Our History

In June 1956, a meeting was held at Bethesda Naval Hospital. During this meeting, 176 women signed up for membership. Mrs. David Tyree was elected president and the NOW Club was born. Eventually, the name was enhanced to Naval Officers’ Wives’ Club (NOWC). In 2006, celebrating our 50th Anniversary, we stepped forward to meet the changing Navy and renamed ourselves once again to Naval Officers’ Spouses’ Club (NOSC). Today, we celebrate our past and look to our future.

NOSCDC long ago recognized the need for a retirement home for retired naval officers and particularly for service widows, many of who were in reduced circumstances prior to the enactment of the Survivors Benefit Program. Vinson Hall from its beginning has housed a congenial mixture of service widows, retired couples and single service retirees. Eventually, the Marine Corps and Coast Guard OWC’s joined the effort and today Carol Vinson Hall, situated in McLean, Virginia, is a retirement community for Navy, Marine, and Coast Guard officers and their spouses. This community offers apartments for independent living, assisted care, full nursing care and services to the memory impaired.

Over the years, NOSCDC members have given a start to the Joint Armed Forces Officers’ Wives’ Luncheon (JAFOWL), Naval Services FamilyLine, COMPASS and launched Temptations Gift Shop to provide funds for college scholarships for Navy dependents and charity organizations who support the our community. At the same time, our Neighborhood Groups, Tour and Event Committees have provided educational, cultural and social fellowship to our members through the years.


Naval Officers' Spouses' Club of Washington, DC 
2016-2017 Board


Executive Board

 
Honorary PresidentMrs. Dana Richardson
Honorary Vice PresidentMrs. Patricia Moran
AdviserMrs. Patricia Shelanski
AdviserMrs. Ellen Miller
PresidentKate Cardone
1st Vice President Elizabeth Shaw
2nd Vice PresidentJulie Sapone
Recording SecretarySandra Shepard
Corresponding SecretaryPam Ortiz-Marty
TreasurerMichael Burkhardt
  

Committee Chairs

 
CharitiesMary Castro-Mendoza
Directory/MembershipTammy Record
Event CoordinatorKeiko Mitchell
HistorianMaria Melvin
JAFOWL RepresentativeMelissa Flavell
Navy-Marine Corps Ball Committee RepresentativeBetty Kamp
Neighborhood Group CoordinatorDebbie Tobin
NewsletterKimberly Murphy

Publicity

Mike Finch
ScholarshipsMary K. Page
Social MediaJill Stein
Spring Event Gina Vavra and Donna Krupa
Temptations Gift BoutiqueJennifer Yurina
ToursJulie Shepard and Liberty Vasquez
WebmasterDaniel Spann 

Naval Officers' Spouses' Club Washington D.C. | NOSC, c/o Temptations Gift Shop | 1244 Patterson Ave, SE | Washington, D.C. 20003
Naval Officers' Spouses' Club Washington D.C. is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization.