Red Hatters group knows what really matters
There are no officers, no mandatory meetings and no formal dues.
“It’s a disorganization organization,” member Jaci Mock of Maybell said.
But the Red Hat Society is likely the fastest-growing club in Moffat County.
The group, designed for women ages 50 and older, started here iin June when Mock heard about it from a friend. Excited about the prospect, she persuaded other local women to start a chapter here.
Each bought an extra red hat and gave it to a friend whom they thought would be good for the group, and for whom the group would be good.
“It really took off from there,” Mock said.
The Red Hat Society has 32 members and held a call-out dinner for other interested women Thursday evening at the Holiday Inn.
Several women showed up, ready to join in. However, Mock said they will needed to form their own group, because the current one has grown too large. She hass had difficulty finding restaurants in Craig that can accommodate more than 30 people.
“I had no idea that it would grow that fast,” Janis Brown, another founding member, said. “We’ll be a year old in June and we already have to start another one.”
The international organization includes 39,000 chapters with about 1 million members in more than 25 countries including Canada, Australia, Mexico, Japan and Egypt.
Locally, members gather twice a month: once for a scheduled “hoot” and another time for a spur-of-the moment event for anyone who can attend.
The Moffat County chapter rode a float in the fair parade last year, and bet on the turtle races. They bought a 4-H lamb and donated the meat to senior citizens and made trips to the Boys & Girls Club for high tea and Moffat County High School auditorium for the students’ production of “South Pacific.”
Each member wears a red hat and non-coordinating purple outfit. Women younger than 50 can join as well, but they wear pink hats and lavender outfits until they are of age.
“When we’re out wearing our red hats in public, people around us are smiling,” Mock said. “We want everyone to enjoy life.”
April 25 mark’s the society’s birthday, and the local chapter will be making red lampshade hats in celebration.
Each month, three members plan the group’s events.
So the only work involved is a once-a-year scheduling responsibility, which the women say they have fun doing.
Mock said the Red Hat Society isn’t about formality or structure; it’s about celebrating age and friendship.
“Getting older with fun and a good attitude, and getting to do it with other women,” Mock said.
Brown said the members have formed a bond that carries them through difficult times, and encourages them to enjoy the positive ones even more.
“You need friendship as you get older, and you need to build on those friendships,” she said. “Women need to band together, and it’s just fun to do something with the girls.”
For more information about the national society, visit http://www.redhatsociety.com. To join the local chapter, call Mock at 272-3253.
Michelle Perry can be reached at 824-7031 or email@example.com.
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