About Our Chapter
NCL, Inc., Cardinal 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 Triangle, North Carolina area (all areas within the Triangle include, but is not limited to, the towns/cities of Raleigh, Cary, Durham, Apex, Holly Springs, Morrisville, and Chapel Hill, North Carolina). Like all NCL, Inc. Chapters, Cardinal aims to foster the mother-daughter relationship by serving its communities together.
The Cardinal Chapter serves the Western Wake County area, and is a 501c (3) organization committed to empowering women in making an impact in our local community and in the lives of our members. The Cardinal Chapter has over 200 members providing hands-on volunteer service for 26 philanthropic organizations and contributes over 5000 hours to our community each year.
In addition to philanthropic service, each grade offers leadership positions and activities that teach etiquette, graciousness, self-assuredness in social settings, development of personal and community connections, and respect for others.
The value of membership in the Cardinal Chapter lasts a lifetime. The NCL Experience uniquely draws women and girls together to focus their minds, hearts, and talents towards creating positive change in their communities and the nation.
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.
We accept new Mother-Daughter members on an annual basis, with the Chapter year beginning on June 1 and ending on May 31 the following year.
Prospective members need to be sponsored by a current member of the National Charity League, Inc. (NCL, Inc.) Chapter they wish to join.
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., you are invited to submit the following form.
Mothers and their daughters (grades 7-12) participate in a program that embraces:
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.
We work with the following philanthropies:
- Anna’s Angels Foundation
- DCI / Durham At Risk Youth Collaborative
- Dress for Success Triangle NC
- Friends of Wake County Guardian Ad Litem Program
- Gigi’s Playhouse
- Habitat for Humanity of Wake County
- Inter-Faith Food Shuttle
- Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation Eastern NC Chapter
- Life Experiences, Inc.
- Make a Wish Foundation of Eastern North Carolina
- Miracle League of the Triangle, Inc.
- North Carolina Museum of Art
- North Carolina Museum of Life and Science
- North Carolina Senior Games, Inc.
- Raleigh Rescue Mission, Inc.
- Read and Feed
- Ronald McDonald House of Chapel Hill, Inc.
- Ronald McDonald House of Durham
- Second Chance Pet Adoptions, Inc.
- Special Olympics North Carolina
- Susan G. Komen for the Cure, NC Triangle Affiliate
- The V Foundation for Cancer Research
- Wake County Parks, Recreation & Open Space
- Western Wake Tennis Association
As NCL, Inc. members we cherish the time we spend with our daughters and the many friends we meet through our chapter, but the heart of National Charity League is about having a positive impact in our communities through our work with local philanthropies and serving those in need.
The Cardinal Chapter, supporting the organizations listed above, strives to offer our members a variety of volunteer opportunities that address the needs of our community and expose our daughters to different types of non-profits. This work helps instill in our daughters, and reinforce in us, the values of dedication, compassion and service.
The Cardinal Chapter is proud of our members who give of their time and talents, and honor the NCL mission, by working with our philanthropy partners. Activities include helping Inter-Faith Food Shuttle relieve hunger by packing and delivering fresh groceries to senior housing communities, assisting the NC Museum of Art and the Museum of Life & Science with educational programs, helping Second Chance Pet Adoption in their efforts to find forever homes for homeless pets…and so much more!
Nurturing confidence through opportunities to learn and grow, while also building problem-solving skills through a supportive environment of healthy relationships.
Examples of skills developed include:
- Consensus building
- Team building
- Conflict resolution
- Event planning
- Parliamentary procedure
- President: Katie Wrege
- President Elect: Maribel Novelli
- Secretary: Joanna Fontaine
- Treasurer: Jenny Smith
- Parliamentarian: Christa Evans
- Vice President Communications: Jennifer Lillis
- Vice President Membership: Kecia Serwin
- Vice President Patroness Activities: Laura Wall
- Vice President Philanthropy: LaShana Morris
- Vice President Provisionals: Marisa Coyle
- Vice President Ticktockers: Hollis Mertens
- Sustainer Liaison: Meg McDevitt
Cardinal members have opportunities to engage in experiences that build essential skills. Each year, every Ticktocker class focuses on a different aspect of leadership. Beginning in 7th grade the Tictockers (daughters) explore leadership styles and NCL, Inc., core values. In 8th grade they learn to communicate more effectively and lead their grade level meetings. As 9th graders, the girls further develop their listening skills, practice time management tools, and build self-confidence. The 10th grade Ticktockers learn to strengthen conflict resolution skills, prepare for future employment, and engage in public speaking. In 11th grade the Ticktockers establish future goals and identify college opportunities. Lastly, as seniors this class mentors the younger Ticktockers.
Our programs assist Ticktockers in building and maximizing their potential to be confident role models by embracing “who they are” – which empowers their personal sense of purpose and increases their ability to be more effective advocates for others.
As future leaders, 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.
Mothers and daughters of each class attend a cultural experience together with a focus on different areas of art, theatre, dance and music.
Each Chapter celebrates the richness of its history through traditions that honor the past. The Mother Daughter Tea is an NCL, Inc. tradition. Today, NCL chapters around the country continue to embrace their long-standing traditions, as well as, create new ones.
As part of our NCL mission, the Cardinal Chapter is committed to cultural enrichment through experiences and engagement. The NCL Experience provides Ticktockers (daughters) the opportunity to participate in grade-level appropriate experiences that build awareness and understanding of issues related to culture and diversity. Chapter activities have included:
- Dramatic and musical theater performances
- Ballet and dance productions
- Culinary experiences
- Holiday traditions including decorating gingerbread houses and cookies
- Cultural and country presentations
- Interpersonal skills
- Drug awareness programs
- College admissions preparation
- Internet and personal safety