Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Meet our January Queen of the Month: Queen Flo

Floretta (Flo) Gaines proudly wears both the crown of a Queen and the red hat of an RHS Ambassador. Born and raised in Atlanta, Georgia (U.S.A.), she graduated from East Atlanta High School and, after attending several colleges, received her degree in Business Administration.

She has been married to her high school sweetheart for 39 years, and they have a son in college.

Flo was Marketing Manager for ADT Security for 13 years and eventually retired after rising to Supervisor in the Fulton County Sheriff Department. She is the author of five books!

Her hobbies include writing, singing, dancing, shopping (of course) and “having fun.”  Her involvement in the RHS began three years ago when she joined her first Chapter – and soon became its Queen.  A year later she started her own Chapter, “The Royal Rubies Red Hatters" (Lithonia, Georgia) which now boasts 88 Members!

What she enjoys most about being Queen is having the opportunity to encourage each of her Chapterettes to actually do the things they’ve always dreamed of doing, rather than just wistfully talking about them.  Flo, has followed her own advice:  she has traveled to several places she had previously only dreamed of going – New Orleans, Las Vegas and California.  She names the first annual Queens Convention in Newport Beach as her most memorable Red Hat event.

Flo believes very strongly in the value of sisterhood and fellowship, found in abundance in the Red Hat Society, and its power to offer women many roads to personal fulfillment and the security of companionship on their journeys.  With Queens and Ambassadors like Flo, we will be able to spread the word, offering this same encouragement to women not yet aware of all that the RHS has to offer. Remember, we have said, right from the beginning, that we are on a mission to take over the world!

Flo concluded her email with “Thanks so much for allowing me to represent you (as an ambassador for RHS)!”  We’d like to turn that statement around and send it right back to Flo:  Thanks so much for representing us!

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