Carolina Lily

About Our Chapter

NCL, Inc., Carolina Lily 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 Wake County area, including Cary, Apex, Holly Springs and Morrisville. Like all NCL, Inc. Chapters, Carolina Lily aims to foster the mother-daughter relationship by serving its communities together.

The Carolina Lily Chapter serves philanthropies in the Triangle area.  We are committed to empowering our members to make a significant impact in our local community and in the lives of our members.  Through meetings, leadership, and service opportunities, our mothers (called Patronesses) and daughters in grades 7-12 (called Ticktockers) become strong leaders and generous philanthropists.

NCL, Inc is a 100% volunteer organization. Membership in the Carolina Lily Chapter requires a commitment of time and service and carries a financial responsibility as well.  All Patronesses hold a chapter job each year and actively participate as leaders in the operational success of the chapter. 

Each Ticktocker grade level has its own board of elected Ticktocker officers. Each Ticktocker has a job that changes annually to allow for skill growth.  Ticktocker classes are coached by Patronesses acting as Grade Level Advisors. Ticktockers follow a 6-year core program called the NCL Experience. This experience promotes Personal Development (life skills), Leadership Development (professional skills), Cultural Competency (social skills), and Community Service (philanthropic awareness).

The value of membership in the Carolina Lily Chapter lasts a lifetime. The NCL Experience uniquely draws mothers and daughters together to focus their minds, hearts, and talents toward creating a positive change in their communities and the nation.  Our goal is to develop civic awareness and responsibility as well as leadership in our daughters.

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.

The Carolina Lily Chapter was formed in August 2010. The Chapter is led by a 13 member volunteer board and has grown over the last 12 years to over 270 members representing 20 area schools.

Carolina Lily accepts new Mother-Daughter members on an annual basis dependent on Chapter openings, with the Chapter year beginning on June 1 and ending on May 31 the following year.

Please email to receive more information.

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

Community Service

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:

  • Brown Bag Ministry
  • Dress For Success
  • GiGi’s Playhouse
  • Glenaire, A Continuing Care Retirement Center
  • Habitat For Humanity of Wake County
  • Holly Springs Food Cupboard and Garden
  • Horse and Buddy
  • Inter-Faith Food Shuttle
  • Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation
  • Museum of Life and Science
  • North Carolina Senior Games
  • Ronald McDonald House of Chapel Hill, NC
  • SPCA – Wake County
  • Special Olympics North Carolina
  • Susan G. Komen NC Triangle to The Coast
  • The Carying Place
  • The Flower Shuttle
  • USO of North Carolina

Leadership Development

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:

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

Our Carolina Lily Chapter 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.

The leadership development opportunities afforded to Carolina Lily Chapter members through their six-year NCL Experience provides a foundation of knowledge and the tools to improve life skills and leadership skills.

Blue Rose Award

 Our Carolina Lily Chapter received the NCL Blue Rose Chapter Award for the 2020-2021 and 2021-2022 chapter year.

Cultural Experiences

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.

The Carolina Lily Chapter creates an environment that nurtures positive identity by recognizing and appreciating the value of differences in each other and the world. Exposure to culturally diverse people and events broadens perspective, promotes awareness and teaches cultural sensitivity.

Cultural values and traditions shape the Carolina Lily Chapter role and contribution in our communities. Some of the cultural experiences our Carolina Lily Chapter engage in virtually or in-person when possible include:

  • Musical Theater
  • Ballet & Dance Performances
  • Cultural Centers
  • Art & Seasonal Festivals
  • Choral Arts
  • Gardens & Historic Homes
  • Dramatic Theater
  • Operas
  • Museums
  • Parades & Celebrations

Additionally, some time-honored NCL Inc., traditions are included in the six-year curriculum which are cultural activities designed to teach members appropriate etiquette, graciousness, self-assurance in social settings, development of personal and community connections, good manners and respect for others.

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