When this article was published in out print edition on Feb. 5, we incorrectly tagged the queen of the Frolicking Fancies group in Greenwood as Frances String. We were close on two counts: the error made it through the spell checker and we were close just because we were really, really close. In fact the queen of the Frolicking Fancies is Francine Stringer. We sincerely apologize for the error.
It was a bright and colourful affair as the sun came out to shine on the three Boundary-area Red Hat Ladies groups as they met for lunch at the Motherlode Icecream Bistro & Galleria in Greenwood last Friday.
Membership in the Red Hatters means having to abide by only a few rules – you have to be over 50, you have to wear a red hat and you have to have fun.
If you are younger than 50 but are still willing to wear a hat and go along with the have fun rule then you can wear a pink hat and join in all the fun.
The Red Hatters have been active in the Boundary for over a decade now. The Grand River Rubies from Grand Forks were the first. They now have 24 or 25 members. Their queen is Karen Radford and vice queen is Gail Nelson. The Rubies meet monthly on the first Wednesday at 7 p.m. at the Grand Forks library.
According to Radford there are national organizations of Red Hatters in both Canada (known as the Crown Jewels) and the United States (the Red Hat Society) but none of the three Boundary-based groups are affiliated.
The Frolicking Fancies group hails from Greenwood with 14 or 15 members. The queen is Francine Stringer and vice-queen is Shirley Mui. They meet on the third Monday of each month at 1 p.m. at Shirley’s house.
The String of Pearls is based in Midway. They boast 12-15 members. Linda Thibault is their queen and Jan Kohlhauser their vice-queen. They don’t have a regular meeting schedule, but meet monthly at a pre-arranged location for a lunch or other fun outing.
All three groups shared the same message – that new members are welcome all the time.