a Darling Diabetic Diva, a Bedroom Klampett and more! I am the Sisterhood of the Traveling Hats!!!

Yes, that’s what the Red Hat Society has done for ME!!!" - Princess Lu Wanda fo the Sisterhood of the Traveling Hats

If you would like to read all of the love notes Hatters have shared, you can view them here.

Here's a Fun Fact: The Hatter's LOVEFest was inspired by Robert Indiana's famous LOVE sculpture, which is housed at the Indianapolis Museum of Art.