About Our Chapter

NCL, Inc., Fairfield 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 or attend school in the Fairfield area. Like all NCL, Inc. Chapters, Fairfield aims to foster the mother-daughter relationship by serving its communities together.

In June 2013, thirty Fairfield mothers and thirty-nine daughters in grades seven through twelve became Founding Members of the newly formed Fairfield Expansion Chapter. These members quickly set to work establishing the Chapter’s first adopted philanthropy partners, developing a curriculum that includes service, leadership development and cultural experience and setting up the organizational systems that are critical to an effective and efficient organization. Having met the requirements set forth by NCL, Inc., the Fairfield Chapter received its charter in March 2015.


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.


The Fairfield Chapter conducts a sponsored Membership Drive from October 1st to January 15th at noon. To be considered, Prospective Members (Mothers) shall reside in or their daughter(s) attend school in the Fairfield area.  At the time of application, girls should be currently in the grades of 6, 7, 8 or 9.  To view our Prospective Member packets please click here.

If you have an interest or passion for service, leadership development and cultural enrichment, please click here to submit your Membership Inquiry form. 

The Chapter is holding two Prospective Member informational coffee gatherings on the following dates at the Fairfield Museum located at 370 Beach Road in Fairfield:

Wednesday – November 16th at 7:00 PM 

Thursday – January 12th at 7:00 PM  

Attendance at the Prospective Member informational coffee gatherings is not required in order to apply for membership, but is highly recommended to attend one gathering. Please RSVP which session you plan to attend by emailing: membershipfairfield@nclonline.org.   

Each application must be sponsored and co-sponsored by a current Member (Patroness – Mothers) of the Fairfield Chapter. Please approach a current Member to ask if she is able to sponsor or co-sponsor your application and if you are unable to connect with a current Member, please reach out to our VP Membership at membershipfairfield@nclonline.org.  The VP Membership will be able to source a sponsor and co-sponsor for your application along with a warm introduction to support you though the application process.  To complete your application please click here.

By the end of February, invitations will be sent via email to Prospective Members and a new Member orientation will be held on March 30, 2022 at 7:30PM. 

If you have any questions regarding Membership, requests for transfers, or assistance with connecting as a Sustainer, email us at membershipfairfield@nclonline.org.


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
  • Bigelow Center for Senior Activities (formerly Fairfield Senior Center)
  • Breast Cancer Awareness
  • Bridgeport Rescue Mission
  • Burroughs Community Center
  • Cardinal Shehan Center
  • Connecticut Audubon Society
  • Disaster Response
  • Fairfield Museum and History Center
  • Food Rescue US (formerly Community Plates)
  • Mission (formerly Center for Survivorship / CT Challenge)
  • Norma Pfriem Breast Center
  • Operation Gratitude
  • Operation Homefront
  • Operation Hope
  • Pequot Library
  • Save the Children
  • Save the Sound
  • Special Olympics Connecticut
  • The Center for Family Justice
  • The Kennedy Center
  • The Pilot House

The Fairfield Chapter supports 18 local and 2 national philanthropies which focus on the environment; elderly; children; special needs individuals; families in need; community and cancer support organizations.

Are You A Philanthropy Interested In NCL, Inc., Fairfield Chapter?

Any local 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations interested in becoming one of our Chapter’s approved philanthropies, please email us at nclfairfield@gmail.com.

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: Erin Fusco (She/Her)
  • President Elect: Marianne Ford
  • Secretary: Heather Cameron
    Julie Sanders
  • Treasurer: Clare Coyne
  • Parliamentarian: Anna Freitag
  • Vice President Communications: Laura King
    Priyanka Jain
  • Vice President Membership: Jo-Ann Epstein
    Lisa English
  • Vice President Philanthropy: Amy Graney
  • Vice President Ticktockers: Christine Barry
    Fernanda Marchi

The Fairfield Chapter has established a specific leadership curriculum for grades 7 to 12. Through grade-level meetings and personal goal setting, each grade focuses on specific responsibilities and life skills ranging from clique prevention, conflict resolution and effective communications skills to college preparation, career exploration and personal finance.

Activities of our Chapter include:

  • Thousands of volunteer hours served in support of adopted philanthropies.
  • Annual Ticktocker Officer Training delivered to girls who serve in elected grade level positions.
  • Yearly Grade Level Cultural Event providing a fun opportunity to experience the arts.
  • Annual Chapter Tea affords opportunities to use Etiquette Skills during a celebratory NCL tradition.
  • Conveyance of Awards to members with a record of exceptional service to the Chapter.
  • Senior Recognition Event celebrates the growth of graduating Ticktockers.
  • Monthly programming for Patroness enrichment.

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.

The Fairfield Chapter requires that each grade level to attend one cultural event per year together with their grade level class. The cultural events vary per grade level and range from performing arts musical performance, dance, modern theater, arts and culture, and classical theater or opera.

Some of the Cultural events the Chapter members have experienced include:

  • Touring local public and private art galleries
  • Attending professional and amateur dance, plays and musicals
  • Visiting science and history museums
  • Practicing the art of etiquette at the annual Chapter Tea
  • Participating in a virtual 5k Run/Walk




About National Charity League, Inc.

Established in Los Angeles, CA in 1925, and incorporated in 1958, National Charity League, Inc., is the premier national mother-daughter organization striving to meet critical needs of local communities through hands-on volunteer support. Currently, the organization has over 295 Chapters with 200,000 actively engaged members in 32 states.

The NCL, Inc. mission is to foster mother-daughter relationships in a philanthropic organization committed to community service, leadership development, and cultural experiences. Membership in NCL, Inc. gives mothers and daughters unique opportunities to strengthen their bond while growing together, sharing of themselves, and improving their communities. Through the mother-daughter relationship, NCL, Inc. will develop strong women leaders serving and impacting communities today and for generations to come.

What does it mean to be a member of NCL, Inc’s, Fairfield Chapter?

At NCL, girls are given the title “Ticktockers”, which comes from the earliest history of the organization. As Ticktockers, girls in grades 7-12, participate in an NCL, Inc. experience that includes three pillars: Service, Leadership Development and Cultural Experience. Each pillar is as important as the other so, over the course of her NCL journey, a Ticktocker will have many opportunities for personal growth and development.

At NCL, moms are given a title of “Patronesses” and they, too, participate in opportunities to develop through the three pillars both with their daughters and independently.

Whether a Ticktocker or Patroness, every member is elected or assigned to a role that contributes to the organization’s mission. Training for each role is provided through several programs at the local, regional, and national levels.

Ticktockers meet monthly as a group by grade level while all Patronesses meet monthly. To remain an active member in good standing, all members must commit to meet a minimum number of volunteer hours (called Philanthropy Hours) and league hours to assist our Chapter in running smoothly.

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