When Oregon's first Red
Hat Society chapters began in January 2001, we started with about nine
chapters. Now, 20 months later, we're up to at least 58 chapters and
still growing. Many of the queens in the Portland metropolitan areas
know each other, but were eager to meet the queens who were farther away
in Southern, Central, and Eastern Oregon, plus the lucky queens lived on
the Oregon coast.
Thirty Red Hatters,
including two vice queens, filled the tea room with red and purple
laughter as we shared stories and came up with ideas for future
events. We toasted Exhalted Queen Mother Sue Ellen Cooper for
starting all this fun, and offered another toast to Queen Alyce Cornyn-Selby
for getting it rolling across Oregon. Unfortunately, neither of them
were able to attend today's tea.
At least twelve queens
went home with a door prize, including red and purple flowers donated by
Kathleen and Ed, the wonderful owners of Julia's Tea Room.
(Photos by Queen Jill
the Crimson Crones, and Suzy of the Ruby Tuesdays)