Surf Cities

About Our Chapter

NCL, Inc., Surf Cities 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 San Diego County. Like all NCL, Inc. Chapters, Surf Cities aims to foster the mother-daughter relationship by serving its communities together.

Surf Cities was founded on April 6, 2003 with 31 founding members, and is the 111th NCL, Inc. chapter to form in the United States. We now have more than 130 mother-daughter teams (300 people) serving more than 25 philanthropies in north San Diego County. On average, our chapter works more than 10,000 volunteer hours each year. In 2021, NCL, Inc. celebrates 100 years of making philanthropists and connecting members with their community.

As community leaders, we want to build strong ties with our philanthropy partners and serve their needs. We work hard to make their lives a touch easier and in doing so, they can have a bigger impact on their communities. Our work is fun, rewarding, and makes a big difference.

In addition to philanthropy, our members take part in cultural experiences that encourage social awareness, kindness and integrity. We’ve taken dance, art, self defense, and etiquette classes, visited museums, watched plays and musicals, and have even taken goat yoga! We take pride in planning our annual events — Mother Daughter Tea, Fashion Show, and Senior Recognition — and use them to honor NCL traditions and celebrate our unique group.

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.

Membership Inquiry Form

For any questions regarding Membership, requests for transfers or assistance with connecting as a Sustainer, email us.

2021-2022 Membership Drive

The 2021-2022 Membership Drive is closed. If you have questions, please contact Lisa Kendall,

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

Community Service

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.

We work with the following philanthropies:

  • Alzheimer’s Association
  • American Heart Association National Initiative
  • Military Baby Shower District Event
  • Operation Gratitude (National Philanthropy)

Some of our local partners include:

  • Adopt A Beach
  • Beacons
  • City of Carlsbad
  • City of Encinitas
  • Comfort Cub
  • Community Resource Center
  • Cystic Fibrosis Foundation
  • Habitat For Humanity
  • Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA)
  • Ivey Ranch
  • La Posada de Guadalupe
  • LCYO Champions Baseball
  • Meals on Wheels
  • Military Services
  • MS Society
  • My Girlfriend’s Closet
  • Operation Homefront
  • Rancho Coastal Humane Society
  • San Diego Botanic Garden
  • Spay Neuter Action Project
  • Sunrise Senior Living
  • Susan G Komen Breast Cancer Foundation

Leadership Development

Nurturing confidence through opportunities to learn and grow, while also building problem-solving skills through a supportive environment of healthy relationships.

Examples of skills developed include:

  • Confidence
  • Consensus building
  • Team building
  • Conflict resolution
  • Event planning
  • Parliamentary procedure
  • President: Cortne Carmean
  • President Elect: Jacqueline Cherie Frazier
  • Secretary: Mindy Lacy
  • Treasurer: Alison Lowery
  • Parliamentarian: Stephanie Richards
  • Vice President Communications: Kym Tedesco
  • Vice President Membership: Lisa Kendall
  • Vice President Philanthropy: Elaine Waldman
  • Vice President Provisionals: Lisa Black
  • Vice President Ticktockers: Jody White
  • Sustainer Liaison: Karri Smith

Every Surf Cities Ticktocker (NCL term for our daughters) is encouraged to take a position on their grade-level board, giving them an opportunity to run meetings, plan events, express their ideas and concerns, and steer the direction of their class. 

Our Patronesses (NCL term for moms) can stretch their wings too. We have a chapter job every year (except your provisional, or first, year), whether as a philanthropy liaison, part of an event planning team, or a chapter board member. 

We are building leaders, both moms and daughters.

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.

Mothers and daughters of each class attend a cultural experience together with a focus on different areas of art, theatre, dance and music.

Each Chapter celebrates the richness of its history through traditions that honor the past. The Mother Daughter Tea is an NCL, Inc. tradition. Today, NCL chapters around the country continue to embrace their long-standing traditions, as well as, create new ones.

NCL chapters throughout the country are intent on embracing long-standing NCL traditions in addition to creating new ones. Surf Cities is no different. Each year, mothers and daughters of attend a cultural event as a class with a focus on different areas of art, theatre, dance, music, wellness, and much more.

In addition, we take pride in our annual chapter events, which celebrate our work, growth, and dedication to our community. Our Mother-Daughter Awards Tea is a long-standing NCL tradition that honors our work in the community while also celebrating the etiquette and graciousness of a traditional tea. Our Fashion Show highlights the growth and journey of our 10th grade class, while encouraging the girls’ self confidence and individuality. Senior Recognition celebrates our senior class and the work they’ve done during their six years in NCL.

Chapter Award