The Mason Scarlet Punchers submit frequent articles to the News about their many and varied activities. In the course of that reporting, they frequently refer to themselves as the Mason "Red Hat Society." It appears that is an erroneous statement.
The News was contacted by the head of public relations for the national Red Hat Society asking that the local group cease and desist from using the name unless they pay membership dues and join the official society. They also asked that the News clarify the matter for our readers.
I contacted Lenore Newsom, author of the most recent Scarlet Puncher articles, and her response follows.
It has come to the attention of the Scarlet Punchers (who mistakenly thought they were members of the Red Hat Society) a bunch of tennis-shoe-wearing women “of a certain age,” that we are not, as we thought, innocent, law-abiding citizens!
The Mason Red Hatters (all 19 of us, on a good month) have infringed on, and may have even insulted, the “real” Red Hat Society, and, by not coughing up $20 apiece ($39 for “queen” status) we are, in fact, outlaws! This is the most thrilling thing ever to happen to the Mason Red Hatters - word search and pot luck lunches are usually more our speed!
However, so as not to offend a national organization with, no doubt, deep pockets and strong legal support, we will NEVER call ourselves the Red Hat Society again! Pinkie swear! Not the fault of the Mason County News! We were acting independently, shooting from the (artificial titanium) hip, as it were!
Sorry again! Our bad! Etc. Give some old ladies a break, will you?