Welcome to the New York State Society of Washington D.C. Founded in 1908, NYSS is a 501(c) (7) non-profit, non-political organization that is governed by an Executive Board and volunteers. The Society's goal is to foster and promote friendly relations among its members through social, educational, cultural, charitable, civic and social programs and events. In addition, NYSS holds membership in the National Conference of State Societies which promotes friendly and cooperative relations between states.

Board of Directors


Mrs. Electra Zolotas-Anest*

VP Membership

Mrs. Beverly Ann Frey

VP Government & Corporate Relations

Mr. Paul Lobo

VP Events

Ms. Lou Barrett

NCSS* Delegate

Ms. Lou Barrett


Mr. Peter Frey


Ms. Jennifer Rahm


Ms. Melissa Chin
NCSS Delegate (alternate)


Mr. Patrick Hempen
Event Photographer


Ms. Susan Unger
Buffalo Nite Chair


Commissioner Robert Taub
Chief of Staff Dinner


Mr. Andrew Diem


Ms. Rita Champagne


The Honorable Mark Holmes


Ms. Jean Roehrenbeck
Capitol Hill Events

*National Conference of State Societies

NYSS Supports

The New York State Society of Washington, D.C. proudly supports various charitable organizations both in the Washington, D.C. Metropolitan area and across the country. For more information about these organizations, please visit their websites.

Honor Flight Network


The mission of Honor Flight Network is to transport American veterans to Washington, D.C. to visit memorials that are dedicated to honor their service and sacrifices. America thought it important to build memorials to the country’s veterans and Honor Flight Network feels it is just as important to give veterans the opportunity to see the memorials honoring their service. Based on 2008 statistics, the United States is losing World War II veterans at the rate’ of approximately 1,000 per day. Honor Flight Network will continue to fulfill the dreams of veterans and help heroes travel free to Washington, D.C. to visit the national memorials.


“We can’t all be heroes. Some of us have to stand on the curb and clap as they go by." -Will Rogers

Marine Toys for Tots Foundation


The mission of the U. S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Program is to collect new, unwrapped toys during October, November and December each year, and distribute those toys as Christmas gifts to needy children in the community in which the campaign is conducted. The primary goal of Toys for Tots is to deliver, through a new toy at Christmas, a message of hope to less fortunate youngsters that will assist them in becoming responsible, productive, patriotic citizens.


The objectives of Toys for Tots are to help less fortunate children throughout the United States experience the joy of Christmas; to play an active role in the development of one of our nation’s most valuable resources – our children; to unite all members of local communities in a common cause for three months each year during the annual toy collection and distribution campaign; and to contribute to better communities in the future.

The American Red Cross


The American Red Cross prevents and alleviates human suffering in the face of emergencies by mobilizing the power of volunteers and the generosity of donors.

NY State Center for the Book


The Empire State Center for the Book is committed to the book in all formats. Interests of the Center include the promotion of the culture of reading, literature, literacy, book arts, and book history throughout New York State. The Center will work with publishers, libraries, museums, educational institutions, scholars, authors, illustrators and other interested parties to enrich book culture for the people of New York. The Center for the Book relies on grants, sponsorships and the contributions of individuals who share the ideals and support the mission of the Center to promote literature, literacy and libraries.

New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation


The mission of the Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation is to provide safe and enjoyable recreational and interpretive opportunities for all New York State residents and visitors and to be responsible stewards of our valuable, historic and cultural resources.


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