About Our Chapter
NCL, Inc., Westport 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 Westport-Weston area. Like all NCL, Inc. Chapters, Westport aims to foster the mother-daughter relationship by serving its communities together.
The Westport chapter of NCL was founded in 2006. It has been going strong ever since with 6 full classes of Ticktockers each year from 7th grade through 12th grade. For the 2019-2020 year, we earned the Blue Rose Chapter Award, the highest award level from NCL, Inc. This means we completed our annual requirements, participated in #Giving Tuesday and the national philanthropy program and held a Sustainer Event.
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.
Our Membership Drive runs from November 1st to January 15th. We enroll girls entering grades 7-10. We hold several potential membership meet and greet informational sessions in December and accept applications through the middle of January. Contact our Membership Vice President to let us know you are interested!
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:
- Operation Gratitude
- The Kindness Campaign
We have longstanding relationships with many local philanthropies including –
Person to Person, Susie’s House, Caroline House, CLASP, Mercy Learning Center, Wakeman Town Farm, Westport Senior Center, Homes for the Brave, Food Rescue, and many more.
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: Denise Michalowski
- Secretary: Olga Santoro
- Treasurer: Kristin Purcell
- Parliamentarian: Susie Anderson
- Vice President Communications: Lauren Burg
- Vice President Membership: Brandi Briggs
- Vice President Patroness Activities: Theo Feldman
- Vice President Philanthropy: Leisa Frank
- Vice President Provisionals: Andrea Moore
- Vice President Ticktockers: Jennifer Vandis
One of the pillars of NCL is Leadership. All of our members hold positions within the chapter. Patronesses lead event committees, serve as liaison’s to each our philanthropies, or work with our girls directly as Grade Level Advisors in each Ticktocker classes. The patronesses model leadership behavior for the Ticktockers. In turn, the ticktockers serve in positions within their class – as meeting leaders, event committee chairs, recording secretaries. We also have a Ticktocker Council which meets across all grades to plan and execute a annual all-Ticktocker event.
Each ticktocker is given an opportunity at every meeting to speak and present in front of her peers. This is a critical part of serving in the National Charity League.
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.
Each grade chooses how to enjoy cultural and arts experiences each year. Our members prepare cultural dinners together and share family traditions.. To celebrate the arts, there are trips to art museums such as Grace Farms, the Bruce Museum, or Westport Center for the Arts. They also attend plays at the Ridgefield theater or Staples Players together.
NCL Westport Special Events
Unique experiences throughout the year include;
Big Sister/Little Sister events – Scavenger hunts, holiday wrapping parties, big sister tours of high school for incoming freshmen. Often Big Sisters and Little Sisters go caroling together for Homes with Hope at holiday time or serve in Person to Person’s food pantry.
Father Daughter philanthropy – Making memorial day planters for the Westport Senior Center, fall cleanups at Gillespie Center or Susie’s Place, sorting donations for Quest For Peace.
Annual Mother/Daughter Tea – Each spring, the chapter experiences a chapter-wide tea with grade-level provided decor and entertainment concluding with a senior celebration.