The Red Hat Angels (British Columbia, Canada) had a blast at their Hoot, too! Queen Merville says, "On Worldwide Hoot Day our local chapter decided to visit a local winery, The Church and State Winery located just up the road from the world famous Butcharts Gardens. We went to see the bird show, shop and eat lunch as well as drink a little bit of the grape too. As only a few from our group showed up we had a great time sharing more personal information with each other than we would usually have had a chance to do. Plus while there we got to hand out some RHS cards to two ladies who were interested in joining our disorganization which was an added bonus to our outing! The weather was not as hot as I am sure your Southern California Hoot was but at least it didn't rain!"
In Orange, California, Hatquarters hosted a lively hoot with hundreds in attendance to shop, mingle, and watch the fantastic entertainment! What a day!
“Why should I start my own chapter instead of joining an existing chapter?”
By starting your own chapter, you’re not only doing something wonderful for yourself, you’re also providing something that other women need! You can see how many chapters are in your area by clicking here: if there are few chapters near you, it’s a sure bet that other women are looking for a chapter to join, too! You can become a Queen by registering a new chapter on the RHS website for only $39 US per year (which includes your individual Membership for $20 and the chapter registratation for $19 US), or by calling Member Services. Gathering your chapter is easy!
1. Attract attention. For many Queens, it’s enough just to go around town in their regalia: people will ask questions! Some Queens have also put signs on their car windows, posted fliers in public places, or put signs on their lawns, advertising for new members.
2. Help new Members sign up. Make sure all new Hatters are official RHS Members! They can sign up easily on the RHS website, just make sure they have your chapter number. Again, Member Services is always happy to help your chapterettes sign up!
3. Let the fun begin! Many chapters like to hold a simple preliminary tea or meal to allow new Hatters to mingle, chat, and decide on future events. However you decide to organize it is up to you!