About Our Chapter
NCL, Inc., Northeast Atlanta 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 the area surrounding the Highway 141 Corridor, including South Forsyth, Gwinnett County, North Fulton County, Johns Creek and North Norcross area. Like all NCL, Inc. Chapters, Northeast Atlanta aims to foster the mother-daughter relationship by serving its communities together.
Our chapter has received the Blue Rose Chapter Award for the past 2 years. We have completed our annual requirements, participated in #GivingTuesday and the national philanthropy program, and held a Sustainer Event The Northeast Atlanta Chapter of National Charity League, Inc.’s mission is to foster mother-daughter relationships in a philanthropic organization committed to community service, leadership development, and cultural experiences.
2020 marked the 10th anniversary of the Northeast Atlanta (NEA) chapter. NCL NEA was established in 2010 and chartered in 2012. We were the 162nd chapter in the United States and 5th in the Atlanta area. The membership for the current 2020-2021 period includes 147 Ticktockers (Daughters) and 120 Patronesses (Mothers) for a total of 267 members. We also have Sustainer Patronesses & Ticktockers who have completed the program and choose to stay involved.
As a 100% volunteer organization, membership in NCL NEA requires a commitment of time and service and carries a financial responsibility. All Patronesses hold a chapter job each year and actively participate as leaders in the operational success of the chapter. All Ticktockers also hold jobs and are expected to carry out their roles to their best effort. Our chapter is supported by NCL Inc. and our District 14 leaders with many resources to help guide us along the way.
Throughout our chapter’s history, it has been our goal at NCL NEA to work diligently to adhere to the 3 pillars that the 6-year program is based on to ensure that members receive a well-rounded experience. We are intentional about how we spend our time and resources. We consider it a privilege to be able to spend quality time with our daughters while we serve in our communities and experience growth through well-organized meetings. Our chapter serves over 20 philanthropies including environmental & animal, elderly, military & community, families & housing + food, children & youth, and health.
NCL NEA prides itself on continually listening, learning and growing together. Each year the Board of Directors sets new goals to advance our chapter after listening to the members and analyzing what works and what doesn’t, we call it adding layers to our cake. Life at NCL NEA sure is sweet.
The value of membership in the Northeast Atlanta chapter lasts a lifetime. The NCL experience uniquely draws women and girls together to focus their minds, hearts and talents towards creating positive change in their communities and the world in which they live. Please visit the Join Our Chapter page to submit the Membership Inquiry form.
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 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 from October-January each year for mothers or female guardians and their daughters in 6th grade at the time of the Membership Drive. Membership could also be open to 7th-9th grade depending 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 in or attend school in the areas surrounding the Highway 141 Corridor, including South Forsyth, Gwinnett County, North Fulton County, Johns Creek, North Norcross, and Peachtree Corners.
Visit our chapter’s social media pages to see more about NCL Northeast Atlanta
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:
- A Beacon of Hope
- About Face USA
- Alzheimer’s Association
- American Heart Association
- American Parkinson Disease Association (APDA)
- Atlanta-Fulton Public Library System – Spruill
- Blessings in a Backpack – FAM (Fulton, Alpharetta, Milton)
- Camp Twin Lakes
- Chattahoochee Nature Center
- CHOA Children’s healthcare of Atlanta
- Erin’s Hope For Friends (E’s Club)
- Esther Jackson ES
- Foster Care Support Foundation, Inc.
- Helping Mamas
- Homeless Period Project
- Jesse’s House
- Lionheart School
- Mansions at Sandy Springs
- Meals By Grace
- MSG / Marcus E. & Sharon B. Gunter Foundation, Inc.
- North Fulton Community Charities
- Operation Gratitude
- Operation Homefront
- Rainbow Village
- Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC) of Atlanta
- Sunrise Senior Living
- The Kindness Campaign
- The Sandwich Project
Our NEA chapter categorizes our philanthropies into 6 groups, and each class has a grade-level focus. Categories include environmental & animal, elderly, military& community, families& housing + food, children & youth, and health. Each year members are required to meet a minimum number of service (philanthropy) hours and a minimum number of meeting (league) hours. The NCL NEA chapter is an active experience with all members committed to working for our philanthropies and our own organization.
- 7th, 8th, and 12th Grades are required to serve a minimum of 10 Philanthropy Hours
- 9th, 10th, and 11th Grades are required to serve a minimum of 15 Philanthropy Hours
- Patronesses are required to serve a minimum of 10 Philanthropy Hours
Each year NCL NEA celebrates our accomplishments by awarding individual achievement, class performance, and mother-daughter conquests. Please visit the Annual Events page to learn more about award ceremonies.
NEA 2018-2019 period highlights include:
- 8,023 philanthropy hours served and 44 Mother-Daughter teams served 25 hours or more together
NEA 2019-2020 goals and actuals include:
- Goal was 8,800 philanthropy hours and have 50 Mother-Daughter teams serving 25 hours or more together. We were excited to surpass our goals with 76 Mother-Daughter teams serving more than 25 hours or more and a chapter grand total of 10,189.5 Philanthropy Hours.
NEA 2020-2021 was a year to remember:
- The Covid 19 pandemic made it very challenging for our members to volunteer for our philanthropy partners but even with those challenges we had 55 Mother-Daughter teams serving 25 hours or more together. We found new ways to help our philanthropy partners and recorded a chapter grand total of 7,67.25 Philanthropy Hours.
NEA 2021-2022: Total members – 271 (Patronesses-123 & TTs – 148)
NCL Inc published a 2020 Impact Report which is a great tool to learn more about NCL member accomplishments, demographics, inspiring programs, events, philanthropic reach, partner relationships, donors, and more. Click here to learn more and download the report.
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
- President: Vanessa Lowe
- President Elect: Trisha Vollandt
- Secretary: Kirsten Scott
- Treasurer: Janet Harrison
- Parliamentarian: Heather Forkey
- Vice President Communications: Karen Roberts
- Vice President Membership: Staci Thursby
- Vice President Philanthropy: Julie Gilchrist
- Vice President Provisionals: Dana Myrick
- Vice President Ticktockers: Patrice Perez
- Sustainer Liaison: Shalini Goel
LEADERSHIP SERVICE OBLIGATIONS:
Every Patroness and Ticktocker will serve in a chapter position each year. There are many positions to choose from and our chapter works hard to pair each member with a role that suits their strengths or is requested by the member. A Patroness shall serve as a Board member or a Committee Chair (at least) 1 time while an Active member. A Ticktocker shall serve in a leadership and/or Board position (at least) 1 time during grades 7 – 12 of her membership.
The Board of Directors is made up of Patronesses. The roles for Ticktockers are similar to the BOD but also include roles such as:
- Ice Breaker
- Recording Secretary
- Corresponding Secretary
- Secret Sister
- Social Media / Photography Representative
- Senior Recognition Representative
- Ticktocker Council Representative
As a 100% volunteer organization, it is up to all members to work together to provide the best leadership experience possible for each other and our daughters. Our chapter is supported by NCL Inc and our District 14 leaders with many resources to help guide us along the way.
Quote from our 2021 Grade Level Advisor, Joy Evans:
“I have thoroughly enjoyed being a GLA for the class of 2021. My favorite parts of being a mentor have been developing a personal relationship with the girls and watching them build leadership skills as they take on more responsibilities. I am so proud of the young ladies that they have become!”
Additionally, members are exposed to inspirational and educational leaders in other areas of our community. Some of our keynote speakers over the years have included: John Trautwein – Will to Live; Lauren Cook – Sunny Girl; Jennifer Keitt – The Keitt Institute; Cindy Martin, LMFT – Relationship Recovery Center; and Rory Pan – Miss GA Outstanding Teen 2018.
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.
In March, new chapter members are invited to participate in NCL 101 where they will learn all about the chapter and what to expect. This is a great time to hear about all of the different Philanthropies that our chapter serves and to meet your Grade Level Advisors.
In August, our chapter holds its annual Kick-Off. This is a required event for all members. The Kick-Off is a fun way to gather together as a whole chapter after summer to get motivated about the school year ahead. The meeting includes the Board of Directors and committee chairs presenting information such as chapter highlights, goals, and philanthropy news. Members also participate in a chapter activity or hear from an inspirational and educational guest speaker. One example of a chapter activity was when all members participated in a poverty simulation guided by North Fulton Community Charities.
In January, our chapter holds its annual Ticktocker Day. This is a required event for all Ticktockers. The Annual Ticktocker Day is planned with the needs of the Ticktockers in mind to give them the tools needed to continue building on the skills being taught through the NCL six-year program as well as give updates on chapter news. The Ticktocker Advisory Council and the Patronesses on the Ticktocker Day committee work hard to make this time together educational and enjoyable. The themed day usually includes a guest speaker and a philanthropy activity as well as a fun experience for all who attend.
Our chapter holds its annual Senior Recognition. This is a required event for Juniors & Seniors. Senior Recognition is a time-honored tradition in National Charity League, Inc. It is a celebration honoring the twelfth-grade Ticktockers upon completion of the six-year program. Senior Recognition is a rite of passage from our daughters’ teen years to the wonderful future that lies ahead of them. The seniors dress in long white gowns and after being escorted, are presented to the audience by her father in an honoring and emotional speech with her mother close by. Our chapter’s junior class plays a role in this event as they take on the task of planning and preparing to make this a very special night for our seniors.
MOTHER-DAUGHTER TEA & AWARDS
In May, our mothers and daughters gather to celebrate their bond at a tea. The Tea and Awards Ceremony is a time-honored tradition in National Charity League, Inc. NCL NEA has each Ticktocker class participate in the Tea planning and execution. They learn addressing invitations, building centerpieces, setting a table, coordinating logistics and timelines, and a wide variety of other tasks a hostess will perform. The cultural significance for the Patroness and Ticktocker is a unique chance to participate in a long-standing tradition and teaches our daughters to be gracious young women. During the ceremony, we celebrate our serving accomplishments and hand out awards for achievement.
Prior to the Senior Recognition, a Senior Tea is held for mothers and daughters of our senior class to present awards.
Northeast Atlanta Special Philanthropy Partners
C U R E PICNIC
Our Northeast Atlanta chapter has been serving the annual CURE Picnic and Lauren’s Run since 2011. At the picnic, each of our grades set up a unique and elaborate themed, carnival-style station with fun games, prizes and activities for the attendees to participate in. It is a big part of the picnic and we are the only local NCL chapter dedicated to serve in this way. Participants include those who do the run, as well as families diagnosed with childhood cancer. The annual picnic is a reunion for CURE families and a special and fun day for all!
American Heart Association and National Charity League, Inc. have formed a strategic partnership called our National Philanthropy Initiative. Our chapter supports this initiative by walking in the American Heart Association Heart Walk in Marietta. In 2019 we partnered with six Atlanta-area chapters to walk as one!
Our chapter will be forever grateful to the initial, small group of big-hearted, caring moms who willingly met in 2010 to learn about NCL, Inc. for the first time. They took the lead in understanding its importance in a community and began to spread the word. Thanks to the collaborative efforts of these first amazing ladies and their daughters, the awareness, momentum and interest in joining NCL, Inc. continued to build, allowing for the successful formation of our Northeast Atlanta Chapter. Many of these same moms stepped-up for roles on the Founding Board of Directors and continue to play a role in our Chapter.
List of Chapter Presidents:
2010-2011 Christi Cantu
2011-2012 Christi Cantu
2012-2013 Lynn Floum
2013-2014 Julie Rhinehart
2014-2015 Christy Pincheon
2015-2016 Erica McCurdy
2016-2017 Patricia Rainey
2017-2018 Dawn Dickey
2018-2019 Jen Freyer
2019-2020 Joan Barker
2020-2021 Tomika Hargett
2021-2022 Zonya Barfield
2022-2023 Vanessa Lowe
Photo of our Chapter’s first Board of Directors and first graduating class of Ticktockers.