Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Gifts That Change Lives

Did you know that the Red Hat Society started with the gift of a red hat? This simple exchange became a tradition among a group of friends that grew to be something more than anyone ever expected. Sometimes it's just the simplest things that can spark something grand. (You can read more about the history of the RHS here.)

Today, the Red Hat Society is one of the largest women's social organizations in the world, and women are still giving each other the gift of the hat, both literally and figuratively. Some women are so excited about their experiences in the Sisterhood, that they purchase a "Gift of Membership"  so their friends and family members can play along with them, and others actually provide their friends with the red and purple or pink and lavender regalia in the hopes of inspiring these women to play with them. 

Queen Jo Ann of the Delightful Dizzy Dames recently shared her story with Hatquarters when she renewed her Chapter. This Queen had a friend named Sandra who was so proactive in her efforts to get Jo Ann to join the Sisterhood, that she sent her an outfit, a hat, a purse, a wallet and a key chain. Upon receiving this package, Jo Ann called the Hatquarters of the Red Hat Society to learn more about the Sisterhood, and she was inspired to start her own Chapter right then and there. 

"The Red Hat Society has so much to offer any woman, and it's the best medicine you can get. I am proud to say that I have had anywhere from 53 to 29 registered Members in my Chapter! Because of the Red Hat Society, I live a very full life and doctors feel that I am doing great because I am so positive about my life," Jo Ann said.

Jo Ann is now an Ambassador in the Red Hat Society, because she loves to share the message of the Sisterhood with everyone she meets! "Here's to all the beautiful ladies waiting to hear about the Red Hat Society and all the fun we are going to have!" 

Thank you for continuing to share the hat with every woman you meet Queen Jo Ann! The Sisterhood truly is the gift that keeps on giving! 

Have you give or received the Gift of Membership recently? We would love to hear your story! Please send it to Stories@redhatsociety.com. 

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