Dozens of ladies, with a few of their husbands, gathered at the Lee College Administration building to celebrate fellowship and the 15th Anniversary of the Red Hat Society.
Sporting vibrant scarlet hats, with accents of purple, members of the social club celebrated with a special style show, reminisced with a slideshow and celebrated the leadership, and friendship, of Lynne Foley, who is retiring as senior adult travel manager at Lee College.
Described by “Red Hatters” as the ultimate people person and someone that lights up a room, Foley could only reciprocate the love.
“Special heart felt memories were shared and a lot of hugs and smiles,” Foley said. “I was indeed honored to form this special bond with so many women who were my personal role models over the past 15 years. It was fun to be their ‘queen mom.’”
With 75 Red Hat Society members in attendance Wednesday, coming from Channelview, Crosby, Mont Belvieu, League City and Barrett Station, the advisory board members were presented with special certificates thanking them for their many hours of volunteerism. This included Rosa Soileau, Yslita Brewer, Pat Thomas, Barbara Wilson, Cuba Cook, Linda Ferguson, Sharon Terrell, Jo Ann Lambert, Sandy Williams and Ann Smith.
More than a social club, the Red Hatters bring nonperishable goods to each and every luncheon for donation to the Love Network food pantry and then the Lee College Student Food Pantry. At certain times, Foley said there would be a very large trunk load of items hauled off to the food pantries in town by advisory board member Barbara Wilson.
“The women have been inspirational and motivating sources of energy for me all these years. They know how to share their life experiences and to care deeply for each other,” Foley said. “I have seen those that are blessed with much reach out and sponsor a lady who is hurting or down on her luck just so that all of them can have a nice time together.”
“We are all blessed by each other’s diverse life experiences and faiths and socio economic lifestyles; yet we are all the same,” she added.
The Baytown Chapter of the Red Hat Society host monthly luncheon groups of about 10 to 20 women in the area for fellowship of any woman 50 years of age or older.
The Red Hatters also meet on the Lee College campus at least three times annually for a fun luncheon and style show that offers volunteer opportunities.
For more information call 281-425-6311.