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

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 in mid-October 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


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

Community Service

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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:

  • Miracle League
  • Cape Fear Volunteer Center
  • SECU House of NHRMC
  • NC Coastal Federation
  • Poplar Grove Plantation
  • The Salvation Army & Toys for Tots
  • Cape Fear River Watch
  • Communities in Schools
  • Wreaths Across America
  • Good Shepherd Center
  • Brigade Boys & Girls Club
  • Nourish NC
  • Food Bank of Central & Eastern North Carolina
  • Beyond the Pink
  • Plastic Oceans Project
  • Foster Pantry

Leadership Development

  • President: Paige O’Neill
  • President Elect: Gina Gilb
  • Secretary: Frankie Moulton
  • Treasurer: Cindy Koonce
  • Parliamentarian: Shannon Rogers
  • Vice President Communications: Beth Lennon
    Darlene Powell
  • Vice President Membership: Katharyn Harvey
  • Vice President Patroness Activities: Emily Reiniche
  • Vice President Philanthropy: Kristin Behm
  • Vice President Provisionals: Kristen Harmon
  • Vice President Ticktockers: Jill Webb
    Alison Boswell

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

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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