About Our Chapter

NCL, Inc., Middlesex 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 Concord or Carlisle. Like all NCL, Inc. Chapters, Middlesex aims to foster the mother-daughter relationship by serving its communities together.

Our chapter was founded in 2000, and at the time was the 93rd Chapter for NCL, Inc. and the first to charter in Massachusetts. Today, we have a strong membership of 300 mothers and daughters in grades 7 – 12.

Our mothers (called Patronesses) and daughters (called Ticktockers) take on and carry out the NCL, Inc. mission, vision and core values through a variety of event programs, leadership, and service opportunities. We support almost 40 not-for-profit organizations and philanthropies and annually perform over 4000 hours of service to our community.  As a 100% volunteer organization, membership in our Chapter requires a commitment of time and service, and carries an annual membership fee.  

We are excited to be celebrating our 23rd anniversary as a Chapter, making a difference in our community through the umbrella of the National Charity League!

Our mailing address is:

NCL Inc., Middlesex Chapter
PO Box 161
Concord, MA 01742

Join Our Chapter

Interested in joining 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.

Middlesex Membership Drive Information

Some things to keep in mind about the membership process:

  • You must live in either Concord or Carlisle, MA to be considered for membership.
  • Applications for membership are accepted during the Annual Membership Drive each year for mothers or female guardians and their daughters in 6th grade at the time of the Membership Drive (meaning your daughter should be in the 7th grade the September following admission).
  • Membership may be considered at the 7th, 8th and 9th grade levels at the discretion of the Chapter Board and depend on current class size at the time of the Membership Drive.

Prospective Member Meeting:  We host an opportunity to learn more about the National Charity League and our Middlesex Chapter. These meetings will include an overview of the organization, the expectations of mothers and daughters, and the membership process.  Please check back in December for the date.

The Ticktocker Experience

The Ticktocker experience is designed to be a 6 year leadership program that provides opportunities for our daughters to experience the joy of helping others, to learn tolerance and kindness, to build confidence, and to connect with others all while participating in these volunteer and learning activities in a safe and comfortable environment.   

Specific areas of age-appropriate development and education are outlined for the Ticktockers while they are members.  Areas of focus include:

* friendship/etiquette (7th grade)
* high school preparation (8th grade)
* time management (9th grade)
* interpersonal relationships (10th grade)
* college options, applications and interview skills (11th grade)
* independent living skills (12th grade)

The Patroness Experience

The Patroness experience offers an opportunity to strengthen the mother-daughter bond while working alongside our daughters. As Patronesses, we also aim to model the qualities we hope to encourage in our daughters: leadership, teamwork, strength of character and commitment to social responsibility.   All Patronesses hold a Chapter job each year and actively participate as leaders in the operational success of the Chapter.


Please fill out the membership inquiry form above! If you have any questions, please email: membershipmiddlesex@nclonline.org

We look forward to hearing from you!

Mothers and their daughters (grades 7-12) participate in a program that embraces:

Community Service

We understand and serve communities in partnership with local and national nonprofits. Each NCL, Inc. chapter promotes social awareness by considering the local community’s needs and selecting appropriate non-profit organizations to support through different volunteer activities.

We work with the following philanthropies:

  • AccesSportAmerica
  • Alzheimer’s Association
  • American Heart Association
  • American Red Cross
  • Carlisle Council on Aging
  • Carlisle Historical Society
  • Carlisle Old Home Day
  • Concord Carlisle Community Chest
  • Concord Council on Aging
  • Concord Free Public Library
  • Concord Museum
  • Concord Players
  • Concord Prison Outreach
  • Concord Youth Theatre
  • Cradles to Crayons
  • Dignity in Asylum (DIAS)
  • Dignity Matters
  • Disaster Response
  • Emerson Hospital Auxiliary
  • Gaining Ground
  • House of Hope
  • Household Goods
  • Jimmy Fund/PMC Kids Ride
  • Kicks for Cancer
  • Massachusetts Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired (MABVI)
  • Mighty Moose
  • Minuteman Arc Human Services
  • Newbury Court
  • Open Table, Inc.
  • Operation American Soldier
  • Operation Gratitude
  • Orchard House
  • Project Linus
  • The Umbrella Arts Center
  • The Wily Network

Leadership Development

We build capable, courageous leaders through opportunities to learn, reflect and develop. Our leaders become successful in their education, career and communities by learning the necessary skills during their NCL experience.

Examples of skills developed include:

  • Confidence
  • Consensus building
  • Team building
  • Conflict resolution
  • Event planning
  • Parliamentary procedure

Our Chapter Board of Directors:

  • President: Jane Baldini
  • President Elect: Claire O’Brien-Fonte
  • Secretary: Nancy Carey
  • Treasurer: Lauren Dillon
  • Parliamentarian: Debra Antonangeli
  • Vice President Communications: Susan Merrill
  • Vice President Membership: Kristin Martines
  • Vice President Philanthropy: Bethany Mandell Chayrigues
  • Vice President New Members: Lauren Solar
  • Vice President Ticktockers: Andrea Harthorne
  • Vice President Chapter Engagement and Inclusion: Katie Fahey

Cultural Experiences

We preserve National Charity League traditions and core values, while appreciating the growth that comes from connecting with different communities and cultures. 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.

  • Traditions – We celebrate the richness of our history through traditions that honor the past while serving the future.
  • Values – We embrace values that make us strong as an organization of mother-daughter leaders.
  • Community Connections – We build connections through experiences that impact our communities.
  • Etiquette – We encourage and mentor kind, respectful and gracious social conduct.

Other annual activities of our Chapter include:

  • Guest Speakers such as Maura Healey, Massachusetts Attorney General and Kristin Canty, owner of Woods Hill Table, Adelita and the Farm at Woods Hill
  • The annual Awards and Installation Ceremony where we welcome new members and celebrate the volunteer achievements of our current members.
  • Senior Recognition where moms and daughters celebrate growth and achievements at the end of the NCL, Inc. 6 year experience.