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A registered chapter of the Red Hat Society
"The Red Hat Society began as a result of a few women deciding to greet middle age with verve, humor and elan. We believe silliness is the comedy relief of life, and since we are all in it together, we might as well join red-gloved hands and go for the gusto together. Underneath the frivolity, we share a bond of affection, forged by common life experiences and a genuine enthusiasm for wherever life takes us next."
- Sue Ellen Cooper, Exalted Queen Mother
The Red Hat Society has become our 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.
The Re-Gals began with coffee and cake at Queen Cynthia's house on May 14, 2002. Six friends responded to her invitation and formed the charter group of the chapter. Initial guidelines were written, but a name was not decided on until the first public event in June. As we walked around the Dallas Arboretum, discussing names, the words "royal" and "regal" were favored. Queen Cynthia's friend Judy from Nashville, Tennessee, said, "How about Re-Gals?" The name was unanimously chosen. We registered the chapter with an official date of June 14, 2002.
Charter Members Cynthia, Joan, Judi, Sharon, Mimi and Etta
at our Dis-Organization Meeting
How The Red Hat Society Started
While visiting a friend in Tucson several years ago, Sue Ellen Cooper of Fullerton, California, impulsively bought a bright red fedora at a thrift shop, for no other reason than that it was cheap and, she thought, quite dashing. A year or two later she read the poem "Warning" by Jenny Joseph, which depicts an older woman in purple clothing with a red hat. Sue Ellen felt an immediate kinship with Ms. Joseph. She decided that her birthday gift to her dear friend, Linda Murphy, would be a vintage red hat and a copy of the poem. She has always enjoyed whimsical decorating ideas, so she thought the hat would look nice hanging on a hook next to the framed poem. Linda got so much enjoyment out of the hat and the poem that Sue Ellen gave the same gift to another friend, then another, then another.
One day it occurred to these friends that they were becoming a sort of "Red Hat Society" and that perhaps they should go out to tea...in full regalia. They decided they would find purple dresses which didn't go with their red hats to complete the poem's image. The tea on April 25, 1998, was a smashing success.
Soon, each of them thought of another woman or two she wanted to include, and they bought more red hats. Their group swelled to eighteen, and they began to encourage other interested people to start their own chapters. (Eighteen women don't fit well around a tea table.) Linda passed along the idea to a friend of hers in Florida, and their first "sibling" group was born.
In July of 2000, Romantic Homes magazine did a story about these two groups, and Sue Ellen began receiving e-mails from other women who wanted to know how they could join the fun. Now the Red Hat Society has chapters in every state of the Union and twenty-five plus countries. RHS has become an international sisterhood. See www.redhatsociety.com for more information about RHS.
Linda & Sue Ellen at the first Red Hat tea, wearing the original hats
that started this whole wonderful Society ~ April 25, 1998.
Sue Ellen with her original hat on display at Smithsonian ~ April 25, 2011
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