CSUF Grad Sue Ellen Cooper talks Red Hat Society

It all started with a group of five women who wanted to dress up and meet for a cup of tea. The women, all over the age of 50 and sporting red hats and purple clothing, chose to convene at what is now the Spring Field Banquet & Conference Center in Fullerton.

They playfully made up terms and rules for the group, thinking it would be whimsical to continue to organize gatherings.

The women didn't know it then, but the Red Hat Society's first chapter was established on that April day in 1998. Seventeen years later, there are about 20,000 RHS chapters established worldwide, made up of approximately 70,000 women.

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