About Our Chapter
NCL, Inc., Buckhead 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 the Buckhead area, defined as the Greater Atlanta Metropolitan area. Like all NCL, Inc. Chapters, Buckhead aims to foster the mother-daughter relationship by serving its communities together.
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The Yellow Rose
Buckhead Chapter (BC) adopted the yellow rose as our chapter flower when we chartered with National Charity League, Inc. In several cultures, the color yellow represents joy, wisdom and power. Today, yellow roses are commonly associated with joy, friendship, and the sentiment “I care.” No other flower brings out a smile in the same way that a yellow rose can; just as no other organization nurtures the mother/daughter relationship as the Buckhead Chapter. Our members truly care about Atlanta and those in need.
Why did our members join? What is the NCL Experience to them?
Enjoy a sample of our members’ sentiments reflecting the warmth and caring symbolism of a yellow rose.
NCL means spending time with my daughters while working for the greater good for our community and its citizens. A win-win.
I joined to have a positive touch point with my teenage daughter. Our NCL experiences kept us together in her high school years in a way that no other activity or organization offers. NCL also taught her that community service is what we do—it’s part of everyday life—we give of ourselves to others.
NCL has given my girls and me countless meaningful opportunities to serve side by side and to discover charitable organizations in the community that truly touch our hearts.
NCL offered me the opportunity to serve in the community with my daughter, to serve as a role model in that capacity to her and other young women, and to serve my chapter and region in leadership positions.
NCL is one of the most meaningful organizations I have ever been involved in because it has provided countless opportunities for me to build relationship with my daughters, with other women and their daughters, and with philanthropies and the people connected to them in our community.
I joined with a friend so that we made sure we did things together with our girls. And it turned out to be so much more. I just went by Trinity Church where the Agape Children were lining up to go to dinner and three of them said, “oh it’s the Butterfly Lady,” recalling the time we spent, two years ago, doing a monarch butterfly study together. The study culminated in a parade of 30 some children wearing their own hand painted butterfly wings. I cherish the memory and that it had a lasting impact on them.
I joined NCL to share my passion for serving others with my daughters.
I became interested in NCL because I thought it would be a vehicle through which I could improve my relationship with my teenage daughter. I knew how much volunteering meant to her. There were times in the first few years with NCL that it seemed the only time we weren’t bickering was when we were doing things associated with the NCL philanthropies. Now that she is a senior, I cherish those times.
Join Our Chapter
Interested in joining our chapter? A Prospective Member must be sponsored by a current member of 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.
For any questions regarding Membership, requests for transfers or assistance with connecting as a Sustainer, email us.
Membership Information or Other Inquiries
The Buckhead Chapter offers a six-year program for members to grow as leaders, mentors, and friends dedicating our resources to community support, improving Atlanta through hands-on volunteerism. In addition, we hold strong the traditions of the past, which we honor through cultural education and awareness.
Our sponsored annual membership recruitment period begins each September and concludes in January. Prospective Members are mothers or female guardians of a girl in 7th grade the September following admission. Openings in grades 8 or 9 are at the discretion of the Buckhead Chapter Board and depend on the predetermined class size range.
All Prospective Members shall reside or go to school in the greater Atlanta metropolitan area. We coordinate with the seven other affiliated chapters in the Atlanta area so that we do not infringe on their boundaries.
Prospective members need to be sponsored by a Buckhead Chapter Active Member in Good Standing and co-sponsored by a current Buckhead Chapter Active, Provisional or Sustainer Patroness Member in Good Standing.
If you know someone in NCL, Inc., talk to her about her Chapter’s boundaries, membership obligations, and membership drive timeline.
If you do not know someone in NCL, Inc., or need more information from our VP Membership, you are invited to submit the following form. All other inquiries will be forwarded to the appropriate Buckhead Chapter member.
Please fill out the Membership Inquiry Form here.
Mothers and their daughters (grades 7-12) participate in a program that embraces:
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:
- AGAPE Youth and Family Center
- Alzheimer’s Association
- American Heart Association
- American Red Cross
- Atlanta Botantical Garden
- Buckhead Christian Ministry
- Chastain Horse Park
- Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta at Egleston Hospital
- City of Refuge
- Disaster Response
- Ellis Center
- Furkids Animal Rescue and Shelters
- Meals on Wheels
- National Day of Service – Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service – January 16, 2023
- New Horizons Senior Center
- Open Hand Atlanta
- Open Hand, TRIAL
- Operation Gratitude
- Piedmont Hospital
- Pound the Pavement for Peter
- Ronald McDonald House Charities Egleston
- Susan G. Komen Greater Atlanta
- The Sandwich Project
- The Shepherd Center
- Zoo Atlanta
Each NCL, Inc. Chapter promotes social awareness by considering the local community’s needs and selecting appropriate non-profit organizations to serve. Each Chapter then supports its philanthropic service partners through different volunteer activities.
Buckhead Chapter’s goal is to promote and support a relevant list of philanthropy partners with hands on service as mother and daughter teams. Focusing on hands-on service in the community benefits the Chapter in the following ways:
- Encourages members to achieve the NCL purpose of inspiring and empowering women to succeed as confident, well-rounded and socially aware contributors serving in their communities
- Brings more value to the NCL Experience
- Helps the Chapter to develop strong connections with partner philanthropies
- Focuses Liaisons’ efforts on securing more on-site hours with the philanthropy partners
- Focuses GLAD’s efforts on encouraging TT Classes to serve together
- Cultivates the Core Values of NCL:
- Honoring the mother-daughter bond by together learning, growing and modeling responsibility and graciousness
- Empowering women with the skills and confidence to lead
- Nurturing through mentorship
- Inspiring a legacy of social awareness and compassion
- Providing depth of support in local communities
- Integrity and excellence in everything we do
Finally, hands-on service follows the true intent of National Charity League, Inc.’s bylaws on philanthropy hours. However at times, our members provide our philanthropy partners with goods and in-kind donations to enhance a hands-on project.
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:
- Consensus building
- Team building
- Conflict resolution
- Event planning
- Parliamentary procedure
Our Chapter Board of Directors:
- President: Courtenay Gabriel
- President Elect: Sara Nastopoulos
- Treasurer: Sara Abercrombie
- Parliamentarian: Jessica Pardi
- Vice President Communications: Ashley Bollwerk
- Vice President Membership: Liza Jancik
- Vice President Philanthropy: Mary Schwartz
- Vice President Provisionals: Katie Crites
- Vice President Ticktockers: Jenny Marks
- Sustainer Liaison: Mary_Fletcher Higdon
- Vice President Chapter Engagement and Inclusion: Sloane Alford
Members have opportunities to engage in experiences that build essential skills, such as confidence, consensus and team building, event planning, conflict resolution and parliamentary procedure. Activities of our Chapter include:
- Patroness & Ticktocker Class Boards: plan meeting and events including August Kick-off Celebration, February Mother/Daughter Style Show Event & Annual Meeting, Senior Recognition and Awards Tea
- Ticktocker Council: Ticktockers from each grade level provide input on Chapter policies and plan Ticktocker Day, a Chapter- wide meeting of all Ticktockers
- Finding Your Heart Initiative: (7th – 9th gr.) combines community service and leadership to focus on exploration of all philanthropy partners, our community needs, and Ticktockers’ interests
- Share Your Passion Initiative: (9th – 12th gr.) combines community service and leadership to focus on Ticktocker led special projects identified by individual Ticktockers or Mother/Daughter teams
- Ticktocker Class Philanthropy Projects: combines community service and leadership for each grade level class while planning and executing a focus philanthropy project
- Patroness & Ticktocker Committees: execute all Chapter business
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.
Buckhead Chapter defines cultural enrichment as creating an environment that nurtures positive identity by recognizing and appreciating the value of differences in each other and the world. We celebrate our community and organizational history through traditions that honor the past while serving the future. As mentors of future leaders, our Chapter continually strives to build stronger ties with our communities and the individuals within them. It is through this understanding that members grow and develop broader world views that will shape and enrich our lives.
Buckhead Chapter’s NCL Experience, a detailed 6-year, program plan, provides Ticktockers the opportunity to participate in grade-level appropriate experiences that build understanding and awareness of issues related to culture and diversity. Grade-level activities may include:
- Art History
- Exploration of Festivals
- Performing & Visual Arts
- Positive Identity
- Interpersonal Skills
- Art of Etiquette
- Social Media Etiquette
- Written Thank Yous
Etiquette is built into the program and put into practice at the August Kick-off Celebration, February Mother/Daughter Style Show & Annual Meeting, and our Senior Recognition and Awards Tea.
Blue Rose Chapter!
Our Chapter has received the Blue Rose Award for the 2021-22 year. This is the third year in a row we have received this award, which means we completed our annual requirements, participated in #GivingTuesday and the national philanthropy program, and held Sustainer Events as part of our ongoing commitment to impacting our philanthropy partners and our community! Thank you for all your hard work and continued commitment to serving our community that make this possible.