History

HTC Women's Club is a social group that’s become a community anchor. The origins began on August 24, 2006, when there were just a few homes that had been built at HTC. The trend in those days was for ladies to join or form groups under the umbrella of The Red Hat Society, a nationwide organization that celebrated women age 50 and over. In order to become part of this society someone had to organize the members and monthly activities that brought the women together.

 

On August 24, 2006, Judi Frost invited twenty-one women from the neighborhood to her home for the first meeting of what became a chartered group of the Red Hat Society. The founding officers were – Judi Frost, Rosie Lumetta, Sharon Davidson, Barbara Searcy, Joanne Dwinell, Linda Morgan, Nancy Skeels and Diane Bahrenburg. This board, along with the fourteen additional women in attendance, were the original Hatters!

 

The HTC Red Hats wanted to pull in as many of the women moving into the community as they could. They held monthly gatherings, initially at private homes, and then in the brand new clubhouse, which was built in 2007. They hosted dinners or luncheons, potlucks, dancing events, variety shows, and more. Christmas, Easter, Independence Day, St Patrick’s Day, and member birthdays, were all celebrated in the beginning.

 

As time went on, the neighborhood and the Red Hat organization grew. Friendships formed and the personal interests and passions of members were recognized. This is what led to many of the benevolent projects still happening today. For example, the first Reading Literacy activities were launched with local schools, and still continue today. Advocates from Denver Health, Beads of Courage, Community Food Banks, Hospice care, the Glory Community supporting disabled adults, and the Wild Animal Sanctuary were just a few of the groups that came to speak. Several of these exposures resulted in on-going programs to benefit non-profit organizations and worthy causes.

 

In 2010, a decision was made to break from the Red Hat Society and to change the name to the HTC Hatters. The separation was approved on October 10, 2010.

 

The membership decided that our name should be changed again in 2019 and the new name, "HTC Women's Club," was approved on May 27, 2019.

 

With today’s membership well over 360, the activities have changed, but the purpose is still the same –- to bring together women in the community, have fun, and to support charitable causes that benefit both our local community and the larger community around us.

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