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.  

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.  





Join Our Chapter

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 scheduled for November 18th at 7pm via Zoom.  After this meeting you and your sponsor will complete a Prospective Membership Application together, which your sponsor will submit electronically on January 15th due by 11pm on your behalf. 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

  • American Heart Association, Western States
  • Blue Star Moms- San Francisco East Bay Chapter
  • Cake 4 Kids
  • California Shakespeare Theater
  • Child Abuse Prevention Council
  • 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
  • Mt. Diablo Center for Adult Day Health Care
  • New Day for Children
  • Operation Gratitude
  • Town Hall Theatre Company
  • Valley Oaks Respite Center
  • White Pony Express



Leadership Development

  • President: Camille Tsao
  • President Elect: Shirley DeFrancisci
  • Secretary: Tara Harju
  • Treasurer: Kitty Stephens
  • Parliamentarian: Cara Lankford
  • Vice President Communications: Jennifer Palmer
  • Vice President Membership: Jenny Shepherd
  • Vice President Patroness Activities: Carrie Waechter
  • Vice President Philanthropy: Caroline Conner
  • Vice President Provisionals: Marci Dunne
  • Vice President Ticktockers: Carrie Haraburda

Cultural Experiences