About Our Chapter
NCL, Inc., Madison Area 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 Dane County. Like all NCL, Inc. Chapters, Madison Area aims to foster the mother-daughter relationship by serving its communities together.
The Madison Area Chapter is a nonprofit corporation organized under the laws of the State of Wisconsin under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Service. A Board of Directors is elected at the March meeting to direct the business of the Chapter corporation and serves from June 1 for a term of one year, ending May 31.
Membership: Members of Madison Area Chapter are mothers (Patronesses) and daughters (Ticktockers) in grade 7-12.
Membership classes include:
- Provisional Members – new members who are participating in one year of orientation;
- Active Members – members who have completed the Provisional orientation program; and
- Sustainers – members who choose to continue their membership with NCL, Inc. following their years of Active Membership.
Grade Levels or Ticktocker Classes:
- Ticktocker members are grouped into Grade Level Classes or Ticktocker Classes; year of high school graduation labels their grouping, ex. Class of 2026
- Ticktocker Grade Level Classes elect Ticktocker Officers at the March Grade Level Meeting to manage the business of their class each year. (See the Ticktocker Procedures for more information on Ticktocker elected and appointed positions.)
- GLAs (Grade Level Advisor) and all Patronesses help support the Ticktocker Grade Level Classes and are members of their daughter’s Ticktocker Class.
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.
Thank you for your interest in joining the Madison Area Chapter!
Applying to National Charity League Madison Area Chapter happens each Fall during our Membership Drive. Typically mothers seek membership when their daughter has started 6th grade as our Chapter’s new year begins the following Spring (June 1). However, members may apply up to entering 10th grade.
The NCL experience is designed as a Six-Year Program. Each grade level, rising 7th graders through 12th graders, is organized into a “Grade Level Class”. Typically there are about 10-20 girls in each class. Girls have leadership roles and committee roles in their class and make decisions on class activities, philanthropy and cultural projects.
Each year members are required to:
- Perform a minimum number of community service hours.
- Attend a minimum number of monthly chapter meetings.
- Participate in League supported activities and events.
- Assume a leadership or committee position annually as an event chair, philanthropy liaison, or board member.
- Fulfill membership dues requirements.
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:
- Badger Honor Flight of Wisconsin
- Dairyland Sports
- Gilda’s Club Madison
- Girls on the Run South Central WI
- Henry Vilas Zoo
- JDRF Western Wisconsin Chapter
- Madison Children’s Museum (MCM)
- Madison Museum of Contemporary Art (MMoCA)
- Madison Reading Project
- Meals On Wheels Madison
- Middleton Outreach Ministry (MOM)
- Oakwood Village
- Operation Homefront Central Midwest
- Ronald McDonald House Charities of Madison (RMH)
- Second Harvest Foodbank of Southern Wisconsin
- Shelter From The Storm
- Special Olympics of Wisconsin
- Tri 4 Schools
- Waunakee Neighborhood Connection
Each NCL, Inc. Chapter promotes social awareness by considering the local community’s needs and selecting appropriate non-profit organizations to serve. Philanthropy is at the heart of the Madison Area Chapter.
The Philanthropy Vice President of the Madison Area Chapter continues to contact Madison area philanthropies to determine need and fit for the Madison Area Chapter.
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
- President: Ann Davey
- Secretary: Jen Mason
- Treasurer: Jill Werlein
- Parliamentarian: Kimberly Sloan
- Vice President Communications: Karen Wenning
- Vice President Membership: Laura Halverson
- Vice President Philanthropy: Deborah Williams
- Vice President Provisionals: Sandy Wareing
- Vice President Ticktockers: Margaret Lamson
The NCL experience provides opportunities for members, both mothers and daughters, to develop as leaders, learning new skills and honing them through on-the-job experience. All NCL, Inc. members hold at least one Chapter position each year, through which members acquire such skills as: organizational management, team building, parliamentary procedures, time management, consensus building, conflict resolution, public speaking, how to build a budget, professional business etiquette, and how run an effective meeting.
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 world-views that will shape and support our lives. We celebrate our history through traditions that honor the past while serving the future.
Participation in a variety of community events and structured activities helps develop cultural competence. In addition to learning about the Arts and exploring topics such as diversity and tolerance, NCL, Inc. honors its deep roots through activities that allow for the learning and practice of social and business protocol, good manners and respect of others.