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? 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 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.

Please click the link to fill out and submit your membership inquiry form, or email


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:

  • Alzheimer’s Association
  • American Heart Association
  • American Red Cross
  • Anna’s Angels Foundation
  • DCI / Durham At Risk Youth Collaborative
  • Designed for Joy
  • Disaster Response
  • Dress for Success Triangle NC
  • Durham Rescue Mission
  • Friends of Wake County Guardian Ad Litem Program
  • Gigi’s Playhouse
  • Habitat for Humanity of Wake County
  • Inter-Faith Food Shuttle
  • InterAct
  • 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.
  • Operation Gratitude
  • 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 Flower Shuttle
  • 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!

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: Margaret Carpenter
  • President Elect: Jasmine Smith
  • Secretary: Sharon Herschman
  • Treasurer: Lorie Riehs
  • Parliamentarian: Jenny Smith
  • Vice President Communications: Amy Sams
  • Vice President Membership: Debra Hauge
  • Vice President Philanthropy: Jennifer Marquis
  • Vice President New Members: Carol Andreu
  • Vice President Ticktockers: Ajna Morrow
  • Sustainer Liaison: Maribel Novelli
  • Vice President Chapter Engagement and Inclusion: Mary Atasoy

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.


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 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