Sharon Sims was the first woman to join the Red Hat Society and form a Red Hat Chapter in Georgia, the Red Hat Classics of Augusta. After attending a convention in another state, she sent an Email to the then-54 GA chapters seeking someone to organize a state-wide convention of our own. Seventeen Queens responded, but only one stepped forward to organize it.

That someone was Helen Naismith, Queen of the Mountain Laurel Ladies of Hiawassee. She felt the ladies would enjoy visiting her beautiful alpine village in the North Georgia mountains during the fall season. Joined by Sha Sims and Lee Tittle, Queen of the Red Hat Mamas, she set about the task of establishing not a convention per se, but a weekend of fun-filled activities. She named the event the George Red Hat Jubilee, having attended Queen Elizabeth's Silver Jubilee celebration.

Hiawassee Jubilee

The first GA Jubilee was held in Sept. 2003 at the rustic Chatuge Lodge high on a ridge overlooking the sparkling waters of Lake Chatuge's 7,500 acres bordering GA and NC. That first weekend included dinner on the terrace provided by the Culinary Dept at No. GA Technical School, High Tea, PJ breakfast, pontoon boat rides on the lake, and a private Oktoberfest in Helen. One of the highlights of the evening was doing the Chicken Dance to music by the German Oompah Band.