San Dieguito

About Our Chapter

NCL, Inc., San Dieguito 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 San Diego County area. Like all NCL, Inc. Chapters, San Dieguito aims to foster the mother-daughter relationship by serving its communities together.

The San Dieguito Chapter had its formation meeting in February, 1998 and opened membership to the 7th, 8th, 9th & 10th grade girls with their mothers.

Some of the founding officers included: Peggy Ewing, Carole Comeau, Jeanine Everhart, Nancy Gordon, Sherry Dixon, Leslee Stauffer and Marsha Hester.

These women began many traditions that are still carried out today, including the Fashion Show and Senior Presents (now called Senior Recognition). These events encourage girls to work together, develop confidence and poise, and reflect on their philanthropic, cultural and leadership experiences. Other traditions that have emerged and continue to be popular include the Mother-Daughter Kick-Off Meeting, Ticktocker Day, Class Teas, and the Annual Chapter Awards Tea. Through the years, the collaboration of mothers and daughters has added many meaningful programs and memories.

Great teamwork has contributed to the history of our strong and close-knit Chapter.  The mothers and daughters work together to support and encourage each other to carry on the NCL, Inc. Mission.

Join Our Chapter

Membership Inquiry Form

For any questions regarding Membership, requests for transfers or assistance with connecting as a Sustainer, email us.

Some things to keep in mind about our membership process:

  • Availability: NCL is a six-year program, with mothers applying for membership in the fall of their daughter’s 6th grade year. Upon acceptance, our program begins in April of the daughter’s 6th grade year.
  • Timeline: Our Annual Membership Drive begins each November and runs through January.  Our Prospective New Member Coffee occurs in November, 2020. Prospective members interested in receiving an invitation must either contact a current Patroness or complete an inquiry form (see link above). Applications for membership are accepted during the Annual Membership Drive for daughters in 6th grade 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 Patroness Member in our Chapter. (We can help connect you with a sponsor and co-sponsor, if needed!)
  • Application: We will be accepting applications in the fall of 2020 for 6th grade girls graduating high school in the year 2027.  We may also have a limited number of spots available for the class of 2026 for girls entering 8th grade in fall of 2021, but that information will not be available until fall.  The application process is completed online through a specialized link from our membership committee.
  • Boundaries:  NCL, Inc. has multiple chapters within San Diego County, and a member can apply to any chapter within the county.  San Dieguito has members living throughout San Diego County including but not limited to Del Mar, Solana Beach, Cardiff, La Jolla, Encinitas, Carlsbad, Carmel Valley, Rancho Santa Fe, Scripps Ranch, Escondido, San Marcos, and 4S Ranch.  A Prospective Member shall only apply to one chapter

Thank you again for your interest in the San Dieguito Chapter. We look forward to meeting you!

Mothers and their daughters (grades 7-12) participate in a program that embraces:

Community Service

  • Friends & Family Community Connection
  • Habitat for Humanity – San Diego
  • Helen Woodward Animal Center
  • Jewish Family Service
  • Meals-on-Wheels
  • Miracle League of San Diego
  • Pacific Southwest Community Development Corporation
  • Princess Project
  • Ronald McDonald House Charities of San Diego, Inc.
  • San Diego Rescue Mission
  • Senior Wellness Center (Gary & Mary West)
  • Sports for Exceptional Athletes
  • Support the Enlisted Project
  • Surfrider Foundation San Diego Chapter
  • Vista Hill

As NCL members, we cherish the special time we share with our daughters and friends we have made, but the heart of National Charity League is the meaningful impact we make on the community.

The San Dieguito Chapter is fortunate to have generous members who give of their time and talents to our many philanthropies.

We work diligently to provide a wide variety of volunteering opportunities that allow our members to explore the San Diego community, meet new people, and expose our daughters to a variety of non-profit organizations. Our goal is to instill in them the values of dedication, hard work, and service – the core of NCL.

We take pride in the amount of time we spend volunteering  in our community—often serving over 8,000 philanthropy hours each year as a chapter. We find that as we help others, we also help ourselves. Our hope is that our daughters will continue this legacy of compassion and service to those who are in need.

As mothers, we will cherish this special time we have spent working side-by-side with our maturing daughters, tutoring them in values we hold dear.

Leadership Development

  • President: Sandra Hoyle
  • President Elect: Sheila Caldarelli
  • Secretary: Julie Umansky
  • Treasurer: Natalie Vosburgh
  • Parliamentarian: Celine Trussell
  • Vice President Communications: Gaby Lehmann
  • Vice President Membership: Stephanie McGuire
  • Vice President Patroness Activities: Kathleen Sweeney
  • Vice President Philanthropy: Erica Halpern
  • Vice President Provisionals: Brenda Merriles
  • Vice President Ticktockers: Susan Polizzotto

Whether she is the President who calls the meeting to order or the class Inspiration who provides inspirational motivation at the beginning of each meeting, each young woman learns to become comfortable with leadership. In fact, our six-year plan ensures that our daughters gain exposure to various leadership opportunities. Every year, the young women brainstorm, plan, and host events like “Father-Daughter” outings and age-appropriate programs like “High School Prep for 8th Graders” or “Healthy Study Habits.” These opportunities are whatever the young women can imagine!

In addition, the San Dieguito Chapter has created a “mentorship” program that enables our 10, 11th & 12th Grade Ticktockers to meet with mentors (Patronesses) representing a variety of jobs/experiences (such as nurse, lawyer, teacher, marketer, etc.) to ask questions and learn more about that profession/expertise. This is a great opportunity for our daughters to gain knowledge in an interested area of study or career path.

Another program our Chapter piloted was “Lunch & Learn,” in which both current and alumni Patronesses met periodically and explored strengths and emerging opportunities in their own personal careers at various stages in life. Remaining connected, building on personal strengths and being supportive is a cornerstone of our Chapter.

Cultural Experiences

Activities of our Chapter include a wide-range of performing arts including musical theatre, modern or ethnic dance, opera, choir, ballet, symphony, dramatic theatre, and art museums/gardens. Our six-year “sampling” of the performing arts inspires our young women to have a life-long appreciation for art in our community.

Other cultural components we incorporate into the six-year program include meeting conduct, tea traditions, etiquette, public speaking skills, high school and college preparation, healthy relationships, peer pressure, anti-bullying, diversity, tolerance, self-defense, alcohol and drug awareness, driving safety, coping skills, and car care and driving skills.