Lake Washington

About Our Chapter

NCL, Inc., Lake Washington 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 greater Seattle area. Like all NCL, Inc. Chapters, Lake Washington aims to foster the mother-daughter relationship by serving its communities together.


National Charity League 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., Lake Washington 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 a 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. 
View our Six-Year-Plan for the Ticktocker Experience.

The joy of working alongside our daughters as their perspective broadens about the world around them.  And the satisfaction of working with other talented women to help our Chapter thrive.

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.


Your membership in NCL, Inc., Lake Washington Chapter and participation in our program, Program Overview and NCL Experience 6-Year-Plan, will offer opportunities to participate in community service, leadership and cultural experiences.  It is our hope that our daughters will develop a greater appreciation of the community values and ideals that our generation holds to be important and worthy of preservation.


Mercer island is lucky to have a large number of philanthropic-minded women.  Thus, there are two NCL, Inc. Chapters on our island:  Evergreen Chapter and Lake Washington Chapter.

Our membership drive runs during the Fall months each year.  Prospective members need to be sponsored by a current member of the NCL, Inc. Chapter they wish to apply to.

To learn more about NCL, Inc. and our chapter, please consider attending one of our joint NCL, Inc. information nights upcoming in the Fall.  Information will be posted here when it is available.

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

Some of the philanthropies we work with are:

  • *YWCA of Seattle – General (Non-Angeline’s)
  • Angelines Center/YWCA of Seattle
  • Birthday Dreams
  • Childhaven
  • Eastside Baby Corner
  • Food Lifeline
  • Fred Hutch / Obliteride
  • Girls On The Run
  • Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation of Seattle
  • Kindering Center
  • Lenny Wilkens Foundation / Children’s Hospital
  • Mary’s Place
  • Mercer Island Boys and Girls Club
  • Mercer Island Fine Arts Council
  • Mercer Island Preschool Association

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: Patty Brown
  • President Elect: Emily Ferrari
  • Secretary: Lisa Patacsil
  • Parliamentarian: Heather Hall
  • Vice President Communications: Karen Schmid
    Bridget Haba
  • Vice President Membership: Heather Martin
    Jeanette Petersen
  • Vice President Patroness Activities: Stephanie Hinson
    Cindi Pacecca
  • Vice President Philanthropy: Hilary Doroski
    Jody Kris
  • Vice President Provisionals: Michelle Harkins
  • Vice President Ticktockers: Ginny Pietila
    Elizabeth Buchan
  • Sustainer Liaison: Kelly Casey



Ticktocker Motto:  We search for charity within ourselves and strive for the graciousness to share it with others.

Purpose:  Ticktocker groups are organized to initiate and encourage charitable endeavors and to foster the mother-daughter relationship in philanthropic, education, leadership, and cultural training.

Class Officers:  Officers are self-nominated and elected by class members each year.  Officers and class members are trained in parliamentarian procedure and conduct their own meetings, with the support of Grade Level Advisors.  The officers and class members also organize philanthropy projects for their own purposes and/or for the Chapter to participate in.

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.

Besides the annual Mother-Daughter Tea, held in the Spring, other cultural experience our chapter provides are:

  • Theater
  • International Foods and Cooking Class
  • Dance Class or Performance
  • Music Concert or Musical Theater
  • Museums
  • Architectural Tour or Garden Event

Our Sustainers


After our daughters graduate, Patroness and graduated Ticktockers can become Sustaining Members in our Chapter and in National Charity League, Inc.


Sustainers meet monthly to work on philanthropy projects, make care packages for graduated Ticktockers in college and to connect with each other.

For more information on how to become a NCL Inc., Lake Washington Chapter Sustainer, please contact Kelly Casey.