Tuesday, December 30, 2014

A Sweet Coronation by the Great Gals of Garland

The Great Gals of Garland (Texas, United States) recently honored their Queen, Susan, with her very own Coronation ceremony. Although she had been the Chapter's Queen for more than four years, she had never had a formal coronation. Her Chapter Members all put their brims together to come up with an event that was filled with love, sisterhood and humor. Vice Queen Norma, shared this special experience and all of the materials used for the Coronation with Hatquarters, and she encouraged us to pass the ideas along to you.

Each Member of the Great Gals of Garland presented Queen Susan with an item for her Queen's Kit, a robe, crown and scepter, and she and her Members performed their pledges to each other and the Sisterhood. We've included the Queen's Kit, the Queen's Pledge and the Red Hat Vow:
Queen's Kit
  • Queen's Slippers: Purple slippers so that all the people will stare…and make sure they are comfy-cozy and feel good to your feet.
  • Bling: The Red Hat Way
  • A Hershey's Bar: Chocolate reminds us to indulge in the pleasures of life
  • Your very own Red Hat bear and doll: To remind you that you will never be lost in the wilderness.
  • A red swatter: To slap yourself silly if you ever get too serious… at least when you're with us.
  • Tweezers: So that you can perform delicate surgery on us if we need it. Should have other necessities such as safety pins, bandaids, etc.
  • An eye mask: To remind you to close your eyes to the normal and open your eyes to the new possibilities that you can appreciate.
  • A candle: One that does not burn at both ends, to remind you to let your inner light shine so that others can see the fun in being 50.
  • A purple bucket: Just in case your hysterical laughter gets the best of you! (Please go behind the bushes.)
  • Wine glass and bubbly: You can't have a Queen who doesn't have her goblet and sparkly!

Queen's Pledge
  1. As Queen of ________________, I hereby swear on my Red Hat to rule in a kind and benevolent fashion.
  2. I will promise to promote fun, laughter, and comic relief when needed.
  3. I will promise to shop for and wear full purple regalia found in thrift stores, yard sales, bargain racks, dollar stores, Walmarts, and Gran's attic. It is the thrill of the hunt that intrigues me.
  4. I will sparkle with friendship, frivolity, and instill sisterhood among my colorfully hatted Sisters.
  5. I will encourage fun and laughter, wherever we may go, making times together memorable.
  6. When I am tired and worn out, I promise to reach out to my Sister chicks to recover my life.
  7. I vow to walk with and work with my loyal subjects and show them how I do it.
  8. I promise to become familiar with my loyal subjects and value each member for who she is.
  9. I promise to read the menu aloud for any Red Hatter who's forgotten her bifocals.
  10. I promise to discretely let her know when something sags, bags, or droops unless there is nothing she can do about it. Then, ignorance is BLISS.
  11. I promise to set an example for my Pink Hat Sisters that aging is a matter of the mind, and since I don't mind and they don't mind…it doesn't matter.
  12. I promise not to take life too seriously, knowing that I'll never get out of it alive. I encourage our ladies to take our silliness seriously and take our seriousness out for a laugh. I will mostly rule with silliness and regularly practice having fun.
  13. If life is a stage, we will not hide in the wings. We will be front and center, kicking up our red and purple heels and hope we don't fall off them…and pray someone will come by and kindly help me up if I do.
  14. I will realize that everyone is gifted; some just open the package sooner.
  15. I promise to allow some confusion in this disorganization, no Agendas, Committees, or Rules of Robert. I promise to have no meetings, only fun-filled gatherings, and I will invite you lovely ladies to teas, get-togethers, grand events, and fun outings.
  16. I promise that I shall never forget that in order to be the Queen, one must above all be a force to be reckoned with, so I will wear my colors and regalia proudly.
  17. I will wield my scepter and make grand proclamations whenever the mood strikes.

Red Hat Vow
Place your gloved left hand on your red/pink hat, and your right gloved hand on your hip and pose with Hattitude in your own unique way. Now, repeat:
I, (your royal name), with Hattitude, do solemnly swear on my red/pink hat to uphold the sister spirit of the Red Hatters.
will greet and embrace middle age with love and laughter. I will fight old age to the end to maintain my middle age status by plucking and dying grey hair every time it appears under my beautiful red/pink hat.
promise never to refer to myself, or another Red Hat sister, as an old woman, but as a very mature angel that has learned to spread her wings and spit with Hattitude.
promise to greet each Red Hat Sister at every meeting with a hug and a smooches swish on each side of the face and always come dressed in my red/pink hat and purple/lavender outfit, and full formal regalia when required.
solemnly swear never to repeat or gossip about anything that is said at our meetings to an outsider, (a non-Red Hatter).
promise to look at our Calendar of Events each month and give a card to the Red Hat sister/sisters who have a birthday in that month.
do promise to take my silliness and shenanigans very seriously. I will join my Red Hat and Pink Hat sisters going for the FUN and GUSTO of life together. I will share in the bonding of affection, show a genuine enthusiasm of life and living, and practice having fun at all times.
This I pledge in the spirit of the Red Hat Society, and with the Red Hat Hattitude.
seal this pledge with a queenly wave and a hip shake while bending at the knee.
Since life is so uncertain and we refuse to get any older in spirit and mind, let all of the MATURE Red Hatters eat dessert FIRST at all of our meetings.
Yea! Clap! Clap! Clap! Clap!

Thursday, December 25, 2014

Sue's Corner: The Significance of Color

Color, and its use, have assumed great significance in the human experience.  Certain hues carry associations that seem to be nearly universal. White is for weddings.  The good guys in western movies wear white hats; the bad guys wear black ones.  A coward is said to be “yellow”; a sad person is “blue,” etc.  With just a little thought I’m sure you can come up with plenty of examples.
In accordance with this concept, we find that holiday observances usually include traditional color use around most of the world.  For instance, the color red, sometimes accompanied by its lighter tint of pink, is inextricably linked to Valentine’s Day.  It’s all about love, and red is the color of passion.  Pretty red and pink heart-shaped designs are sure to be seen just about everywhere – on greeting cards, candy boxes, and gifts of all kinds.
St. Patrick’s Day, which originated in Ireland, calls to mind the color green.  After all, Ireland itself is a very green country.  And then there are four-leaf clovers and leprechauns (who always wear green, don’t they?).
Is there any place in the world that orange and black don’t call to mind Halloween?  It is thought that orange is included because it is the color of autumn (leaves and pumpkins), while black symbolizes darkness and scary creatures and spirits.  Bats are scary; black cats are “bad luck.”  Actually, black is also the color of just about every monster every imagined.
Blue and white, the traditional colors of Hanukkah, probably come from the Israeli flag colors, which, in turn, refer to Biblical roots concerning the colors of the robes worn by the clergy.
Right now, no matter where you look, you are seeing a whole lot of red and green.  You can’t help but be surrounded by its representative colors of red and green, in the lights on houses, the windows in stores, even the clothing that people wear to parties.  Research suggests that the green is meant to symbolize the color of trees as well as the leaves of holly berries that were hung in homes for thousands of years during winter, both to brighten up a gloomy atmosphere and to serve as a reminder of the coming spring.  The red comes from the holly berries themselves, or – some say - the apple from the story of Adam and Eve.  Interestingly, red was also the color of the robe worn by St. Nicholas, who later morphed into today’s Santa Claus, who, of course, always wears a red suit.
Now, since we Hatters have donned our colors, it appears obvious that the combination of red and purple has become recognizable in public consciousness.   Most people seem to know what a group of smiling women wearing red and purple are all about.  And a lot of them also recognize the similar meaning of pink and lavender worn by our “youngsters.”  Our colors have become shorthand for a whole bunch of positive ideas, including friendship, fun and high spirits.   And all of this has come about in the (less than) 16 years we’ve been around!
I hope this makes you proud!
All of us at Hatquarters wish you a Merry Christmas, a Happy Hanukkah, a special Kwanzaa and any other special occasion you may be celebrating this month!  May the spirit of love and joy fill all of your warm hearts!

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

The Winter Issue of Red Hatter Matters Is Here!

Happy Holidays! Your brand new issue of Red Hatter Matters is here! Red Hatter Matters is the Red Hat Society’s Online Digital Magazine, and this quarter’s issue features a pictorial recap of the Always RHS Hoot Day, great Hatter stories, including Queen Sunny’s “Little Purple Dress Project”, Queen Bertha’s Rail Hoot, a Christmas Parade in British Columbia, Canada, and much more.

We hope you enjoy this issue and share it with your Sisters and friends!

Complimentary with your Membership, you can read the new issue online.
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Thursday, December 18, 2014

Holiday Cookie Recipes from Hatquarters

Hershey's Triple Chocolate Cookies From Maiden of Merriment (and Mayhem!) Donna Hempel

Donna not only passed along this sweet recipe for us to share here on Red Hat Chat, but she also baked a batch for us to sample. Take it from us- these cookies are just as decadent as they look! One bite will send you into chocolate heaven.

Donna spotted this recipe on the back of a flour bag when she was searching for a new cookie recipe to make for a holiday party many years ago. From that night on, her family and friends asked her to keep these chocolate cookies in her holiday cookie rotation. Enjoy!

Hershey's Triple Chocolate Cookies 
1/2 c. (1 stick) butter softened
3/4 c. granulated sugar
3/4 c. firmly packed brown sugar
1 tsp. vanilla extract
2 eggs
1 tbsp milk
2 1/4 c. Pillsbury BEST All-Purpose Flour
1/3 c. Hershey's Cocoa
1 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. salt
1 c. Hershey's Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips
1 bag (9 oz.) Hershey's Kisses Milk Chocolates, unwrapped

Heat oven to 350° F. In a mixer bowl, beat butter, granulated sugar, brown sugar, and vanilla extract until blended. Add eggs and milk; beat well. Stir together flour, cocoa, baking soda and salt; gradually add to butter mixture, blending well. Stir in chocolate chips. Shape dough into 1-inch balls. Place on ungreased cookie sheet. Bake 10-11 minutes. Cool 1 minute; remove to wire rack. Press kisses in the center of each cookie. Makes about 4 dozen cookies.

Instant JELL-O Pudding Chocolate Chip Cookies From Princess Buku Christina Roman 

My Grandpa
"This is a recipe that is very close to my heart. Every year, for as long as I can remember, my mother baked chocolate chip cookies for the holidays. But these were not just any chocolate chip cookies! These cookies were thick and fluffy, and they had an almost brownie-like consistency. The secret ingredient was the JELL-O instant pudding.

They were a hit in my family- especially with my grandfather. He looked forward to those cookies and would sneak one at any chance he could. My grandfather had Parkinson's Disease and was not allowed to eat a lot of sugar because of the medication he was on. We were supposed to keep on eye on him to make sure he didn't overdo it, but I would always just give him a wink if I caught him in the corner with one. We lost my grandfather at the beginning of the year, and this will be my first Christmas without him. Although he will not be there physically, he will be in all of our hearts on Christmas day, and we are going to have his cookies on the table for everyone to enjoy. I will definitely be eating one for him.

I hope you give this recipe a try!"

Instant JELL-O Pudding Chocolate Chip Cookies
2 1/4 c. flour
1tsp. baking soda
1 c. softened butter
1/4 c. sugar
3/4 c. firmly packed brown sugar
1 pkg (4 oz. serving) instant vanilla pudding
2 eggs
1 pkg. (12 oz.) chocolate chips
1 c. nuts (optional)

Heat oven to 375° F. Combine the butter, the sugars, vanilla and pudding mix in a large bowl. Beat until creamy. Then beat in the eggs. Gradually add flour, baking soda, chocolate chips and the nuts. The batter will be stiff. Drop by the teaspoonful, about 2 inches apart on an ungreased cookie sheet. Bake for 8-10 minutes. Makes 7 dozen.

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

She's the Queen of the Month!

Constance Frazier 
Dazzling Queen Divas of West Houston, The Red Hat Sosa Sisters and the Red Hat Roadrunners
Houston, Texas 

Constance Frazier was born and raised in Hanford, California.  After graduating from Hanford High School, she moved to Southern California to attend Southwest Community College.  She and her husband actually grew up together.  Apparently the early friendship stuck even after the marriage ended; Connie says she and her ex-husband remain the best of friends.
Her career began with a job with the Navy Exchange in Lemoore, California, followed by another job working for the federal government's Defense Contract Administration.  After her divorce she went to work in the Accounting Department for the Housing Authority of San Bernardino County, where she stayed for 18 years before retiring and moving to Cypress,Texas in order to be near to her son and his two children.
After living there for a short time she confessed to her former daughter-in-law that she was bored in her new environment.  Her young friend suggested that she join a Red Hat Chapter, which she did.  After a time that Chapter went out of existence, leaving Constance high and dry.  Rather than give up Hatting, she followed her former Queen's advice and started her own Chapter – and now she reigns over three!  She says she never expected to find herself in the position of running not one, but three Chapters – in three different locations, "but here I am, keeping up with all three."  She reigns benevolently over the Dazzling Queen Divas of West Houston, The Red Hat Sosa Sisters and the Red Hat Roadrunners, all in the general Houston area.
Constance has derived some wonderful benefits from her RHS membership.  She says, "I have enjoyed the sisterhood and sharing, laughing and sometimes crying and just being with a bunch of wonderful ladies."  Her favorite project is putting on an event in the Houston area in order to celebrate the birthday of the RHS.  She and her helpers invite between 150 and 210 ladies and have a great time enjoying entertainment, eating yummy things and sharing happy times together.
Constance's hobbies include taking pictures of as many gathered Red Hatters as possible.  She adds, "Believe it or not, one of my hobbies is working on the computer and preparing my own spreadsheets, and the many agendas and travel sheets for my 3 chapters."  She also likes to participate in the annual Senior Box Car Derby in her area, always enjoying herself immensely as she zooms down the hill.
Constance has given much thought to sharing her secret for keeping her Chapters strong and healthy.  She frankly states that it has been challenging keeping each Chapter strong and happy. She says that it is important for a Queen to listen to each Member and be open to changes.  When faced with a difficult situation she gives herself time to think though her options before making her decision, rather than acting without careful deliberation.  She enjoys helping women who are single, divorced or widowed as well as women who are new to her area and looking for a way to connect with others.  Constance has a genuine desire to help these women "enjoy all the things that I can think up to assure that they have a good time."
Sounds like the epitome of an excellent, caring Queen to us! Congratulations, Queen Constance!

Thursday, December 11, 2014

A Guest Post from International Partner HATalk e-magazine

Are you looking for a quick and inexpensive gift ideas so you can cross those last few names off your Christmas list? Check out this fun project from international partner HATalk e-magazine...
Yo-Yos are fabric circles which are gathered to produce shapes such as the ones shown here. These yo-yos were made by Francine Schokker (an artist originally from the Netherlands, who teaches exhibits and sells her crafts in Birmingham, UK) using red and white cotton prints, some brass buttons and a length of ribbon.

To make a yo-yo, you need to cut a circle out of a light-weight fabric such as silk, cotton or polyester. Before cutting the circles, first create a cardboard pattern to use as a guide.

The template shown in this photo is a circle with a diameter of 4 inches (10cm) - a good size to practice with. Beginning at any point around the edge, turn just a small hem over to the wrong side with your fingers and using a doubled, knotted thread, make running stitches around the circle near the fold, continuing to turn the edge over as you go. Make your stitches about 1/8 inch (3mm) apart. When you come back to the beginning, don't finish off or cut the thread, but draw it gently through the stitches, gathering them up as tightly as they'll go. When you have drawn them right up, secure the shape with a double stitch out of sight underneath the edge, the side where the raw edge is. It's worth mentioning that yo-yos can have a very different look if they are turned over and lightly stuffed and stitched.

Once you have mastered the technique, experiment with other fabrics and sizes. Now you can begin to visualize how these lovely little pieces could become a hat adornment - perhaps using fabric to match an outfit. Or they could be added to some ribbon to create a necklace or mounted on a hair band, making the perfect gift for gorgeous granddaughters or fabulous fellow Hatters!

This project was originally published in Issue 64 of HATalk e-magazine . For more creative inspiration, subscribe to HATalk today. Red Hatters get a huge discount!!!

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

O Christmas Tree

O Christmas tree... How lovely are thy red and purple branches!

There's something magical about the holiday season. The chill in the air, the excitement of upcoming festivities, plenty of shopping (our official sport), and the memories made with family and friends. The magic that is felt around the holiday season can also be felt in the everyday activities and interactions we experience in the Red Hat Society. We like to say there's "Magic in the Hat."

Earlier this month, we saw something that just made our hearts smile at Hatquarters- Members of the Red Hat Society were combining their passion for Sisterhood with their passion for the holidays, by incorporating red and purple in their holiday decorations. Not only were they decorating beautiful Red Hat trees for their houses, but they were spreading the Red Hat magic by decorating trees for assisted living facilities and public events.

We captured as many photos and the accompanying stories or messages that were shared on Facebook that we could find. But we could always add more! If you have a Red Hat Christmas tree that you would like to share, post it on our Facebook Page, and we will include your photo. Enjoy!

Ambassador Queen Duchess of New York Jeanette (Ohio, United States)- "My Chapter The New Hattitudes of Toledo, Ohio did a Red Hatters Christmas Tree  at the Wildwood Metro Park Manor House. This was the first time anyone has volunteered to do a Red Hat tree for the annual event."

Duchess Diva Deb (California, United States)- "Not big and fancy, but here is the Duchess' Ode to Red Hat Christmas Tree. She be little, but she be mighty! She is tree #3 in my holiday home."

Lady On D Go Irma (Texas, United States)- "Finally got my Red Hat tree done. Merry Christmas to all!" 

Queen Mother Margaret (North Carolina, United States)- "Merry Christmas! Here's my Purple Red Hat Christmas tree with a little bling!"

Queen Ms Jere (Tenessee, United States)- "Here is our tree that the two Queens of Shellbyville, TN display at the Fly Art Center for the Festival of Trees. It is in honor and memory of all of our Members. We make clear ornaments with the pictures, names, birthdates and passing dates in memory of each Member that is now in the Heavenly Red Hat Group. The honor art is that we love our Members, and we have dinner around the tree with them on the first Saturday of December, and we attend the play the Art Center puts on every Christmas. Every time Cindy and I have decorated the tree (nine years) we always say, 'This is the best one ever!'"  

Queen Regal Lady Amy (California, United States)- "My Red Hat Tree for 2014! Merry Christmas to all!"

Queen Scarlett Butterfly Edith (North Carolina, United States)- "The Undecided's Red Hat Chapter of Newton, North Carolina decorates a Red Hat Tree each year at Carillon Assisted Living for their festival of trees. Our tree is in the front sitting area, and all of the visitors view it when entering the facility. This is great publicity for the Red Hat Society! We provide information about the society on the table nearby and some Members are there for the main event to answer questions."

RHS Member Linda (Maryland, United States)-  "This is the Christmas Tree Hat I made to wear to the Red Hat Holiday luncheon today in Baltimore." 


Thursday, December 4, 2014

Holiday Cookie Favorites From Hatquarters

Is there anything better than the aroma of freshly baked cookies?  What about the warmth and the ooey-gooey goodness of a cookie that is just falling apart in your hands, because you couldn't wait until it cooled down to sneak a taste? Yum!! (Of course, you also sampled the batter for quality assurance. ::Wink wink::)

In anticipation of the upcoming holidays, Hatquarters' team members were sharing their favorite holiday cookie recipes and the memories associated with them, and we decided to take things one step further and post these recipes and stories with here for you! Every Thursday throughout the month of  December, we are going to introduce two brand new recipes here on Red Hat Chat. These recipes have been taste-tested, and they have earned their spots on our personal holiday cookie rotations. We hope you will welcome these recipes into your homes for the holidays, and we encourage you to please share your pictures if you do decide to make them!

Sugar Cookies from Exalted Queen Mother Sue Ellen Cooper 

This recipe comes from the 1968 edition of the Better Homes and Gardens (with the familiar red and white checked cover) Cookbook that my husband and I received as a wedding gift. The book itself is dog-eared and missing several pages, but I can't seem to get rid of it. The only time I make these cookies is Christmas-time. For a number of years, I made them with my kids, usually doubling the recipe because we ate so much dough before even getting the cookies into the oven. As the kids got older, they lost interest and drifted out of the kitchen before the decorating was half done, leaving me at the table with multiple bowls of to finish (and clean up) alone.

When grandchildren came along, it was great fun to start the whole process again. But now their attention span is waning. They enjoy the process for a while, but then they begin to lose interest before the whole process is done. Lesson learned: Do NOT double the recipe (unless you enjoy finishing by yourself)!

But enjoy! These cookies are GOOD!

Sugar Cookies
2/3  cup shortening
3/4 cup sugar
1/2 tsp grated orange peel
1/2 tsp vanilla
1 egg
4 tsp milk
4 cups sifted all-purpose flour
1 1/2 tsp baking Powder
1/4 tsp salt

Thoroughly cream shortening, sugar, orange peel and vanilla. Add eggs; beat until light and fluffy. Stir in milk. Sift together dry ingredients. Blend into creamed mixture. Divide dough into 2 equal parts. Chill 1 hour.

On lightly floured surface, roll to 1/8 inch. Cut in desired shapes with cutters. Bake on a greased cookie sheet at 375 degrees for about 6-8 minutes. Cool slightly; remove from sheet. Decorate as desired.

Makes 2 dozen.

I usually mix up small batches of confectioners' sugar with a few drops of milk and some food coloring to various colors of frosting. While frosting is still wet, I shake on sprinkles and other embellishments.

Bourbon Balls from Lady Cranberry Jo Elliot

THIS is the recipe that started the cookie conversation at Hatquarters. For many years, Lady Cranberry has raved about these no-bake Bourbon Ball cookies that are a hit at every party she has ever made them for. This recipe comes from "The Cookie Book" in the 1977 Holiday edition of Journal Magazine, featuring cover model Marlo Thomas.

Here's a funny story about this recipe: This recipe calls for the balls to sit in the refrigerator for three days prior to serving. The first time Jo made them, she let them sit for the suggested amount of time, but when she pulled them out of the refrigerator, she noticed that they were a little wetter than she thought they ought to be. She reviewed the recipe and discovered she had accidentally used more bourbon than the recipe called for. She sampled one, and it was perfect. (It just offered a little extra kick!)  Ever since then, Jo has been adding a few extra splashes of bourbon to her Bourbon Ball cookie batches.

Bourbon Balls
1 package (12 oz.) vanilla wafers, finely crushed (3 cups)
1 cup confectioners' sugar
1 cup finely chopped pecans
1/4 cup light corn syrup
2 tbsp unsweetened cocoa
1/2 cup bourbon
1/2 cup granulated sugar

In a large bowl thoroughly mix all ingredients except 1/2 cup granulated sugar. Shape mixture into 1-inch balls. Roll balls in granulated sugar. Store in tightly-covered container for at least three days before serving for flavors to mellow. Keeps up to 2 weeks in tightly-covered container. Makes about 31/2 dozen balls.

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

DIY Sparkle Shoes

Give an old pair of heels some new life with this easy craft shared by Duchess Diva Deb of the Order of the Drama Queens Chapter.

What You Need:
- A pair of old heels
- Spray Glue
- Medium tube of fine or coarse glitter
- Painter’s tape
- Spray acrylic

First, tape the soles of your shoes. Next, apply a coat of glue to your shoes and sprinkle on the first coat of glitter. Allow time for the first coat to dry. Apply a second coat of glue and glitter. Once the shoes have dried, apply a final coat of spray acrylic.

There you have it! We would like to thank the very creative Duchess Diva Deb for this fabulous idea! 

2015 Speedway Sparkle International Convention
Red Hat Society Members are invited to twinkle, sparkle and shine at the 2015 Speedway Sparkle International Convention in Indianapolis, Indiana. Have you registered? Click here to learn more! 

Friday, November 21, 2014

Always RHS Hoot Day Wrap-Up

On Tuesday, November 18th, Hatters around the world made their way to their local Walmarts to participate in the Red Hat Society's first-ever Always RHS Hoot Day. A Hoot is a Red Hat Society term that refers to an informal event where Members go to a predetermined location in mass and gather briefly to socialize, shop, meander, and enjoy lunch. In other words, it's a day for RHS Members to see and be seen!

To celebrate the Red Hat Society's year-long partnership with Procter & Gamble's newest product, Always Discreet available at Walmart, and to spread the word about the Sisterhood, Always Discreet partnered with the RHS to make this Member-wide Hoot an event to remember. Hatters who participated in the Hoot had an opportunity to complete a scavenger hunt to win one of 12 free Speedway Sparkle International Convention registrations in an #AlwaysRHSHoot social media sweepstakes. And if they purchased Always Discreet at Walmart, they could receive a limited-edition "Discreet Diva" pin.

In the weeks leading up to the event, the Hatquarters of the Red Hat Society was buzzing with excitement as it rallied Members around the world to gather their Sisters and join in the Always RHS Hoot Day fun. Hatquarters team Members and RHS Ambassadors also participated in media interviews in California, Miami, Texas and Georgia to talk-up the event and the Sisterhood just days before Always RHS Hoot Day. By November 18th, more than 2,000 Members had RSVP'd to play in the US, Canada and Australia.

On the day of the event, Hatters headed to their local Walmarts for some Red Hat fun! With their scavenger cards in-hand, they sashayed around the store in their famous regalia to find their items. Once the scavenger hunt was finished, they posed for a picture with their completed cards to share on social media with the hashtag #AlwaysRHSHoot. Throughout the day, pictures and check-ins appeared on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram from 40 states in the US, British Columbia, Canada and Ontario, Canada. Although many Hatters posed with their cards in the Always Discreet aisle, some Member opted for action shots and group shots throughout the store with their Sisters. Some Members even inspired Walmart employees and managers to join in the photo fun. We have included several photo collages in this post highlighting the photos that were shared throughout the day.

And the winners are... 
The winners of the #AlwaysRHSHoot social media sweepstakes were selected at random on Wednesday, November 19th. Once all of the photos were compiled from Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, the names of the submissions were folded, dropped into a hat and mixed well for the drawing. Here's a peek at our super official drawing: 

Congratulations to Speedway Sparkle Convention Attendees:
Amanda Devine from Puyallup, WA

Bobbi Stevens Ryan from La Center, WA

Bobbi Harrison from Puyallup, WA

Diane Wiedboldt from Suffolk, VA

Jan Huskey from Chickamauga, GA

Kay MacLean from Reno, NV 

Linda Kelley Johnston from Livermore, CA

Lordiel Elizabeth Palmer from Fairburn, GA

Lynn Johnson from Smithfield, NC

Rita McAdoo Bey from Greensboro, NC

Sandra Gibbs from Houston, TX

Sylvia Tijerina-Esquivel from San Antonio, TX

Hatquarters was thrilled to connect with the winners of the contest on the 20th to confirm registration details! We learned that many of the winners had been texted, called and Facebook messaged as soon as the announcement was made. One of the winners, Sandra Gibbs from Houston, TX, shared that at some point in the middle of the night, her daughter told her, "Please go to be, Momma." To which Sandra respond, "I can't go to bed. I'm going to INDY!"

We would like to thank everyone who participated in Always RHS Hoot Day! If you purchased Always Discreet product on November 18th, be sure to send your receipt, the UPC bar code from the package and the rebate form  to the indicated address to redeem your limited-edition "Discreet Diva" pin. (These pins are only available while supplies last, and they are limited to US residents only.) 

Now for some photo fun!
Here are the photos that were shared on Always RHS Hoot Day. We can guarantee that you won't be able to scroll through these without smiling!