STOP THE RUMOURS.
There is a lot of inaccurate information floating around. This is what the RHS has said in official broadcasts and posted on the QMB.
QUEENS BROADCAST May 14 2009 (click <--- to read the statements sent to all Queen Mothers)
RHS Comments in simple terms
Rules as they stand until December 2009 - Who Can Call Themselves a Member of the Red Hat Society
A note from the Legal Department of the RHS said:
We certainly do expect chapters and members to pay dues to belong to RHS. It's a nomimal fee andanyone who does not participate (by paid membership), but pretends to be part of Red Hat Society, is in violation of our intellectual property and other rights of RHS.
In English that means: anyone / group that represents themselves as part of Red Hat Society, but is not registered with RHS, could be liable for legal action. That includes dressing as a hatter, acting like a hatter, calling oneself / the group "red / pink hatters, red / pink hat ladies, etc." If it looks like a red hatter, acts like a red hatter, talks like a red hatter, all are perceived as belonging to the same club - the Red Hat Society.
If they want to continue to play as friends outside of red hatting, no problem. Pick another color, don't wear the red/pink hats, do something else. But don't claim to be RHS if you are not RHS. Dianne/LadyDi, Communications Coordinator, RHS Hatquarters
From: Red Hat Society <EQM@hatquarters.com>
Date: Thu, May 14, 2009 at 9:20 PM
Subject: Revised Queen to Queens Broadcast - 05/14/2009
SUPPORTING MEMBERSHIP DEADLINE EXTENDED
They say that the best things in life are free. I wish that were universally true, but... if it is, why is the Red Hat Society budget so hard to balance? If individual membership remains free (as it was for almost 11 years) the RHS will, before too long, cease to exist. That's not a threat; it's just a fact.
The original deadline for sign-ups was June 1, 2009. Many are aware of this, and the number of those who have already signed up is highly encouraging. It is a wonderful sign that there are, indeed, a whole lot of women out there who believe in the value of the RHS and want to see it survive and flourish for many years to come!
But, judging from the number of recent phone calls and emails to Hatquarters, it's clear that there are still large numbers of Hatters who either don't know about the new membership model or don't thoroughly understand the reason it is absolutely vital. To accommodate them we are extending the sign-up period until December 31, 2009. This will allow plenty of time for every Hatter to learn about the new membership model and make her personal decision regarding her own Supporting Membership.
If you haven't heard about this, or if you still have questions you need answered before you relay this to your chapterettes, there is a review at the bottom of this section, as well as a link to a Q and A section. Click here for FAQ.
Not surprisingly, there are those who are angry (even bitterly angry) about the situation and they have been highly vocal in letting us and the entire membership - know about it. Those of us in leadership at Hatquarters have heard their complaints, loud and clear, and we freely admit that some of the verbal attacks have succeeded in discouraging and disheartening us but only temporarily. We must stay on the course we have chosen if the RHS is to go on, and we shall remain positive in our outlook. Our carefully considered response to these people follows:
REVIEW OF NEW MEMBERSHIP MODEL
The new membership model is simple, consistent, and best of all fair. For her $39 USD yearly fee, each Queen may register her chapter. (Editors Note - Not sure why we now have to continue to pay "for the Chapter" when each individual must purchase a membership but the RHS stated that the Queen must pay $39 for the privilege to call herself the QUEEN) She will receive a printed charter, a special monthly Queen to Queens broadcast, access to online chapter management tools, and all other benefits included in her automatic Supporting Membership as well.
For $20 USD per year, each Supporting Member receives:
The Red Hat Society is all about the four "Fs": Fun, Friendship, Freedom, and Fulfillment. There is a fifth "F" that we haven't discussed: fairness. The fun and friendship meant to be enjoyed by all comes at a cost that should be willingly shared by all. The RHS cannot operate for free; and it is not fair that a small number of Supporting Members should pay for the fun (and public recognition) that all enjoy.
Questions? Please click here for answers.
Let's just get on with all that we have come to love most about the RHS the fun of playing with friends (old and new), the freedom to be yourself, and the support and sisterhood of women who are determined to spread joy and positive vibes wherever they go.
Your support is greatly appreciated. Remember: "Red Hatters Matter!"
CAN CALL HERSELF A "MEMBER" OF THE RED HAT SOCIETY?
who is part of a registered RHS chapter whose information (name, address and
email) has been submitted for inclusion in the Hatquarters database is a member
of the Red Hat Society in the eyes of Hatquarters. With this information we will
know who our members are.
hatquarters has said officially:
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