Join The Hat Ladies

Throw your hat in the ring and choose one of the following options:

1.  Join The Hat Ladies of Charleston

Come together with Ladies from as far North as Pawleys Island, as far West as Huger, Orangeburg, and Walterboro as far South as Summerville, Seabrook, and Edisto. Carpooling can be arranged.

Send $35.00* check for annual dues payable to "The Hat Ladies" to 805 Heyward Cove, Charleston, SC 29412. Include your email address!  *Includes a copy of The Joy of Hats

If you don't have an email, include your fax number.

If you don't have a fax number or email address, please find a friend or relative to whom weekly newsletters can be sent. 

2.  Join as an Associate Member (Hat Lady at Large)

Enjoy the prestige and experience the self-esteem of being a Hat Lady without living in Charleston. Help associate hat wearing with volunteering and bring back the hat!  Receive all newsletters, attend The Hat Ladies functions when visiting Charleston, advertise on the Hat Ladies website and newsletters.

Send $35.00* check for annual dues payable to "The Hat Ladies" to 805 Heyward Cove, Charleston, SC 29412.  *Includes a copy of The Joy of Hats

3 Become a Chapter Coordinator and form The Hat Ladies of (Your Town).    "The Hat Ladies" is a legally protected entity.  I am haTpy to share the joy of having a chapter via consultation and a "How to" Manual for the cost of $500.00.  It is easy to recoup this cost through membership dues. 

Please understand, however, that the value of heading a Hat Ladies chapter comes from "fame, not fortune."  The amount of recognition one receives as a member (or coordinator) because of the community outreach done while wearing beautiful hats is both rewarding and priceless.  Contact me at to start the process.

In addition to  The Hat Ladies of Warwick, NY; Carol Ann Cesare, Coordinator;

The Hat Ladies of Wilmington, NC, was established December 2018, Babi Doerrer, Coordinator, Click HERE for photos of the Inaugural Luncheon.

4. Incorporate an existing hat club as an affiliate

Existing groups of ladies who love to wear hats of all colors are invited to contact Archie, The Top Hat, at, to explore ways to become a Hat Ladies "affiliate."  Hats bring people together, and together we can make a difference in the world of fashion and the world, in general. The cost is $200.00. Contact me at to start the process.

For points 3 & 4, please understand:

Chapters canNOT be established without the express permission of The Top Hat, Archie Burkel. The Hat Ladies is a limited liability corporation (LLC), and its name, logo, and format have been trademarked.

Then please read the following sections to determine if being part of The Hat Ladies LLC is, indeed, in our mutual best interest

Who Are We?

wHAT We Stand For

Who Are You?     

wHAT You Do Next

Although a genuine love of hats is at the very heart of being a Hat Lady, it is our volunteerism (while wearing those hats) that sets us apart from other hat-wearing, fun-loving groups.  Therefore, if "Fashion AND Compassion," "Camaraderie AND Community Service" are priorities in your life, we'd love to have you in ours.  Remember: there's "hat" in "HeArT."  Hat by hat we CAN make a difference!

wHAT is Expected of a Hat Lady

wHAT are the Benefits of Being a Hat Lady

wHAT it Means to be a Hat Lady

The Principle upon which The Hat Ladies is founded:

The Hat Ladies are Ladies of all ages and backgrounds, brought together by their love of hats, in a spirit of camaraderie and community service. Theirs is a message of "fashion and compassion, for there's "hat" in HeArT!

One Lady recently wrote, "There is so much pleasure in being a Hat Lady."  Another wrote "Words Describing a Hat Lady:  Elegant, fashionable, total package, friendly, witty, welcoming, cultured, intelligent, sensitive, sociable, giving, sympathetic, generous, interesting, caring, zest for life, well-traveled, informed."

 wHAT others have said:

The Accolades from the Community        

  The Reflections of Being a Hat Lady        

The Fun, Fellowship, and Self-Esteem of being a Hat Lady

The Meaningful Component of being a Hat Lady     

The Experiences of being a Hat Lady

The Universality of being a Hat Lady

It has been said, "The spirit of The Hat Ladies should be a model for post 911 times."

Hats bring people together. 

wHAT could be better than tHAT!


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