National Conference of State Societies                                                             NCSS GOVERNING BOARD MEETING!!
PO Box 70175 * Washington, DC  20024   
                                                                                                                                             Thursday, September 10, 2015 - 6:30PM 
Cherry Blossom Festival Events - April 3-9, 2016                                        Hill Center at the Old Naval Hospital 
                                                                                                                                              921 Pennsylvania Avenue, SE* - Washington, DC 
                                                                                                                                                  *(1 block from the Eastern Market Metro station)   

Sapphire Anniversary Sponsor

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

NCSS Alert: SOFTBALL TEAMS NEEDED! (2015 "Summer Insanity" is Here!)

Dear NCSS Presidents, Delegates, and Sports Chairs:

The "Boys (and at least 3 Girls) of Summer" need YOU!  Yes, folks, it's Softball Season again!

The National Conference of State Societies (NCSS) needs teams from all 50 states, the 5 territories, and the District of Columbia for the 4th Annual NCSS Summer Insanity Regional Playoffs and Championship Softball Tournament. Please provide the following information (Team Captain/Coach, Email Address, Mobile Telephone Number) to Bill Christian ( by 5PM (Eastern), Tuesday, June 30th, 2015.

IMPORTANT NOTE: If you don't already have a Softball Team, please do not despair! Work with the U.S. Senate or House softball leagues, or with the Collegiate Alumni Network (CAN) softball league, or all of the above, to invite one of those teams to represent your state or territory, or invite members from all of the above to form a state society team! Just as long as they "represent" your state, territory, or D.C.! Ideally, we want 56 teams involved in this annual tradition!

As you may remember, the states, territories, and D.C. are divided into four (4) regions of 14 jurisdictions each. The top four (4) finishers from each region will advance to the NCSS "Sweet 16" Championship Softball Tournament (tentatively scheduled for Saturday, July 25th, 2015).  

Please stay tuned for more details regarding the 2015 "Summer Insanity" Softball Tournament!

Regional Playoffs:

Saturday, July 11th

Northeast & Mid-Atlantic Region:  ME, NH, VT, MA, RI, CT, NY, PA, NJ, DE, MD, WV, VA, and DC.

Midwest Region:  ND, SD, NE, KS, MN, IA, MO, WI, IL, IN, MI, OH, KY, and TN.

Saturday, July 18th

Southeast & Southwest Region:  NC, SC, GA, FL, AL, MS, LA, AR, OK, TX, NM, AZ, US Virgin Islands, and Puerto Rico.

Pacific & West Region:  American Samoa, Guam, CNMI, HI, AK, WA, OR, CA, NV, UT, CO, WY, MT, and ID.

Saturday, July 25th

"Sweet 16" Championship:  Top Four (4) teams from each Region 

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.

NCSS Announcement

For the last 3 years, NCSS had had the honor of Marty Knepp and the sounds of Big Band Caliente play at the Official Cherry Blossom Grand Ball.  Unfortunately NCSS is sad to announce the passing of the band leader, Mary Knepp on April 30th.  There are many Martyisms," Peace and Groove”’, " PAGTYA " (Peace and Groove to You All)," A Groove is a terrible thing to waste", and “Don’t let the notes get in the way”. Marty was all about the Groove.  We are shocked and saddened to see him go.


Congratulations 2015-2016 Executive Committee:

President -- William Christian, Texas

First Vice President and Festival Chair – Teresa Downs, Maryland

Vice President, External Affairs – Max Gigle, Connecticut

Vice President, Internal Affairs -- Isapela Coggins, American Samoa

Vice President, Marketing/Public Relations -- Melissa Medina, California

Treasurer -- Athena Schritz, Montana

Secretary -- Jason Robinson, Kentucky

2015 United States Cherry Blossom Queen - Noelle Mary Verhelst

2015 United States Cherry Blossom Queen, Noelle Mary Verhelst - CROWNED Friday, April 10, 2015, at the Official Cherry Blossom Grand Ball & Sushi Reception

Noelle is from Las Vegas, NV and graduated from the University of Nevada Las Vegas in 2014 with a bachelors degree in Political Science.  She currently works as a Legislative Correspondent for Congressman Joe Heck (NV-3).  Noelle is the daughter of Ray & Grace Verhelst.  This is The Nevada State Society's 1st United States Cherry Blossom Queen!!

While in Japan this June, Noelle - and her Chaperone, Amy Anda - will have the opportunity to visit the Japan Prime Minister, Shinzo Abe; The Governors of Tokyo and the Mie Prefecture; Akishinomiya Her Imperial Highness; the Mayor of Ise City;  and our own U.S. Ambassador to Japan, Caroline Kennedy - on her official United States Cherry Blossom Queen Goodwill Ambassador trip.  

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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)