Ravenna: Thea King gets birthday honor ... Made an honorary member of Netherlands Red Hat Society
By Marchaè Grair Record-Courier staff writer A local branch of the Red Hat Society recently honored member Thea King for her 70th birthday on June 28 at San Francisco Oven Restaurant in Hudson. King, a resident of Ravenna but a native of Holland, received an honorary membership to the Netherlands Red Hat Society, becoming the first Ohio resident to have such an honor. King's brother, Hans Drayer, came from Holland with his wife to present the membership as a tribute to his sister. "The presentation was wonderful, especially because my brother surprised me," King said.
The event was organized by King's daughter and Red Hat member Lynda Lamp for King's birthday on July 3."Lamp did almost all of the work via computer and my brother made connections with some of the international members in Holland," King said. "They sent gifts, and a certificate." King also received a new red hat with real Dutch lace. The Red Hat Society is a club for women 50 and older who want to be part of a "dis-organization," according to the club's official Web site. Its main goal is for its members to have fun and be surrounded by other spirited women. The dress code is the source of the club's name. "We all wear red hats unless it's our birthday," King said. "During our birthday months, we're supposed to wear purple hats, and if you're less than 50 years old, you cannot wear either. You wear pink hats." King's local chapter is the Cruisin' Red Hatters of Stow, where she is known as "The Duchess of the Netherlands." She enjoys being in the Red Hat Society, especially with a member close to her heart. "My daughter also joined, and it was a wonderful opportunity to do