Southern New Hampshire

About Our Chapter

NCL, Inc., Southern New Hampshire 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 the Hillsborough, Merrimack, or Rockingham County area. Like all NCL, Inc. Chapters, Southern New Hampshire aims to foster the mother-daughter relationship by serving its communities together.

Our History: Our chapter’s history goes back to August 2012, when Alyse Kanter hosted 10 women in her Bedford, NH home, and we became an official chapter in November 2014. We are the only NCL chapter in NH.

Our Members: We have approximately 150 active members who live in Bedford, Manchester, Merrimack, and surrounding towns.

Our Chapter Structure: Our mothers join chapter committees, liaison with our philanthropic partners, act as advisors to our daughters, or choose to join our chapter board.  Our daughters, organized by graduating class, also have a role within their class.  We hold both chapter meetings and social events either as a full chapter (mothers and daughters), for mothers only, or class meetings (daughters only).  Our two largest events are the annual Mother-Daughter Tea and the Senior Recognition Event for our graduates.

Our Philanthropic Efforts: We have a wide variety of volunteering opportunities (see list below), so there is something for everyone!  Mothers and daughters volunteer together and create lasting memories.  In addition, each class will have a focus philanthropy each year, so may have additional ‘class-specific’ volunteer events.  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. 

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.

If you are interested in learning more about our chapter, please do send us a note through our membership inquiry form or send us an email.  

Applications for new members are due March 10, 2023. Send us an email for the application form.  For additional information, access our most recent Prospective Member Information Packet

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
  • Animal Rescue League
  • Bedford Community Food Pantry
  • CareGivers
  • Cystic Fibrosis Foundation
  • Disaster Response
  • Families In Transition
  • Fueled By Kids
  • JDRF
  • Mt Carmel Rehab and Nursing Center
  • New Horizons
  • Operation Gratitude
  • Our Promise to Nicholas (OPTN)
  • Special Olympics

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:

Our 2023-2024 President: Renu Basur

All 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. These support our chapter activities as well as provide our daughters with the skills that they need to succeed.

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.  We encourage each class to focus on a different area of the arts each year and attend a live theater or musical production or visit a museum.  These activities expose our daughters to the cultural diversity in our community and instill in them a sense of gratitude and appreciation that makes them better volunteers and community members.