The Red Hat Society came into being when an act of kindness between friends blossomed into a bond of laughter and understanding that now stretches into 30 countries.
Based on the humorous aspect of female aging the Red Hat Society promotes fun and friendship between women over the age of 50. Wearing red hats and purple outfits small local groups of ladies meet for tea, dinner, or other social events.
Laughter is the prime ingredient of these gatherings and it is all for the sake of entertainment, companionship, and understanding for women as we age.
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History of The Red Hat Society: It Began With a Friendly Gesture
Sue Ellen Cooper is the founder of the society and this women's group really did begin quite by chance. While on vacation Sue Ellen discovered an attractive red hat at a thrift store and as the price was very reasonable she purchased it on the spot.
A couple years later she discovered a poem about a red hat and it struck her as the perfect combination. The poem was "Warning" by Jenny Joseph and it was a lighthearted look at women as they age.
The gift of a red hat and a poem was to be the beginning of this society of women.
Sue Ellen decided to give a gift of a vintage red hat and a copy of the poem to a close friend so she could also share in the enjoyment of this ironic matching. Her friend loved the gift so much that Sue Ellen repeated the giving of this gift to other female friends.
On a lark the friends decided to meet for tea wearing their red hats and accessorizing these with purple clothing just as the poem suggested that elderly women are prone to do. It was the beginning of a society for women that they could not at the time have even begun to imagine. It has become a symbol of friendship and understanding.
The Poem Warning by Jenny Joseph
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It is a Unique Club for Senior Ladies Who are 50 or Older
The Red Hat Society encourages ladies who are 50 and over to join their membership but there are also some women who are younger who attend as well.
It is simply a group to encourage a love of living and laughter among women as they age.
Using Jenny Joseph's poem as a guide for their dress the members are encouraged to wear a red hat and to dress in the color purple. Women members who are under 50 are asked to wear pink hats to accent their lavender colored clothing.
Fashionable, romantic, and delightfully reminiscent of a past era this is a group that promotes friendship among women. Don a red bonnet and take a step into this delightful social women's club. To learn more about the Red Hatters please visit the Red Hat Society official website: www.redhatsociety.org/
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