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* Events For 2015
*Chapter Guidelines
*10 Year Anniversary
*Pictures 2013
*Years gone by!

Upcoming Event: March 7,2015 Ice Wine festival
March 9, 2015 Mad Hatter Tea Party!
Queen's News

January 15, 2015
We all had a Great time at our luncheon. We have two new members. And we made plans for Mardi Gras February 17th. Looking forward to our next get together ladies!

And a BIG WELCOME to Pam and Connie are newest members.
Patti we are so happy you were able to join us yesterday for lunch!

Queen/Ambassador Rita
Red Hot Flashes

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Members List:

Rita Lane
Pam Priddy
Connie Reed
Patti Rose
Jackie Gordon
Kim Shaulis
Darlene May




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Our first chapter get together was May 3, 2004 at Queen Rita's house. There were five of us that showed up that day, Shirley, Barb, Lois, Joanie and Rita. Darlene couldn't make it that day, but was part of the group.. The six of us worked together and retired together. So we decided that we would get together once a month as Red Hat Ladies and have lunch and do something fun.

We were first known as the "Ladies From Packard". A few months later we changed our chapter name to the "Red Hot Flashes" for some of our new members weren't from Packard...

We were very active for many years. Then I was a chapter of one for a few years. But recently I decided I wanted to be more then just a chapter of one. I contacted a few friends and so, February 22, 2013 the Red Hot Flashes met for breakfast at Perkins on Elm Road and we are on the move once more...
We decided we will meet the last Wednesday of each month for lunch and friendship...

Sometimes we have more than one event a month, we are flexible and love having fun...
We also like to meet with other chapters occasionally to do a fun event...
We are planning a few events at Queen Rita's Hall this summer with the Fun Attitudes and a few other chapters...

We do not have chapter dues, but a Supporting Membership in the Red Hat Society ($20/year) is required.

Red Hatting is not something you join,
it is an experience you share.

Words of Wisdom:
Lifes too short to take it seriously.
Each day we wake up is a bonus.
So enjoy it to the fullest...

((( DO U KNOW )))))The "Officials" of the Red Hat Society
The "Officials" of the Red Hat Society
The Official Mascot: Ruby Red
The RHS Sign in Sign Language:
This is the sign: crossing the pointer finger
the middle is the sign for red and tapping
head is the sign for hat
The Official Flower: The Drama Queen Poppy- it combines red and purple
The Official instrument: kazoo
The Official Red Hat Day: 25 April-the day of the first gathering in 1998
The Official Girlfriend Day: 22 July (1944) the birthday of the EQM Sue Ellen. This is a day to exchange cards, etc.
The Official Sport: shopping
The Official Song: The Red Hat Society Song
The Official Ode: written by EQM Sue Ellen "Ode to the Red Hat Society"
The Official website:
The Official Game: Bunco, a game started in the 1800's
The Official Greeting: brushing of the brims of your hats
The Official Social Gathering: tea party
The Official Dessert: dindongs


What Exactly Is A
"Hoot" is our word for an unstructured and extremely informal gathering of RHS Members. It's usually a one day event. Sometimes (but not always) it involves a train with Members traveling from near and far to meet at one location. We pick a place and go there in mass, gather briefly to say hello, then go our merry ways to lunch or shop or meander. The key to a Hoot is that each participant is responsible for her own reservations, transportation et cetera. There can be a theme but definitely no formal program as such.

February 17, 2015
Mardi Gras
at Queen Rita's Hall

January 15, 2015
Our First get together for the new year!!!
We signed up two new members!!!


February 10 ~ Kim

February 18 ~ Pam

February 28 ~ Jackie

March 5 ~ Connie

July 23 ~ Darlene

September 15 ~ Queen Rita

The Mission Of The Red Hat Society

We are a global society of women that supports
and encourages women in their pursuit of fun,
friendship, freedom, fulfillment, and fitness.

Fun – we celebrate life at every age
Friendship – we solidify and expand the bonds of sisterhood
Freedom – we discover and explore new interests
Fulfillment – we realize our personal potential
Fitness – we embrace healthy, life-lengthening lifestyles

The beginning of our chapter
Joanie, Barbara, Queen Rita, Shirley, Lois and
Darlene couldn't be with us that day.

Red Hat Society

The Red Hat Society has become the international society dedicated to reshaping the way women are viewed in today's culture.

RHS supports and encourages women to pursue fun, friendship, freedom, fulfillment of lifelong dreams and fitness.

It serves as the center point for all communications and opportunities for its members offering tools, tips, discounts, services and events specifically with Red Hatters in mind.

The Red Hat Society has spent over a decade developing a strong online communication tool for Members assisting them in gaining new and exciting ways to enjoy life, sharing their unique and motivating stories and helping Members find local hatters and activities they can participate in.

Women over age 50 are known as "Red Hatters," while those under 50 are lovingly referred to as "Pink Hatters."

This picture is of the Red Hat Ladies aboard the Rip van Winkle, located in Kingston New York. Phyllis and her husband cruised down the Hudson River with them... The ladies were very helpful and informative of the area. We hope to be in touch with them?

Phyllis is setting in the front is
from the Red Hot Flashes Chapter



A conversation that a non-supporting member might have with herself:
Why should I pay $20.00 to be member of an international organization
when all I want to do is wear my red hat and purple clothes,
go out & have fun?

1. Because if I allow people who see me in red and purple regalia to assume I am a legitimate member of the Red Hat Society, when I know that is not true, I am tacitly lying to them and that does not feel good.

2. Because when observers ask if I am a member of the Red Hat Society, I am faced with the quandary of whether to tell them that I just dress as a red hatter but am not one or to tell a lie and say that I am. Neither the choice of admitting to being a fraud nor of lying appeals to me.

3. Because when I decide I would like to meet with some other local ladies I can't find them as there is no coordinating body to connect me with them. Registered supporting members of the Red Hat Society can connect with each other through the RHS web site or assorted Queens Councils or Queens’ mailing lists throughout the world, but I am not part of that network.

4. Because when I do hear about local red hat events I cannot assume that I will be welcome, instead I must ask the organizers if I am permitted to attend and am often told “NO” as only supporting members may participate.

5. Because my sense of honesty, integrity and legitimacy requires that if I present myself as a member of an organization, I will indeed be a member of the organization.

6. Because when I am with hatters who are supporting members I feel like a second class citizen when they talk of all the events and activities that are open to them but not to me.

7. Because an annual membership fee of $20.00 means $1.67 a month or about $0.05 a day and I am willing to pay FIVE CENTS A DAY to legitimize my play and make me a proud member of the International Red Hat Society – the world’s largest playgroup for women.

8. Because, just as I would resent people pretending to be a member of my family in order gain access to a family celebration, I understand why ladies that are supporting members of the RHS may resent my wanting to attend their events.

9. Because, though when I started hatting many years ago and was not required to pay dues I now acknowledge that the RHS has evolved to the point where support for members (membership packages, 1-800 phone number, web site, etc.) now mandate that membership dues are needed to ensure the ongoing operation of the organization.

10. Because it is the right thing to do.

How to play a Kazoo~

• Hum into the large opening of the kazoo. (Don’t blow, just hum.)
• The sound comes out the top
• The extra air goes out the small end of the kazoo or the “trumpet” end, if you have one of those “fancy-dancy” kazoos.
• If you don’t get a sound, try saying a word like “who” in the kazoo.

Kazoo History~

The kazoo is in the family of musical instruments called “mirlitions.”
These instruments make their sound by sympathetic vibration with the human voice.
The sound of your humming voice causes the wax paper resonator to vibrate in the kazoo,
and the shape of the kazoo helps amplify and project the sound.

The 3 H’s of Basic Kazooing~
• Hold the kazoo in the right position for your work
. • Humming is most important, as it is your unique hum that will set your kazooing apart from other artists.
• Hands are used to accentuate the various emotions of the kazoo. Advanced Kazooing
• Play a musical scale (i.e. do-re-mi-fa-so- and so on).
• Play “Happy Birthday.”
• Make a mosquito sound.
• Make the sound of a fast sports car (followed with the sound of a police siren).
• Play Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony.
Kazooing Health/Safety Rules~
• Never stick your kazoo up your nose.
• Do not inhale through your kazoo.
• In subfreezing temperatures, use only plastic model kazoos, since a metal kazoo
could become permanently affixed to lips and/or tongue.
• Use a protective covering to keep your kazoo free of purse/pocket lint and/or belly button fuzz.
• Prevent lip fatigue by adhering to short practice sessions, lengthening sessions
only when muscles have reached “Schwartzeneger-ian” status.

Kazooing Benefits~

Even if you don’t have an ear for music, humming may help keep your sinuses healthy.
A new study shows humming can improve ventilation in the sinuses,
which might reduce your risk of developing sinusitis.

CAUTION: Continued kazoo-ing can be very annoying to spouses, neighbors,
and co-workers… it’s a “kazoo-envy” thing, don’t “ja” know!

Queen Rita

Newton Falls, OH

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