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Red Hat Liberty Bells Court for 2008
Red Hat Liberty Bell 2007 queen and princesses returning for 2008 include, from left, in front, Ardith Herbert, princess of finances and Judy Mobley, queen mother; in back, Sandra Quick and Sharon Putnam, princesses of communications, Bonnie Renfro, princess of events, Nordene White, princess of Memories, Molene Burke, non-returning 2007 princess of communications who was recognized and thanked for her contribution to the chapter in 2007, and Merrilyn Engelhaupt, princess of goodwill, who was dressed in red attire and a purple hat in celebration of her birthday. - photo by Photo provided / Coastal Courier
The Red Hat Liberty Bells Chapter of the National Red Hat Society, now in its fifth year, re-elected Judy Mobley as queen mother for 2008.
She is the first queen to be asked to serve for a second term. Six members of Mobley's court from 2007 will also continue to serve, most in their former capacities. They are Sharon Putnam and Sandra Quick, princesses of communications, Bonnie Renfro, princess of events, Merrilyn Engelhaupt, princess of goodwill, and Nordene White, princess of memories. Ardith Herbert, formerly princess of communications, stepped down.
The group is dedicated to having fun and new experiences as well as visiting interesting places. In an effort to liven things up an additional seven princesses were added. New princesses installed for 2008 were Willene McNair who replaced Burke in communications, Johanna Leach who replaced Herbert in events, Louise Stewart with memories, Faye Chandler, Carol Downs, Ann Jones and Sally West with special activities and programs.
The installation took place at the Low Country Café in Eulonia on Feb. 4 with 33 Bells, including former queen mothers Kay Huskey and Joyce King in attendance.
The new princesses of special activities and programs have already made their mark by getting together a group to attend the recent Southern Women's Show in Savannah. Another group attended the "Hooray for Hollywood" musical at the Savannah Theatre on Feb. 23.
The next activity planned is a hat decorating contest for the March luncheon. Hats will be judged in two styles, "Easter bonnets" and "April fools hats" at the April luncheon and prizes awarded.
The society was born in California in 1988 by Sue Ellen Cooper and several of her friends. Inspiration for the society was the poem, "Warning," by Jenny Joseph depicting older women wearing purple clothing with a red hat even though they know the colors aren't normally worn together.
Red hatters must be at least 50 years of age.
Other events the Bells may chose to participate in this year include; Decades of Sparkle, the society's 10th anniversary convention in Orlando, June 19-23; "Red Hat Family Reunion" at Jekyll Island, May 2-4, theme is "Blue Hawaii (Red Hat style);" and "Hoots, Haunts & Hats," Oct. 10-13, in Savannah.
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