National Conference of State Societies                                                             NCSS GOVERNING BOARD MEETING!!
PO Box 70175 * Washington, DC  20024   
                                                                                                                                             Thursday, November 13, 2014 - 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)   

Sapphire Anniversary Sponsor

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

2014 Roy C. Haines Award Event - On-line Reservations & Silent Auction Forms Available NOW!!!

It is time for each Society to make their reservations for the 
2014 Roy C. Haines Award Dinner/Dance & Taste of the States/Territories Desserts w/Silent Auction

To State Society and Territory Presidents and Delegates,

This Fall, the National Conference of State Societies (NCSS) will sponsor our annual Silent Auction in conjunction with the Haines Award Dinner/Dance and Taste of the States/Territories Desserts at the Knights of Columbus #2169 Council - 9709 Rosensteel Avenue * Silver Spring, MD, on Saturday, October 25, 2014, at 6:00 p.m.  

We will continue the tradition that we began in 2012 for our Silent Auction by asking each State/Territorial Society to provide a basket of items unique to that State/Territory that will reflect the State/Territory’s individuality.  If you are having difficulty coming up with ideas for your baskets, several websites are available with a multitude of suggestions on the Internet.  In addition to designing your basket, please list the contents and what you would consider to be its value, and e-mail this information to Marie Frank at no later than Friday, October 17th.  This information will be used on the bid sheets as well as the Silent Auction Program, distributed to all attendees upon their arrival at the Haines Award Dinner/Dance.   For drop-off locations or questions, please contact Silent Auction Chair: Marie Frank at 321-945-4244 or the above email address.

As we mentioned, the event is also featuring our Taste of the States/Territories Theme, desserts!!  Societies are being asked for donations of a dessert/sweets that represent their state or territory or region (i.e. Pineapple from Hawaii, Nuts from Virginia, Hershey’s chocolate from Pennsylvania, Cherry Blossom Cake from Maryland, Oreos from Illinois, etc.) to highlight the theme.  Each dessert should feed a minimum of 50 people so that those in attendance can get a taste of sweets from different regions of our country!  These will be the desserts for the evening! Please have all desserts at the event NLT 5:45pm on Saturday, October 25, 2014.

The forms for both the silent auction items as well as the dinner reservation form that includes the dessert/sweet item, can be found by clicking on the EVENTS tab and the HAINES AWARD sub-tab above.  We greatly appreciate your participation and assistance with both requests!  If you would like to purchase your dinner reservations on-line through Brown Paper Tickets, click on the following link:  All reservations will be held at the door.

Pete Berlowitz
NCSS VP Internal
Haines Award Chairman

2015 Princess Papers are Available!!

The 2015 Cherry Blossom Princess Candidate Application Papers are available NOW and in order to get them into us in a timely manner, the deadline for Princess Papers is DECEMBER 15, 2014!  It also represents a new era for the Princess Program in that they are going paperless!!!

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.

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. 

Deadline for submitting the on-line application and all supporting documentation listed for the 67th Princess Program Anniversary is December 15, 2014. NEW THIS YEAR:  These on-line forms will close for editing on December 15, 2014 and we do NOT have paper copies!!!

You can start soliciting now for qualified applicants!!  Do not wait until the last moment to have someone represent your State, Territory, or Embassy!!

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.

Now Available:

ONLY 12 BAGS LEFT!!  Don't delay - To purchase your beautiful tote bags commemorating the 100th Anniversaries of the Gift of Cherry Blossom Trees from Japan to the United States and the Gift of Dogwood Trees from the United States to Japan, featuring our signature drawing by our featured NCSS artist - click here

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.  Consider making a charitable contribution during this time of open enrollment during the 2014 Combined Federal Campaign through your workplace to the NCSS Education and Charity Fund. 

NCSS Federal Tax ID number #52-0216454
NCSS Charitable Foundation Address:  1027 Broad Branch Court * McLean, VA  22101-2140

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.


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)


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!!