From July 12-14 The Roaming Red Hat Mamas from the Centerville/Albia Official Red Hat Society Chapter No. 29654 attended the Iowa Red Hat Convention at the Regency Best Western in Marshalltown. This years theme was “Patriotic.”
Those attending were Queen Rose Haskell, Vice-Queen Wanda Robinson, Mary Thompson and Karen Hinote. Greatly missed this year was Sandra Kennelly due to her untimely passing. She was really missed by all the chapter girls and several ladies at the convention.
The weekend started Friday with a welcome event hosted by Marshalltown Central Visitors followed by a great American dinner. Music and dancing was provided by “Smitty and Nualla.”
On Saturday morning the Red Hat pajama breakfast was held where everyone dressed in their Red Hat pajamas. The program was on the “History of Shoes” by Tracy Ostrom and entertainment was by the Marshalltown “M’Tunes.” The afternoon included Yes of Iowa and a writing of their Patriotic Bus. A tea was also held with a program by Jane Baue, “If Teacups Could Talk.”
Also two contests were beginning in which the prizes were a Red Hat centerpiece and the other a Red Hat shoe.
Saturday evening was our big banquet with everyone dressing in their grand glitzy Red Hat attire or red, white and blue glitzy attire. Entertainment was by “Five For One.” The evening concluded with a patriotic pool party with Bingo being a big hit.
Sunday morning, Linda Stone presented a humorous program on her cane called Moses during which everyone enjoyed the farewell ultimate breakfast buffett.
Each of the events included door prizes, tail twisting, readings or poems or memorial tributes to our veterans. Jacobson Photography provided photo services. Patriotic quilts were raffled with proceeds going to the Roundhouse Fund.
One of the most exciting moments was when the Iowa Veterans Bus arrived. It was painted in red, white and blue with a large eagle painted on the side. There was also a special ceremony where the ladies listed the names of their loved ones who were veterans. They read each and every name listed and had a moment of silence for them. For this event, some of the veterans from the Veterans Home in Marshalltown also attended the tea.
All those who attended had a great time and are looking forward to next year’s Red Hat Convention.
There are now four ladies in the chapter and others are welcome to join. Just contact Queen Rose Haskell.