About Our Chapter

NCL, Inc., Irvine 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 the City of Irvine at the time of application and admission. Like all NCL, Inc. Chapters, Irvine aims to foster the mother-daughter relationship by serving its communities together.


We have nearly 200 mother-daughter members in grades 7 through 12 who serve 31 philanthropies in the Irvine community each year. Through this work, NCL, Inc., Irvine Chapter develops socially responsible community leaders who have a positive impact on the communities in which they live.

With over 40 years of history as a chapter, we’ve established many cherished service and chapter traditions. We founded the Irvine Meals on Wheels in 1982 to serve Irvine Seniors. For over 38 years, our Chapter has fully or partially funded and administered the Irvine Meals on Wheels program. 

Our unique focus on the mother-daughter relationship while serving the community is the cornerstone of Irvine Chapter’s success and growth. Mothers and daughters work together as volunteers to support the community while developing as leaders and role models and seeking out diverse cultural experiences.

Our 6-year program creates strong, confident leaders. Our girls leave NCL with impressive resume credentials for college and beyond!

National Charity League, Inc. provides opportunities for mothers: known as Patronesses, and daughters: known as Ticktockers, to enjoy both mother-daughter and peer relationships through The NCL Experience. 

The purpose of The NCL Experience is to inspire and empower women to succeed as confident, well-rounded, and socially aware contributors in their communities. 

NCL, Inc., Irvine Chapter activities fulfill the NCL mission to foster mother-daughter relationships in a philanthropic organization committed to community service, leadership development, and cultural experiences.

Community Service:  Our desire is to learn what philanthropic needs exist in our community and to help meet those needs whenever possible.
Leadership:  Our intent is to enhance potential leadership skills through team building, problem-solving, mentoring, and group dynamics.
Cultural:  Our goal is to create an environment that nurtures positive identity by recognizing and appreciating the value of differences in each other and the world.

During the developmental and formative years between 7th and 12th grade, Ticktockers absorb the standards and ideals that generations hold to be important and worthy of preservation. The Ticktocker experience is designed to be a small group leadership program that provides opportunities for each developing young woman to know the joy of helping others, to learn tolerance and kindness, to mature and build confidence, and to make friends while sharing and participating in these activities in a safe and comfortable age-appropriate environment.

As Patroness’ we experience the joy of working alongside our daughters as their perspectives broaden about the world around them. And value the satisfaction of working with other talented women to help our Chapter thrive. 

Our Patronesses are diverse, skilled volunteers and working professionals who are united in their desire to bond with their daughters and launch them as independent, engaged women capable of making a difference in their families and their communities. 

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 Irvine Chapter Membership Drive is from October 1, 2020 to January 15, 2021 and is open to mothers and their daughters currently in grades 6-9. 

We have 4 Prospective Member Information Meetings and look forward to seeing you at any of them! During this time, to maintain safety, all of our meetings are being held through Zoom.

  • Wed, October 21, 2020
  • Fri, November 6, 2020
  • Sun, December 6, 2020
  • Tue, January 5, 2021
  • Sun, January 10, 2021

If you’re unable to make any of these dates, our VP of Membership, Nicole Breen, is also sharing the information during one-on-one virtual or in-person meetings.  You may contact Nicole at:


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:

  • American Heart Association
  • American Red Cross
  • Back Bay Therapeutic Riding Club
  • Blessing in a Backpack
  • Bloom Foundation
  • Children’s Hospital of Orange County
  • Families Forward
  • Friends of the Library
  • Hoag Hospital
  • Human Options, Inc.
  • ICEC
  • Irvine 2/11 Marine Adoption
  • Irvine Animal Care Center
  • Irvine Children’s Fund – Irvine Junior Games
  • Irvine Community Parks
  • Irvine Senior Center
  • Kidworks
  • Meals on Wheels
  • OC Rescue Mission
  • Operation Gratitude
  • Operation Valentine
  • Orange County Coastkeeper
  • Philharmonic Society
  • School on Wheels
  • Second Harvest Food Bank
  • Shadetree Partnership
  • Shea Center for Therapeutic Riding
  • Susan G.Komen Foundation
  • The Kindness Campaign
  • Thomas House Family Shelter
  • Working Wardrobes

Our Chapter provides easy and organized ways for mothers and daughters to volunteer together and we’re always looking for new ways to serve the community.

In 2020, several Members received extra training at Shadetree Partnership to earn the designation of Key Volunteer with the “Adopt A Nursery” program allowing us to schedule and manage our own Chapter Volunteer Hours serving Shadetree Partnership. 

This year we also added 8 new philanthropies to our list of volunteer opportunities. We encourage and welcome all of our members to submit new and favorite philanthropies to become Chapter Philanthropy Partners. We love to serve philanthropies our members support!


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
  • President: Tami Hund
  • President Elect: Amy Hellewell
  • Treasurer: Melissa Vu
  • Parliamentarian: Virginia Mumm
  • Vice President Communications: Melinda Choudhary
  • Vice President Membership: Minna Sarkar
    Nicole Breen
  • Vice President Patroness Activities: Carolyn Canning-White
  • Vice President Philanthropy: Karen Vaught
    Yi-Chia Chen
  • Vice President Provisionals: Priya Ganju
  • Vice President Ticktockers: Beth Courtiss
    Maria Torres-Tirado
  • Sustainer Liaison: Patty Le-Narula



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.

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. We celebrate our history through traditions that honor the past while serving the future. Activities of our Chapter include:

Mother Daughter Holiday Tea

Junior Class Fashion Show

Senior Class Recognition

Grade level cultural experiences

In the NCL, Inc., Irvine Chapter our Ticktockers follow a Six-Year Core Program ensuring exposure to a wide variety of cultural experiences as expressed through museums, theater, symphony, art, and cuisine.

Additionally, the Six-Year Core Program is designed to teach our girls business and personal etiquette, graciousness, self-assuredness in social settings, development of personal and community connections, manners, and respect for others.


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