END OF YEAR CELEBRATIONS
What a fabulous time was had by
all when the Roving Rubies of the Central Coast celebrated the end of another
fun-filled year at the Xmas Party this week - not one complaint about the food
- everyone raved about the 3 courses - phew!
Newly acquired friends, Mrs
Brown and Beau joined in to get the ladies laughing, singing and dancing, just
what a Xmas party needs. Everyone took on the Lemon Challenge.
Queen Lilimarlene has issued an invitation for Thursday 14th March for St Pats celebrations to be held at the Honeysuckle Hotel situated on the Lee Wharf, Newcastle. All welcome. Wear a touch of green and bring some Irish jokes. Need to book direct with Shaun, the Manager (see details on Events page). Easy access by train and the light rail should be in action.
Irene was accredited for the great
job in organising the Scarlet Women’s Christmas Lunch held at the Kew Hotel. With
only 2 women absent, it was their best roll up for a while.
There was lot of fun with the
Kris Kringle. Amazingly when you have a set budget, that there were no 2 gifts
the same. Some women have a lot of imagination putting their gifts together.
The group has marked their calendars for the January gathering at Miss Nellies at Kendall.
Shirley has taken on the task of arranging the luncheon.
RED’N PURPLE RAGERS
The room looked fabulous decked
out in red, silver and gold, with a fabulous array of raffle prizes for the
Ladies arrived in a variety of
attire from their regular red and purple hats and outfits to some very creative
Christmas hats and outfits. On her arrival, Jen Speedy (GoGo Red Girls) had a
special little Santa hat which played “I just Wanna Dance” to which she
proceeded to do a wild dance for QM
Julie – keeping others around – including bar staff nearby – entertained and
laughing – what a fun lady.
The ladies were not disappointed
in this great annual event, - great food – wine and company and music supplied
by “The Man of Man Hats – Billy Guy”. As a special treat, QM Julie had arranged
for Lily M Hats – who supply hats all around the world, but live close by – to
have a supply of hats for sale (now the ladies can’t say “I can’t find a red
hat to buy”) plus a lovely “Hat Parade” followed with 7 Ragers showing off some
beautiful creations. Brenda, Mary and Kylie – milliners – were kept busy with
ladies at their area and also signing up ladies for classes – Brenda runs
classes on “How to Make your Own Hat” plus maybe “reinvent an old one”. If you would
like to contact her to arrange to attend a class – maybe make up a group as fun
outing, please contact QM Julie – email@example.com
for more information.
Julie also spoke on her hope that
ladies will put aside the last Friday in July each year to attend Aussie Red
Hat Day – she says – “The most important day of the year for Red Hatters as
this is a tribute to the late Supreme Matriarch of Australia – Florence
Slattery – who first brought the concept to Australia” – information will be
posted on matildarose2 in the near future for the event in 2019.
If you think that you would like
to join in the fun next year – it is usually an ‘invitation only affair’ please
feel free to contact Julie to have your name and contact put on her invite
Information and registration forms for the Mackay Sugar Babes Gaggle in August 2019 was made available and many advised their interest in attending plus a flyer for the 2020 Girlfriends Giggle was also there for all ladies, with contact for registering for that event.
More photos are available on the Gallery.
the Red Hat Tropicana’s and the Red Hat Glad-A-Bouts joined for the Christmas
Luncheon at the Camelot in Gladstone. Thirty ladies attended and were ready for
a day of fun, which included a large raffle, photos and a table for the ladies
to place their secret Santa and another table for their decorated handbag.
Margaret and Alicia decorated the tables beautifully, with surprise presents
for each of the ladies and guests.
MC, Sandie took
everyone through the program. Starting with seating arrangements thought out by
Antoinette. Next, the Polish Tradition of breaking a wafer with another lady
and wishing each other health and happiness for the New Year, which the group
have taken on and is popular. Vice Queen Jan lead all in the saying of their
pledge, and Queen Linda welcomed everyone and thanked all her ladies for the
tasks they have taken on to make this day a success. Meryl said Grace and ladies
started with desserts first. In between Kim played games, one of which ladies
had to place a paper plate on their head and she gave directions of what was to
be drawn onto this plate. Well, abstract art is what was achieved and lots of laughter.
Queen Linda questioned: “You would think we could draw on a plate on our head
at our age wouldn’t you?”
Colleen from the
Glad-a-bouts read a beautiful Christmas Poem, and also the Glad-a-bouts donated
a wonderful lucky door prize which was wanted by all in attendance.
Susan’s task of
best decorated handbag, drew in some excellent entrants including a naughty Santa
one. Jo the manager had the job of selecting the winner, thank goodness as it
was very hard to judge.
after the special bib, which Alicia made so lovingly, which is used when ladies
have an accident. They are called upon
to pop it on, pay a small fine and get a photo taken and then wear the bib
backwards to keep it clean. Needless to say firstly they try very hard not to
spill or drop anything BUT Jean has an eagle eye as well as Red Hatters tend to
tell on each other with glee. Soooo, Dribbler Of The Year, where one lucky lady
that has adorned the bib through the year and worn it the most, won a special
badge to pin to her sash. There was also a photo wall of all the wearer’s of
the bib to add to the day. Jean gave everyone the day off for the recent
were 2 Mrs Santa Claus’s this year, as it a very demanding job. The Chapter
have a Secret Santa where ladies write down 3 items they would like up to the
grand amount of $10. That takes some doing, but as this is their second year they
are getting better at the task. Names are added on the paper which is placed
into a jar and sent around whereby every ladies pulls out a name who then buys
for and wrap ups the gifts for the name she has drawn. Very interesting.
announcing of the raffle which Pam and Jean worked very hard on putting
together, and coffee and Christmas cake eaten, and tidying up attended, ladies
made their way home. BUT look out next year, as they can only get better.
Queen Linda send Hugs to everyone and the RED HAT TROPICANAS wish every Red Hatter a HAPPY CHRISTMAS!!!!
GALA – WA
The following article refers to the recent Gala celebrations held to acknowledge and support the continuation of all things good about red hatting provided by Babs of Forresfield (Fabulous Foxy Frivolettes).
You may have heard of the movie "The Power of One", and although that movie was set in another time and country, WA Red hatters have their own "Power of One" story.
This event was birthed 15 years ago when Beverley Fussell first heard about a group of "mature" women getting together to have fun. It was her vision to see women throughout Western Australia form Red Hat groups to "age disgracefully" and have as much fun and adventure as life can hold.
Ably supported by her daughter, Kerry Fussell, along with Val Ryan, Ruth Patterson, Coral Loxley, Jossie Bright, and Elizabeth Miller this small group of intimate and daring friends began an adventure of a lifetime. Under Bev's leadership these amazing ladies have been trail-blazers and laid a path for us to follow. Because of Bev, Kerry, and all the Red Hatters who have shared their time and talents with us, our lives have been enriched and changed forever.
In Bev's words the Red Hatters of WA has "grown beyond my wildest dreams and imagination". With over 80 chapters and several thousand members, we say a huge THANK YOU. We Love you and honour you for following your dream and vision.
We also pay tribute to those Hatters who have passed to their eternal reward but will always have a place in our hearts, they have inspired us, and left us with fond memories.
Thank was extending to the Queens for their support and to the "Gala Committee" who have spent the last 12 months putting this event together; i.e. Bev Beverley Fussell, Kerry Fussell, Heather Fife, Helen Herbert, Elaine Holmes, Caren McLaren and Babs (Barbara Aramowicz).
And last but not least thank you to the 270 ladies who attended and made this wonderful evening so much fun.
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A LITTLE HELPER FOR XMAS
The Dames Down Under gathered for morning coffee at the Once’n’Again Book Café, with the help of Zina, Czarina of Amberlee. They had a happy couple of hours there, enjoying the different venue and all it had to offer.
Special guest for their Christmas Lunch at the Buckingham Arms was Darby, the grand-daughter of Kathryn, Countess of Cornwall. Princess Darby gave out the Kris Kringle gifts. And received a special one for herself also!
The chapter will meet for their last gathering for 2018 for their usual morning coffee in Gay’s Arcade.
FRIENDS GATHER FOR LUNCH
Queen Lilian reports that 40 ladies had a fantastic day when they turned up for a luncheon in Melbourne and then proceeded to the Crown Casino to look at the Christmas Spectacular of lights, mega-decorations, and lifelike Christmas critters - that come to life every half-hour. Spontaneously they decided to sing a Christmas Carol for all people there. They chose to sing jingle bells and there was applause and many photos taken from the audience.
The next function planned is high tea at the Victorian Parliament. Currently there are 50 ladies on Queen Lilian’s list.
The Tagalong Divas is a very suitable name, as it is all about friends gathering for lunch and friendship. Their goal is to enjoy each other's company and welcome national and international guests to the city of Melbourne.
HIGHLAND HIGHNESSES ACTIVITIES
The Highland Highnesses hosted an inter chapter
concert in November in the Kalamunda Performing Arts Centre.
This was a wonderful afternoon of friendship, fun
and frivolity with over 160 Red Hatters in attendance and over 20 items
supplied by 11 chapters. There was a great variety of entertainment
including songs, a piano recital, skits, poems, stand-up comedy, an accordion
player, jokes, and dancing.
Ladies were amazed at the huge amount of talent within
the Red Hat sisterhood. All the chapters involved went to a great deal of
trouble and expense with their costumes and props.
A delicious boxed afternoon tea was provided by the
The stage manager and production director, Elaine
Holmes, did a wonderful job in getting all performers onto the stage in the
correct order and kept things running smoothly; whilst the MC, Helen Herbert,
kept the audience entertained during the breaks between items.
Queen Heather extends her thank to all participating chapters for their items and for making this inaugural concert such a great success. There has been so much positive feedback that it will definitely be repeated at some time in the future.
The Chapter was also recently treated to lunch at Parliament House by their two local members from Forrestfield and Kalamunda, Matthew Hughes and Stephen Price.
A luxury coach was laid on to transport the red hatters to the venue where they were met by two gentlemen who escorted them into the executive dining room where they enjoyed a delicious three course meal with flowing wine. They were then taken into the Parliament to view Question Time which was a real eye-opener with members from both sides of the house shouting and insulting each other.
A most interesting and enjoyable day was had by all.
The Ritzy Red Hatz enjoyed lots of activities during
The chapter’s night group enjoyed an evening at the Ceylon Inn in Redcliffe sharing each other’s company and some great food.
Every year a small group of
the RRRH’s go to Make it Hobby and Craft where they are helped to design
a new Christmas fascinator. They have a great time feeling creative while
enjoying morning tea. The talented owners of the craft shop are always so
helpful and the ladies come away with something new to wear for
The Ritzi Red Hatz monthly Hatter Chatter was held at Café Ape, which is a new venue for the group. There is lots of space for everyone and the owners are very welcoming. There is lovely food, great coffee and the cafe has a really good vibe. The red hatters really enjoy their Hatter Chatter where they sing their special song and generally get to know each other while finding out what future activities are being planned. It’s the meeting you have when you are not having a meeting, relays Queen Carol.
The final activity of the month was the Teddy Bears Picnic about which Dorothy wrote the following article for the RRRH/s news - she said it so well it is being presented now on MR2:
"Ritzy Red Hats had a delightful Teddy Bears picnic in Redcliffe. Beautiful setting in a park by the sea in Scarborough, Redcliffe. Weather was perfect. Each of us had a Teddy bear story! It was hilarious!
Queen Nettie and Queen Marlene joined us from the other groups.
You've got travelling teddies that go cruising, teddies that grew up with their owners (one has lost a leg), teddy that changed sex (started as a girl and ended up as a boy), teddies that go twinning, teddy from a Rescue Shelter, mine started off as a rabbit skin coat, etc etc. Lol!
Lovely company, lovely food and lovely beach."
Some of the Ritzi Red Hatz also attended Queen Marivi and her Round Table's 4th birthday where they met up with other friends as well and generally enjoyed celebrating with the lovely chapter’s special celebrations.
View more photos on the RRH's album on the gallery
Rum City Reds gathered at the Melbourne Hotel Function room in November for the Crowning of the new Queen Lynne and Induction of new members to the Chapter.
Outgoing Queen Lucy performed the Crowning Ceremony. Both she and Vice Queen Theresa have stepped down and have new titles and positions.
Newly crowned Queen Lynne appointed Sharon as her Vice and Margaret was reappointed as Vice Queen (photography being her Vice).
Queen Lynne and Vice Queen Sharon were wished a long and happy reign.
Flowers and gifts were given to the Royal ladies from Queen Lynne and Outgoing Queen Lucy, who’s many years as Queen has been greatly appreciated.
The Induction Ceremony was held for 7 new members and 3 returning members. It was great to see their return. Instead of them all reading out the Warning poem, Queen Lynne gave them a couple of lines each to act out. Florence getting the Oscar for her acting. They received their badges and a gift bag of "Important Necessities".
Queens past and present and some of the visiting chapters, BRATS and Ladies in Red had their photograph taken.
It was a lovely evening full of fun and frivolity not to mention food, with desserts first!
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