National Conference of State Societies                                                             NCSS GOVERNING BOARD MEETING!!
PO Box 70175 * Washington, DC  20024   
                                                                                                                                             Thursday, February 12, 2015 - 6:30PM 
Cherry Blossom Festival Events - April 5-12, 2015                                        Hill Center at the Old Naval Hospital 
                                                                                                                                              921 Pennsylvania Avenue, SE* - Washington, DC 
                                                                                                                                                  *(1 block from the Eastern Market Metro station)   

2015 Princess Papers are Due - FEBRUARY 1, 2015!!!

The 2015 Cherry Blossom Princess Candidate Application Papers are STILL available and in order to get them turned in - in a timely manner, the deadline for Princess Papers has been extended until FEBRUARY 1, 2015!  We have a completely new system this year - so make sure to click on the Princess Program folder in the Menu bar and on the Princess Papers sub-folder. 

We are hoping for 100% participation from our Societies in what will be a centennial year as well celebrate the 100th Anniversary of the Gift of the dogwood Trees from the Untied States to Japan.

If you have someone who would like to be a Junior Cherry Blossom Princess (ages 5 thru 16), the waiver is located in the PRINCESS PROGRAM folder, under the sub-folder listed: Junior Princess Program and it is available NOW as well.

NCSS Festival Events Registration Site is OPEN!!!

Societies received information on January 15, about all the Public Events the 2015 Class of Cherry Blossom Princesses will be participating in and those that can be attended by Society members, friends, family, colleagues, etc.  For all this information and more, including links to Brown Paper Tickets, as well as the downloadable form that you can print and mail into NCSS with a check or money order, click on the EVENTS folder in the Menu bar and on the Cherry Blossom Events sub-folder.  

Sapphire Anniversary Sponsor

 Otsuka America Pharmaceutical Inc (OAPI) is our 2013-2015 Sapphire Anniversary Sponsor

Y.E.S. “Youth Emerging Successfully” Program

The National Conference of State Societies, Cherry Blossom Princess Alumnae and the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments teamed together  to assist 35 young women from the DC, MD, and VA area Child Welfare Program as they prepared to attend college/trade school schools in NoVA.  It was an amazing kick-off in July by we still need YOU to help.  Please click on the link: to find out how you OR your Society can help achieve the goal set by our Alumnae for the Holiday season this year!!  Or, check out the Cherry Blossom Princess Sorority page under the PRINCESS PROGRAM TAB at the top of our website.

2014-2015 NCSS Executive Committee

The 2014-2015 NCSS Executive Committee was voted on and unanimously approved as follows:

President -- William Christian, Texas
First Vice President and Festival Chair -- Suzanne New, Illinois
Vice President, External Affairs -- Isapela Coggins, American Samoa
Vice President, Internal Affairs -- Peter Berlowitz, Nebraska
Vice President, Marketing/Public Relations -- Melissa Mediina, California
Treasurer -- Athena Schritz, Montana
Secretary -- Jason Robinson, Kentucky

Congratulations to everyone!!

NCSS "Best Practices" Workshop for ALL Societies (Saturday, Jan. 31st)

The National Conference of State Societies (NCSS) will be holding its Spring 2015 "Best Practices" Workshop on Saturday, January 31st, from 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM.

ALL STATE AND TERRITORIAL SOCIETIES are encouraged to send a representative.  While a more detailed schedule will follow, topics to be explored include: tax accounting and IRS practices (501c4, 501c3, other); group insurance (Directors & Officers, Liability); website development and social media; fund-raising; and NCSS annual events.

DIRECTIONS: The workshop will be held at the Thelma Martin Community Room, Ground Floor (west of the lobby), 240 M Street, SW, Washington, D.C. 20024.  The venue is most easily accessed via Metro (Waterfront Station on the Green Line), crossing over to the south side of M Street, SW, walking past the Dry Cleaners located at 300 M Street, SW, turning right immediately toward the courtyard, and walking directly back to the high-rise (240 M Street, SW).  The Community Room is to the right of the lobby, as you are facing the door.  Alternatively, there is street parking (as available) near the intersection of 3rd and M Streets, SW; after parking, you may walk through the parking lot (which begins where 3rd Street, SW terminates at M Street, SW) to the high-rise (240 M Street, SW) located at the rear of parking lot, turning right toward the lobby, and proceeding slightly further to the Thelma Martin Community Room (around the corner, on the west side of the lobby).

Due to some space limitations, a headcount would be appreciated!  Please RSVP to NCSS Secretary Jason Robinson at

We look forward to seeing everyone there!

2014 united States Cherry Blossom Queen - Rainey Sewell

2014 United States Cherry Blossom Queen, Rainey Sewell, with the Japan Prime Minister

While in Japan this Spring, Rainey Sewell had the opportunity to visit the Japan Prime Minister, Shinzo Abe, on her official US Goodwill Ambassador trip.

National Conference Of State Societies Charity Fund

America's Charities helps the Nation’s most trusted charities thrive by generating sustainable income through workplace giving and additional paths. We inspire employers and individuals to reach their philanthropic goals and support the charities of their choice. America's Charities, in partnership with your employer, processes all charitable contributions made through your workplace giving campaign and distributes those funds to your designated charity(ies). Payments are made on a quarterly basis, generally one month after the end of the quarter to allow time for processing.  

NCSS Federal Tax ID number #52-0216454

NCSS Charitable Foundation Address:  1027 Broad Branch Court * McLean, VA  22101-2140


For many years Art Brown has provided expert accounting advice to NCSS and its chapters often dealing with the complexities of navigating IRS non-profit issues.  Art can be reached at:
Art Brown 
447 Upshire Circle
Gaithersburg, MD  20878
(240) 477-3093 (p)
(240) 238-9215 (f)