Mid-Peninsula

About Our Chapter

NCL, Inc., Mid-Peninsula 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 the Menlo Park, Atherton, Redwood City, San Carlos, Belmont, Woodside or Portola Valley areas. Like all NCL, Inc. Chapters, Mid-Peninsula aims to foster the mother-daughter relationship by serving its communities together.

The Mid-Peninsula Chapter is comprised of mothers and their daughters whose daughters are in grades 7-12.  Our Membership Drive takes place in the fall and membership officially begins May 1 each year.  Most of our new members participate in our recruitment program during the 6th grade year.  Our chapter is currently comprised of 237 members between Patronesses and Ticktockers, as well as 26 Sustainer (alumni) members.  

The mission of National Charity League, Inc. is to foster mother-daughter relationships in a nonprofit philanthropic organization committed to: community service, leadership development, educational activities and cultural experiences. Membership in our chapter will offer opportunities to participate in each of these areas. It is our hope that our daughters will develop a greater appreciation of the community values and ideals that our generation holds to be important and worthy of preservation.

Last year, our members volunteered over 5,500 hours of service in our community in partnership with local charities.

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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.

Our Membership drive starts in the fall of each year for entrance beginning the following May. Our six year program runs from 7th-12th grades, therefore the majority of our Members apply during their daughter’s 6th grade year. Girls join as a “class” with other girls in their grade level.

Each prospective mother must attend an informational session held in the fall to learn about NCL, Inc. and our Chapter. If interested in joining, the Prospective Member is asked to fill out an application and attain a Sponsor and Co-Sponsor from our Chapter. The applications are due in early December. Membership invitations are extended in January. If we receive more applicants than space available, our Membership committee will conduct a blind draw to select the class.

We do occasionally open up our Membership Drive to include girls who are in the fall of their 7th and 8th grade years, although usually these upper classes are already full. If your daughter is in 7th or 8th grade, please feel free to contact us to determine if you can apply for Membership.

The Membership commitment includes monthly meetings for the mothers that alternate between daytime meetings and evening meetings (no meetings in the summer).  Girls usually meet as a grade level once a month to plan events, listen to speakers and/or perform some sort of philanthropic or cultural activity.  Our Mother/Daughter Tea is held each year in March, and our Awards Ceremony/New Member Welcome is held in May. In addition, each mother/daughter team puts in a minimum of 15 hours during the year of volunteer work with our local partner philanthropies. Girls assume various leadership roles within their grade level and mothers each hold a job within the Chapter every year.

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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. 

Some of the philanthropies we work with are:

  • Ada’s Cafe
  • Alexandra Chiles Foundation (8th Grade Focus)
  • American Cancer Society (11th Grace Focus)
  • Boys & Girls Club of the Peninsula (10th Grade Focus)
  • Cake 4 Kids (11th Grade Focus)
  • Each Green Corner
  • Family Connections
  • Grassroots Ecology (Acterra) (7th Grade Focus)
  • My New Red Shoes (10th Grade Focus)
  • National Multiple Sclerosis Society (NMSS)
  • Nine Lives (7th Grade Focus)
  • One Life Counseling Center
  • Peninsula Volunteers, Inc. (10th Grade Focus)
  • Ronald McDonald House at Stanford (11th Grade Focus)
  • Save the Bay (7th Grade Focus)

We believe that philanthropic work promotes social awareness and inspires our members to become service leaders. In the past year, the Mid-Peninsula Chapter contributed over 5,000 volunteer hours to our local community.

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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
This year’s Board Members:

  • President: Renee Gipson
  • President Elect: Janie Dawes
  • Secretary: Marlena Griffin
  • Treasurer: Amber Maletis
  • Parliamentarian: Danna Leahy
  • Vice President Communications: Linda Solon
  • Vice President Membership: Stacy Molano
    Allison Marakovic
  • Vice President Patroness Activities: Marianne Jett
  • Vice President Philanthropy: Diana Baker
    Meg McGraw-Scherer
  • Vice President Ticktockers: Carolyn Tom
    Cynthia Wiggin

Members have opportunities to engage in experiences that build essential skills.  Each Ticktocker grade level is organized by Ticktocker officers and coached by a Patroness acting as a Grade Level Advisor. Every Ticktocker is required to hold at least one officer or leadership role within the Ticktocker Executive Committee for her class during her tenure.

In addition to working closely with daughters and supporting their local communities, all Patronesses hold a chapter job each year and actively participate as leaders in the operational success of the chapter.

Our chapter’s leadership training aims to maximize potential to be a confident role model and encourages one to be an advocate for others. Leadership in our chapter focuses on:

  • Organizational skills
  • Team building
  • Parliamentary procedures
  • Time management
  • Problem solving
  • Creative thinking
  • Collaboration
  • Public speaking

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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.

Past cultural events in the Mid Peninsula Chapter have included visits to local art exhibits and/or museums, self-defense classes, pottery and painting classes, concerts, ballet performances, and theatrical shows.

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Educational Activities

Our Chapter focuses on teaching our daughters to develop new life skills, be self-assured in social settings, demonstrate good manners and respect others. Our Chapter educational activities include but are not limited to:

  • Personal growth training
  • Mentoring during the transition to high school
  • College admissions advice
  • Personal finance skills
  • Event planning
  • Communication skills including managing social media, team building, and conflict resolution
  • Healthy lifestyle habits

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