About Our Chapter

NCL, Inc., Beachside Chapter is a group of mothers and daughters who have come together in a commitment to community service, leadership development and cultural experiences.
Members shall reside in or attend school in El Segundo, Westchester, Playa del Rey and Playa Vista. Like all NCL, Inc. Chapters, Beachside aims to foster the mother-daughter relationship by serving its communities together.

 We are the 208th NCL, Inc. Chapter to form in the United States.

Membership in the Beachside Chapter gives mothers and daughters unique opportunities to strengthen their bond while growing together and improving their communities. The NCL Six Year Core Experience consists of a variety of age-appropriate and meaningful programming for our mothers (Patronesses) and daughters (Ticktockers) in grades 7-12.  Our Chapter offers valuable hands-on volunteer support of local philanthropies with a goal to provide meaningful learning and leadership opportunities

As a 100% volunteer organization, membership in the Beachside Chapter requires a commitment of time and service, and carries a financial responsibility.  All Patronesses hold a Chapter job each year and actively participate as leaders, at least once during their six years, to ensure the operational success of the Chapter.

In addition, each Ticktocker grade level is organized by elected Ticktocker Officers and other leadership positions, while coached by Patronesses acting as Grade Level Advisors. The activities designated in the NCL Six Year Core Program are organized for Personal Development (life skills), Leadership Development (professional skills), Cultural Experiences (social skills), and Community Service (philanthropic awareness).

  • Leadership Development:  To enhance leadership skills through team building, problem solving, mentoring, and group dynamics.
  • Cultural Experiences:  To create an environment that nurtures a positive identity by recognizing and appreciating the value of differences in each other and the world.
  • Community Service:  To learn what philanthropic needs exist in our community and to help meet those needs whenever possible.

Graduating senior girls are recognized in their last year of NCL, Inc. with a special celebration of their six years as members of NCL, Inc.  Each senior provides reflections on her years in NCL, Inc. and what impact her experiences have made on life and future goals.

Consistently, we are amazed at the young women who have been empowered by their experiences, leave dedicated to life-long philanthropy, and who have strengthened the bond they have with their mother as a result of their time in NCL, Inc.  We are proud of our role in development of strong, empowered women and are excited to see them start their lives as independent, committed individuals.

Join Our Chapter

Interested in joining our chapter? Membership opportunities are dependent on chapter openings.

If you know someone in our chapter, talk to her about getting started, membership obligations and our membership drive timeline.  If you do not know someone in NCL, you are invited to complete this Membership Inquiry Form.

Membership Inquiry Form

For any questions regarding Membership, requests for transfers or assistance with connecting as a Sustainer, email us.

Mothers and their daughters (grades 7-12) participate in a program that embraces:

Community Service

We understand and serve communities in partnership with local and national nonprofits. Each NCL, Inc. chapter promotes social awareness by considering the local community’s needs and selecting appropriate non-profit organizations to support through different volunteer activities.

We work with the following philanthropies:

  • El Segundo Woman’s Club
  • A Window Between Worlds
  • Access Books
  • Alzheimer’s Association
  • American Heart Association
  • American Red Cross
  • Claire’s Place Foundation
  • Disaster Response
  • Dockweiler Youth Center
  • Ed! Foundation
  • El Camino College Foundation
  • El Segundo Rec & Parks
  • El Segundo USD
  • ESMoA
  • Exceptional Kids
  • For Goodness Cakes
  • Found Animals
  • Friends and Helpers
  • Friends of Ballona Wetlands
  • Grass Roots Neighbors
  • Habitat for Humanity
  • Heal the Bay
  • Kiwanis Club
  • LAX Coastal Education Foundation
  • Miriam’s Home- The Promises Foundation
  • Mychal’s Learning Place
  • Operation Gratitude
  • Portraits of Hope
  • Rotary Clubs of El Segundo & Westchester
  • South Coast Botanic Garden (SCBG)
  • Special Olympics Southern California
  • STAR Education
  • Sunrise Senior Living – Playa Vista
  • Wallis Annenberg PetSpace
  • Westchester Library


  • Annual Tour de Pier
  • Beauty and the Beach
  • Dockweiler Youth Center
  • El Segundo USD
  • For Goodness Cakes
  • Found Animals
  • Friends and Helpers
  • Mychal’s Learning Place
  • Rotary Clubs of El Segundo & Westchester
  • Sleep Tight Philanthropy
  • STAR Education
  • Sunrise Senior Living – Playa Vista
  • Westside Food Bank 

Coming together to make a Difference!

Leadership Development

We build capable, courageous leaders through opportunities to learn, reflect and develop. Our leaders become successful in their education, career and communities by learning the necessary skills during their NCL experience.

Examples of skills developed include:

  • Confidence
  • Consensus building
  • Team building
  • Conflict resolution
  • Event planning
  • Parliamentary procedure

Our Chapter Board of Directors:

  • President: Kim Lawrence
  • President Elect: Gigi Bebawi
  • Secretary: Lillian Aceituno
  • Treasurer: Caroline Ogata
    Kelly Mularz
  • Parliamentarian: Sheila Miller-Nelson
  • Vice President Communications: Konstantina Goumas
    Simone Palace
  • Vice President Membership: Heike Sussman
    Jennifer Kalvestran
  • Vice President Philanthropy: Itzel Mendoza
    Josette Murphy
  • Vice President Ticktockers: Debbie Shields
    Stacey Ward
  • Vice President Chapter Engagement and Inclusion: Bonnie Dinka



Leadership development is an important pillar of the NCL, Inc. experience. The Ticktocker experience is designed to provide opportunities for each developing young woman to know the joy of helping others, to learn tolerance and kindness, to mature and build confidence and to make friends while sharing and participating in these activities in a safe and comfortable age-appropriate environment. In addition, NCL, Inc. provides its Ticktockers with leadership opportunities that are often difficult for middle school and high school young women to find.


By attending Ticktocker meetings and holding officer positions each year, Beachside Chapter Ticktockers gain important leadership experience such as:

  • Organizational skills management
  • Positive Identity
  • Life Skills
  • Interpersonal Skills
  • Conducting Meetings
  • Public Speaking
  • Time Management
  • Confidence
  • Interview Skills
  • Personal Safety
  • Stress Management
  • Written Thank You’s
  • Effective Communication
  • Fitness and Nutrition
  • Money Management and Credit Card Awareness
  • Grooming Skills
  • Study Skills
  • Goal Setting/Self-Advocacy
  • High School Preparation
  • College Preparation: College Search/Application Process 

Cultural Experiences

We preserve National Charity League traditions and core values, while appreciating the growth that comes from connecting with different communities and cultures. We continually strive to build stronger ties with our communities and the individuals within them. It is through this understanding that we grow and develop broader worldviews that will shape and support our lives.

  • Traditions – We celebrate the richness of our history through traditions that honor the past while serving the future.
  • Values – We embrace values that make us strong as an organization of mother-daughter leaders.
  • Community Connections – We build connections through experiences that impact our communities.
  • Etiquette – We encourage and mentor kind, respectful and gracious social conduct.

NCL, Inc. strives to create an environment that nurtures positive identity by recognizing and appreciating the value of differences in each other and the world.  We celebrate our history through traditions that honor the past while serving the future.

The Beachside Chapter attends cultural events that span our Chapter’s Cultural Experiences Six Year Plan. In addition, we host an annual Mother/Daughter Tea which provides an opportunity for the Ticktockers to apply appropriate etiquette, graciousness, self-assuredness in social settings, development of interpersonal connections, good manners and respect for others.







Chapter History

Good timing made all the difference!  In 2014, two moms, one with a rising Sophomore and one with a rising 7th grader, neither knowing the other, daringly hit the [Enter] button on their computers and sent in an application to start a National Charity League, Inc. chapter in their respective communities.


National Charity League, Inc. asked these two moms to join forces to begin a chapter that would encompass the communities of El Segundo, Playa Del Rey, Playa Vista and Westchester.  These moms, founding patronesses, Karen Garipay and Grace Pak, then gathered together 7 friends from their respective communities who shared the same vision and mission to form the founding board of the Beachside Chapter of National Charity League, Inc.


On August 31, 2015, with 4 grade level classes of founding Ticktockers and founding Patronesses filling the meeting room, the Beachside Chapter officially became the 208th chapter of National Charity League, Inc.  whose boundaries include mothers and daughters residing in, or attending school in the communities of El Segundo, Playa Del Rey, Playa Vista and Westchester.  Today, the Beachside Chapter has all 6 grade level Ticktocker classes and near 250 members with a mission to foster the mother-daughter relationship in a philanthropic organization committed to community service, leadership development and cultural experiences.