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 (2021 & 2020)
Leader of the Year – Patroness: Bonnie Vogel (2020)
NCL, Inc. Ticktocker Advisory Council Representation – Ticktockers: Meredith Kenney (2021-2022) & Madeleine Driscoll (2020-2021)
Outstanding Chartered Chapter Program (2016)
Outstanding Ticktocker Program Award (2013)
Established in 2009, the Manhattan-Hermosa Chapter is the area’s oldest NCL Chapter, with more than 300 active members who volunteer at philanthropic organizations throughout Southern California. Even with continued Covid-related restrictions, our well-organized Chapter was able to pivot and maintain its reputation of being a vibrant and active part of our South Bay community, safely supporting philanthropies in meaningful ways. The Manhattan-Hermosa Chapter also has a thriving Sustainer Membership group that remains connected and actively engaged in serving our philanthropies. Proof that the NCL bond extends beyond the high school years.
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.
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:
- 1736 Family Crisis Center
- Alzheimer’s Association
- 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
- Friends of Ballona Wetlands, Inc.
- 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
- PS I Love You Foundation
- Richstone Family Center
- Saint Sebastian Sports Project
- Shared Bread
- Special Olympics Southern California
- St. Joseph Center
- Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation
- The Lovejoy Foundation
- Wreaths Across America
Philanthropy Partner Spotlight
Mychal’s Learning Place
Our Chapter is privileged to count Mychal’s Learning Place in Hawthorne as one of our philanthropy partners and we are so honored to have been awarded the Mychal’s Angel Award this past August.
The Manhattan-Hermosa Chapter began its connection with Mychal’s in 2016 and mother-daughter team Melinda and Annaliese Arentsen instantly formed a close bond with the students. Annaliese flourished while working with the kids on their After-School Program musicals. And more importantly, the kids benefited from her enthusiasm. That’s the best part of Mychal’s – everyone leaves with a smile on their face!
In addition, our Class of 2022 chose Mychal’s for their Senior Project, painting the wall outside of their facility. It now welcomes every visitor and neighbor alike!
St. Joseph Center
Long time partner, St. Joseph Center in Venice reaches over 10,000 people a year through more than 25 programs throughout LA County, helping people get back on their feet so they can live their healthiest, happiest lives.
Our Chapter is proud to have assisted with the Encampments to Homes project this past summer by creating welcome kits for 211 previously unhoused individuals, providing essentials like kitchen tools, cleaning supplies and bathroom necessities. We will continue to work with this vital organization as it provides assistance to so many.
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: Stephanie Dreyer
- President Elect: Louisa Cushman
- Secretary: Jennifer Tucker
- Treasurer: Rebecca Dillavou
- Parliamentarian: Lisa Valde Severin
- Vice President Communications: Courtney Shott
- Vice President Membership: Kimberly Rosenfeld
- Vice President Philanthropy: Laurel O’Grady
- Vice President Provisionals: Amabelle Johnson
- Vice President Ticktockers: Tina Ponce
- Sustainer Liaison: Bonnie Vogel
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.
Why We Are Unique
GUIDE is the brainchild of Class of 2023 Ticktocker, Ellie Meyer. After the story of George Floyd gripped the nation, Ellie said it was very difficult to watch her friends, the majority of whom are not white, struggle with issues of race and inequality. She wanted to do something to help bring about change. Hence, GUIDE was born. Standing for: Generosity, Unity, Inclusion, Diversity & Equality, Ellie calls it a “much needed and overdue program”. Ellie was initially approached by her Grade Level Advisors about working on a Kindness Initiative, but she wanted something more inclusive that would teach her fellow Ticktockers about the importance of truly embracing others.
Ellie has created lesson plans for the 2021-2022 NCL year. Each month a new topic will be presented and discussed at both Ticktocker meetings as well as Patroness meetings. The first lesson in September focused on National Hispanic Heritage Month. Other topics set to be addressed include mental health, LGBTQ+ History Month, women empowerment, Black History Month, self-identity,and bystander intervention training. Ellie feels strongly that all of these issues are important, but “particularly with a group of developing girls”.
Ellie says she’d love for other NCL Chapters to notice her program and implement something similar. We hope so too! We’re so proud of you, Ellie, and so impressed by your dedication to such a worthy endeavor.
Awards & Accolades
Our well established history has afforded us the opportunity to have recognized so many of our members with not only NCL Service Awards, but also Presidential Volunteer Service Awards. Since our inception in 2009, our Chapter has received almost 950 awards! And more than 300 of those are Presidential Volunteer Service Awards.
The PVSA program began in 2003 as a way for volunteers to be recognized for their role in America’s strength and national identity. We are so proud that so many of our girls have been honored for their contributions at such a high level.
The Manhattan-Hermosa Chapter is also pleased to have presented almost 400 Mother-Daughter pairs with awards for completing at least 30 philanthropy hours together. We’ve also handed out more than 20 Hourglass Awards to Ticktockers that have completed 100 philanthropy hours or more in a given year.
We’d be remiss if we didn’t mention the Blue Rose Chapter Award as well. This prestigious honor is given to NCL Chapters who are in good standing and follow national protocols, participate in Giving Tuesday and National Philanthropy Initiatives, and have an active Sustainer Program. We’re honored to have been given the Blue Rose Chapter Award in 2020 and again in 2021.
One of our recently awarded Mother-Daughter Philanthropy Service Award winning duos, Cristina and Katie Kabealo, have many reasons to love and appreciate their time dedicated to our NCL Chapter. Cristina currently serves as a philanthropy liaison and shares; “One of the perks of being a liaison for Shared Bread is Katie and I are fortunate enough to serve in-person, even with current Covid restrictions. And while Katie can’t join me every week because of her busy schedule, we sure do enjoy our time spent together. We have met some really gracious patrons who appreciate the food and help we provide.”
Cristina and Katie also love participating with PS I Love You, Operation Gratitude, City of Manhattan Beach and City of Hermosa Beach, among others. The commitment is so strong that Katie earned NCL’s prestigious Hourglass Award for completing more than 100 hours of service. For Cristina and Katie, their love of NCL boils down to their enjoyment of working together while doing something good for others. As they put it, “Our goal is to always make time to help others and doing it together. After every volunteer shift we do, we always say ‘that was fun!’”.