by Dick Kauffman
December 15, 2003
Members of the Rain Drop Chapter:Kay Gundersen, Queen Mother; Lynn Clay, Vice Mother; Sharon Monrean, Social Butterfly; Kim Kondzela, Hystarian; Nancy Kaste, Sergeant in Gloves; Harriett Zerbetz, Anti-Parliamentarian; Licha Kelly-King - Email Female and Banker; Evelyn Bullock; Cherri Peavey; ; Imo Bylund; Elaine Huddle; Lois Munch; Marian Ranniger; Susan Stone; Barbara Mestas; Joan Nugent; Stormie Robinson; Ann Thompson and Carol Johnson... Photo by Dick Kauffman
And Ketchikan's Rain Drop Chapter of the Red Hat Society members are no different when it comes to red hats and purple dresses! These elegant and vibrant Ketchikan ladies dare to mix their reds and purples in a variety of shades and styles and dare to go for the gusto together! And underneath all the frivolity, these ladies adorned in these breathtaking red hats share a bond of affection, forged by common life experiences and a genuine enthusiasm for wherever life takes them next.
Photo by Dick Kauffman
Sixteen of the nineteen members attended Sunday's Christmas party. However, the ladies of Ketchikan's Rain Drop Chapter of the Red Hat Society do meet on a regular basis for tea in their red hats and purple dresses, of course. These ladies embrace life and celebrate the milestone of turning 50 (not the millstone!). Obviously for the observer, fun is foremost and rules are few. In fact according to Ketchikan's Rain Drop Chapter of the Red Hat Society, there is pride in the 'disorganization' of the organization. Why not? After all, life is too short to be taken seriously so go for the gusto together!
One chorus taken from the Red Hat Society's song provides a description of this lively group:
They don't want to change the world.
They just like being together,
They just like being girls.
They like good conversation.
They just like having fun
With a purple dress and a red, red hat
For each and every one.
In the spirit of fun, here's an excerpt from the Rain Drop Chapter's version of the Night Before Christmas:
If she'd just quit singing the Red Hatter song.
All about how she's been such a good wife.
And now it's her turn for the Red Hatted life!
With a tear in my eye I patted his shoulder
And said, " I know buddy, they're nuts when they're older."...
They do have the right idea.
Enjoy yourselves! Whether it's celebrating life by wearing red
and purple or finding comfort in togetherness both bring happiness
- and isn't finding happiness what it's all about.
Kay Gundersen, Queen Mother is pictured on the right.
and on the right is Kim Kondzela, the group's Hystarian.