About Our Chapter
NCL, Inc., Newport 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 Newport Chapter area which is served by the Newport-Mesa Unified School District, including Balboa, Balboa Island, Corona del Mar, Costa Mesa, Newport Beach, portions of Newport Coast and Santa Ana Heights. Like all NCL, Inc. Chapters, Newport aims to foster the mother-daughter relationship by serving its communities together.
The Newport Chapter is a vibrant group of women and their daughters in grades 7-12. We are unique among the other NCL, Inc. Chapters in that we own a thrift shop, we host an annual debutante ball, and we have an active Juniors group as well as four active Sustainer groups. Today our Chapter has over 700 Provisional, Active and Sustaining Patronesses and Ticktocker members.
The Newport Chapter of NCL has a rich history, starting with the story of our founding in 1957. It all began when a founding Los Angeles Chapter member, who had moved to Newport Beach, brought a group of women together at the Balboa Bay Club with the intention of forming a Newport Chapter. At the end of that first year, a Chapter Tea was held on May 22, 1958, starting a tradition that has been honored every year since. We were the 5th Chapter to form (after the Los Angeles, Glendale, San Fernando Valley and Foothill Chapters) and are now one of 279 Chapters in 29 states.
Our Ticktocker Thrift Shop opened its doors in 1959. It moved to its present location, 540 W. 19th Street, Costa Mesa, in 1971. The Thrift Shop is completely volunteer staffed by our members and their daughters. In addition to benefitting from the proceeds, patrons of our many philanthropies are welcomed shoppers at the store.
Our first Debutante Ball was held on November 25, 1961 at the Newport Harbor Yacht Club. That year 12 debutantes were honored. We continue the tradition today as we honor our graduates on the Saturday after Thanksgiving. This year marks the 60th Newport Chapter ball where we will honor 28 debutantes.
Our Patronesses may join one of four Sustainer groups after their last Ticktocker has graduated from high school in order to remain connected to NCL Newport. We currently have over 300 active Sustainers.
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.
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:
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:
- Alzheimer’s Association
- American Cancer Society
- American Heart Association
- American Red Cross
- Back Bay Therapeutic Riding Club
- College Educational Scholarships
- Council on Aging OC
- Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA)
- Disaster Response
- Environmental Nature Center (ENC)
- Girls, Inc.
- Harry & Grace Steele Childrens Center @OCC
- High Hopes Head Injury
- Hoag Hospital
- Human Options
- Independent Hours Opp. – IHOPs
- National League of Young Men
- NCL National Education Fund
- Newport Beach Fire Dept.
- Newport Beach Public Library
- Operation Gratitude
- Operation Homefront
- Operation Valentine (District Project)
- Orange County Gateway Housing
- Orangewood Foundation
- Pediatric Cancer Research Foundation (PCRF)
- Philanthropy Bus Tour
- Philanthropy Fair
- Project Hope Alliance
- Robyne’s Nest
- S.O.S. – Share Our Selves
- S.P.I.N. – Serving People in Need
- Second Harvest Food Bank
- Second Step – Human Options
- Shalimar THINK Together
- Shea Therapeutic Riding Center
- Someone Cares Soup Kitchen
- Special Camps for Special Kids
1. American Cancer Society
2. American Red Cross
3. Back Bay Therapeutic Riding Center
4. Children’s Hospital of Orange County (CHOC)
5. Council on Aging Southern California
6. Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA)
7. Disaster Relief
8. Environmental Nature Center (ENC)
9. Girls, Inc.
10. Hoag Hospital Jr. Auxiliary/Candystriper Program
11. National League of Young Men (NLYM)
12. Newport Beach Fire Department
13. Newport Beach Public Library
14. Operation Valentine
15. Orangewood Foundation
16. Project Hope Alliance
17. Second Harvest Food Bank
18. Second Step & Third Step (Human Options)
19. Serving People in Need (SPIN)
20. Shalimar THINK Together
21. Share Our Selves (SOS)
22. Shea Therapeutic Riding Center
23. Someone Cares Soup Kitchen
24. Special Camps for Special Kids
25. Surfrider Foundation
26. Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure
27. Talking About Curing Autism (TACA)
28. Thomas House Transitional Housing
The Newport Chapter serves 28 philanthropies in Orange County, with over 50 events each year. Collectively our mothers and daughters volunteer close to 20,000 hours each year. Proceeds from our Ticktocker Thrift Shop support our NCL mission of fostering mother-daughter relationships in a philanthropic organization committed to community service, leadership development and cultural experiences and provide many resources for our philanthropies.
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:
- Consensus building
- Team building
- Conflict resolution
- Event planning
- Parliamentary procedure
Our Chapter Board of Directors:
- President: Melissa Meehan
- President Elect: Kelly Foster
- Secretary: Ali Jones
- Treasurer: Nicole Joseph
- Parliamentarian: Lori Anderson
- Vice President Communications: Michelle Barto
- Vice President Membership: Lauren Wong
- Vice President Philanthropy: Leslie Meserve
- Vice President Provisionals: Katie Kosoff
- Vice President Ticktockers: Lu Ann Hancock
- Sustainer Liaison: Bobbie Garza
- Vice President Chapter Engagement and Inclusion: Jennifer Balint
Mothers and daughters have the opportunity to take on leadership roles throughout their time in NCL. Ticktockers are encouraged to run for a grade level office at least once in their six years, with most holding an office two or three times. Ticktocker officers are trained and mentored by Patroness Board Members, and guided throughout the year by grade level advisors. They prepare agendas, run meetings, and provide reports on a monthly basis.
Our Patronesses have opportunities to hold one of 24 Board positions, with training provided by our District representatives. Our President and President Elect attend annual training meetings with nearly 300 National Charity League, Inc. Chapters.
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.
TICKTOCKER THRIFT SHOP
Located at 540 West 19th Street, Costa Mesa where Patronesses and Ticktockers work to raise the majority of the funds we donate to our philanthropies.
The Thrift Shop Means so much to our members and our community:
It’s having a central place that is home for all NCL Newport Members to meet and connect
It’s having the opportunity to get to know and form friendships with other NCL Newport Members
It’s getting to know the Ticktockers from other classes and talking with them about their experiences to help us better understand our own daughters
It’s teaching our daughters the value of volunteering
It’s having our daughters learn first hand about those less fortunate and recognizing the blessing of having mothers who care so much about them
It’s discovering that we have talents we never knew we had, to run a successful business by being Treasurers, Schedulers, Purchasers, Managers and Creative Problem Solvers!
It’s earning a profit from our efforts
It’s learning how our funds are donated to our Philanthropies
It’s understanding how much we help deserving students through our scholarships
It’s coming to the realization that the Thrift Shop is so much more than just a store. It is the heart of our NCL Newport Chapter and experience.
THRIFT SHOP VP WAYS & MEANS