The Society of Virginia is one of the oldest state societies, founded November 8, 1923 and is a member of the National Conference of State Societies. We enjoy many social, cultural equestrian and other activities together.
Unique to Washington, DC, state societies serve as social and civic organizations that celebrate the culture, history, traditions, and people of each respective state through outstanding events such as the Cherry Blossom Festival and Presidential Inaugural events. State society organizations are nonpartisan and bring together people from all walks of life: Members of Congress, military staff, business leaders and retired people through fellowship and goodwill.
The Society of Virginia advises the Governor on Social, Cultural and Individual matters regarding the Commonwealth of Virginia. Our unique heritage and history lend themselves to our primary effort; selecting and supporting the Society's Cherry Blossom Princess. We work closely with the National Conference of State Societies to plan, coordinate, and develop the National Cherry Blossom Festival. The Cherry Blossom Ball and Parade are among the foremost events in the DC Metro area.
Since 1948, State and Territorial Societies along with many Embassies and Consulates in Washington, DC have enabled more than 3,000 young women leaders from across the United States and world to participate in this program and the celebration of the unique and enduring friendship between the United States and Japan. As Cherry Blossom Princesses, these young women represent their respective states, territories, and countries in both public and private events held each day across the Washington, DC area and engage with leading government, business, arts, and media leaders and role models. In the past decade alone, the Cherry Blossom Princesses have met with First Lady Laura Bush; President of the Kennedy Center, Deborah Rutter; former Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi; U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor; Cmdr. Yvette Brown Wahler; and Red Cross President and CEO Dr. Bernadine Healey; among others.