About Our Chapter

NCL, Inc., Burbank 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 Burbank area and nearby communities. Like all NCL, Inc. Chapters, Burbank aims to foster the mother-daughter relationship by serving its communities together.


Each year, the mothers and daughters of the Burbank Chapter give more than 10,000 hours of community service to philanthropies in Burbank and greater Los Angeles County. In addition, members help ensure our strength and success by completing over 2,000 service hours for our chapter each year.

Beyond the volunteer work that we perform in support of philanthropies’ missions, the Burbank Chapter also raises funds for our philanthropies through the hosting of our annual fundraiser. This is a festive and fun occasion that provides an opportunity for the community to join with our membership in celebration and service.

The Burbank Chapter also provides our membership with opportunities to celebrate our special relationship and achievements. Each year our Mother-Daughter Tea allows us to spend a lovely afternoon together as a chapter, and helps teach our Ticktockers etiquette and social graces. In addition, we formally honor our Ticktockers for their leadership and hours of service to our philanthropies and our chapter, at our annual Awards Luncheon and Fashion Show. At this wonderful event, Ticktockers who have completed their grade level service hours requirements receive a service award, and we proudly present a number of special awards to those who have contributed 50, 75, and 100 or more additional hours of service to individual and combined philanthropies.

A Ticktocker’s senior year is the finale to the six-year NCL Experience. This special year includes a senior philanthropic project, participation in the annual fundraiser, the Senior Tea, and a Senior Recognition event held just prior to graduation. While this event is not an debutante ball, it is a beautiful formal event for Ticktockers, their families, and friends that celebrates the many accomplishments of their years in NCL, and also their plans and goals for the future.

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For more than 50 years, the Burbank Chapter of National Charity League, Inc. has been a positive force in our community, through our dedication to philanthropic service, and fostering the development of strong character, leadership, and social responsibility in our daughters.

The Burbank Chapter was first organized in 1959 and chartered in 1960. A group of 28 women met on February 6, 1959 to lay plans for the Burbank Chapter, and during the first year, our chapter had 41 members comprised of Patronesses and a Senior Ticktocker group.

Many of our chapter traditions and commitments to philanthropies that were established in our first years remain with us today. Our chapter has worked with the Red Cross and the American Cancer Society since our inception, and more than 2440 hours of service were donated to these groups in our chapter’s first year alone. Our chapter newsletter, “The Burbank Broadcaster,” which was started in 1960, still keeps members up-to-date on chapter news, events, and happenings.

Dedicated to philanthropic service and anchored by the strong legacy of our founders, our chapter has grown substantially since our early days, and today boasts more than 200 members, including over 90 Ticktockers in six grade levels. As our chapter moves further into the 21st century, we proudly honor our foundation in all that we do—and most importantly, we strive to make our community a better place to live in, and to strengthen the enduring bond of mothers and daughters.

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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.

Membership Inquiry Form

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


We invite you to consider membership in the NCL, Inc., Burbank Chapter. Some things to keep in mind about the Membership process:

  • Timeline: Applications for Membership are accepted during the Annual Membership Drive from October 1-January 31 each year for women with daughters in grades 6th-9th at the time of the Membership Drive.
  • Sponsorship: A Prospective Member shall be sponsored by an Active Member and co-sponsored by an Active, Provisional or Sustainer Patroness Member in our Chapter. (We can help connect you with a Sponsor and Co-Sponsor, if needed!).
  • Application: A Prospective Member shall only apply to one Chapter.

Please begin by completing our Membership Inquiry FormThis will allow us to provide you with further details about the Membership application process and timeline, or email us at 


Thank you again for your interest in our NCL, Inc., Burbank Chapter. We look forward to meeting you!


Characteristics of a Good NCL, Inc. Members:

  • She will make Membership in NCL, Inc. a priority for herself and her daughter(s).
  • She is a “team player” and will accept the decision of the majority.
  • She is able and willing to be a role model for all Members.
  • She will be willing to actively participate in the operation and administration of her Chapter by holding leadership positions each year.
  • She understands the importance of all three pillars of NCL, Inc. – philanthropic, leadership, cultural.
  • She understands the importance of a positive attitude, communication, and constructive problem solving.
  • She fully understands the financial obligations associated with NCL, Inc. Membership.


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:

  • *NCL Burbank Chapter
  • Ahead With Horses
  • Alzheimer’s Association
  • American Cancer Society
  • American Heart Association
  • American Red Cross
  • Barnes & Noble – Special Ways & Means Credit
  • BCR-Bridging Community Resources
  • Boys and Girls Club of Burbank and Greater East Valley
  • Braille Institute
  • Burbank Arts for All Foundation
  • Burbank Community YMCA
  • Burbank Coordinating Council
  • Burbank Family Services
  • Burbank Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center
  • Burbank On Parade
  • Burbank Public Library
  • Burbank Temporary Aid Center (BTAC)
  • Childrens Hospital Los Angeles
  • Cystic Fibrosis
  • Disaster Response
  • FosterAll
  • Home Again Los Angeles
  • Kid’s Community Dental Clinic
  • Los Angeles Mission
  • Operation Gratitude
  • Project Angel Food
  • Providence Saint Joseph Medical Center
  • Rose Parade Float
  • Special Olympics
  • Tierra Del Sol Foundation


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.

Philanthropies supported by the Burbank Chapter include:

  • Ahead with Horses
  • American Cancer Society
  • Boys and Girls Club of Burbank
  • Braille Institute
  • Burbank Arts for All
  • BCR Bridging Community Resources
  • Burbank Community YMCA
  • Burbank Coordinating Council
  • Burbank Family Services Agency
  • Burbank Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center
  • Burbank on Parade
  • Burbank Public Library
  • Burbank Temporary Aid Center
  • Burbank Rose Float Association
  • Child S.H.A.R.E.
  • Children’s Hospital Los Angeles
  • Cystic Fibrosis Foundation
  • Home Again L.A.
  • Kids Community Dental Clinic of Burbank
  • Kiwanis Club of Burbank
  • Los Angeles Mission
  • Operation Gratitude
  • Project Angel Food
  • Providence St. Joseph Medical Center
  • Red Cross
  • Special Olympics
  • Tierra del Sol Foundation

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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: Caroline Buffolino
    Jeanne Cotton
  • Secretary: Cristina Strattan
  • Treasurer: Kristi Allen
  • Parliamentarian: Suzi Reader
    Charlene Tabet
  • Vice President Communications: Madeleine Francis-Nappi
    Annette Zapata-Mongelli
  • Vice President Membership: Gabrielle Pascoe
    Lisa Allinson
  • Vice President Philanthropy: Kathy Sessinghaus
  • Vice President Provisionals: Natalie Gonzales
    Neysa Siefert
  • Vice President Ticktockers: Annie Ghazarians
  • Sustainer Liaison: Charmalee Magoon
    Alyssa Magoon
  • Vice President Chapter Engagement and Inclusion: Cheryl Herrera
    Shilpa Sayana


In NCL, 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. To this end, our Patronesses and Ticktockers hold individual jobs within the Burbank Chapter each year, and they actively participate as leaders in the operational success of our chapter.

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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.


As future leaders, we encourage our Ticktockers to continually strive to build stronger bonds with our communities and the individuals within them. We believe that it is through cultivating this understanding that our young women grow and develop broader worldviews that can shape and support their lives, and we celebrate our history through traditions that honor the past while serving the future.

Some of our time-honored NCL traditions include participating in cultural activities that are designed to teach our Ticktockers etiquette, graciousness, and self-confidence in social settings, as well as good manners and respect for others. As part of this, we partake in activities that provide a culturally enriching experience for our membership, including visits to cultural centers, museums, attending gallery showings, performance art exhibitions by members of various cultures, dance performances, symphonies, plays, and operas.

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