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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, D.C. 
2019–2020 Board of Directors

Advisory Members

Honorary President
Honorary Vice President
Advisor Lee Handford
Advisor Julie Roegge


Executive Committee

President Maria H. Melvin
1st Vice President Julie P. Shepard
2nd Vice President Ann Mikeska
Recording Secretary Erin Lester
Corresponding Secretary Stacey Buchar
Treasurer Carol Szpara
Assistant Treasurer Lauren Triggs
Temptations Gift Boutique Amanda Verissimo

Committee Chairs

Activity Clubs & Neighborhood Groups Debbie Tobin
Charities Barb Crandall & Amy Whitworth
Event Coordinator Kathy Darnell
Historian TBD
JAFOWL Representative Jenny Werner
Membership Courtney Bennett
Navy-Marine Corps Ball Committee Representative Betty Kamp
Newsletter TBD


Scholarships Jenny Werner
Social Media Carole Post
Spring Event Patricia McKeon & Cecy Crary
Tours Paola Then & Oanh Bui-Platten
Vinson Hall Liaison Courtney Bennett
Webmaster Rob Aeschbach

Naval Officers' Spouses' Club Washington D.C. | NOSCDC | PO Box 1087 | Fort Myer, Virginia 22211

Naval Officers' Spouses' Club Washington D.C. is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization.