Old hats at having good times
WHAT is it about Red Hats, Purple Clothes and having fun?
It's the Red Hat Society, a playgroup for women over 50.
And in Ipswich there are around six Red Hat Society chapters, each operating as a social group with plenty of bling, with the express purpose of getting together with other women and having FUN.
I spoke with Sharmaine Kilpatrick from one of the Ipswich groups, who explained that the statistics show there are many women living on their own in our society.
Becoming a member of the Red Hat Society provides them with an opportunity to meet new people, make new friends and enjoy life.
According to their web site, membership offers benefits of "play, but cannot discredit the deeper, more meaningful benefits of RHS membership - powerful interpersonal connections and emotional support systems built among sisters both online and offline.
We (Red Hat Society members) support one another in every life stage from all corners of the globe! "We are reshaping the way women are viewed in today's culture by promoting not only fun and friendship, but freedom from stereotypes and fulfillment of goals and dreams.
"Fitness is the foundation on which we base healthy, rewarding lives. Red Hat Society naturally promotes positive Hattitudes!"
In Australia, Red Hatting was born in Warwick in November 2000 by Florence Slattery.
Known as 'Queen Florence Slattery' she had visited a friend in the United States who told her about the Red Hat Society.
On her arrival home she gathered a few friends together and started with a morning tea. Since then the Red Hat Society has grown throughout Australia.
In a few days' time Florence will turn 100 years young and she still reigns over her chapter and enjoys going out with the ladies.
Recently many Red Hatters travelled to Warwick to attend Florence's centenary birthday party.
Next month the society holds its convention, or as they call it their 'Giggle', at Caloundra where around five hundred members will attend.
One of the benefits of belonging to this social society is that there are no rules other than you must be over 50 and wear a red had and purple clothes.
Other than that you must be willing to have fun with other members on outings, lunches, dinners, trips and many more events and functions they arrange.
As Sharmaine says - "the Red Hat Society provides the opportunities of making new friends and growing old disgracefully!" To get involved with the Red Hat Society phone Sharmaine on 0419 024 663 or visit matildarose2.com.au.