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NJSS Takes Top National Honors as “Outstanding State Society”

We are pleased to announce that the National Conference of State Societies (NCSS) selected the New Jersey State Society (NJSS) to receive its highest honor, the prestigious “Roy C. Haines Award” for 2014-15 at its annual dinner dance October 25.

New Jersey was selected as "Outstanding State Society”and awarded the Haines trophy for “demonstrating sustained best organizational practices resulting in a viable and active society.”Other criteria considered for this award include charitable and community service, special projects and activities that reflect credit on the winning state society and state societies in general.

In 2013, NJSS donated $17,000 to the Hurricane Sandy Relief Fund resulting from its inaugural gala and regularly raises money for prostate cancer and autism research, the Community FoodBank of NJ, Children’s Specialized Hospital and many other charities.

“We gladly accept this award on behalf of our dedicated members, sponsors and volunteers who earned us this recognition. It’s an honor to have been recognized among so many stellar state societies here in the Nation’s Capital,” said Donise Cameron, president of NJSS and Senior Manager of Federal Affairs at PSEG. “New Jerseyans are exceptionally loyal and proud of the Garden State. Our membership makes it easy to harness all that Jersey home-state spirit here in Washington, DC and bring everyone together, all ages, all political parties, all diverse backgrounds to celebrate New Jersey and give back to the state that has given us so much.

The award was presented Saturday night, October 25, at the NCSS annual dinner dance in Silver Spring, MD

Also at the dinner, it was announced that Nancy Fatemi, executive director of NJSS, received the Mark Q. Rhoads "Volunteer of the Year Award" for her activities on behalf of the National Conference of State Societies.

NCSS is the non-profit, Congressionally-chartered umbrella organization for all 50 state societies, the District of Columbia and the five US territories. It sponsors the National Cherry Blossom Festival and many other activities in Washington, DC.

NJSS is a non-profit organization founded in 1941 to foster educational, charitable, cultural and social activities among individuals and companies in the Washington area with business, political or social ties to the State of New Jersey. NJSS provides a networking link between New Jerseyans and former New Jerseyans in government and the private sector and helps to increase New Jersey’s visibility in the Washington DC community in non-partisan venues.

To learn more about NCSS and the Haines award, visit