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Red Hat Society International Convention August 2-5, 2018

Red Hat Society Hierarchy

The Red Hat Society is an international organization of women who emphasize the fun in aging by wearing red hats with purple outfits, and participating in exciting and joyful events that enrich their lives and create bonds among its members. The Red Hat Society has a hierarchy that runs their sisterhood.

The highest in the hierarchy is the "Queen Mother" of the Red Hat Society. The title came about as the Queen Mother and founder, Sue Ellen, jokingly referred to herself as this. The title caught on, and now Sue Ellen's title is the Queen Mother. Other chapters' leaders are similarly known as Chapter Queens. The chapter Queen carries much responsibility in creating the chapter through its registration and may go on to plan the group's activities. However, the Chapter Queen may elect someone else to take on this responsibility. The Chapter Queen has the great honor of taking on any name she sees fit based on her personality and the event that she is attending. When attending a Tea, for example, she may ask the members to address her as "Tea Party Queen" for the day. Co-Queens may be appointed, but they do not receive the same recognition and honor that the Chapter Queens do.

The rest of the Red Hat Members respect their Chapter Queen and the ideals and purposes of the group by always wearing full regalia, red hats and purple outfits, to all Red Hat Society events. The Chapter Queen plays an essential role in the establishment of any Red Hat Society, and honors the Queen Mother by encouraging her members to have fun and keep living by the notion that aging is something to be celebrated!

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Two Red Hatters Decked Out in Red
Two Red Hat Ladies Dressed to the Nines
Four Red Hatters Enjoying the Beach
Red Hatters Living it Up at a Pajama Party
Two Red Hat Ladies Dressed to the Nines
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