Thursday, March 3, 2011


Hatquarters celebrated Valentine’s Day this year, and to our delight, the Hatters from our Queen Member Board (our Member-exclusive social forums) swamped our 

mailboxes with cards and gifts! Every staff member created a basket for valentines and the QMBers mailed in cards, treats, and notes to the whole office! 

We got Valentines from as far away as Canada! Some Hatters even dropped by the office to deliver their Valentines in person! On Monday, February 14, Hatquarters was overrun with Hatters delivering more cards and well-wishes. Whew! What a day that was! We chatted, giggled, shared plates of goodies and cups of tea as we enjoyed the day! What a perfect way to celebrate!

What’s With the Hat?

One of the questions that our ladies often get is, “Why is your symbol a hat? Aren’t they a little outdated?” Our answer? “Not at all!” We wear our hats with pride because hats are unique, dramatic, and as diverse as the women who wear them. The Founder of the Red Hat Society, Sue Ellen Cooper, bought her first red hat in a thrift store in Arizona, because she liked the way it looked and how daring she felt when she wore it. (That first hat is now in the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of American History!) Soon after, Sue Ellen gave another red hat to her best friend, Linda Murphy, as a reminder to face aging with her characteristic good humor. Linda loved the gift, and the two women gave several more hats to their friends. One day, they decided to go out to tea in their red hats and purple dresses, and the Red Hat Society was born! We may come from different backgrounds and live in different countries, but we all share that red hat as a symbol of our sisterhood!

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