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?  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.

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:

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.

We work with the following philanthropies:

    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.

    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
    • President: Meredith Cagle
    • President Elect: Melissa Meehan
      Mollie Rosing
    • Secretary: Jennifer Middlemas
    • Treasurer: Michelle Corcoran
      Debbie Fogel
    • Parliamentarian: Lisa Neal
    • Vice President Communications: Nicole Early
    • Vice President Membership: Lori Anderson
    • Vice President Patroness Activities: Jennifer Norminton
    • Vice President Philanthropy: Stacie Fults
      Leslie Meserve
    • Vice President Provisionals: Kelly Foster
    • Vice President Ticktockers: Jana Kalinowski
      Lisa Stephenson
    • Sustainer Liaison: Truly Boring

    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.

    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.

    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.


    Megan Macias