Thursday, September 25, 2014


By 2013 RHS Social Butterfly Joann Miller 

OMG! September is almost over.  Have you done the SELFIE challenge yet?  A couple of weeks ago Hatquarters issued a social media challenge for #SelfieSeptember.  If you did it, great (jump to the bottom) but for those who are still scratching your heads over this don't panic!  A selfie is where you take a picture of yourself.  Yep.... It's ALL about you!

Giggling at Canasta with the Scarlet Sophisticates Chapter in Woodbridge VA.
Pictured are Charlotte Large, Deborah Brockert and Joann Miller. 

Did you know that selfies have been around since the 1800's?  Back in 1839, Robert Cornelius created a daguerreotype of himself.  How did he do it?  Because of the slow process at the time he was able to uncover the lens, run into the shot for a minute or more, and then replace the lens cap.  

But let's fast forward to modern cameras. 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 or more likely an usie (term for a group shot)

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.

Of course, taking our own pic is easier said than done, so I thought I would give you some tips to help you create a fabulous selfie. 

1).  If your device has a front facing camera it is easiest to use that as you can see what is in the frame.  But if you can the rear facing camera is, usually, a better option in terms of picture quality. So it pays to experiment how to hold your device for that selfie without seeing what image is being captured.  
2).  Look at the camera lens!  That might sound obvious, but if you are using the front facing camera as mentioned in tip 1... we tend to look at the image displayed which makes us look in the wrong place.  Use that image to frame the shot, but then look at the lens before you click!
3). Angles make a difference.  It's easier to hold the camera away and down but who wants to look up your nose?  Play with where you hold your camera.  Consider holding off to one side.  Or consider tilting your face.... You have options!
4). Want to take a full body selfie?  Hard to do as your arms aren't usually long enough.  Consider posing in front of a mirror and shooting that image.  True your camera will be in the shot but sometimes this is what you need.
5). Take a bunch of shots!  For example, I tend to blink a lot, so when I take a couple of pics in a row.. sure one might have my eyes closed, but not all of them.  Or I might try out different facial expressions to find that realistic smile.  Usually, I can get a shareable shot, but if not, I just try again till I do.

So go ahead and take that selfie. Then, share your image with all of us. If you get it done in the next couple of days remember to use the hashtag #SelfieSeptember.  Can't wait to see you!

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Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Sue's Corner: Been There, Done That

A message from Exalted Queen Mother, Sue Ellen Cooper
“Been there, done that.” 
We’ve all said it. So much of life consists of repeated experience. Even enjoyable activities can lose their luster if they’re repeated often enough. We are more likely to find pleasure in novelty than we are in the familiar things. I was thinking about that the other night when I heard the first distant “booms” outside. It was time for the Disneyland fireworks. No big deal; every single summer night at 9:30 a fireworks show occurs high in the sky over the amusement park. Around my house, we’ve been able to set our clocks by it for over 20 years. Although we can watch the entire show from our front window, we never even give it a glance anymore. We’ve been there and done that.
But then I remembered how thrilling fireworks shows were when I was a child. And then I thought about how few chances most people ever get to watch such an extravaganza in the sky. So I put down my book and went to the front window, sat down in the window seat and watched the entire show, trying to experience it as if for the first time.
No, I’m not going to say that I was flooded with the utter delight that I felt watching fireworks once upon a time. But I can tell you that I truly enjoyed it. The vivid colors sprayed across the sky in seemingly random sequence, accompanied by the booms and pops of the different types of fireworks were nothing short of gorgeous. Just when it appeared that the show was over, the sky was spangled anew with a fresh crop of glittering explosions, building to an extravagant finale. It was truly beautiful to watch and I felt a little let-down when the sky reverted to black. What a lovely interlude in the evening. How good it felt to realize that it is possible to enjoy something that I have seen so many times.
Now I’m wondering where else in my life I’ve allowed the “been there, done that” attitude to creep into my psyche. With all of the chaotic, disturbing events going on in our world today, it’s foolish to overlook any opportunity to soak up little bits of joy to cheer the spirit. I’m going to keep a close watch on my attitude. I think it needs an “adjustment.”

Thursday, September 18, 2014

A Special Request From One Grateful Daughter

This week, Hatquarters is requesting your help in locating the Chapter in West Bend Wisconsin that unknowingly touched the heart of a woman whose mother, a Red Hatter, passed away several years ago.

Carol Laffey was a Red Hatter who died unexpectedly from cancer in 2005. Upon her passing, her Chapter donated a small token in her honor to a local botanical garden in West Bend. In what we like to refer to as a "Scarlet Sparkle" moment, her daughter Colleen discovered the memorial on a recent visit to the garden.

Colleen was so touched by this gesture that she reached out to Hatquarters to help her locate the group. Here's what she had to say:  

I never knew the women that were in her group. However, she talked very highly of many of them! Not to mention, she had a wonderful time with all of them anytime they did one of their excursions/events.

I recently went to a botanical garden that was placed in one of our big parks in West Bend Wisconsin. I never knew this garden even existed till my family happened to come to Wisconsin this past August 16 for my daughter's wedding. While they were walking and viewing this garden they ran across a stepping stone that I believe was donated through the Red Hat Society in her name. I was wondering who might have been the lead person or the one that was so kind and loving to remember her and do this in her memory? I have no idea who it might have been.
My mom and I were the best of friends, and although she does not exist on this Earth anymore, she always is with me. I would like to extend my personal appreciation for honoring her this way. I was hoping to find a way to reach out to the individual that made sure she was acknowledged. If you might have that name or a way to contact her, I would greatly appreciate any help your services can provide me!

Someone needs to be personally thanked from me to them! Take care.

Thank you again

Colleen Herbst 

Wow! Isn't it amazing that Carol's family was reminded of her presence during her granddaughter's wedding week? Now THAT is magical! Hatquarters would like to thank this Chapter that showed us just how wonderful this Sisterhood is. 

If you have any information that you can share, please email or contact her at 866-386-2850 x 161. 


Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Don't Miss This Exclusive Offer from Red Hat Society Partner: Amtrak Vacations

Red Hat Society Partner, Amtrak Vacations®, combines the thrill of the rail travel with amazing destinations and a professionally-planned itinerary. We are excited to announce that Members of the Red Hat Society will receive a $25 discount on all Amtrak Vacations® purchases. However, any Member who books one of the following 2015 Escorted Train Vacations before 12/31/14 will receive a $250 Early Booking Discount in addition to the Red Hat Society Discount.
Be sure to use Promo Code: RHS25 when booking.

Glacier National Park Discovery Escorted Tour
Experience one of the most pristine natural environments in the world on this nine-day tour. Your adventure will begin in Chicago with a tour of the Windy City, before boarding the Empire Builder. You'll continue your trip to Glacier National Park where you'll enjoy three days of breathtaking scenery and sightseeing, including a boat cruise tour of Swiftcurrent Lake. Finally, the trip will conclude in Seattle where you'll take a guided tour of the Emerald City before departing for home.

Music Cities of America

Celebrate American rhythm on an eight-day rail journey through three cities pulsing with legendary music. Launch your vacation in Music City, USA - Nashville. Sample the city's sounds on a city tour and enjoy a show at the famed Grand Ole Opry. Then move on to Memphis, the birthplace of Rock 'N' Roll. While there, tour Graceland®, and visit the world-famous Sun Studios. Board Amtrak and ride to New Orleans. Savor a traditional Creole meal and feel the beat of Bourbon Street. Trace the story of three musical genres rooted to three heartland cities.

Interested in learning more about Amtrak Vacations?

Thursday, September 11, 2014

A HAT-tastic Offer From International Partner: HATalk e-magazine

For one week only, Red Hat Society members can get even more money off the already hugely discounted price of a subscription to HATalk e-magazine in our September Sale...

HATalk is a downloadable e-magazine written for everyone who loves to wear and make hats. Every month, HATalk showcases the work of milliners from around the world and publishes helpful hints, tips and step-by-step instructions for projects to try at home. To find out what our subscribers say about us, click here. 

Our new September edition includes an interview with Jane Taylor, one of the Duchess of Cambridge's favorite milliners, shows how you can use rice bags to repair old hats and much more.

If you love hats, we have an amazing deal for you - subscribe to HATalk for Red Hatters today and get yourfirst year for only $9.95! This offer is only open to Red Hat Society Members purchasing a new HATalk subscription. This deal will end on September 19th, 2014.

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Take Me Out to the Ball Game!

The Red Snappers from British Columbia, Canada recently hosted a birthday celebration at the ball park. Queen Mum Cheryl submitted these great pictures and the following write-up about the event.

The Red Snappers BC celebrated Lady Giggles, Lady Louise, Guru of Golf and Queen of Cats' birthdays. We went to the Vancouver Canadians baseball game where the team they played was from Spokane.  The Canadians won the game 5 to 3.  Carol brought Red Velvet cupcakes to eat before going into the stadium, and then we had hot dogs etc. after entering.  We kept with the RHS tradition of having dessert first!!!!  The weather turned out great after a heavy downpour in the morning. As an added surprise, the birthday ladies had their names appear on the big screen wishing them a Happy Birthday.  It was a fun day, and we even got to sing “Take Me Out to the Ball Game.”

Thanks for passing along this fun story, Queen Cheryl. And Happy Birthday to our Red Hat Sisters!

Here's a larger version of that big screen shoutout:

Thursday, September 4, 2014

September Queen of the Month

Since we’re going to Indiana for the 2015 Speedway Sparkle International Convention, it seems especially appropriate to feature a Queen of an Indiana Chapter this month.  We’d like to introduce you to Queen and Ambassador Glynette Richard (“The Magnificent Ladies,”) in Gary.

Glynette holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing from Indiana University and currently works as an addiction treatment nurse at Edgewater Systems for Balanced Living in Gary.  Previously she held positions in Critical Care and Psychiatric Nursing and served as Adjunct Professor at IVY Tech College.

She doesn’t let the fact that she is widowed slow her down: aside from Red Hatting, her hobbies include cooking, hat-making, knitting and sewing.

Her experience with Red Hatting began when she joined a Chapter in 2002.  After attending our international convention in Las Vegas (2005) she says she “fell in love with the Red Hat Society and all it stood for and encompasses.”  She was so inspired that she returned home, promoted herself to Queen, and started her own Chapter.

Her favorite aspect of her Membership is the wonderful women that she has met and the lasting friendships that she has made with women from all over the world over the past years.

When asked for her secret for reigning over such a successful Chapter (over 50 Supporting Members!) she says that she maintains a personal contact with every one of her Chapterettes, in order to demonstrate personal caring.  Glynette adds “These monthly contacts give my members a feeling of belonging. In addition to our monthly gatherings we also enjoy local and overnight events with one another.  So my secret is CARING ABOUT OTHERS, MAKING THEM HAPPY AND HAVING FUN.”

We love her evident enthusiasm, don’t you?  We would imagine that her Members hold her in high esteem indeed!  She exemplifies all that is best about the RHS.


Tuesday, September 2, 2014

RHSSanFran2014 and Beyond!

Hatquarters would like to thank Golden Gate Gala convention attendees for getting social in San Francisco! Hatters shared hundreds of pictures using the #RHSSanFran2014 hashtag and gave us a true Hatters' perspective of an official Red Hat Society International Convention. 

This year, we celebrated two brand new Social Butterflies:

Queen Janet Gross of the Divas in Purple:

Her Royal Behindness Karen Keegan of the Ruby Red Girls:

Honorable mentions included Joann Miller of the Bionic Babes Chapter and Cathy Homer of Ruby RedHat's Ramblers Chapter. All four women truly captured the essence of the Golden Gate Gala International Convention in their photos and were awarded fabulous prizes from our event sponsor Always Discreet available at Walmart.

Click here to view a fun slideshow of many of the photos shared throughout the event.

As we look forward to the 2015 Speedway Sparkle International Convention, we can hardly wait to see how many women will participate in the 3rd Annual Social Butterfly contest! Luckily, we won't have to wait too long to get the fun started, because we are going to share the official convention hashtag right here. Are you ready for it?

The Official Convention Hashtag for the 2015 Speedway Sparkle International Convention in Indianapolis, Indiana is: