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 Port City 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 Port City 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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org with any question.
Thank you for your interest in our NCL, Inc. – Midlothian Chapter. We look forward to meeting you!
Mothers and their daughters (grades 7-12) participate in a program that embraces:
- Chesterfield County Anti-Litter Program
- The Kindess Campaign (TKC)
- Underground Kitchen Community First
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.
Community organizations the NCL, Inc. Midlothian Chapter Supports:
- Cameron K. Gallagher Foundation
- Change the World RVA
- Chesterfield County Anti-Litter Program
- Chesterfield Food Bank
- Connor’s Heroes
- Feed More
- Housing Families First
- Mended Little Hearts
- Mercy Mall of VA
- Richmond Animal League
- Richmond Habitat for Humanity
- Rise Against Hunger
- Ronald McDonald House Charities
- Shalom Farms
- Spring Arbor of Salisbury Assisted Living
- The Period Patch
- President: Lariza Rife
- Secretary: Catherine Rosenstock
- Treasurer: Jennifer Ekiert
- Parliamentarian: Kristen Hebert
- Vice President Communications: Ashley Mann
- Vice President Patroness Activities: Wendy Ennis
- Vice President Philanthropy: Heather Dillon
- Vice President Provisionals: Kate Zachry
- Vice President Ticktockers: Elizabeth Ford
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. We celebrate our history through traditions that honor the past while serving the future.