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 OWCs 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.