About Our Chapter
NCL, Inc., Vista Robles 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 within the attendance boundaries for TOHS, Newbury Park, Moorpark, or Simi Valley area. Like all NCL, Inc. Chapters, Vista Robles aims to foster the mother-daughter relationship by serving its communities together.
NCL, Inc., Vista Robles was founded in October 2010 and has grown to over 200 members. Created with the goal of leading by example, mothers and daughters learn from each other and support each other to reach our goals and dreams. Each member is responsible for investing in their own NCL Experience. Commitment to our mission is essential for a successful NCL, Inc. journey.
We celebrate our mother/daughter relationships throughout the NCL, Inc. year. Here is an example of our yearly celebrations:
Chapter Kick-Off Event
We kick off our NCL, Inc. year with a fun day at the beach. We play games and enjoy each other’s company, finishing our day by cleaning up our local beach.
Chapter Mother/Daughter Tea
Each grade level contributes to make the tea possible. We do EVERYTHING, from set up to clean up, and mothers and daughters work to make this event memorable for all. The Chapter Tea also features our Senior Class Modellette Program and introduces our new Members to the entire Chapter.
Chapter TT Day
This event is planned and executed by our Ticktocker Council. Each year, we alternate the focus of this event between the three pillars of our organization: Community Service, Leadership Development and Cultural Experiences. In recent years, we have met our leadership pillar with team building games and challenges, our philanthropy pillar by making blankets for Hillcrest Royale Retirement Community and Shelter Hope Pet Shop, and cultural pillar by having a movie night featuring Audrey Hepburn films.
Joint Mother/Daughter Meeting
We flip roles once a year! At this meeting you will find the Vista Robles Board of Directors’ daughters sharing their mothers’ reports and running the meeting. A recent meeting also included a hands-on self-defense seminar.
Let’s not forget the rest of the family! This is another event planned by our Ticktocker Council, with all the girls in the Chapter contributing ideas for events to share with family members. In recent years, our Ticktocker Council has hosted such family fun-fests as a scavenger hunt, an obstacle course and chili cook-off and an escape room.
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.
For any questions regarding Membership, requests for transfers or assistance with connecting as a Sustainer, email us.
In order to be considered for membership in NCL, Inc., Vista Robles Chapter, please begin by clicking the Membership Inquiry Form link above and submit an inquiry form.
Our typical membership timeline is:
October – February: Membership inquiries taken for current 6th graders, as well as for possible limited openings for current 7th graders, current 8th graders and current 9th graders. The Vista Robles Chapter does not accept new members who are entering grades 10, 11 or 12 in the fall of the Chapter year.
December- February: Information packets and invitations to membership information nights are extended to prospective members who have completed the inquiry form.
March 1: Prospective Member Applications due.
April 1: Prospective members are notified of acceptance or regret.
April/May: New Member Orientation
June 1: New Members Start
Mothers and their daughters (grades 7-12) participate in a program that embraces:
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
- Cancer Support Community
- Catholic Charities
- Conejo Schools Foundation
- Disaster Response
- Discovery Center for Science and Technology
- District 3 Philanthropy
- Giving Tuesday
- Harbor House
- High Street Arts Center, Moorpark Foundation for the Arts
- Hillcrest Royale Retirement Community
- Many Mansions – SUSTAINERS
- Operation Gratitude
- Ride On
- Ruben Castro Charities
- Santa Monica Mountains Natural History Association
- Shelter Hope
- Vista Robles League Hours
- Westminster Free Clinic
- YMCA of Southeast Ventura County
We also participate in our NCL District 3 events at:
American Heart Association
To enhance each member’s experience, each year every class has a different philanthropy focus area:
7th Grade – Senior Citizens
8th Grade – Youth
9th Grade – Needs of the Family
10th Grade – Education and Health
11th Grade – Social Services
12th Grade – Chapter Kick Off Event/ Beach Clean Up
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:
- Consensus building
- Team building
- Conflict resolution
- Event planning
- Parliamentary procedure
Our Chapter Board of Directors:
- President: Lara Filgas
- President Elect: Nicole Shapiro
- Secretary: Megan spahr
- Treasurer: Stacy Hall
- Parliamentarian: Ola Bateman
- Vice President Communications: Keri Monda
- Vice President Membership: Richelle Ruesga
- Vice President Philanthropy: Palma Friery
- Vice President New Members: Hillary Wilkinson
- Vice President Ticktockers: Denise Bartlett
- Sustainer Liaison: Laura Withrow
- Vice President Chapter Engagement and Inclusion: Amy Cann
We give every Ticktocker the opportunity to find the leader within! Each Ticktocker holds a job within her grade level. They receive training and are supported by the Patroness Mentor throughout the year. These jobs prepare them in areas such as event planning, budgeting, communication, management, life-skills and parliamentary procedures. They learn about leadership styles while working together towards a common goal – Owning their NCL Experience!
Each year every grade level has a specific leadership focus:
7th Grade – Team Building
8th Grade – Organizational skills, effective communication, and time management
9th Grade – Independent living skills, kitchen safety, planning and cooking basic meals
10th Grade – Personal money management, budgeting, and timelines
11th Grade – Prepare for college and application process
12th Grade – Learn college interview skills
Each Ticktocker class has Board Officers and Committee Members.
- Elected Board Officers:
- Vice President
- Recording Secretary
- Corresponding Secretary
- Ticktocker Council Reps (2)
- Non-Elected Positions:
- Father – Daughter Event Liaison
- Chapter Tea Liaison/ Etiquette Chair
- Inspiration Chair
- Icebreaker Chair
- Cultural Chair
At Vista Robles, we believe everyone deserves the opportunity to grow her leadership skills. Every mother in our Chapter also holds a job within the Chapter. We provide each Member the support they need to succeed, grow their talents and develop new skills. Every Patroness receives training for their position, receives a job description detailing expectations and is supported throughout the year by a Board of Director Member. Each Vista Robles Member is expected to hold a leadership office in her career with NCL, Inc.
Possible chapter positions a Patroness may hold in our chapter;
- Board of Directors
- Chapter Support
- Philanthropy Liaisons
- Grade Level Advisors
- Committee Chairs
- Committee Members
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.
Chapter activities include:
- Ballet performances
- Car safety classes
- Cooking classes
- Cultural festivals
- Dance classes
- Fitness classes
- Museum visits
- Nutrition classes
- Painting classes
- Pilates and yoga classes
- Self-defense classes
- Sewing classes
- Skincare lessons
Each year every grade level has a specific cultural focus:
7th Grade – Music
8th Grade – Museums
9th Grade – Culinary Arts
10th Grade – Dance
11th Grade – Visual Arts
12th Grade – Theater
Recognition & Social Media
Our chapter has received national recognition with the Blue Rose Chapter Award for the 2020-2021 year. This award is presented to chapters that have completed all annual requirements, participated in #GivingTuesday and the national philanthropy program, and held a Sustainer Event.
See what we’re doing by following us on Facebook at National Charity League, Inc., Vista Robles Chapter and on Instagram @nclincvistarobles