Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Hatting It Up in Washington, DC!

A banner at the event
Yesterday was the 13th birthday of the Red Hat Society, and what a celebration it was! The very first red hat, a fedora purchased by Founder Sue Ellen Cooper, just went on display at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of American History, and 500 Hatters were on hand to celebrate the Legacy of the Red Hat Society!

Congressional recognition!
We started the day at the Ronald Reagan Federal Building where we were treated to a fabulous plated luncheon: it was also a chance to talk to fellow Hatters and meet new friends.



Esteemed Vice Mother Linda Murphy
From there, we paraded down the street to the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of American History to see our symbol, the Red Hat, on display: what a powerful moment!



CEO "Lady Bug" Debra Granich
The day was full of incredible moments: we heard a talk from the great-grandson of one of the owners of the Hope Diamond, and took pictures with Exalted Queen Mother and Founder Sue Ellen Cooper, Esteemed Vice Mother Linda Murphy and CEO ‘Lady Bug' Debra Granich.

Joseph C.Gregory, great-grandson
of one of the original owners
of the Hope Diamond
When the main events were over, we headed over to our after-party at Madame Tussauds!


The head table
Whew! Talk about a fun-filled day!  To get a little taste of the historical experience, check out our latest video: the official send-off of the first red hat!





What is the mission of the RHS?
We are a global society of women that supports and encourages women in their pursuit of fun, friendship, freedom, fulfillment, and fitness.
Fun – we celebrate life at every age
Friendship – we solidify and expand the bonds of sisterhood
Freedom – we discover and explore new interests
Fulfillment – we realize our personal potential
Fitness – we embrace healthy, life-lengthening lifestyles

The Red Hat Society has become the international society dedicated to reshaping the way women are viewed in today's culture.

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As part of this mission, we are dedicated to being the ultimate resource for women. Our Members have access to special offers from many prominent companies, as well as travel deals, health tips, and more! We get hundreds of requests from potential partners every month, but we only accept those from businesses that we believe will enrich our Members’ experience.

Family Caregiving Myths
The Red Hat experience is all about fun, friends and fulfillment.  But part of enjoying life involves protecting our ability to remain independent.  It’s easy to ignore the uncertainties about the future, but those uncertainties can keep us from taking full advantage of what we hope to do.  So in the interest of knowing what the future could hold we’ve provided some important facts for you to consider.
1.       80% of us will need to provide direct financial contributions to family members needing care. 
2.      60% of us will experience a direct loss in income because of providing care to a family member.
3.      Over 60% of us will use at least some of their own savings to care for others. 
4.      Nearly 60% of all family care givers eventually withdraw money from their own retirement accounts to support those they are caring for. 
These issues affect Red Hat Society Members as women even more greatly, since the majority of all at home care givers (nearly 70%) are women.  Further, of all care givers, women are much more likely than men to handle the more physically and emotionally challenging aspects of care giving.
There are strategies to help members cope.  To learn more about strategies available to reduce the overall financial impact of care giving, click here.

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