Thursday, January 9, 2014

New Year, New Theme

The theme of the year is Stand Proud: We're Not Invisible, We're Invincible. 

As one of the largest women's social organizations in the world, we want to encourage Members to embrace life at whatever stage they are at. We believe each day presents an opportunity to learn something new, to pursue a passion, to have some fun and to look fabulous while doing it! 

We truly are a new women’s movement, one with depth and grand ambition. We are proud of where we have been, where we are now, and where we are going. We are not to be ignored. As a matter of fact, we like to say that we are not invisible: we are invincible! We aspire to be there for each other, not only now, but well into the future. With the emotional - and monetary - support of our Members we will fulfill that aspiration.

Anne Abernathy, formerly referred to as “Grandma Luge” (a six-time Olympic competitor) is a Red Hatter who exemplifies much of what is best about us. When she was injured in the last winter Olympics, and no longer able to compete in luge she became very discouraged and depressed. She credits Sister Red Hatters with giving her the strength and courage to continue to excel in sports; with their encouragement, she set a new goal for herself – in a different sport! Once a powerhouse in luge, she is now a powerhouse in…archery! She is winning big competitions and (pardon the pun) “shooting” for the summer Olympics of 2016! We Red Hatters will be right behind her, cheering her on:

Who could fail to be inspired by an “older” woman like Anne? No, she’s not your “typical” Red Hatter, but neither is she particularly atypical. We hear stories of indomitable Red and Pink Hatters all the time. I’m sure we will continue to hear them.

Yes, we still value our capacity for silliness; and yes, we will always love to find humor and laughter in every situation possible. But we are capable of so much more than these things. We are carried along by the undercurrent of confidence - in ourselves and in each other. So what could be a better theme for the year 2014 than:


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