Lamorinda

About Our Chapter

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

Our chapter, located in Northern California, is comprised of approximately 250 members from the communities of Lafayette, Moraga and Orinda.  Members shall reside in the Lamorinda area. We are part of the NCL, Inc. District 12 Council- Region IV which also includes chartered Chapters in San Ramon Valley, Pleasanton, Oakland-Piedmont, Sacramento, Granite Bay, Reno, South Placer County, Davis and Walnut Creek.  We were established in 1989 and were the 34th Chapter to Charter.

Members are Patronesses (Mothers) and Ticktockers (Daughters) who typically join in the spring of their 6th grade year.  Each new Provisional Ticktocker class generally consist of 24 mother-daughter pairs, balanced among the three towns and managed by elected Ticktocker officers who are coached by Patroness advisors.  

NCL, Inc. follows a 6-YEAR PLAN from 7th through 12th grade. It guides Patronesses and Ticktockers through their NCL Experience with a variety of age-appropriate and meaningful activities organized under the Three Pillars of NCL, Inc: Community Service, Leadership Development (professional and life skills) and Cultural Enrichment (social skills).

SERVICE REQUIREMENTS: For the first year of membership a Patroness and her Ticktocker are considered Provisional Members.  At the end of the year, upon satisfying the membership requirements, they become Active Members.  The membership year runs from April 1 through March 31.  

MEETINGS AND EVENTS:  Patronesses attend at least five regular meetings each year which are held on the third Wednesday evening of the month at the Lafayette Library & Learning Center.  Ticktockers attend at least six regular class meetings each year which are usually held on Sunday evenings at the homes of chapter members.  We do not meet during the months of June, July and August.  All Patronesses and Ticktockers are required to attend the annual Mother-Daughter Tea/Recognition Event each Spring. 

CHAPTER REQUIREMENTS:  All Patronesses fill an organizational role within the chapter.  This could be Board Member, Ticktocker Grade Level Advisor, Committee Chair or Committee Member.  These positions rotate each year giving Patronesses ample opportunity to contribute to the organization in a variety of capacities.  

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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.

Our membership drive is conducted annually between November-January.  Applicants are sponsored and co-sponsored by active members whom they have known for at least one year.  

Membership selection for the Lamorinda Chapter is done by a blind draw with equal consideration being given to applicants from each community that we represent. Prospective members who have an older sibling in the Lamorinda Chapter of NCL  or whose Mother is an active sustainer, are considered legacies and are given priority consideration for membership. Legacy forms are due November 1st.

If you are interested in joining Lamorinda NCL the first step is for you and your sponsor or co-sponsor to attend a highly recommended prospective informational meeting that will take place in November (Date TBD). All applications will be due by no later than January 15th by 11:00 pm. Our New Member Draw will occur in February and notifications will be emailed to all applicants on March 1st via email after 4pm.

Please note there are two NCL chapters serving Lafayette, Orinda and Moraga- the Lamorinda Chapter and the Acalanes Chapter.  While all NCL, Inc. chapters share a common mission statement and are governed by the same National Bylaws, each has its own set of membership guidelines and philanthropies.  A prospective member may only apply for membership to one chapter during any given year.  Careful consideration should be given as to which chapter is most suited to the prospective member and her daughter.  

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:

  • 10,000 Lunches
  • American Heart Association, Western States
  • Blue Star Moms- San Francisco East Bay Chapter
  • Cake 4 Kids
  • California Shakespeare Theater
  • Child Abuse Prevention Council
  • Choice In Aging
  • Cystic Fibrosis Foundation of Northern California
  • East Bay Heritage Quilters
  • Food Bank of Contra Costa County
  • Friends of the Lamorinda Libraries
  • Loaves & Fishes
  • Monument Crisis Center
  • New Day for Children
  • Operation Gratitude
  • Town Hall Theatre Company
  • Valley Oaks Respite Center
  • White Pony Express

 

During the 2020-2021 NCL year, our chapter ALONE served a grand total of 16,102 hours.

 

Sample of Opportunities With our Philanthropy Partners:

Monument Crisis Center Emergency Food Boxes: MCC has been overwhelmed by the generosity of our Emergency Food boxes. Weekly delivery opportunities will continue this Fall.  

10,000 Lunches: We will continue making lunches for homeless once per month between the months of September and December. 

Lamorinda Village: We’ve been asked to find more volunteers from our chapter to shop for seniors in Lamorinda as the need is growing given there is now the added risk of poor air quality due to the smoke from fires.  

White Pony Needs Food Rescuers: Volunteers are needed to sort food and work in the general store. 

Contra Costa Food Bank: Volunteers to sort food are needed more than ever. 

Sweet Treats of Appreciation for Moraga Royale Staff: The staff at Moraga Royale has LOVED our homemade treats; our chapter is continuing to provide these weekly treats through 2020, with more shifts being posted for the beginning of next year. 

 

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: Shirley DeFrancisci
  • President Elect: Jennifer Palmer
  • Secretary: Sara Cecchin
  • Treasurer: Kitty Stephens
  • Parliamentarian: Laura Raffetto
  • Vice President Communications: Julie Chinn
  • Vice President Membership: Jenny Shepherd
  • Vice President Patroness Activities: Carrie Hack
  • Vice President Philanthropy: Caroline Conner
  • Vice President Provisionals: Andrea Appleton
  • Vice President Ticktockers: Carrie Haraburda

There are six areas of focus as part of the Six Year Core Program for Ticktockers, including:

• Friendship/etiquette
• High school preparedness
• Time management
• Interpersonal relationships
• College/career; choices/applications/interview skills • Independent living skills

Senior Class Ticktocker passing the President Gavel to 7th Grade Class Ticktocker

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 preserving NCL’s traditions and core values while appreciating the growth that comes from deeply understanding and connecting with different communities and cultures:

  • Attending a musical or live theatre performance at our local high schools
  • Screening a documentary film
  • Our meeting speakers include – First-Aid responders, Book Authors, Life and Wellness coaches, Diversity & Inclusion leaders, Space Program experts, Sports achievers

Our Chapter Tea- This NCL Tradition comes at the end of the year and brings our chapter together to teach Etiquette in a large, formal social setting. It is a highlight as we celebrate our graduating Seniors and the volunteer achievements of all our Ticktockers.  

Our Volunteer Service During Covid-19

Here are just a few examples of how this fantastic group of women stepped up to help serve our community during the Covid-19 pandemic:

Over 200 trips to the grocery store to shop for Lamorinda seniors via Lamorinda Village
Over 400 bags of Emergency Food Bags donated since April
Over 500 items of clothing donated to White Pony as part of “Let’s Hear It For the Boys” Clothing Drive
Over 400 masks sewn for the Sewing Mask Brigade, Loaves & Fishes, and Oakland Education Fund
Over 300 lunches made by 30 mother & daughter teams distributed to homeless in Alameda County.
Over 100 cases of water donated to Loaves & Fishes

In addition to these amazing examples of generosity, mother and daughter teams also dedicated hundreds of volunteer hours working at White Pony’s food rescue and in their general store; sorting food at the Contra Costa Food Bank; and making school bags and sorting food at Monument Crisis Center, all while wearing those uncomfortable masks!