Thursday, January 29, 2015

Go Red on National Wear Red Day!

We invite you to join us as we don our signature color (red) for Wear Red Day, Friday, February 6th, in support of the American Heart Association's "Go Red For Women" campaign. This campaign was created to raise awareness about the dangers of heart disease in women.
Did you know that heart disease is still the number one killer of women?  As one of the largest women's social organizations, our participation in Go Red For Women can potentially save the life of a Sister, family member or friend. Knowledge is power, and the truth is that heart disease does not discriminate. It affects women of all shapes and sizes all around the world. However, it is preventable with just a few healthy changes.

We encourage you to read through the 
American Heart Association's Go Red For Women website, watch these informative videos, and join us as we go red on National Wear Red Day. The best part is you can participate anywhere you are!

Looking for some fun ways to Go Red on Wear Red Day?
We've got some ideas for you!

  1. Know Your Heart ScoreHeart disease is preventable. Learn your heart score and lead by example!
  2. Live Healthy
  3. Know the Symptoms of a Heart Attack
  4. Start Walking
  5. Wear Red on February 6th
  6. Host a Wear Red Day Event
  7. Go Red Online- Save and use this red dress image as your profile picture on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram on February 6th.

8.  Get Geared Up! Here are a few items you can purchase from the Red Hat Society Store to help you get into the Wear Red Day spirit!

1. Dress Cookie Cutter, $1.50 
This versatile cookie cutter can also be used to cut slices of fruit, cheeses, and sandwiches for
 your Wear Red Day event. Or you can add these to a goody bag for your friends. Dress Cookie Cutter measures 3" x 3 1/2". 

2. Logo Tumbler with Straw, $7.13 

Here's a stylish way to make sure you drink your water and the best way to tote around your favorite beverage! This red tumbler cup with matching straw holds 16 oz of liquid and has the official Red Hat Society logo. The double wall design keeps your drink cold inside with no sweat on the outside. Made from hard plastic with a screw top and the reusable straw features a ring at the bottom, so you don't lose it! 

Heavyweight Chandelle Red Feather Boa, $19.00

Feather Boas are a must have for any society lady! This heavy-weight (extra thick) red boa is approximately 6 feet long and fabulous! 

 Frilly Milly Red Hat, $18.00

This fun and popular hat has overlapping layers of red lightweight material. So feminine and pretty! It features a 6 ½” brim and travels well, too.

5. Red Major Bling Necklace Set, $17.25

You'll love this gold-toned necklace set with a huge, major bling rhinestone pendant! It hangs from an easy closure 16” necklace and comes with matching rhinestone french hook earrings. 

6. Red Heart Pill Box, $2.43
This sweet pill box is shaped like a heart and says “Proud Red Hatter” on the front with a hat. It's the cutest! Handy for carrying, pills, vitamins, gum or mints in your purse. Measures 1 3/4” x 2”.

7. RHS Red Water Bottle, $3.00
A great chapter gift and handy for toting around a cold beverage with you. BPA free plastic! Made from red translucent plastic and features the Red Hat Society's official logo. 

8. RHS Travel Cooler, $6.00
This handy cooler is the perfect size for keeping your lunch cool or toting 6 cans or bottles of your favorite cold beverage. Features a 32” nylon shoulder strap, a front pocket and a removable bottom that will allow it to fold flat when not in use. Made from sturdy red nylon with water-tight insulation inside. Measures 9” x 6” x 7”.

For more Go Red inspiration, follow our Go Red For Women Pinterest Board!

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Sue's Corner

Have you made any New Year's resolutions?  If so (and if you're keeping them), congratulations!  Setting a goal for some sort of positive change is a brave thing to do – but often a difficult thing to achieve.  Personally, I didn't arrive at any specific goal by January 1; but I am mulling over a change or two that I do want to make, and steeling myself for the persistence reaching that goal will almost certainly require.
Any one of us who is looking for a role model in the exercise of persistence would do well to visit the RHS Facebook page and read a feature on  "Grandma Luge" (AKA Anne Abernathy).  Anne, a bona fide Red Hatter, has attended several of our conventions, serving as a hugely-entertaining and inspiring speaker. I hereby nominate her as the poster child for pure "stick-to-itiveness."  If she doesn't inspire you, no one will.
She has been referred to as one of the most remarkable athletes in the world, and for good reason.  Competing in the luge, Anne set a record for being the sole female athlete to compete in SIX winter Olympic Games, as well as being the oldest female to do so (that's why she's earned the title of "Grandma Luge").   Not familiar with the luge?  Well, it's that sport where one lies down on a sled - on one's back - feet first - and proceeds to hurtle down a steep, slippery, convoluted track of solid ice - at speeds up to heaven-only-knows how many miles per hour.  Yes, that one.  (In her most recent Olympics this Red Hatter competed wearing a red helmet!)
So that's a rather impressive record of persistence.  Consider too the fact that during this time she has fought off a couple of bouts of cancer and has broken 30 bones (oh - and suffered one severe head injury).  In Anne's vocabulary, the word "persistence" is spelled in all caps!
Anne is now in her sixties, and might well be expected to rest on her laurels and take it easy.  But that's not for her.  But she's not getting back on that sled; she's taken up archery instead.  And she's doing what she always does - putting 110% effort into it.  After practicing only seven months, she made it into the World Cup Archery competition, and did very well.  If she makes it to the 2016 Summer Games in Rio de Janeiro she will better her own record by being the first female athlete to compete in seven combined winter and summer Olympics!  When asked if she considers this an impossible goal, she replies, "Absolutely not!"
Not only is Anne modeling persistence of the highest order, she's putting herself out in front of the whole world and declaring her goal.  She's inviting all of us to hold her accountable and encourage her in the pursuit of her dream.  That takes a different kind of courage.  I'll bet that all of us Red Hatters will be cheering her on.  And when one of us sets a goal (makes a resolution) we, like Anne, will be more apt to reach that goal if we tell others and ask them to watch us as we pursue our aim.
So, if you're in the process of making some kind of change, or even still contemplating one, I suggest you think of Anne, slap on your imaginary red helmet and just "keep on truckin'!"
In friendship,

Sue Ellen Cooper, Exalted Queen Mother

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Red Hat Society

Join the Red Hat Society For These
Simply Fun Events in 2015

Throughout 2015, the Red Hat Society is going to go back to its roots and focus on the fun that is found in making new connections and celebrating life with like-minded women.

In addition to our annual international convention, which will take place in Indianapolis, Indiana this August, we have put together a fun-filled calendar for 2015. We hope you will save these dates and join us for some genuine girl-time!

April 25
Red Hat Society Day
May 10
Tinker Bell Half Marathon
May 14 – 16
AARP Miami

June 13
World Wide Hoot Day

September 24
Virtual Pirate Party
October 25 -26
ZoomerShow Toronto, Canada
October 29
Monster Mash Virtual Party

We’re Playing Online!

One of the best aspects of the Red Hat Society is having access to friends any time you need them. The Red Hat Society currently houses a Members-only discussion board called the Queens and Members Board, and we are playing in just about every Social Media forum! Like us, follow us, watch our videos, re-pin something and join in the conversations. We want to get to know you!

Did You Know?

The $20 per year Supporting Membership in the RHS will give you the freedom to play with as many Chapters as you would like. You can use our Contact Chapter feature in “My Account” to locate and contact Queens in your area.

Are you ready to
grab life by the hat?

There’s only one. Join the Fun!

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Love Notes From Hatters

In preparation for the "Hatter's LOVEFest" taking place at the 2015 Speedway Sparkle International Convention, the Hatquarters of the Red Hat Society requested that Members write a note on the Red Hat Society's Queens and Members Board sharing why they love being a Hatter. We have received 20 "Love Notes" from Hatters around the world, and each story is touching in its own way. 

Today, we thought we would share a few of the love notes here with you. If you are an RHS Member who loves the Sisterhood, we hope you will be inspired to share a Love Note of your own. Each message we receive will be displayed in the main ballroom during the Hatter's LOVEFest on Friday, August 14th. If you are a woman who was considering joining the Red Hat Society, then we hope you will be inspired by these messages to grab life by the hat and join in the fun!

Love Notes from Members of the RHS

"I am so very happy to be involved in such a wonderful organization.I have met many wonderful people. I am hoping to meet many more.There are so many diverse personalities in the society, and it is amazing how they all come together!

One of the reasons I chose to become a Red Hatter was not only because of a good friend inviting me to join this wonderful world, but also because in my younger years and also these mid years, I have been witness to many older relatives who passed on without really living their golden years. One in particular comes to mind, and after seeing her become mean and spiteful with no desire to maintain any healthy friendships or even enjoy the world around her, I refused to become like her. I am a very social person and have the desire to live a full and crazy life until I cannot do it anymore. Life is too short not to enjoy it!

I have a wonderful Chapter with a group of wonderful gals who I am proud to call my friends and Sisters!" - Queen Jacquie of the Sparkling Angelic Divas Chapter

My whole social life was wrapped up in my daughter. My friends were the parents of her friends. When she married and moved away, I didn't quite know what to do. I saw some ladies out and about in purple with red hats. That's how I found out about the Red Hat Society. And then I knew what to do. I joined, found a Chapter and made friends locally. I started posting on the QMB and made friends all over the country, and then in other countries as well. I've been a member for over 10 years. It is the best gift I have ever given myself. I travel every year to new places and meet new friends. I even went to London one year. Thanks, Sue Ellen, for giving us this wonderful society."- Ambassador Sharon of the Ramblin' Roses Chapter

"I have been a Red Hatter for 10 years + and I have met so many new and fabulous friends from all over the world. If not for the Red Hat Society I would have never been able to connect with so many different people from all walks of life. I can have fun with my Red at sisters and they make me feel welcome wherever I go. Thanks Red Hat Society for showing me the true meaning of friendship and allowing me to meet so many wonderful ladies and have great adventures!!!" - Queen Shelly of the Queen of the Malls Chapter

"If you knew me when ….when I was shy! ….when I was the quiet one! ….when I watched more than participated! ….when I was a loner! ….when I didn’t have time for friendship! …. when I was way too serious!

If you know me now …..I’m spreading my wings and soaring to new heights ….I’m making my voice heard and laughing out loud, frequently! ….I’m leading the fun – singing, parading, dancing and having a Hoot! .... I’m reaching out to others to join the fun! …..I’m building friendships! …I’m no longer serious!!!

I’ve joined in the RHS FUN! I’m letting my “little girl” out to play! I wear sparkly clothing and glittered shoes, lots of blingy jewelry and the bigger the hat the better! I dress in theme and costume!

I’ve joined in the FUN! I’m a Michigan Red and Pink Hatter, a Mover n’ Shaker, a Bionic Babe, a Dinner Belle, a RHS Pirate, a Darling Diabetic Diva, a Bedroom Klampett and more! I am the Sisterhood of the Traveling Hats!!!

Yes, that’s what the Red Hat Society has done for ME!!!" - Princess Lu Wanda fo the Sisterhood of the Traveling Hats

If you would like to read all of the love notes Hatters have shared, you can view them here.

Here's a Fun Fact: The Hatter's LOVEFest was inspired by Robert Indiana's famous LOVE sculpture, which is housed at the Indianapolis Museum of Art. 

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Happy World Hat Day

In honor of World Hat Day, we thought we would share this wonderful story, written by the Red Hat Society's Founder and Exalted Queen Mother Sue Ellen Cooper about how she discovered her first red hat. This is an excerpt from her book: The Red Hat Society Fun and Friendship After 50:

    One evening, in the fall of 1997, my husband and I, both Californians, were visiting old friends who had moved to Tucson, Arizona. On this Friday night, in the "artsy" part of town, the shops were open, brightly lighted, and the street was full of strolling window-shoppers and diners. Among the shops was a thrift shop, the type of place that has always attracted me. You never know what treasure you might find in such a store, you know-- so much more exciting than "ordinary" shops. What does it say about me, that I would rather hunt for the prize than have it presented to me on a platter? Probably that I possess the notorious feminine gene for shopping.

    There is was. Such a beautiful, brilliant color! Such a jaunty, devil-may-care attitude! Such a  serendipitous find!


I didn't need it... 
I had nowhere to wear it.
There was no good reason to buy it. This requirement that everything one does must be done for a "good reason" was ingrained in me from my childhood. One must have a good reason everything one does, don't you know?
I  might look silly in it. (I guess there are worse things than looking silly.)
People might think I was weird when they saw me in it. 

It would be an unnecessary expenditure. Surely that eight dollars could be put to better use. Waste not, want not!
It would have to be squashed in my suitcase to get it home.
Women don't wear hats anymore. I would be out of style. 

    Obviously, I thought, I should turn around, walk out of this thrift shop, and put that hat out of my mind. One must not indulge in flights of fancy. Who knows where that could lead? I might get totally out of control, and then, who knows what I might do?

    On the other hand....

I was feeling lighthearted.
The little girl inside of me, who barely managed to survive, isolated in the closet, so to speak, for years, was begging me to buy it. (Usually, I managed to drown out her pleas.)

It might be justifiable to give myself just this one teensy-weensy treat.
It probably wouldn't matter to anyone else one way or another. Generally speaking, people are concerned primarily with themselves. It was unlikely they would be interested in  my finances or apparel.
I could wear it "just for tonight." If it turned out to be a terrible mistake, I could always quietly dispose of the hat.

    I found myself standing in front of the cash register, digging into  my wallet. Before I knew it, that bright red fedora was perched on my head, dipping daringly below one eyebrow. As far as I know, I caused no one a moment's pause. The sky did not fall. The only real result was that I experienced some moments of genuine pleasure and managed to surprise myself a bit. (Maybe I am a little less dull than I thought.) 

We love this story, and we were inspired to share it after so many Members posted pictures of themselves in their hats on the Red Hat Society's Facebook page. We've included some collages of these pictures below. Enjoy!

Do you have a photo or story you would like to share? Post it on our Facebook page or leave it in the comments below!