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SOMEDAY IS TODAY

Posted By Administration, Thursday, May 25, 2017

A wise man named Rudolfo Costa once said “Erase from your vocabulary the word ‘someday.’  Do not save things for ‘special occasions.’  Take into account the fact that every day is special.  Every day is a gift that we must appreciate and be thankful for”... Live every day to the fullest and savor every minute of it.”

He offered these illustrations of his point:  “Wear your attractive clothes, wear your nice perfume, use your fine silverware and dishes, and drink from your expensive crystal glasses...”  


The key idea here is to make use of the good things in your life.  I’m sure there are plenty of us who find ourselves a little short of expensive crystal or fine silverware.  But we probably all have possessions that we treat as too nice or too special to use right now. The late humorist, Erma Bombeck, wrote about a woman who was given the gift of a gorgeous, wildly expensive lace slip.  She put off wearing it because there was never an occasion special enough.  She eventually wore it – in her coffin.  I know, that’s a jarring example, but it certainly makes the point.  The poor woman should have enjoyed this gift by using it.  It did no one (especially her) any good wrapped in tissue paper in a nice box – in a drawer.

It’s not about “stuff” itself; it’s about making use of what you have while you can.  What about our gifts and talents?  You can have all the potential in the world but it will come to nothing if you never unleash those latent talents and use them!  If you do happen to have fine crystal and dishes, have people to dinner.  If you have a talent, like quilt-making, make quilts as love gifts.  As an artist I can say that the art pieces that have made me the happiest were those made as gifts for people I love.  All of this circles back to this:  saving anything for “someday” is almost certainly preventing someone’s enjoyment.  If it involves using a talent or a possession to bless other people it will result in warm feelings all around.  And that kind of warm feeling is called “fulfillment.”  

In Friendship,

EQM Sue Ellen Cooper

 

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Time To Get Packing For New York!

Posted By Admimistrator, Tuesday, January 31, 2017
Updated: Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Time to get packing for New York, all you convention-goers! Yes, I will admit that a gathering in the middle of New York City (ON Times Square, no less) requires a little more effort in the wardrobe preparation department than most conventions. But nobody is expected to break the bank by purchasing purple and red everything (certainly not in the boots and coat category). But, then again, if you already have it, can find it at a thrift store or borrow it......

Now for a major digression... 

Membership in the Red Hat Society changes just about every woman’s life for the better, but certain women have seized on our mission statement and incorporated it into their personal lives more than others. One of these is my old high school friend, now known in RHS circles as “The Lady Patricia.” Pat was always a sparkplug in high school, once organizing a group of us to humiliate ourselves royally by prancing in a cakewalk dance number in a “talent” show. But after graduation, marrying and having a daughter, she went into a profession that required her to fade into the background, to be – shall we say – circumspect and low-key (at least during work hours). She became a court reporter, eventually opening her own court reporting school. And she dressed the part. Whether she was typing silently in court or recording private depositions she wore navy, black or beige suits, “sensible” heels and discreet pearl studs in her ears – and totally avoided calling any attention to herself. For years and years, she was all business....

Until Pat joined the Dazzling Divas and embraced a persona much more in keeping with her true self. Quickly dubbing herself “The Lady Patricia,” she created a glamorous purple wardrobe, by sewing most of it herself. She set about assembling a collection of bling that undoubtedly rivals that of Queen Elizabeth herself. (OK, The Lady Patricia’s bling is not “real”). She found purple foxtails online, a purple lace parasol, and all sorts of other fabulous accessories.

Pat had always sewed a bit when she was younger, but when she became Lady Patricia she suddenly stepped it up in a big way. She claims that the RHS tenet advising us to find fulfillment by following old dreams encouraged her to return to sewing with a gusto - and nobody does gusto like Pat! She ordered buckram and a milliner’s hat form and figured out how to make hats for herself. She bought advanced sewing and embroidery machines and took classes in heirloom sewing. One of her early ventures into this highly-skilled endeavor was making an enchanting lavender baby dress and pink bonnet for my first granddaughter, Hannah. Now she has adorable twin granddaughters who benefit mightily from her skills. And her Chapterettes have benefited from her skills as well; included among other lovely gifts she has made for them are customized tote bags, featuring their names. She makes gorgeous purple ensembles for herself. She has even whipped up a full-length purple faux “mink” coat! She loaned it to me for the 2006 New Year’s Day parade in London.

Guess what I am borrowing to take to New York?!  Isn’t Sisterhood great? THANK YOU, Lady Patricia!

 

In friendship,

Sue Ellen

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SUE'S CORNER

Posted By Administration, Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Dear Red and Pink Hatters,

Happy (almost) New Year – a chance for new beginnings, at least symbolically.  Many of us make New Year’s resolutions, usually involving some sort of personal changes in our lives.  Resolutions usually consist of either of trying to form new, positive habits (starting an exercise program) or committing to breaking a bad habit (smoking).  Whether you choose to try one or both of these types of behavior modifications you are making a vow to make a change in your life.  But even when you really want to do this you will find it hard.  It’s so much easier to continue to live life on automatic pilot.  Change involves breaking old patterns and few of us can accomplish this without major discomfort.  I’ve heard it said that “the only person who likes change is a baby with a wet diaper,” and that kind of says it all, don’t you agree?

As we grow older, we seem to like the general idea of change, in the world in general, less and less.  We’ve all watched our elders resist change and probably thought that we would never be like them.  But we understand how they felt now, as we, ourselves, get closer to the age they were then.  When my husband and I bought our first house my husband’s grandfather asked the price.  When we told him he raised his eyebrows in amazement and exclaimed “Why there’s not a house in this world that’s worth $34,000!”  (Can you imagine what he’d say these days?)   

In my opinion we have every right to bemoan at least some of the changes that life forces on us because they come upon us so fast and just keep coming!  The easy area to point to, of course, is technology.  Just when we learned to use email we were challenged to text; then, just as we started texting we were challenged to tweet.  Now there Instant Messaging, Instagram, etc...  The faster I run, the “behinder” I get!   And so, it goes – in oh, so many areas!  I honestly believe that there are too many changes, coming into far too rapid succession, for the comfort of anyone over the age of around 35.  But grumbling about it won’t make them stop; it will only irritate those who have to listen to it.

So I’m going to attempt a personal attitude adjustment: I’m going to change my reaction to change - to make a bigger effort to roll with the punches, so to speak.  I’m going to keep in mind that change is, by no means, always a bad thing.  I may be discomfited at times, but the fact is that the world has always been in the process of changing - and it always will be.  The world is moving ahead and I want to move with it.

So... bring it on, 2017!  

In friendship,

Sue Ellen, Exalted Queen Mother

 

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THE RED HAT SOCIETY LAUNCHES NEW WEBSITE PROVIDING MEMBERS WITH ROBUST & PRIVATE SOCIAL NETWORKING EXPERIENCE

Posted By Administration, Tuesday, December 20, 2016

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Print & Broadcast Media

December 15, 2016

Fullerton, CA December 15, 2016 -- The Red Hat Society®, one of the world’s premier women’s organizations, has launched a new website platform offering private social networking capabilities providing an even richer online Member experience.  The “Facebook-esque” platform offers Members the ability to speak directly with one another through advanced messaging capabilities, chat in a Members’ forum area, submit and view events happening in their local area, plan trips to meet Sisters around the world and so much more!  Playing online will only enhance the play offline by fostering meaningful relationships with other Members through a technology designed to enhance their connections to one another and the Society as a whole.  Queens (the leaders of local Chapters of the RHS) now have their own Chapter Group viewable only to their “Chapterettes” providing a private event calendar, chat area, document sharing, and event registration tools, in addition to bulk email and messaging capabilities.

With this new website launch, the Society takes its royal place alongside some of the world’s most powerful social networking sites.  What makes The Red Hat Society’s online tool so unique is that the users are boomer women with an affinity to the RHS lifestyle of fun and friendship.

The Red Hat Society® began with the gift of a red hat and has grown into a universal symbol for women around the globe.  The Red Hat Society® encourages women of any age to join (those under 50 wear pink hats until they “reduate,” while those over 50 wear red hats), emphasizing the value of cross-generational friendships and mentoring.  The social message behind the first red hat has resonated with millions of women around the globe, regardless of race, creed, occupation, age, or socio-economic status. 

By word of mouth, the purest form of viral marketing, The Red Hat Society® grew at a rapid pace thus garnering the Popular Culture and American Culture Association’s 2008 Award for its “Contribution to Popular Culture and American Culture.”  The Society has been the focus of major publications, ten books (one of which reached the New York Times Best Seller list), television and other media, in addition to having The Red Hat Society brand appear on a myriad of products.  Pop Culture status was truly achieved when The Red Hat Society® was the focus of an episode of the longest running animated series, THE SIMPSONS, in which Marge Simpson joins a local Red Hat Society® chapter. 

CEO, Debra Granich states, “This new website tool was the natural ‘next step’ in our commitment to connecting like-minded women to new friends and enriching their lives through the power of fun and friendship.  This advance in technology means women can join the Society and within minutes, be connected to other Hatters by geography or similar interests.  We are committed to staying at the forefront of technology.” 

For more information on the Red Hat Society®, contact Emily Yost, Marketing Director at 714-888-8132 or Emily@redhatsociety.com.

 

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You are invited to join your Red (and Pink) Hat Sisters for an experience of a lifetime, where joy, laughter and the electricity of fun and friendship reign supreme in the city that never sleeps!  Let this serve as your official invitation to the Red Hat Society's 2017 Hats in the City International Convention in New York, New York.

 

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THE RED HAT REVOLUTION

Posted By Administration, Thursday, December 15, 2016

One of the premier women's social organizations in the world, the Red Hat Society® based in Fullerton, CA, began with the gift of a red hat and has grown into a universal symbol for women around the globe as they victoriously celebrate turning 50 and entering into the next phase of their lives. The social message behind the first red hat has resonated with millions of women around the globe regardless of race, creed, occupation, age or socio-economic status. Today, it is commonplace to see Red Hat Society® members out frolicking and embracing life to the fullest in their now famous symbol, the "Red Hat."

 

HOW IT STARTED

In the fall of 1997, on a trip to Tucson, AZ, Sue Ellen Cooper impulsively paid $7.50 for an old red fedora in a thrift shop. When a good friend was nearing a "fifty-ish" birthday, Sue Ellen cast about for an idea for an original gift. Inspired by a well-known poem, Warning, which begins "When I am an old woman, I shall wear purple, with a red hat which doesn't go and doesn't suit me. " she wanted to encourage her friend to grow older in a playful manner. She gave her friend a red hat of her own suggesting that she keep it as a reminder to grow older playfully - on her terms.

The symbolism behind the red hat had a profound impact on women Sue Ellen encountered. Those women responded by donning their own red hats and entering a new women's movement embracing a renewed outlook on life filled with fun and friendship, fulfilling lifelong dreams.

The Red Hat Society® was born. No longer would maturing women be invisible to society. They simply are not done yet!

 

THE GROWTH EXPLOSION

The Red Hat Society® membership exploded through word of mouth, the purest form of viral marketing, growing from 2 chapters in 1999 to over 40,000 chapters worldwide within five years. Women everywhere resonated with the positive ideas of fun and friendship promoted by the Red Hat Society®, and they were not about to be left out!

The Society quickly became the focus of major publications, ten books (one of which reaching the New York Times Best Sellers list,) television and other media, in addition to having the Red Hat Society® brand appear on a myriad of products. From Macy's to WalMart, the Red Hat Society's world famous brand was everywhere.

The Society was the focal point of the musical HATS! that was launched in 2006 and continues to be performed today. They were recognized with an award by the Pop Culture Association and American Culture Association in 2008. Pop Culture status was truly achieved when the Red Hat Society® was the focus of an episode on the longest running animated series, The Simpsons, in which Marge Simpson joins a local Red Hat Society® chapter.

 

MOVING FORWARD

With chapters around the globe, the Red Hat Society® stresses the things that all women have in common in relation to their life experiences. They reach out, with red-gloved hands, to invite all women to join with them on their march to (tongue-in-cheek) take over the world!

They have become their own women's movement – not strident, not angry – with a strong emphasis on the positive aspects of life, stressing the importance of friendship and sisterhood, the value of play, and a determination to find the good in life everywhere possible. They promote respect for all and the value of good will and good humor. Although their original focus was on women of 50 or older, the Red Hat Society® encourages women of any age to join (those under 50 wear pink hats until they "reduate"), emphasizing the value of cross-generational friendships and mentoring. They believe that their philosophy is ageless, and has universal appeal. They are always delighted to see mothers, their daughters and granddaughters creating their own "Red Hat Legacy" as they play together.

Today, you will find the Red Hat Society® and its members organically infused in all areas of life. From novels to a sea of Red Hatters parading in events around the world, the Red Hat has forever changed the world's view of women.

Click here to download a copy of The “Red Hat Revolution”

 

Not a member of the Red Hat Society? There's only one, join the fun!


You are invited to join your Red (and Pink) Hat Sisters for an experience of a lifetime, where joy, laughter and the electricity of fun and friendship reign supreme in the city that never sleeps!  Let this serve as your official invitation to the Red Hat Society's 2017 Hats in the City International Convention in New York, New York.

 

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