Last updated 7 oktober 2017 - Verandering ”Nieuws en Kalender”
Red Hat Society in Nederland
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Introduction
It   was   more   or   less   by   accident   that   The   Red   Hat   Society   came   into   being.   It   all   started   when   a   lady   from California   by   the   name   of   Sue   Ellen   Cooper   decided   to   give   her   friend   Linda   Murphy   a   red   hat   for   her   50th birthday,   accompanied   by   the   poem   "Warning"   by   Jenny   Joseph.The   first   sentence   of   that   poem   reads:   "When I   am   an   old   woman   I   shall   wear   purple,   with   a   red   hat   which   doesn't   go   and   doesn't   suit   me…"   In   other   words: Who cares? I don't!                                                                                    
The   gift   was   a   great   success   and   soon   other   friends   were   starting   to   follow   suit. When   Ms. Cooper   and   a   group   of   friends   all   went   out   for   tea   one   day   decked   out   in   purple   clothes and   wearing   red   hats,   The   Red   Hat   Society   was   born. After   a   wave   of   publications   in   the written   press   and   an   appearance   on   the   Today   Show   in   the   U.S   .in   2000   the   Society   took off on a national, and from there International, scale.
           You cannot become a Red hatter, being a      Red Hatter is in you: it's a matter of mind!
At     the     end     of     February     2005     an     article     appeared     in     the     Dutch     newspaper NRC/Handelsblad.    It    was    this    article    that    spurred    the    start    of    the    Society    in    the Netherlands.   Who   would   have   thought   so   many   women   would   be   inspired!   There   are   now more than one million Red Hat members worldwide! At   present   we   have   more   than   100   active   chapters   in   The   Netherlands,   and   surely   there will   be   more   to   follow….   We   are   not   an   organization   with   any   fixed   objective,   and   neither are   we   in   any   manner   a   religious   or   political   organization.   We   have   no   rules,   other   than being   over   50.   In   fact,   we   call   ourselves   a   dis-organization.   Our   only   purpose   is   fun   and friendship   after   50.   Gaining   higher   visibility   for   women   in   our   age-group   and   reshaping the   way   society   views   us   is   an   added   bonus.   Dressing   up   in   splashy   colors   and   donning   a Red Hat is a way of expressing the fun spirit which resides within us.
  Age   is   a   matter   of   mind:   if   you   don't   mind,   it   doesn't   matter!
The   feeling   of   "togetherness",   friendship,   and   just   getting   to   know   others   in   our   age-group   is   an   exciting   and wonderful   experience!   Women   over   50   are   teaming   up!   Not   only   here   in   The   Netherlands,   but   all   over   the planet! We are the Red Hatters! Fantastic! This   site   was   published   due   to   the   tremendous   reactions   after   a   TV   broadcast   at   the   Dutch   public   canal   two at   17   november   2005   covering   the   first   Dutch   national   convention   at   Utrecht.   The   Dutch   Red   Hat   Society   at that   time   was   not   that   huge   and   some   chapters   received   hundreds   of   mails   asking   for   information.   Some Queens   asked   the   question   why   we   do   not   start   a   Dutch   information   page   in   our   own   language   and   so   for everybody in the Netherlands to understand. There   is   no   main   organisation   of   the   Red   Hat   Society   in   the   Netherlands. All   Dutch   chapters   are   members   of the   motherorganisation   in   America.   So   in   the   Netherlands   we   do   not   have   a   superqueen   or   chairman.   All Dutch   queens   are   their   own   boss   in   their   own   kingdom.   This   page   is   not   an   official   page   for   the   red   hat society Netherlands, because an official red hat society Netherlands does not excist. Jenny Joseph's original poem, where it is all about.                   
WARNING When I am an old woman I shall wear purple, With a red hat which doesn't go, and doesn't suit me, And I shall spend my pension on brandy and summer gloves And satin sandals, and say we've no money for butter. I shall sit down on the pavement when Im tired And gobble up samples in shops and press alarm bells And run my stick along the public railings And make up for the sobriety of my youth. I shall go out in my slippers in the rain And pick flowers in other peoples gardens And learn to spit
The original article from NRC/Handelsblad can be found , klick NRC/Handelsblad (Sorry, only in Dutch)