Mar
9
6:30 pm18:30

NCSS Governing Board Meeting

  • Hill Center at the Old Naval Hospital

Purpose: Monthly Governing Board for NCSS with representatives from all State and Territory Societies

Time: 6:30 to 8:00 PM

Location: Hill Center at the Old Naval Hospital (921 Pennsylvania Ave SE, Washington, DC)

Closest Metro: The Hill Center is two (2) blocks east of the Eastern Market Metro Stop on the Blue, Orange, and Silver lines.

Apr
2
2:30 pm14:30

NCSS Cherry Blossom Premier Event: Lantern Lighting at the Tidal Basin

  • Tidal Basin

Please join the National Conference of State Societies (NCSS) and the National Park Service for the traditional lighting of the Japanese Stone Lantern situated amidst the cherry blossom trees on the Tidal Basin. This annual event is free and open to the public and includes :
* Remarks by top U.S. and Japanese officials
* Traditional music and songs from the Toho Koto Society of Washington, DC and the Washington Japanese Choral Society
* A Color Guard Presentation
*The first public introduction of the young women leaders from across the United States and world serving as 2017 Cherry Blossom Princesses along with the United States Cherry Blossom Queen and Japan Cherry Blossom Queen
* Lighting of the Japanese Stone Lantern 

Seating will begin at 2:30 PM and the ceremony will start at 3 PM.

About the Lantern - In 1954 the Japanese Stone Lantern was presented to Washington, DC as a gift to commemorate the 100th anniversary of America’s first treaty with Japan. It is lit only once a year during the Cherry Blossom Festival by the Cherry Blossom Princess representing Japan. Standing 8.5 feet tall and weighing approximately 4,000 pounds it was carved nearly four centuries ago to honor the Third Shogun of the Tokugawa period. It stands 50 feet east of the first two cherry blossom trees planted by First Lady Helen Taft and Viscountess Chinda in 1912 and is on the National Register of Historic Places.

The Cherry Blossom Princess Program is a cultural, educational, and professional development program for women leaders ages 19 to 24 held each year during one week of the Cherry Blossom Festival in Washington, DC. Since 1948, State and Territorial Societies along with many Embassies and Consulates in Washington, DC have enabled more than 3,000 young women leaders from across the United States and world to participate in this program and the celebration of the unique and enduring friendship between the United States and Japan.

Apr
5
6:00 pm18:00

NCSS Cherry Blossom Premier Event: Congressional Reception

  • U.S. Botanic Garden

Please join the National Conference of State Societies (NCSS) for the annual Cherry Blossom Congressional Reception in one of the oldest botanic gardens in North America.

Cost: Free – Reservations Required. Reservation information will be available in March 2017.

Attire: Business Formal

Closest Metro Stop: Federal Center SW Station (Orange/Blue Lines)

Apr
7
Apr 8

NCSS Cherry Blossom Premier Event: Grand Ball and Sushi Reception

  • Crystal Gateway Marriott Hotel

Join top officials and diplomatic leaders for one of our nation's most beloved spring traditions – the Official Cherry Blossom Grand Ball and Sushi Reception presented by the National Conference of State Societies (NCSS). Enjoy a fabulous cocktail and sushi reception prior to dinner, a plated multi-course dinner with dessert, an exciting program that includes many special guests along with the introduction of the 2017 Cherry Blossom Princesses and the official coronation of the new United States Cherry Blossom Queen with the priceless Mikimoto Crown, a silent auction, and dancing to the sounds of The Rhythm Method Band. This is an event not to be missed!

Individual tickets and tables will be available for purchase soon.
Attire: Black Tie Optional
Closest Metro Stop: Crystal City Station (Yellow/Blue Lines)

The Cherry Blossom Princess Program is a cultural, educational, and professional development program for women leaders ages 19 to 24 held each year during one week of the Cherry Blossom Festival in Washington, DC. Since 1948, State and Territorial Societies along with many Embassies and Consulates in Washington, DC have enabled more than 3,000 young women leaders from across the United States and world to participate in this program and the celebration of the unique and enduring friendship between the United States and Japan.

Apr
8
10:30 am10:30

Sakura Matsuri Street Festival

  • The Yards/Capitol Riverfront

You're invited to visit the National Conference of State Societies (NCSS) Booth at the annual Sakura Matsuri Street Festival where you can learn more about the NCSS and meet the 2017 Cherry Blossom Queens and Princesses. 

Closest Metro Stop: Navy Yard/Ballpark (Green Line)

Please note that there is a fee ($10/pp) for all adults 13+ to enter the Sakura Matsuri Festival. For more information, please visit: www.sakuramatsuri.org

The Cherry Blossom Princess Program is a cultural, educational, and professional development program for women leaders ages 19 to 24 held each year during one week of the Cherry Blossom Festival in Washington, DC. Since 1948, State and Territorial Societies along with many Embassies and Consulates in Washington, DC have enabled more than 3,000 young women leaders from across the United States and world to participate in this program and the celebration of the unique and enduring friendship between the United States and Japan.

 

May
11
6:30 pm18:30

NCSS Governing Board Meeting

  • Hill Center at the Old Naval Hospital

Purpose: Monthly Governing Board for NCSS with representatives from all State and Territory Societies

Time: 6:30 to 8:00 PM

Location: Hill Center at the Old Naval Hospital (921 Pennsylvania Ave SE, Washington, DC)

Closest Metro: The Hill Center is two (2) blocks east of the Eastern Market Metro Stop on the Blue, Orange, and Silver lines.

Jun
8
6:30 pm18:30

NCSS Governing Board Meeting

  • Hill Center at the Old Naval Hospital

Purpose: Monthly Governing Board for NCSS with representatives from all State and Territory Societies

Time: 6:30 to 8:00 PM

Location: Hill Center at the Old Naval Hospital (921 Pennsylvania Ave SE, Washington, DC)

Closest Metro: The Hill Center is two (2) blocks east of the Eastern Market Metro Stop on the Blue, Orange, and Silver lines.


Feb
9
6:30 pm18:30

NCSS Governing Board Meeting

  • Hill Center at the Old Naval Hospital

Purpose: Monthly Governing Board for NCSS with representatives from all State and Territory Societies

Time: 6:30 to 8:00 PM

Location: Hill Center at the Old Naval Hospital (921 Pennsylvania Ave SE, Washington, DC)

Closest Metro: The Hill Center is two (2) blocks east of the Eastern Market Metro Stop on the Blue, Orange, and Silver lines.

Nov
19
6:00 pm18:00

The Roy C. Haines Award Dinner

  • 9709 Rosensteel Avenue Silver Spring, MD, 20910 United States

Please join the members and friends of the State and Territorial societies in celebrating the Roy C. Haines Award

Including the Taste of the States & Territories (Featuring “Back Home” Desserts)

Where: The Knights of Columbus (#2169 Council) 9709 Rosensteel Avenue, Silver Spring, MD 20910

Details:  Open Bar; Silent Auction; Cocktail Hour; 3-course meal; Dancing.

Cost: $50/per person or $500/per table of 10.

NCSS Cherry Blossom Premier Event | Sushi Reception & Grand Ball
Apr
15
Apr 16

NCSS Cherry Blossom Premier Event | Sushi Reception & Grand Ball

  • Crystal Gateway Marriott Hotel

You are cordially invited to join top officials and diplomatic leaders for one of our nation's most beloved spring traditions - the Official Cherry Blossom Grand Ball and Sushi Reception presented by the National Conference of State Societies (NCSS). Enjoy a fabulous cocktail and sushi reception prior to dinner, a plated multi-course meal with dessert, an exciting program that includes many special guests along with the introduction of the 2016 Cherry Blossom Princesses and the official coronation of the new United States Cherry Blossom Queen, a silent auction, and dancing to the sounds of a live band and DJ. This is an event not to be missed!

Cost:  $75 (Youth Ticket Ages 12 and Under) / $150 (Pearl Level Ticket) / $200 (Gold Level Ticket). Tables are also available for purchase. Please note that a nominal service fee will be applied to all tickets at the time of purchase.

Attire: Black Tie Optional

Closest Metro Stop: Crystal City Station (Yellow/Blue Lines)

Link for Tickets: http://bit.ly/ncssball2016

NCSS Cherry Blossom Premier Event | Congressional Reception
Apr
13
6:00 pm18:00

NCSS Cherry Blossom Premier Event | Congressional Reception

  • United States Botanic Garden

Please join the National Conference of State Societies and our Honorary Co-Chairs, Senator Lisa Murkowski and Senator Shelley Moore Capito, for the annual Cherry Blossom Congressional Reception in one of the oldest botanic gardens in North America.

Cost: Free – Reservations Required.

Location: 100 Maryland Ave. SW

Attire: Business Formal

Closest Metro Stop: Federal Center SW Station (Orange/Blue Lines)

*Event at capacity as of Friday, April 8h

NCSS Cherry Blossom Premier Event | Celebration of the States
Apr
11
6:00 pm18:00

NCSS Cherry Blossom Premier Event | Celebration of the States

  • Army and Navy Club Building

Please join the National Conference of State Societies, our U.S. States & Territories, and International Partners for an evening featuring food and drink from around the country.

Cost: $40 per person (13 and above) / $25 per person (Youth Ages 12 and Under). Please note that a nominal service fee will be applied to all tickets at the time of purchase.

Attire: Gentlemen are required to wear a coat and tie. Ladies attire should be of a comparable degree of formality.

Closest Metro Stops: Farragut North Station (Red Line) and Farragut West Station (Blue/Orange Lines)

Link for Tickets:  http://bit.ly/ncsscelebration2016

NCSS Cherry Blossom Premier Event | The Stone Lantern Lighting
Apr
10
2:30 pm14:30

NCSS Cherry Blossom Premier Event | The Stone Lantern Lighting

NCSS Cherry Blossom Premier Event: The Stone Lantern Lighting Ceremony

The ceremony takes place at the newly dedicated Japanese Rock Garden and is put on by NCSS, in conjunction with the National Park Service National Capital Region. It includes traditional music by the Toho Koto Society of Washington, DC and songs by the Washington Japanese Choral Society. The Joint Armed Forces Color Guard of the Military District of Washington, DC presents the colors.

The Japanese Stone Lantern, stands 8.5 feet tall and weighing 4,000 pounds, was carved nearly four centuries ago to honor the Third Shogun of the Tokugawa period. In 1954, the lantern was presented to Washington, DC as a gift commemorating the 100th anniversary of America’s first treaty with Japan.

Since then, the Stone Lantern is lit once each year by the Princess representing the Embassy of Japan, and only during the Cherry Blossom Festival. It stands 50 feet east of the first two cherry blossom trees planted by First Lady Helen Taft.

Seating opens at 2:30pm and the ceremony begins at 3:00pm.

Mar
10
6:30 pm18:30

NCSS Governing Board Meeting

This is a reminder that our next National Conference of State Societies (NCSS) Governing Board Meeting will take place Thursday, March 10, 2016.

Please note the details below:

Date:         Thursday, March 10, 2016

Time:         6:30 pm

Address:    Hill Center at the Old Naval Hospital

                   921 Pennsylvania Avenue, SE*

                   Washington, DC

                  *(1 block from the Eastern Market Metro station)

***Please make sure that each society has a representative in attendance. 

Feb
11
6:30 pm18:30

NCSS Governing Board Meeting

This is a reminder that our next National Conference of State Societies (NCSS) Governing Board Meeting will take place Thursday, February 11, 2016.

Please note the details below:

Date:         Thursday, February 11, 2016.

Time:         6:30 pm

Address:    Hill Center at the Old Naval Hospital

                   921 Pennsylvania Avenue, SE*

                   Washington, DC

                  *(1 block from the Eastern Market Metro station)

***Please make sure that each society has a representative in attendance. 

The Roy C. Haines Award Dinner & Dance
Oct
24
6:00 pm18:00

The Roy C. Haines Award Dinner & Dance

Please join the members and friends of the State and Territorial societies in celebrating the Roy C. Haines Award

Including the Taste of the States & Territories (Featuring “Back Home” Desserts)

Where: The Knights of Columbus (#2169 Council) 9709 Rosensteel Avenue, Silver Spring, MD 20910

Details:  Open Bar; Silent Auction; Cocktail Hour; 3-course meal; Dancing.

Cost: $50/per person or $500/per table of 10. Purchase tickets here: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2404372

Each Society is asked to donate a dessert/sweet that represents their state, territory, or region.

Reservation deadline is Tuesday, October 20, 2015