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post #1 of 18
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Are any ladies here in the Red Hat Society?

We have a Red Hat Society here, but I'm too young to join as of yet (one day, though!). There is a group for younger gals called the Pink Hat Society, and I'm thinking of joining that.

Just wanted to hear about other people's experiences with these groups before pursuing it more.
post #2 of 18
Amy, forgive a dumb Aussie but what is a Red-Hatter?
post #3 of 18
Thread Starter 
Basically it's like a grown-up sorority for women . They get together once a month or so and drink tea and visit/gossip/work on service projects/have a lot of fun.

Red hatters wear red hats and wear purple suits. Pink hatters wear pink hats and wear lilac suits . It's based on this poem:


"WARNING" by Jenny Joseph

When I am an old woman, I shall wear purple with a red hat which doesn't go and doesn't suit me; and I shall spend my pension on brandy and summer gloves and satin sandals, And say we've no money for butter.

I shall sit down on the pavement when I'm tired
And gobble up samples in shops and press alarm bells.
And run my stick along the public railings
And make up for the sobriety of my youth.
I shall go out in my slippers in the rain
And pick flowers in other people's gardens
And learn to spit.

You can wear terrible shirts and grow more fat
And eat three pounds of sausages at a go
or only bread and pickle for a week

And hoard pens and pencils
and beermats and things in boxes.
But now we must have clothes that keep us dry
And pay our rent and not swear in the street
And set a good example for the children.
We will have friends to dinner and read the papers.
But maybe I ought to practise a little now?

So people who know me are not too shocked and surprised
When suddenly I am old and start to wear purple.
post #4 of 18
Ah, thanks. Much like our CWA http://www.cwaa.org.au/ . The web site talks about country women but there are branches all over Australia.
post #5 of 18
I'd never heard of it either, but I'm not much of a group-work type of person. I think that's why I like fostering so much, I get to hide in my house with kittens!

It sounds interesting though.
post #6 of 18
Never put much thought into actually joining, Amy...But my mum was buried with her
red-hat pin.

I really love that poem.
Think I will practice that a bit tonight.
post #7 of 18
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Originally Posted by eatrawfish
I'd never heard of it either, but I'm not much of a group-work type of person. I think that's why I like fostering so much, I get to hide in my house with kittens!

It sounds interesting though.
I think it depends on the group. My sister's a member and as far as I can tell they spike their tea with something a bit stronger than lemon! Also most of the groups I've seen are rather smallish, 6-8 ladies or so. About the size group I cold deal with myself.
post #8 of 18
I am not quite old enough to join either group, but I have met many of the ladies in the chapter around here, and they are a hoot. They have such fun together, I almost wish I was old enough to join. They are frequently in the local paper for something or other. Many of them are the wives or widows of retired Marines, and have travelled the world. They have some stories!
post #9 of 18
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Originally Posted by Loveysmummy
Never put much thought into actually joining, Amy...But my mum was buried with her
red-hat pin.

I really love that poem.
Think I will practice that a bit tonight.
Aw Cin, that is really sweet .

Rebecca, that about sounds like the Red Hatters I know down here. They love nothing more than to have a good time- my kinda group!
post #10 of 18
How interesting. Thank you for the enlightenment!

That really is so special, Cin!
post #11 of 18
I would...but I don`t really like tea .....I`d rather do crafts or SHOP! (But would`nt mind being a redhatter if they wanted to do something other than the tea parties!) he he he
Linda
post #12 of 18
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Originally Posted by RoseHawke
I think it depends on the group. My sister's a member and as far as I can tell they spike their tea with something a bit stronger than lemon! Also most of the groups I've seen are rather smallish, 6-8 ladies or so. About the size group I cold deal with myself.
Hehe, I'm REALLY an anti-social curmudgeon, so even that's too many.

Still, tea and good-works doesn't sound too bad.
post #13 of 18
I'm only 47 but, a few months ago, I couldn't resist a beautiful red hat, with a purple satin brim. It looks gorgeous with my purple suit, red satin camisole and red patent-leather pumps.
post #14 of 18
That was one of my Mom's favorite poems. I know she would have LOVED the Red Hat Society, but unfortunately it wasn't around when she was.
post #15 of 18
I have an aunt in the Pink Hat Socioty and one in the Red Hat Socioty. They love it!
post #16 of 18
I've never heard of it.
post #17 of 18
You can join the Red Hat Society once you turn 50. Before that, you can only wear the pink hat and lavender dress. And what I've heard about RHS is that the only rule is that there ARE no rules!
post #18 of 18
I've always wondered what the Red Hat Society was. I saw a bunch of them on Oprah once--in the audience--and I see little red hat items everywhere in stores.
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