Friday, October 31, 2014

RHS Hoot Day Selfie Photo Contest

On RHS Hoot Day (November 18, 2014), Hatters will have a chance to win (1) free main convention registration for the 2015 Speedway Sparkle International Convention. A total of 12 winners will be announced on November 19, 2014, and entering the sweepstakes is easy! 
How to enter:
1. Take a selfie with your completed RHS Hoot Day Scavenger Hunt game card
2. Upload and write a caption for your selfie using the #AlwaysRHSHoot hashtag
3. Share it on any one of the following social media outlets:

Official Rules
  •          Entrants must be Members of the Red Hat Society.
  •          The photo must include your completed scavenger hunt game card
  •          Photo must be tagged with #AlwaysRHSHoot on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram. Only one channel is required for entry, and an individual Hatter can only win one prize.
  •          Only 1 entry per channel, per Hatter is allowed. Hatters posting from multiple accounts on the same social channel will be ineligible.
  •          Social accounts of the Hatter must be public for entry. Posts made through private or protected accounts will not be discoverable.
  •          If more than one Hatter is in the photo, the only eligible entrant is the owner of the social channel from which it was posted. Encourage all your Sisters to post.
  •          Photo must be submitted between 12:01 a.m. and 11:59 p.m. ET on Nov. 18, 2014

What is a Selfie?
RHS Social Butterfly, Joann Miller, recently tackled this common question. Here’s what she had to say:

A selfie is where you take a picture of yourself. It's ALL about you! How many of you remember setting the timer on your camera so you could then run around to be in the shot? Yep! That's a selfie! Lucky for us, today's digital cameras allow us to just point and click.  Plus, we all tend to have a device with us that can grab a picture at any time. For example, most of us have cameras in our cell phones. Perfect for those selfie moments. If your device has a front facing camera it is easiest to use that as you can see what is in the frame.”

For step by step instructions to hashtagging on your Smartphone or tablet, keep reading:

1. Be sure you have downloaded the Facebook app to your device.
2. Open the Facebook app.
3. Once you're in the app, click "Photo" which you should find at the top of your screen.
4. Next, your Camera Roll should appear and you can select a photo, or you have the option to take a photo.
5. Select the photo you would like to share and click "Use" at the top right.
6. Write a caption for the photo and be sure to use the 
#AlwaysRHSHoot  hashtag.
7. Then click "Post".
8. Once the photo has posted you will see that you can click on the 
#AlwaysRHSHoot hashtag and see what everyone else is sharing.

1. Be sure you have downloaded the Twitter app to your device.
2. Open the Twitter app, click on the icon at the very top right of screen that resembles a feather in a box.
3. Once you're in the app, click "Photo" which you should find at the top of your screen.
4. Next, your Camera Roll should appear and you can select a photo, or you have the option to take a photo.
5. Select the photo you would like to share .
6. Write a caption for the photo and be sure to use the 
#AlwaysRHSHoot  hashtag. (Remember to be short and sweet, because Twitter only gives you 140 characters to work with.)
7. Then click "Tweet".
8. Once the photo has posted you will see that you can click on the 
#AlwaysRHSHoot  hashtag and see what everyone else is sharing.

1. Be sure you have downloaded the Instagram app to your device.
2. Open the Instagram app and click on the camera icon, which you'll find at the bottom center of your screen.
3. This will automatically open your camera and allow you to take a picture, but if you would like to use a photo you have already taken, you can click on the square at the bottom left of your screen.
4. Next, your Camera Roll should appear and you can select a photo.
5. Select the photo you would like to share and click "Next".
6. Now you can choose a fun a filter you would like to use on your photo or just click the "Next" button.

7. Write a caption for the photo, and be sure to use the 
#AlwaysRHSHoot  hashtag.
7. Then click "Share" in the blue bar at the bottom of your screen. The cool thing about Instagram is that it will allow you to sync your Facebook and Twitter accounts and share one picture across every platform.
8. Once the photo has posted you will see that you can click on the 
#AlwaysRHSHoot  hashtag and see what everyone else is sharing.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Traveling Sisters

The Hatquarters of the Red Hat Society loves to share the many ways Hatters are playing in the Sisterhood. Here is a great story submitted by Queen Norma Gosling recounting a recent trip she took with six of her Sisters. We love these pictures!

Traveling Sisters
By Queen Norma 
The Cardinal C's of Abbotsford, British Columbia

On Sept. 20th, six Red Hat Ladies - Queen Norma, Queen Jean, Queen Cilla, Mary, Dorothy and Melanie and one mascot  - Ellie May - from Abbotsford and Surrey, BC and Blaine, WA set off for a trip to New York City and a Canada/ New England Cruise. What a fabulous time we had!  We spent three very busy days in the City that never sleeps - New York - visiting all the tourist spots - The Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island, Time Square, Central Park Carriage Ride and yes Queen Cilla and Mary went to a Yankees ball game in Yankee Stadium!

On Sept. 23rd, we boarded our ship - The Legend of the Seas - for a 10 night cruise which took us to Bar Harbor and Portland Maine; St. John, New Brunswick, Halifax, Nova Scotia and Quebec City, Quebec.  The weather was fantastic and the fall colors were spectacular. 

The day in Halifax is especially memorable for me, because I was able to meet and have lunch with Queen Daisy Dwyer. We spent several hours forging a Red Hat friendship and getting to know one another. What a fantastic day!  Thank you Ladies for your support and companionship during the cruise. Hopefully, we can do this again.

All Roads Lead to Indy
Thousands of Hatters from around the world will make their way to Indianapolis for the 2015 Speedway Sparkle International Convention next August, and we want you to join us! We're going to bring the sparkle to the Racing Capital of the World, and most importantly, we are going to spend quality time with our Sisters. Visit for complete convention details.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Butterfly Wings

By 2014 Hatter of the Year Marilyn Cresci  

In this month's "Butterfly Wings" column, Lady Butterfly Marilyn Cresci shares the very special way the Red Hat Society gives back to the community. Here's what she has to say:
"As promised, I am answering questions today. I have a question submitted from a new Red Hatter, J.C. of Texas.
Question: Is RHS strictly a social club or do they contribute something to their area in any way?
Answer:   Welcome J.C. of Texas. This is a very good question. We give back to our community in many ways. First I am going to restate our Mission Statement.
Fun: We celebrate life at every age and stage
Friendship: We solidify and support the expansion of the bonds of sisterhood.
Freedom: We discover and explore new interests and renew abandoned ones.
Fulfillment: We realize our personal potential.
Fitness: We embrace healthy, life-lengthening lifestyles
This in itself will improve our outlook on life in general. As we go about our daily life and interact with our community, we smile at the tired cashier in the grocery store. We are very respectful of all who wait on us in restaurants, at the car wash, at the bank and in the shopping centers.
Why are we always smiling and being very happy?  We have a secret.
We are Red Hat Sisters and we know that in a few days if not today we will be meeting up with some of them and giggling and supporting each other. 
Being a Hatter opens a lot of new doors for us. We are having such a grand time exploring and enriching our lives that we become a very positive force in everyone's life we meet.  
There are many stories that have come into Hatquarters from women whose lives have changed since they became Members of the Red Hat Society.  There is the story of the widow, who had just about given up on life before joining the Sisterhood.  Her life is so full now that she is always busy in her community and has formed wonderful new friendships with her new Sisters.
Do we give back to our communities?  You bet we do! In many ways! We have the energy and the commitment to one another as Sisters. This gives us a new energy and a very positive outlook on life. Sit back and watch all those purple shoulders and red hats liven up a room no matter where they go."
If you have a question you would like to ask Marilyn, you can send it to

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Bling’s The Thing Elegant High Tea

Seventy-five Members of the Red Hat Society recently illuminated Stavs Dining Emporium in Ontario, Canada with style and grace in the third annual “Bling’s The Thing” Elegant High Tea.  The event was hosted by Red Hat Society Canadian Ambassadors Eileen of the Decadent Dames Chapter and Louise of the Absolutely Marvellous Chapter.

In keeping with the theme of the event, Members dressed in formal attire in the vibrant colors the Red Hat Society is well-known for-- red and purple for Members ages 50 and above, and pink and lavender for Members under the age of 50.

This year’s event included a wonderful high tea, party favors, door prizes, a “share the wealth drawing,” a book signing from new author Rose Louise, and shopping from local vendors.  The smiles on faces of attendees bore testimony to the joyful atmosphere that was created among the spirited, fun-loving women.

The Red Hat Society is one of the largest women’s social organizations in the world. It is a thriving Sisterhood that connects, supports and encourages women in their pursuit of Fun, Friendship, Freedom, Fulfillment and Fitness. To learn more about the Red Hat Society, visit

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Hot Off the Design Desk!

Don't miss the brand new issue of Red Hatter Matters! Red Hatter Matters is the Red Hat Society’s Online Digital Magazine, and this quarter’s issue features a pictorial recap of the 2014 Golden Gate Gala International Convention, an introduction to the 2014 Hatter of the Year, great Hatter stories and photos, and some wonderful fitness tips and inspiration from the Virtual Fit ’n Fabulous Chapter. And don’t miss the iPad Mini Giveaway taking place in the month of October and the brand new Invite A Friend contest!
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Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Help! I’ve been photobombed!

By Social Butterfly Joann Miller

Help I have been photobombed!  Don't panic there is no need to dial 911.  So what just happened?

Sometimes intentional... sometimes not... a photobomb occurs when something unexpected takes over the focus of the original image.  How many times when you were little did you make bunny ears behind someone's head just as the picture was taken?  Or what about that picture that you walked into but didn't mean it?  I know a lot of you now will jump into a group picture being taken, but should you?  We have all photobombed others and been photobombed ourselves.  Of course, sometimes things just happen....

So is photobombing a good thing or not?  The accepted definition says not.... But in my opinion it all depends on the resulting image.  Of course it's fun to review your photos and find that unexpected moment that you captured while your original focus was elsewhere.  Then again it is sometimes plain annoying when someone you don't want just jumps in.

In a pinch we can re-take the shot and sometimes that moment in time is lost forever.  So the next time you want to photobomb.... I ask you.... should you or shouldn't you?

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

She's the Queen of the Month!

Queen Peggy Cingle 
Golden Girls on the Go
Pottsdam, Pennsylvania 
Queen Peggy was born in Lock Haven, PA, and grew up in Castanea, also in Pennsylvania.  She completed her education with a degree in English from Lock Haven University.  She met her husband when both were in her cousin’s 26 (!) person wedding party.  After years of marriage, she was 
widowed and reports that she is now engaged to be married again.

Her employment years have consisted of such varied positions as cataloger for a major library/book company, teacher/substitute, co-owner of a deli and owner of a gift shop.

Peggy describes herself as a “dabbling genealogist”, adding that she has been working on tracing seven different lines in her family.  She traveled to Slovakia and Poland in 2005 and visited two villages of her maternal grandparents, as well as connecting with second cousins.  Now, some years later, some of the young people in that extended family have joined her and her family on Facebook!

After attending a luncheon with a Chapter of the RHS she filled out a Membership card and has gone all in, now serving as both Queen and Ambassador.  Her favorite aspects of belonging to the RHS are making new friends, socializing and having fun.  Peggy’s top RHS experience involved traveling to Washington, D.C. to be a part of the installation of our first red hat (and boa) at the Smithsonian Institute, as the event acknowledged the historical contribution the Red Hat Society has made to our culture.  

We asked Queen Peggy to explain how she keeps her Chapter strong and her Chapterettes happy.  Here is her answer:  “I hope to grow our numbers since I am an open chapter and don’t say no to anyone.”  She enjoys the opportunity to include women from different cultures and ethnicity and taking the opportunity to celebrate differences and enjoy the fun and friendship that can be developed, even within a diverse group.  She agrees that growing a Chapter involves some effort:  “It takes time to make a cohesive Chapter, but the more activities that are enjoyed together...the more we form those friendships.”  

I feel confident in stating that the time Peggy has spent gathering in women from various backgrounds has been well worth it.  I am sure that her Chapterettes appreciate her – as do all of us who believe in the mission of the RHS.  She exemplifies some of the best qualities a Red Hatted Queen can have!

Thursday, October 2, 2014

A Message from International Partner HATalk e-magazine

This month’s new issue of HATalk e-magazine has a really fun project for you to try. In our October issue, English milliner Holly Young demonstrates how to make gorgeous hand painted silk organza roses. The tutorial contains detailed, step-by-step instructions and over 40 photos. Here’s a little sample of some of them…

If you’d like to try making your own silk organza roses, subscribe to HATalk e-magazine today - Red Hatters only pay $19.95 a year! And don’t forget to share your photos – we’d love to see the interesting varieties you come up with!