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Fun over 50 still possible, Red Hat Society member says

Bridget Manley

— What do members of the Red Hat Society do?

Anything they want, says Red Hat member Cheryl Bush.

“There’s no goals, no dues, no rules,” she said. “This is just for fun.”

A group with an international following, the Red Hat Society encourages women ages 18 to 100 to enjoy life to the fullest. The Bodacious Babes and the Yampa Valley Red Hat Floozies – both local chapters of the Red Hat Society – live out that calling at both monthly lunch meetings and group activities – or “hoots,” as they call them.

At their monthly meeting on Wednesday, members from both chapters arrived at the Craig Fire Station, wearing the group’s signature hats: pink hats for members younger than 50, red hats for those 50 to 69 and purple hats for anyone 70 years old and older.

While waiting for other members to arrive, they reminisced about past hoots, remembered friends who couldn’t come because of illness, and planned for charitable donations they intend to make for the Christmas for Seniors program.

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Any charitable work they do, however, is strictly voluntary and is not a membership requirement.

After all, there are no rules.

“It’s just what we want to do,” Bush said.

“Girls just want to have fun,” she added. “You can have fun over 50.”

The group takes a laid-back approach to its business affairs.

“When funds run low for stationery, postcards and stamps, everyone kicks in $10,” said Peggie Lawton, queen of the Yampa Valley Red Hat Floozies. The Floozies are an offshoot of its sister Red Hat group, the Bodacious Babes.

Wearing a red cowboy hat with silver conchos and a single purple plume, Jaci Mock, queen of the Bodacious Babes, reminisced about the time three years ago when the group bet on a turtle race.

The ladies’ luck was good, Mock said; they ended up winning more than $1,000. They later used the proceeds to buy a lamb at a 4-H auction and donated it to Sunset Meadows.

Another time, she said, women from both groups – 46 in all – traveled to Denver together to see a play, “Menopause: The Musical.”

Another time, she said, board members from the Boys & Girls Club served them a high tea – which they thoroughly enjoyed, Bush added.

They’ve been invited to high school plays and restaurant grand openings. Wherever they go, they go together.

“I love to get together with the girls,” Lawton said. “We’ve all become pretty good friends.”

“They’re so nice and so giving to the community,” Janet Pearcey said of her elder members. “They just want to have fun.”

Pearcey, one of the groups younger members, still wears a pink hat identifying her as a “baby” in the eyes of her elders. Pearcey waits for her “Reduation” – the day that she’s finally able to don her red hat.

“I’ve got a long way to go,” she said.

Bridget Manley can be reached at 824-7031, ext. 207, or bmanley@craigdailypress.com