About Our Chapter

NCL, Inc., Laguna 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 South Orange County. Like all NCL, Inc. Chapters, Laguna aims to foster the mother-daughter relationship by serving its communities together.

The Laguna Chapter was founded in 1984 starting with 85 mothers and their 99 daughters.  We now have more than 300 active members serving 21 philanthropies in Orange County.  These philanthropies range from Special Camp for Special Kids and the J.F. Shea Therapeutic Riding Center to South County Senior Services and the Boys and Girls Club, Capistrano.  On an annual basis the Laguna Chapter members contribute more than 10,000 philanthropic hours to local Orange County communities.

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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.

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 submit the following form:


For any questions regarding membership, requests for transfers, or assistance with connecting as a Sustainer, email us.

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. 

Some of the philanthropies we work with are:

  • Boys and Girls Club — Capistrano Valley
  • Ecology Center
  • Family Assistance Ministries
  • Festival of Children
  • Handmade Brigade
  • J.F. Shea Therapeutic Riding Center
  • Just Like Me Foundation
  • Laguna Storytellers
  • Laura’s House
  • LPAPA Laguna Plein Air Painters Assn.
  • Mission Hospital Foundation
  • Ocean Institute
  • Operation Valentine
  • Orangewood Children’s Foundation
  • Pediatric Cancer Research Foundation

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.  Philanthropies supported by our Chapter include:

Boys & Girls Club – Capistrano Valley

Waymakers Youth Shelter

Family Assistance Ministries 

Festival of Children 

J.F. Shea Therapeutic Riding Center

Laguna Plein Air Painters Association (LPAPA)

Laguna Storytellers/Orange County Public Libraries

Laura’s House

Mission Hospital Foundation

Ocean Institute

Operation Valentine

Orangewood Children’s Foundation 

Pediatric Cancer Research Foundation 

Senior Services 

Special Camp for Special Kids

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
This year’s Board Members:

  • President: Paula Baldwin
  • President Elect: Mistie Whalen
  • Secretary: Carol Dygean
  • Treasurer: Lisa Marking
    Kimberlee Tuttle
  • Parliamentarian: Susan Masson
    Maureen Aitken
  • Vice President Communications: Shawna Moznett
  • Vice President Membership: Christine Cormie
    Debra Yasui
  • Vice President Patroness Activities: Autumn Connot
    Elaine Marr
  • Vice President Philanthropy: Kerry Wagner
    Zyda Martinez
  • Vice President Provisionals: Kelly Boyd
  • Vice President Ticktockers: Susan Giusto
    Diana Swanson
  • Sustainer Liaison: Corinne Adams
    Julia Marcinkowski

Members have opportunities to engage in experiences that build essential skills, such as confidence, collaboration and team building, event planning, conflict resolution and parliamentary procedure.

Each Ticktocker class elects its leadership and they run their own meetings with the guidance of their group leaders. In addition, mothers serve on committees or hold positions that support chapter events and/or philanthropies.

Opportunities to develop leadership and responsibility abound within the organization and in serving the community at large.


2020 – 2021

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 a mother-daughter volunteer group, the Laguna Chapter serves Orange County in many different ways. Developing a sense of awareness of those in need and stepping forward to offer help is just one part of the NCL experience. Living in a community of natural beauty and evolving lifestyle, we also seek to discover its diversity and gain an understanding of the unique treasures that make up its culture. Laguna Beach is world-renowned for its beautiful coastlines and its distinctive artistic history dating back to the early 1900s. Our chapter’s goal is for mothers and daughters to experience these artistic expressions together, in order that we may gain insight into our community and a broader global perspective, overall. 

Among the various activities we’ve promoted are Laguna’s Pageant of the Masters and Festival of Arts, Botanical Garden and Architectural tours, museum visits, dance and theatrical events and concerts. Additionally, the Laguna Chapter is a preferred volunteer organization supporting the Laguna Plein Air Painter’s Association’s annual Invitational and Exhibitions. In an effort to provide ongoing education, and to raise awareness of rich artistic legacy Laguna Beach, we also raised awareness through informative documentary screenings, and educational and inspiring speakers.

A Chapter Tea is an annual event that mothers and daughters look forward to attending each year where values, traditions and community connections are cultivated and embraced. Hosting a Tea provides our Ticktockers the opportunity to develop and practice modern etiquette in an easy and fun way while nurturing the mother/daughter bond. NCL Inc. has a comprehensive curriculum around manners and etiquette created in partnership with Myka Meier of Beaumont Etiquette, based in New York City, 

The New Member and Debutante Announcement Luncheon is a chapter-wide event held annually each Spring. New Provisional Members are formally introduced to the Chapter membership at this Luncheon. Ticktocker Awards recipients are recognized for their hours of service to the community. Senior Class Ticktockers announce their intentions to become a Debutante, which is then followed by heart felt Senior mother/daughter tributes. This memorable afternoon culminates with the Senior Class starring in an exciting Fashion Show sponsored by our partner, Bloomingdale’s of South Coast Plaza. 

The Debutante Ball is a formal, time-honored tradition celebrating a Senior Ticktocker’s six year experience of philanthropic service to her community through National Charity League. This special evening is traditionally held between the Christmas and New Year’s Eve holidays of her freshman year in college. The graduating class is recognized and honored for wholly embracing the spirit of NCL, their dedication to our community and commitment to the philanthropic partners our chapter serves. The Laguna Chapter is one of only five chapters, nationally, to hold a Debutante Ball.

Laguna Chapter Philanthropies


Children’s books can have great positive impact on a young learner; shaping who we are and how we see the world. Early childhood literacy often serves as a gateway to pursuits in literature, art,science, and a life-long thirst for knowledge.

Almost thirty years ago, Laguna Chapter Patroness Julia Johnson and her Ticktocker daughter, Candace, saw an opportunity to help children embrace their imaginations through storytelling. This great idea, originally called Sunshine Readers, blossomed into a viable Laguna Chapter philanthropy promoting early childhood literacy. Calling on her own talents as a trained actor, Miss Julia (as she is affectionately known) set to work to develop a travelling literacy program that would incorporate active participation with an instructional narrative at various Orange County Public Libraries.

Who better to help in this pursuit than the Laguna Chapter’s very own Ticktockers?  Ticktockers who participate in this program complete regular training sessions throughout the year to refine public speaking skills and theatrical storytelling techniques with the goal to promote early childhood literacy by making books come to life. Leadership skills, confidence, responsibility in group settings, and an ability to connect more deeply to the community around them while nurturing a love for reading in their younger audiences are positive outcomes.

Today, Laguna Storytellers Literacy Program is is so much more than reading to little ones. It’s a building block for early listening and speaking skills. It also encourages group participation and language development.  In the last three decades, the program has touched thousands of lives, gained national recognition, and earned the Laguna Chapter NCL, Inc.’s national awards for innovation.  As one of the most popular philantrhopies amongst our Ticktockers, “reads” take place regularly at six Orange County Public Libraries: Aliso Viejo, Dana Point, Ladera Ranch, Laguna Beach, San Clemente, and San Juan Capistrano, as well as, Orangewood Children’s Home in Orange. 

For more information about the program, please contact Laura Ballantyne, Administrative Director at (949) 636-0115 or


This Laguna Chapter in-house philanthropy focuses on mothers and daughters creating a variety of handmade items to support several of our local philanthropy partners. Our chapter members make costumes designed with simplicity and fun for all abilities. Tutu’s, headbands, princess wands and pink power capes for the girls; power capes, masks, and power cuffs for the boys. Our Chapter members have also learned fabric design and sewing skills making handmade lap quilts, pillows and fabric games for children.