On Dec. 14 the Red Hat Hotchkiss Ladybugs chapter threw a party at the Old Mad Dog Cafe in Crawford. During the party, chapter members held a "reduation" ceremony, similar to a graduation, of Mollie Young from a Pink Hatter to a bonafide Red Hatter in honor of her turning 50. The party was hosted by Gigi Deegan. Red Hatters also celebrated Christmas.
In addition to Young and Deegan, in attendance were Queen Carole McDaniel, Vi Jeffrey, Sue Sidebottom, Bonnie Eisenberg, Mary K. Eversman, Sandi Median and Beverly Owens. The Red Hats are an international society and playgroup created to connect like-minded women, make new friends and enrich lives through the power of fun and friendship. Members 50 and older wear red hats and purple clothing, while those younger than 50 wear pink hats and lavender clothing.
Queen Carole recited this poem while putting a red hat, a gift from the chapter, on Mollie's head and draping a purple shawl over her pink and lavender pink hatter clothes.
"No longer is 50 a birthday to dread
But cause for celebration instead.
And so we salute a former Pink Hatter
as we proudly exclaim that Red Hatters matter.
Now gather ye round and join hand in hand,
and ask that our sister, Mollie, please stand
as I carefully lift her pink hat from her head
to replace it today with a chapeau of red.
We shall drape purple over her shoulder, the color we wear as we grow older.
Reduation complete, we announce that Mollie's ready to come with the big girls and play!"