NATIONAL CONFERENCE OF STATE SOCIETIES

Dedicated to education and cultural exchange.

The National Conference of State Societies (NCSS) is the non-profit, voluntary umbrella association for state and territorial societies in the national capital area. At one time or another, all 50 states have had active societies as well as the District of Columbia and our 5 territories: American Samoa, Guam, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands and CNMI.

NCSS plays a unique role in the National Cherry Blossom Festival® by sponsoring a series of events that highlight educational and cultural exchange programs for The Cherry Blossom Princess Program - "Aspiring Leadership and Empowering Young Women" who are college students or young professionals selected by state/territorial societies and embassies to represent them. Today the festival is a cooperative effort of many organizations including the National Cherry Blossom Festival, Inc., the Mayor’s office, the National Park Service, the Japan America Society of Washington DC, and NCSS, just to mention a few.

Leadership

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President   
Pete Berlowitz
NE         
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Past President
Bill Christian 
TX         
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Event Chairs / Coordinators

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Grand Ball
Suzanne New
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Parade        Teresa Downs  DE         
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Congressional    
Reception       Courtney Mattison   Maria Giannopoulos  

 
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Fashion Show
Teri Galvez    DC        
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Sakura Matsuri
  
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Photographer
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Volunteer Coord.
Allie Nelson   
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Military Liaison
   
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Silent Auction 
Suzanne New