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. Today, more than 300 active members are serving 21 philanthropies in Orange County. These non-profit organizations meet a variety of needs within the community ranging from children with special needs, senior populations, families at risk, environmental sustainability and food insecurity.
The Laguna Chapter is a dynamic group of mothers and daughters, in grades 7-12, who understand the importance of giving back; who are committed to the mission of NCL, and always willing to step forward to fill a need in our surrounding communities. We are unique among other NCL, Inc. Chapters in that we host an annual Debutante Ball, are home to two Original and “Award Winning” philanthropies, and have a growing and thriving Sustainer Membership group that remains connected and actively engaged in serving our philanthropies and also several of the Laguna Chapter’s mission based events and activities.
Our 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, beaumontetiquette.com
The New Member and Debutante Announcement Luncheon is another chapter-wide event held annually each Spring. New Provisional Members are formally introduced to the Chapter 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 a Ticktocker’s freshman year of college. Each 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.
For questions, email: Vice President Membership, Maureen Aitken at firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
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:
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:
- Alzheimer’s Association
- American Heart Association
- American Red Cross
- Angel Aid
- Disaster Response
- Friends of Cathryn Foundation
- Habitat for Humanity
- Laguna Art Museum
- Miracles for Kids
- National Day of Service – January 16, 2023
- OC Parks
- Operation Gratitude
- Pacific Marine Mammal Center
- Senior Services: Laguna Beach and Laguna Niguel
- Shopping Cart Rally
- Special Camp
- Surfrider Foundation, South Orange County
- The Kindness Campaign
The Laguna Chapter serves 18 philanthropies in Orange County, with a variety of opportunities to serve. Collectively our mothers and daughters volunteer an average of 10,000 hours per year.
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:
- Consensus building
- Team building
- Conflict resolution
- Event planning
- Parliamentary procedure
Our Chapter Board of Directors:
- President: Jennifer McCusker
- President Elect: Jen Blakey
- Secretary: Noushin Conley
- Treasurer: Lisa Marking
Kimberly J Lewis
- Parliamentarian: Michele Atkinson
- Vice President Communications: Nancy Choi
- Vice President Membership: Maureen Aitken
- Vice President Philanthropy: Anne Glass
- Vice President Provisionals: Ronda Mottl
- Vice President Ticktockers: Robyn Vettraino
Ann Marie Jennison
- Sustainer Liaison: Mistie Whalen
- Vice President Chapter Engagement and Inclusion (formerly Vice President Patroness Activities): Ann Hirakawa
Vice President Standards: Mashid Rizzone
Immediate Past President and Sustainer Liaison: Mistie Whalen
Mothers and daughters have the opportunity to take on leadership roles throughout their time in NCL. Ticktockers are encouraged to run for a grade level office at least once in their six years, with most holding an office two or three times. Ticktocker officers are trained and mentored by Patroness Board Members, and guided throughout the year by Grade Level Advisors. They prepare agendas and run meetings, with the opportunity to work as a team to create meaningful philanthropic activities.
Member Patronesses have opportunities to hold one of 12 Board positions, with training provided by our District representatives. Our President and President Elect attend annual training meetings with nearly 300 National Charity League, Inc. Chapters.
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 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 many facets of local area culture, together, in order that we may gain insight into our community and a broader global perspective, overall.
Various activities supported 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 raise awareness and provide a broader perspective of Orange County’s rich culture, the Laguna Chapter coordinates ongoing educational opportunities through informative documentary screenings, inspiring speakers and districtwide forums.
Laguna Chapter Philanthropies
Children’s books can positively impact young learners, shaping who they are and how they see the world. Almost thirty years ago a Laguna Chapter Patroness, and her Ticktocker daughter, saw an opportunity to help children embrace their imaginations through storytelling. Soon our “Sunshine Readers” travelling literacy program began popping up at various Orange County Public Libraries. This concept, which encouraged audience participation with an instructional narrative, quickly caught hold of the community and became the Laguna Chapter’s first in-house philanthropy now called the Laguna Storyteller’s Literacy Program.
Participating in regular training sessions throughout the year, Ticktockers refine public speaking skills and theatrical storytelling techniques with the goal of spreading early childhood literacy by bringing children’s books to life. Through this experience the girls develop poise and confidence in a public setting and learn to work as a team while making meaningful connections within their local community.
For the young audiences, the Laguna Storytellers Literacy Program is a building block for early listening skills, language development, and participation in a group enviroment. In the last three decades, this program has touched thousands of lives, gained national recognition, and earned the distinction of being NCL, Inc.’s chosen National Philanthropy Initiative for 2014. Always a popular philanthropy 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.