About Our Chapter
NCL, Inc., Midlothian 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 or attend school in Midlothian or the surrounding areas. Like all NCL, Inc. Chapters, Midlothian aims to foster the mother-daughter relationship by serving its communities together.
NCL, Inc., Midlothian Chapter is the 230th NCL, Inc. chapter to form in the United States. Our Chapter is a group of Virginia mothers and daughters in the Midlothian and surrounding Richmond area who have come together committing to community service, leadership development and cultural experiences. Like all NCL, Inc. Chapters, we aim to foster the mother-daughter relationship by serving their communities together.
OUR THREE PILLARS
The three pillars of our six year (7th-12th grade) NCL experience for mothers and daughters are:
- Community Service
- Leadership Development
- Cultural Enrichment
THE TICKTOCKER EXPERIENCE
We are dedicated to providing our daughters, “Ticktockers,” with a developmental program that provides opportunities for each young woman to learn the joy of serving others, to grow aware of and respect a wide array of cultural traditions, to develop life skills, maturity, confidence and compassion, and to make friends while engaging in chapter activities in a safe, comfortable, and age-appropriate environment. We believe that this well-rounded NCL experience will inspire and empower our young women to succeed as confident and socially aware contributors in their communities.
Ticktockers are divided into classes based on their year of high school graduation. Each Ticktocker class has Board Officers and Committee Members. The Ticktockers are trained in parliamentary procedure and conduct their own meetings, with the support of a small number of Patronesses known as Grade Level Advisors (GLAs).
All Ticktockers hold jobs within their class. There are traditional board officer roles such as President, Treasurer, Corresponding Secretary, etc. Additional committee jobs include roles such as developing leadership topics/training, writing for the Chapter newsletter, and planning for special events such as our annual Mother/Daughter Tea.
Ticktockers often meet together as a larger group and take part in a wide range of events… many involving helping our philanthropic partners.
We often bring all Ticktockers together for seminars touching on our organization’s pillars of philanthropy, leadership and culture. Topics for these include: focus on the mission of a specific philanthropy, college preparation, mindfulness, mental health, yoga and diversity/inclusion.
THE PATRONESS EXPERIENCE
We are dedicated to deepening the mother-daughter bond and spending time with our daughters while watching them grow into strong, capable and compassionate women. Our mothers, “Patronesses,” will know the satisfaction of working with other talented women who value serving the community and who want their daughters to do so as well.
MEETINGS AND EVENTS
The Midlothian Chapter plans monthly meetings from September through May for both Ticktockers and Patronesses, which may or may not take place together. Ticktocker meetings address topics in our chapter’s “Six Year Plan” and may include guest speakers or hands on activities. Each class year of Ticktockers meets separately.
Ticktockers and Patronesses must fulfill an annual philanthropy hours requirement by attending volunteer events scheduled with the Midlothian chapter’s approved philanthropy partners.
MOTHER-DAUGHTER AWARDS TEA
The Mother-Daughter Awards Tea is an NCL, Inc. tradition that all members are required to attend. A Tea Committee composed of Ticktockers and their Patroness Moms take on responsibilities for planning this annual event, and in the process learn planning and organizational skills, budgeting as well as etiquette – both the rules and the reasoning behind the rules. It is a great opportunity for the girls to spend time with members from other classes in a fun environment.
At the beginning of each year we plan a Patroness Social in order to foster community and friendship between all Moms and to welcome our new Patronesses to our chapter. Patronesses might also get together for social activities in smaller groups throughout the year by their daughter’s graduation class year.
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.
We invite you to consider membership in the NCL, Inc. Midlothian Chapter. Our chapter offers a program for members to grow as leaders, mentors, and friends while making a difference in our community through hands-on volunteerism.
Some things to keep in mind about the membership process:
- Timeline: 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. Membership is also open to 7th-9th grade at the discretion of the Midlothian Chapter Board and depend on current class size at the time of the Membership Drive.
- Sponsorship: A Prospective Member shall be sponsored by an Active Member and co-sponsored by an Active, Provisional or Sustainer Member in our Chapter. We can help connect you with a sponsor and co-sponsor, if needed.
- Residence: A Prospective Member shall reside or attend schools in the following counties: Chesterfield, Goochland, Henrico, Powhatan and the City of Richmond
If you know a current member of the Midlothian Chapter, talk to her about our Chapter’s boundaries, membership obligations and membership drive timeline.
If you do not know someone in our Chapter, please begin by submitting the following Membership Inquiry Form. This will allow us to provide you with further details about the membership application process and timeline. Or email us at email@example.com with any question.
Thank you for your interest in our NCL, Inc. – Midlothian Chapter. We look forward to meeting you!
Membership Drive Information: Membership for the 2021-2022 year is now closed.
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:
- Chesterfield County Anti-Litter Program
- Operation Gratitude
- The Kindess Campaign (TKC)
- Underground Kitchen Community First
Cameron K. Gallagher Foundation
Change the World RVA
Chesterfield County Anti-Litter Program
Chesterfield Food Bank
Housing Families First
Mended Little Hearts
Mercy Mall of VA
Richmond Animal League
Richmond Habitat for Humanity
Rise Against Hunger
Ronald McDonald House Charities
Spring Arbor of Salisbury Assisted Living
The Period Patch
The Underground Kitchen
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
Members have opportunities to engage in experiences that build essential skills, such as confidence, consensus and team building, event planning, conflict resolution and parliamentary procedure.
As one of the Three Pillars of the NCL, Inc. Experience, the Leadership Development pillar’s overall goal is to:
“Maximize our daughters potential to be a confident role model by embracing “who you are” which empowers your personal sense of purpose and allows our daughters to be an advocate for others.”
The NCL, Inc. Experience provides a year-by-year guide which is designed to educate Ticktockers and expose them to a variety of leadership experiences and opportunities which encourage a commitment to learning, increased social competencies and a positive identity.
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.
We celebrate our history through traditions that honor the past while serving the future. Some of the cultural experiences that our chapter engages in include:
- Annual Chapter Tea
- Annual Father/Daughter Event
- Annual Senior Recognition Event
- Attending Plays, Musical and Dance Performances
- Visiting Museums and Aquariums
- Participating in Cultural Cooking Classes
It is through these types of experiences that our members develop into well-rounded individuals, constantly aiming to learn, grow, explore and lead with open hearts and humble service to others.
See what our Members are up to!
Without a doubt, the actions of our Chapter members are what make this organization unique and impactful! Our Patronesses and Ticktockers are committed to making a difference throughout our community and developing strong women leaders who will impact our community today and for generations to come.
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