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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
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
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
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