If you’re a woman over 50, there’s no reason for you to ever be lonely. Thanks to the Red Hat Society, there are playgroups for senior women all over the world. Even many rural areas have local chapters.
Founded in 1998, the organization now has tens of thousands of members across the U.S. and in approximately 30 other countries. So, no matter where you live, there’s a good chance there’s a chapter near you.
About the Red Hat Society
The group’s aim is to provide women with plenty of opportunities to engage in pleasant social interaction. In short, the goal is to help older women get out and have fun.
Members come from all walks of life, and thus every chapter is truly unique. In fact, your town may even have more than one chapter. Any woman can be a self-appointed Queen a begin her own RHS Chapter, too.
While the motto is “Red Hatters Matter,” the mantra is to grow old playfully and on your own terms. Plus, you get to wear a cool hat, too.
The poem Warning by Jenny Joseph played a large part in the formation of the Red Hat Society.
“When I am an old woman I shall wear purple; With a red hat which doesn’t go and doesn’t suit me,” Joseph wrote. “And I shall spend my pension on brandy and summer gloves….”
Inspired by Joseph’s words, RHS founder Sue Ellen Cooper found the perfect gift for a 55-year-old friend. It was a copy of the poem and a red hat – and, with it, the suggestion to “grow old playfully.”
Forging New Bonds
While the RHS may help you reconnect with old friends, it can also help you make new ones. The whole purpose of the group is to support and encourage social interaction and bonding. It’s about helping you get the most out of life through the pursuit of freedom, friendship, fun, and fulfillment.
Joining the Red Hat Society is easy, too. You can simply visit the website to sign up as either a Queen or a Member. On the website, you can search for local chapters based on your location.
There’s also an active online community full of supporting members that may or may not belong to local chapters.
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