Mayor proclaims Red Hat Society Day in Brazil
Thursday, May 21, 2015
By FRANK PHILLIPS, Times Reporter

Along with Memorial Day, Monday will be celebrated as Red Hat Society Day, which was proclaimed by Mayor Brian Wyndham on Thursday.

“We all have women in our lives who inspire us, mothers, sisters, grandmothers, aunts, girlfriends or co-workers who give of themselves and who should be recognized and honored for their dedication, love, humor, and unselfishness among many other important life values” stated a portion of the proclamation.

Wyndham commented on that statement.

“It’s an honor for us to do a proclamation,” he said. “We do appreciate you. When we talk about women and how they’ve been important in our lives, I can attest to that. My mom was a very big inspiration and still is to me. Not just in raising me as a son, but in business. She is the one who brought me into the business world and taught me a lot of the things I know.”

The local Society is comprised of five chapters: The Clay Belle Red Hatters, Forever Friends, Brazil Red Hat Divas (they claim to be the first Red Hat Chapter in the county, chartered in May, 2002 as the Red Hat Bombshells and renamed the Red Hat Divas in 2004,) Chapeau de la Rouge, and Red Bonnet Babes.

The mayor also said that there are many challenges in the mayor’s office but he enjoys doing proclamations like the one for the Red Hat Society.

“This makes it all worthwhile. I get to do the fun stuff,” he said.

The Red Hat Society is a social organization originally founded in 1998 in the U.S. for women age 50 and beyond, but now open to women of all ages.

As of 2011, there were over 40,000 chapters in the United States and 30 other countries.