The New Mexico State Society (NMSS) of Washington, DC was founded in 1987 by New Mexicans serving Members of Congress on Capitol Hill under the charter of the National Conference of State Societies. Our group purpose is to promote unity and fellowship among all New Mexicans living in the Washington, DC area. Over Twenty-Five years after our founding, our state society continues to grow as more and more New Mexicans learn about the benefits of membership. Today, we reach hundreds of New Mexicans living and working throughout the National Capital region.
NMSS is an all-volunteer organization with officers elected annually. The Board of Directors meets several times per year to plan and organize events for NMSS members to enjoy. Our board is comprised of a President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer, five At-Large Directors and four Congressional Directors representing New Mexico's two U.S. Senators and two members of the House of Representatives. Senator Tom Udall is our Honorary Chairman, and our other honorary members include the members of the New Mexico Congressional Delegation.
What We Do
Our events include networking happy hours and unique philanthropic events. Examples of events include the Cherry Blossom Reception, Virginia Gold Cup and our annual Red and Green holiday party. We host several philanthropic events during the year and try to integrate New Mexico organizations for these contributions. Last year, we raised more than $4,000 for various charities including the Wounded Warrior Project and the American Red Cross.
On January 20, 2009 NMSS hosted the "Land of Enchantment Inaugural Ball" at the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian. Hundreds of New Mexicans attended the event in honor of 56th Presidential Inaugural.
Our 2012 Board of Directors is as diverse as New Mexico and we proudly represent our home state and culture in the nation's capital. Our mission is to serve New Mexico State Society members by offering a series of events throughout the year that help create a community among those of us who call New Mexico our true home.