San Rafael Mission Belles

About Our Chapter

NCL, Inc., San Rafael Mission Belles 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 Marin County. Like all NCL, Inc. Chapters, San Rafael Mission Belles aims to foster the mother-daughter relationship by serving its communities together.

The San Rafael Mission Belles Chapter began in May 2002 with a mother who wanted to introduce her daughters to the importance of community service.  She assembled her friends to listen to the experiences of founding members from the Marin Chapter of NCL.  After hearing the wonderful stories and opportunities that these women had with their daughters through the NCL program, seven women stepped forward to begin the process of establishing a new chapter.   Less than two years later, the San Rafael Mission Belles moved from Provisional chapter status to become the 107thchartered chapter of the National Charity League.

The structure of an NCL chapter is organized into two groups.  In our chapter, the mothers, known as Patronesses, meet once a month (8 times per year) and decide on programs, activities and philanthropic work, as well as understanding the business of the chapter and strategic direction.  Philanthropic participation with their daughters is a requirement and each member must fulfill 20-30 philanthropic and league hours per year with 75% of the required hours spent volunteering as a mother-daughter team.  Each member has some kind of role or position within the chapter which they must fulfill as part of their yearly participation requirement.

The daughters, known as Ticktockers, also meet 8 times per year, separately from the Patronesses.  Ticktockers range from 7th grade to 12th grade.  Ticktockers are organized by grade level and have their own set of elected officers and adult grade level advisors.  Their meetings are designed around the Chapter’s ‘Six Year Plan’ which assigns various age-related educational and cultural objectives for them to meet through programs, presentations, and field trips.  Each year, Ticktockers are required to devote 20-30 hours to philanthropic service and league activities.  The overall objective is to provide opportunities to learn the beauty of giving of themselves to others; to practice social and leadership skills within their peer groups; and to have an awareness and appreciation of the various forms of cultural education in our community.

NCL’s mission lies firmly in community service, education, leadership training and cultural awareness, and our goals are carried out through the commitments and partnerships between mothers and daughters.

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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

  • Aldersly
  • Alzheimer’s Association
  • Operational Gratitude (National Philanthropy)
  • Special Olympics Marin Games

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.  Philanthropies supported by our Chapter include:

  • Aldersley
  • American Cancer Society
  • Big Brothers Big Sisters
  • Canal Alliance
  • Casa Allegra
  • Center for Volunteers and Nonprofit Leadership
  • Halleck Creek Riding Club
  • Marin Head Start
  • Homeward Bound
  • Lifehouse
  • LITA – Love is The Answer
  • Marin County Schools Volunteers
  • Marine Mammal Center
  • Mountain Play Association, REC Inc.
  • RitterCenter, Senior Access
  • Special Olympics
  • St. Vincent de Paul
  • The Marin Humane Society
  • Whistlestop
  • Wildcare
  • Blue Star Moms of Marin

Leadership Development

  • President: Genny Biggs
    Heather Walker
  • Secretary: Kirsten Polsky
  • Treasurer: Debbie Bennett
  • Parliamentarian: Teri Garsten
  • Vice President Communications: Rochelle Racchi
  • Vice President Membership: Linda Kitzel
    Bree Eaton
  • Vice President Patroness Activities: Liz McDermott
  • Vice President Philanthropy: Jessica Bendy
  • Vice President Provisionals: Emily Foley
  • Vice President Ticktockers: Lara Della Rocca

NCL, Inc. provides both mothers and daughters opportunities to identify and develop their own leadership style and to confidently polish their skills by serving community partners and their Chapter in various roles.

NCL, Inc. provides opportunities to learn about, model and adapt to different leadership styles.

NCL, Inc. provides on-the-job training of various leadership skills, such as time and project management, organization, goal setting, public speaking, team building, budgeting, conflict resolution, communication, and working in collaborative work groups.

Cultural Experiences

NCL, Inc. traditions provide opportunities to learn about etiquette and confidently develop social skills. 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 world views that will shape and support our lives. We celebrate our history through traditions that honor the past while serving the future.  Cultural activities are integrated into our Six Year Ticktocker Plan, encompassing the following suggested areas of focus:

  • Music (7th grade)
  • Theatre (8th grade)
  • Symphony (9th grade)
  • Museums/Gardens (10th grade)
  • Art (11th grade)
  • Dance (12th grade)

Meet Our Board

Genny Biggs, Co-President

Heather Walker, Co-President

Open, President Elect

Kelly Dupree, Mary Alice Arnold Past Presidents

Alexandra Nicandri,  Standards Chair

Quynh Pearson, Standards Chair


Teri Garsten, Parliamentarian

Heather Stewart,  Recording Secretary

Rachelle Larson,  Treasurer

Rochelle Racchi, Vice President Communications

Linda Kitzel, Vice President Membership

Jennifer Sicklick, Vice President Patroness Activities

Jessica Bendy, Vice President Philanthropy

Emily Foley, Vice President Provisionals

Liz McDermott, Vice President Ticktockers