About Our Chapter
NCL, Inc., Valley Forge 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 Methacton, Perkiomen Valley, Phoenixville, and Springford School Districts, and the surrounding areas. Like all NCL, Inc. Chapters, Valley Forge aims to foster the mother-daughter relationship by serving its communities together.
The NCL, Inc., Valley Forge Chapter made history when it formed on March 4, 2014 as the first-ever National Charity League, Inc. (NCL, Inc.) chapter in Pennsylvania.
Our Founding President, Tammy Ashliman, first learned about NCL, Inc. in 2013 through stories from her sister who resides in Georgia, one of many states benefitting from thriving NCL, Inc. chapters. Prior to hearing these stories, she and her daughter already had been discussing different ways they could give back to their community. When they learned that NCL, Inc. offered a unique opportunity for a mother to volunteer together with her daughter, often along with a group of other mother/daughter members, they felt inspired to get involved.
With no NCL, Inc. chapters in Pennsylvania at that time, research was done to understand how to start a new chapter. Well aware that forming a chapter could not be done alone, Tammy was thankful for her daughter’s enthusiasm for volunteering, unwavering support and excitement to start this chapter. This was the catalyst to commit to this endeavor.
Our chapter will be forever grateful to the initial, small group of big-hearted, caring moms who willingly met in October 2013 to learn about NCL, Inc. for the first time. They took the lead in understanding its importance in a community, and began to spread the word. Thanks to the collaborative efforts of these first amazing ladies and their daughters, the awareness, momentum and interest in joining NCL, Inc. continued to build, allowing for the successful formation of our Valley Forge Chapter. Many of these same moms stepped-up for roles on the Founding Board of Directors. We advanced to chartered chapter status in March 2016.
Since forming in 2014, our Chapter has quickly grown to over 250 dedicated members, supporting 20 local philanthropies through hands-on volunteerism. Our members volunteered over 5,000 hours last year.
Together, we are rewarded with all of the benefits membership offers as we develop strong women leaders serving and impacting our community today, and for generations to come.
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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.
For any questions regarding Membership, requests for transfers or assistance with connecting as a Sustainer, email us.
We invite you to consider membership in the NCL, Inc., Valley Forge Chapter. Our chapter offers an organized program for members to grow as leaders, mentors, and friends while making a difference in our community through hands-on volunteerism.
Some things to keep in mind about the membership process:
- Timeline: Applications for membership are accepted during the Annual Membership Drive from October-January each year for mothers or female guardians and their daughters in 6th grade at the time of the Membership Drive. Membership could also be open to 7th-9th grade depending on current class size at the time of the Membership Drive.
- Sponsorship: A Prospective Member shall be sponsored by an Active Member and co-sponsored by an Active, Provisional or Sustainer Member in our Chapter. We can help connect you with a sponsor and co-sponsor, if needed!
- Residence: A Prospective Member shall reside in the Methacton, Perkiomen Valley, Phoenixville, Spring-Ford School Districts and surrounding areas.
Thank you again for your interest in our NCL, Inc., Valley Forge Chapter. We look forward to meeting you!
Mothers and their daughters (grades 7-12) participate in a program that embraces:
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
- Cradles to Crayons
- Daily Bread Community Food Pantry
- Free To Breathe
- Gift of Life Family House
- Habitat for Humanity – Montgomery County
- Laurel House
- Lower Providence Community Library
- Manna On Main Street
- Meadowood Senior Living
- Mitzvah Circle Foundation
- Montgomery County Down Syndrome Interest Group
- Operation Gratitude
- Operation Homefront
- Phoenixville Area Community Services
- Project Linus
- Special Olympics
- Theatre Horizon
- Today Is A Good Day
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:
- Consensus building
- Team building
- Conflict resolution
- Event planning
- Parliamentary procedure
- President: Tara Thomas
- President Elect: Christine Bates
- Secretary: Laurie Ferraro
- Treasurer: Jessica Madden
- Parliamentarian: Debra Labant
- Vice President Communications: Colleen Barth
- Vice President Membership: Alicia Cadogan
- Vice President Patroness Activities: Jessica Whelan
- Vice President Philanthropy: Martha Huff
- Vice President Provisionals: Maura Smith
- Vice President Ticktockers: Kendra Alaishuski
National Charity League, Inc. Patronesses (moms) and Ticktockers (daughters) have opportunities to engage in experiences that build key leadership skills. The above list contains our current Patroness board members.
Every Ticktocker class appoints its own board officers and committee members, with roles changing each year. Ticktocker leadership opportunities include presiding over monthly meetings, organizing meeting agendas, managing class funds, taking and recording minutes as well as planning philanthropic, cultural and social events.
Each Ticktocker class focuses on a different aspect of leadership:
7th Grade – Explores leadership styles and National Charity League, Inc. core values
8th Grade – Learns effective communication and listening skills
9th Grade – Practices time management and building self confidence
10th Grade – Strengthens conflict resolution skills and engages in public speaking
11th Grade – Establishes future goals and identifies college opportunities
12th Grade – Mentors younger Ticktockers
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.
The National Charity League, Inc. experience promotes positive identity by recognizing and appreciating the value of differences in each other and the world. Exposure to diverse cultural values and traditions broadens perspective, promotes awareness and teaches cultural sensitivity.
Cultural activities for the Valley Forge Chapter of NCL, Inc. include:
- Annual Mother-Daughter Tea
- Annual Grade-Level Cultural Activity
- Annual Ticktocker Day Speaker
- Ticktocker Meeting Speakers
- Museum Exhibits
- Theater Visits
- Musical Events
- Educational Daytrips
- Career Development
- College Planning
- Cultural Enrichment Dinners