About Our Chapter
NCL, Inc., Sandy Springs 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 Sandy Springs and surrounding areas. Like all NCL, Inc. Chapters, Sandy Springs aims to foster the mother-daughter relationship by serving its communities together.
In March of 2020 during the height of the Covid pandemic, National Charity League, Inc. approved board formation for our Sandy Springs Chapter. Headquarters put Nicole Robinson, our founding President, in touch with other local women who shared her vision. She began assembling her “dream team” which became our founding Board of Directors. This was all done over many months of Zoom meetings and conference calls due to quarantine restrictions. The NCL, Inc. Sandy Springs Chapter conducted a virtual Zoom formation on May 31, 2020 becoming the 282nd chapter of National Charity League, Inc.
Our chapter is committed to upholding the pillars of NCL: community service, leadership development and cultural experiences. The founding membership consists of 175 mothers, known as Patronesses, and daughters, known as Ticktockers, who live in Sandy Springs and the surrounding areas. Our diverse group includes students in grades 7 – 12 who attend more than 20 different middle and high schools.
Our goal is to promote a sense of community responsibility in our daughters and strengthen our bond while growing together, sharing of ourselves, and improving our community. The daughters, along with their mothers, participate in a 6-year educational program of philanthropic work, leadership training, educational activities, and cultural events.
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.
The Sandy Springs Chapter offers a six-year program for members to grow as leaders, mentors, and friends dedicating our resources to community support, improving Sandy Springs through hands-on volunteerism.
Our sponsored annual membership recruitment period begins each October and concludes in January. Prospective Members can be mothers or female guardians of a girl who will be in 7th grade the September following admission. Openings in 8th grade are dependent on the predetermined class size range. Class size is limited in order to maintain the integrity of the program.
All Prospective Members shall reside or go to school in Sandy Springs and surrounding areas. We coordinate with the seven other affiliated chapters in the Atlanta area so that we do not infringe on their boundaries.
Prospective members need to be sponsored by a Sandy Springs Chapter Active Member in Good Standing and co-sponsored by a current Sandy Springs Chapter Active, Provisional or Sustainer Patroness Member in Good Standing.
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
- Alzheimer’s Association
- American Heart Association
- American Red Cross
- Aurora Day Camp
- Community Assistance Center
- Cowart YMCA
- Disaster Response
- Dogwood Forest
- First Responders
- Most Valuable Kids
- Never Alone Widows
- Open Hand Atlanta
- Operation Gratitude
- Ronald McDonald House
- The Giving Tree
- The Sandwich Project
Each NCL, Inc. Chapter promotes social awareness by considering the local community’s needs and selecting appropriate non-profit organizations to serve. Our Chapter supports its philanthropic service partners through different volunteer activities as individuals, by grade level, as mother-daughter teams or as mixed groups representing all of our chapter.
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: Heidi Shaw
- Secretary: Marie Hannon
- Treasurer: Jenny Shulman
- Parliamentarian: Jennifer Miller
- Vice President Communications: Annie Lindsay
- Vice President Membership: Deanna Corbitt
- Vice President Philanthropy: Deidre Joe
- Vice President Provisionals: Jen Laborde
- Vice President Ticktockers: Courtney Duckett
Members have opportunities to engage in experiences that build essential skills, such as confidence, consensus and team building, event planning, conflict resolution and parliamentary procedure.
We strive to instill the NCL Core Values as we work together:
- Honoring the mother-daughter bond by together learning, growing and modeling responsibility and graciousnes
- Empowering women with the skills and confidence to lead
- Nurturing through mentorship
- Inspiring a legacy of social awareness and compassion
- Providing depth of support in local communities
- Integrity and excellence in everything we do
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.
Our annual Chapter Tea event is a time-honored National Charity League, Inc. tradition. This day allows us to spend a lovely afternoon with our Ticktocker daughter who have been instructed about tea etiquette in our Six Year Program.
NCL, Inc. chapters hold annually a Senior Recognition event to honor the 12th grade Ticktockers upon their completion of the NCL, Inc. Experience Six-year Core Program. This is a special event that highlights those that are a part of the graduating class.