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 or attend school within the City of Mercer Island. In the event there are additional spaces available, the chapter may also consider new members from 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. 
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.
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

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 is November 5th- December 3rd 2021.  Prospective members need to be sponsored by a current member of the NCL, Inc. Chapter they wish to apply to. 


Accepting applications for classes: 2028, 2027, 2026 and 2025.

To learn more about NCL, Inc. and our chapter, please consider attending one of our joint NCL, Inc. information nights: 


Tuesday, October 26th, 7-8pm: In-person event 

Mercer Island Presbyterian Church- 3605 84th Ave SE, Mercer Island, WA 98040 

  • masks required, space for social distancing will be provided 
  • subject to change per WA state COVID restrictions, check back here to confirm prior to the meeting 


Thursday, November 4th, 7-8pm: Zoom event  

Join Zoom Meeting: 

Meeting ID: 896 1070 8807 

Passcode: 982302 

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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

  • American Heart Association
  • Urban Artworks

Angeline’s Center/YWCA of Seattle

Birthday Dreams

Books to Prisoners


Eastside Baby Corner


Food Lifeline

Fred Hutchinson/Obliteride

Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation of Seattle

Kindering Center

Listen & Talk

Mary’s Place

MI Boys and Girls Club

MI Fine Arts Council

MI Preschool Association

MI Rotary Club

MI Thrift Shop

MIYFS Foundation

Northwest Harvest

Operation Deploy Your Dress

Seattle Children’s Hospital

Seattle Humane Society

Senior Foundation of MI

Senior Social Program of MI

Swim Across America


Urban Artworks



Leadership Development

  • President: Emily Ferrari
  • President Elect: Leslie Mesnick
  • Secretary: Sandra Schwarz
  • Treasurer: Heidi Baxter
  • Parliamentarian: Heather Hall
  • Vice President Communications: Bridget Haba
    Melissa Saelzer
  • Vice President Membership: Heather Martin
    Stephanie Gribble
  • Vice President Philanthropy: Hilary Doroski
    Huyen Nguyen
  • Vice President Provisionals: Kristin Sieckhaus
  • Vice President Ticktockers: Elizabeth Buchan
    Romney Walker
  • Sustainer Liaison: Kelly Casey
    Patty Brown


Patronesses serve two years in a leader role in one of the following:  Board Officer, Committee Chair or Grade Level Advisor.  Serving in a leadership role is an opportunity to learn and grown, increase confidence, and sharpen skills in:

  • Problem solving
  • Gaining consensus
  • External partnership management
  • Team building
  • Written communication
  • Public speaking
  • Conflict resolution
  • Event planning
  • Parliamentary procedure


Ticktockers serve two years in a leadership role as a Grade Level Officer, such as President, Treasurer, Recording Secretary and more.  For many Ticktockers, this will be the first opportunity to serve in a leadership role, instilling confidence and developing management skills early on.  Each year, each class elects officers based on self-nominations.  Officers are trained in their position and in parliamentarian procedure.  Officers conduct their own officer meetings and lead grade level meeting 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


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 occasionally to socialize and may work on philanthropy projects, make care packages for graduated Ticktockers in college, or even attend an interesting Joint Chapter meeting.  All options are open for inclusion. 

Senior class members are automatically invited to join in May of their graduating year.  However, if you did not join then and are interested in reinstating your membership with NCL, Inc., Lake Washington Chapter, please go to: and submit the Alumnae Form or contact Kelly Casey directly with questions.


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