Sea Turtle

About Our Chapter

NCL, Inc., Sea Turtle 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 New Hanover School District. Like all NCL, Inc. Chapters, Sea Turtle aims to foster the mother-daughter relationship by serving its communities together.

The Sea Turtle Chapter of the National Charity League in Wilmington, NC, is a 501c (3) organization founded in 2016. We currently have over 200 Mothers and Daughters serving the community through a wide range of charitable organizations including The Salvation Army, Cape Fear Volunteer Center, the Good Shepherd Center, Communities in Schools and more. Our location on the coast also gives the Sea Turtle Chapter a unique opportunity to focus on environmental philanthropies such as The North Carolina Coastal Federation, Cape Fear River Watch and Plastic Oceans Project.

Both Patronesses (mothers) and Ticktockers (daughters) work side-by-side to serve the community, enhance the mother-daughter bond, and foster leadership opportunities for girls in 7th through 12th grades. Monthly grade-level meetings allow Ticktockers to develop their talents and learn valuable leadership skills while improving their social etiquette. Patronesses meet monthly to discuss club business; to develop cultural, social and leadership programming; and to foster strong relationships among members. Patronesses and Ticktockers also participate in cultural events throughout the year.

Join Our Chapter

Interested in joining 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.

Membership in our Chapter is open to all Mothers of rising 7th grade girls through 10th grade (NCL, Inc. does not allow members to join the years of a girl’s rising Junior or Senior year).  The membership process begins on November 1 with small information sessions or on-on-one meetings.  Applications for membership are then available online until January 15.

Each Ticktocker class is identified by the graduation year and typically has up to 24 Ticktockers.

If you are interested in becoming a part of NCL, Inc., Sea Turtle Chapter, please email membershipseaturtle@nclonline.org

 

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

Community Service

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
  • American Heart Association
  • American Red Cross
  • Annual Tea – Special Philanthropy
  • Beyond the Pink
  • Brigade Boys and Girls Club
  • Cape Fear Literacy Council – Special Event
  • Cape Fear River Watch
  • Cape Fear Volunteer Center
  • Cape Fear Volunteer Center – Azalea Festival Events
  • Communities in School
  • Disaster Response
  • Food Bank of Central and Eastern NC
  • Foster Pantry
  • Giving Tuesday / Random Acts of Kindness
  • Good Shepherd Center
  • Miracle League of Wilmington
  • NC Coastal Federation
  • Nourish NC
  • Operation Gratitude
  • Philanthropy Fair
  • Plastics Ocean Project
  • Poplar Grove Plantation
  • Rescue Connect
  • Salvation Army
  • Salvation Army – Toys for Tots Teen/Tween Gift Drive
  • Salvation Army / Toys for Tots
  • SECU Family House
  • Senior Project – 2022 Pet Food Drive
  • Special Event – Battleship Marathon
  • Special Event – Blue Ribbon Run
  • Special Event – Cape Fear Buddy Walk
  • Special Event – Carousel Center
  • Special Event – Loop the Loop
  • Special Event – Love Is Bald
  • Special Event – New Hanover County Public Library
  • Special Event – New Hanover Humane Society
  • Special Event – Operation Homefront
  • Special Event – Pet Drive (Pender County Humane Society)
  • Special Event – Smart Start Family Festival

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:

  • Beyond the Pink
  • Brigade Boys and Girls
  • Cape Fear River Watch
  • Cape Fear Volunteer Center
  • Communities in School
  • Food Bank of Central and Eastern NC
  • Foster Pantry
  • Good Shepherd Center
  • Hospitality House of NHRMC (SECU House)
  • Miracle League
  • NC Coastal Federation
  • Nourish NC
  • Plastic Oceans Project
  • Poplar Grove Plantation
  • RescueConnect Animal Rescue
  • The Salvation Army
  • Toys for Tots
  • Wreaths Across America
  • NCL, Inc. National Philanthropy Initiative(s)
  • Other Disaster/Rescue Initiative(s) as they arise

Leadership Development

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:

  • Confidence
  • Consensus building
  • Team building
  • Conflict resolution
  • Event planning
  • Parliamentary procedure

Our Chapter Board of Directors:

  • President: Gina Gilb
    Joanna Miles-Basta
  • Secretary: Susan Tetterton
  • Treasurer: Dana O’Donovan
  • Parliamentarian: Amy Ibrahim
    Gina Gilb
  • Vice President Communications: Katie Anguish
    Kristin Freeman
  • Vice President Membership: Brooke Hooks
    Katie Godwin
  • Vice President Philanthropy: Michelle Cherry
  • Vice President New Members: Meredith Wells
  • Vice President Ticktockers: Ashley Tompkins
    Koo MacQueen
  • Vice President Chapter Engagement and Inclusion: Lesley Lubbers

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.

Each Ticktocker class focuses on a different aspect of leadership:
Seventh graders explore leadership styles and NCL, Inc., core values.
Eighth graders learn communication and meeting leadership skills.
Freshmen hone their listening skills, practice time management tools, and build self-confidence.
Sophomores strengthen conflict resolution skills, prepare for future employment, and engage in public speaking.
Juniors establish future goals and identify college opportunities.
Seniors mentor the younger Ticktockers.

Activities of our Chapter include:

  • New Member Orientation
  • Monthly Board of Directors meetings
  • Monthly Ticktocker meetings
  • Monthly Patroness meetings
  • Ticktocker trainings
  • Event planning for Chapter wide special events
  • Attendance at District and National NCL, Inc. meetings
  • Regular hands-on philanthropy projects

Cultural Experiences

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.

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. We celebrate our history through traditions that honor the past while serving the future.
Cultural activities that members of our Chapter might participate in include:

  • Annual Mother-Daughter Tea 
  • Art exhibits in our business community
  • Dance Performances
  • Musical Theatre
  • Dramatic Theatre
  • Ballet or Dance Ensemble Performances
  • Symphony Concerts
  • Visual Arts/Art Museum Visits

Our Chapter History

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