About Our Chapter

NCL, Inc., Manhattan-Hermosa 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 Manhattan Beach and Hermosa Beach. Like all NCL, Inc. Chapters, Manhattan-Hermosa aims to foster the mother-daughter relationship by serving its communities together.

Blue Rose Chapter Award Recipient

“Outstanding Ticktocker Program Award” (2013)

“Outstanding Chartered Chapter Program” (2016)

“Leader of the Year” (2020) (Patroness Bonnie Vogel)

NCL, Inc. Ticktocker Advisory Council Representation (2020-2021) (Ticktocker Madeleine Driscoll)

Established in 2009, the Manhattan-Hermosa Chapter has more than 300 active members who volunteer at philanthropic organizations throughout Southern California. Even amid the COVID-19 pandemic, our Chapter continues to be a vibrant part of our South Bay community, safely supporting philanthropies in meaningful ways.


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.

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:

  • 1736 Family Crisis Center
  • American Heart Association
  • Any Soldier
  • Children’s Dental Health Clinic
  • City of Manhattan Beach
  • County of Los Angeles Public Library, Manhattan Beach Branch
  • Food Forward
  • Habitat For Humanity of Greater Los Angeles
  • Heal the Bay
  • Hermosa Five-O Senior Activity Center
  • Jimmy Miller Memorial Foundation
  • LARFB – Commodity Supplemental Food Program
  • Mychal’s Learning Place
  • One Voice LA
  • Operation Gratitude
  • Pediatric Therapy Network
  • Pressfriends
  • Richstone Family Center
  • Saint Sebastian Sports Project
  • Shared Bread
  • Special Olympics Southern California
  • Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation
  • Wreaths Across America

From working to improve our environment, to promoting inclusion among a variety of groups, to fighting hunger and providing food and nutrition to our community, to serving children, NCL Manhattan-Hermosa mothers and daughters work together to support these and many other philanthropies in meaningful ways.

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: Monique Vranesh
  • President Elect: Katie Driscoll
  • Secretary: Julie Erich
  • Treasurer: Lisa Valde Severin
    Rebecca Dillavou
  • Parliamentarian: Michelle Traylor
  • Vice President Communications: Courtney Shott
  • Vice President Membership: Debbie Tran
  • Vice President Patroness Activities: Melissa Kim
    Catherine Lorenzen
  • Vice President Philanthropy: Laurel O’Grady
    Louisa Cushman
  • Vice President Provisionals: Kim Sussman
  • Vice President Ticktockers: Pamela Smith
    Tina Ponce
  • Sustainer Liaison: Kim Friedman
    Melinda Arentsen

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.