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We are a network of military officers' spouses, living in the National Capital Region, that celebrates and promotes our shared interest in the United States Navy.
Our mission is to enrich the lives of our members and of those in the military community through friendship, recreation, volunteerism, and philanthropy.

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 
2017-2018 Board and Committee Chairs

Executive Board

President Kate Cardone
1st Vice President Maria Melvin
2nd Vice President Monika French
Recording Secretary Sandra Shepard
Corresponding Secretary Julie Sapone
Treasurer Carol Szpara
Assistant Treasurer Ellainia Griffin
Advisory Members  
Honorary President Mrs. Dana Richardson
Honorary Vice President Mrs. Patricia Moran
Advisor Mrs. Patricia Shelanski
Advisor Mr. Lee Handford

Committee Chairs

Charities Natalie Mack
Event Coordinator Stacey Buchar & Bonnie Tavolazzi
Historian Ron Acosta
JAFOWL Representative Melissa Flavell
Membership Carol Alcock
Navy-Marine Corps Ball Committee Representative Betty Kamp
Neighborhood Group Coordinator Debbie Tobin
Newsletter Jessica Yost


Mike Finch
Scholarships Mary K. Page
Social Media Jill Stein
Spring EventLauren Triggs
Temptations Gift Boutique Mary Lewis
Tours Lara Morris & Cherie Sargeant
Vinson Hall Liaison Courtney Bennett
Webmaster Daniel 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.