RED HAT CHAPTERS:
The first public meeting of a new chapter of the Red Hat Society will be at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday at B.C. Davenport's restaurant, 301 Georgia Ave. in North Augusta.
The Red Hat Society is a women's organization that celebrates reaching the age of freedom and independence. Members are usually 50 or older. They include working women and retirees, mothers and matriarchs of society.
The organization was created by Sue Ellen Cooper of Fullerton, Calif. It has chapters in 36 states and several countries.
Most chapters meet weekly or monthly for tea, lunch or entertainment outings. The organization has no purpose except to foster friendship among women. The only rule is that members must wear red hats and purple dresses when they gather in public.
The Red Hat Classics of Augusta chapter has about 20 members and plans to meet at least once a month. For more information, call Carolyn Powell at 863-1835 or Sharon Simms at 278-4377 or send e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Another local chapter - the Red Hat Chili Peppas - is forming in Thomson. That group's first meeting will be Friday. For more information, call Pat Farner at 595-8063 or Brenda Turner at 595-8776 or send e-mail to email@example.com.
For more information about the society, including the location of other chapters, visit the Web site redhatsociety.org.
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