About Our Chapter

NCL, Inc., Wilmette 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 Wilmette or Kenilworth. Like all NCL, Inc. Chapters, Wilmette aims to foster the mother-daughter relationship by serving its communities together.


The three pillars of our six year (7th-12th grade) NCL experience are Community Service, Leadership Development and Cultural Enrichment.


We are dedicated to providing our Ticktockers with a developmental program that provides opportunities for each young woman to learn the joy of serving others, to grow aware of and respect a wide array of cultural traditions, to develop life skills, maturity, confidence and compassion, and to make friends while engaging in chapter activities in a safe, comfortable, and age-appropriate environment. We believe that this well-rounded “NCL, Inc. Experience” will inspire and empower our young women to succeed as confident and socially aware contributors in their communities. Ticktockers are divided into classes based on their year of high school graduation.


We are dedicated to deepening the mother-daughter bond and spending time with our daughters while watching them grow into strong, capable and compassionate women. Each Patroness will know the satisfaction of working with other talented women who value serving the community and who want their daughters to do so as well.


Monthly Meetings

The Wilmette Chapter plans monthly meetings from September through May for both Ticktockers and Patronesses, which may or may not take place together. Ticktocker meetings address topics in our chapter’s “Six Year Plan” and may include guest speakers or hands on activities. Each class year of Ticktockers meets separately.

Philanthropy Events

Ticktockers and Patronesses must fulfill an annual philanthropy hours requirement by attending volunteer events scheduled with the Wilmette chapter’s approved philanthropy partners.

Mother-Daughter Awards Tea

The Mother-Daughter Awards Tea is an NCL, Inc. tradition that all members are required to attend. Ticktockers take on responsibilities for planning this annual event, and in the process learn planning and organizational skills, budgeting as well as etiquette – both the rules and the reasoning behind the rules. It is a great opportunity for the girls to spend time with members from other classes in a fun environment.

Mini Convention

Mini Convention is an annual 2-hour event held at a local venue that kicks off our new chapter year.  At this high-energy event, our new board of directors and new Grade Level Advisors are introduced, as well as new philanthropies and other nation-wide NCL initiatives for the year. Training for new league roles also takes place, and initial planning for the upcoming chapter year begins for each Ticktocker class. All members are required to attend Mini Convention.

Father-Daughter Event

Each Ticktocker class plans, organizes and hosts its own Father-Daughter event.  Activities range from snow tubing, to lazer tag, to sports outings.  Our NCL dads and daughters love this annual bonding time!

Our Chapter History

When Laura Templin moved from Oregon back to Wilmette, Illinois in 2016, she and her rising seventh grade daughter reluctantly relinquished a coveted membership in a well-established and vibrant NCL, Inc. chapter. Unfortunately, there were no NCL, Inc. chapters in all of Cook County. By sharing her NCL, Inc. experience and vision, she inspired a small group of women to establish an NCL, Inc. chapter open to mothers and daughters who lived in or attended a school in Wilmette or Kenilworth. After publicizing their efforts, they held their first information meeting on August 22, 2016.

Their recruitment efforts culminated on October 21, 2016, when the Wilmette chapter was formed with fifty mothers and fifty-one daughters. Since formation, the founding board of directors have established relationships with philanthropy partners, developed a curriculum that includes service, leadership development and cultural experiences and implemented the leadership and organizational systems critical to an effective and efficient chapter.

The Wilmette chapter is the first NCL, Inc. chapter in Cook County and the third NCL, Inc. chapter in Illinois. The other Illinois chapters are the Greater Naperville chapter and the Hinsdale-Clarendon Hills chapter.

Founding Officers

President  – Laura Templin

VP Membership – Giselle Mosnaim Buyer

VP Ticktockers – Sophia Kondos

VP Philanthropy – Stacy Hillyer

VP Patroness Activities – Maggie Burton

VP Communications – Mary Kaczmarek

VP Provisionals – Jenny Hall Fink

Secretary – Darcy Powers

Treasurer – Heidi Bucklew

Parliamentarian – Jennifer Braun

2016 Founding NCL Wilmette Chapter members
2017 First annual NCL Wilmette All-Chapter picnic

Founding Officers (left to right):  Stacy Hillyer, Heidi Bucklew, Laura Templin, Jennifer Braun, Mary Kaczmarek, Giselle Mosnaim Buyer

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  • 20 total hours
    • 10 Philanthropy and 10 League hours


  • 7th, 8th & 12th Grade ~ 20 total hours
    • 10 Philanthropy and 10 League hours
  • 9th, 10th & 11th Grade ~ 30 total hours
    • 15 Philanthropy and 15 League hours

Requirements for Patronesses and Ticktockers are measured from 4/1/2020 to 3/31/2021.  All hours obligations must be fulfilled by 3/31/2021.


Attendance Requirements:  The Annual Tea and Mini Convention are required events for all members and the Cultural Event is required of all Ticktockers.  Ticktockers are required to attend monthly grade level meetings. Grade Level Advisors must be notified in advance if it is necessary for a Ticktocker to miss a meeting.

League Hours: Patronesses and Ticktockers earn league hours when their work is directly related to the functioning of the Wilmette Chapter. Examples of hours include committee meetings/work, Ticktocker meetings, board meetings/work, time spent coordinating an event, telephone work, etc. Hours earned in Chapter related projects are recorded in half-hour increments.

Philanthropy hours: Hour for hour credit is given for service in NCL Wilmette philanthropic projects.

*All Patronesses are expected to serve in at least one Board, Webmaster or GLA (Grade Level Advisor) role during their 6-year NCL tenure. 

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

Community Service

  • Operation Gratitude
  • The Kindness Campaign

  • Sources, processes and distributes quality children’s books to significantly increase book ownership among at-risk infants, toddlers and school-age children throughout Chicagoland.

  • The purpose of the Lake County Veterans and Family Services Foundation (LCVFSF) is to connect Veterans and their families with each other and with the benefits and resources they earned and deserve, regardless of discharge status free and confidentially.

  • Friends of Green Bay Trail was founded in 2010  to improve a portion of the trail. Today, that small group has expanded into a volunteer-managed 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that has raised over a half-million dollars to improve the trail running between Scott and South Avenue.

  • Go Green Wilmette’s mission is to raise environmental awareness, inspire people to take action, and create a more sustainable community.  Members of the Wilmette community work together as stewards of our shared environment, ensuring clean air, clean water, and natural green spaces for the health and well-being of generations to come.

  • The Cove School serves as a vital stepping-stone in our community, helping children with learning disabilities develop the skills and self-confidence required to successfully transition to community schools or post-secondary education.

At Equestrian Connection, our vision is to continue to be the highest quality, most accessible provider of  equine therapy programs and services for special needs children and adults

  • The Kindness Connection’s  mission is to inspire youth to be lifelong volunteers and to teach kids about empathy and giving back.

  • Offers a community of care that maximizes potential for persons with mild to profound developmental disabilities, many of whom are also physically challenged.

  • Special Olympics offers 30-plus Olympic-style individual and team sports that provide meaningful training and competition opportunities for persons with intellectual disabilities.

  • The AHA has been around for nearly 100 years and has grown into the nation’s oldest and largest voluntary organization dedicated to fighting heart disease and stroke.

  • The mission of the Susan G. Komen foundation is to save lives by meeting the most critical needs in our communities and investing in breakthrough research to prevent and cure breast cancer.

  • Keeps 153 families close to the care and resources they need because of the comfort, compassion and community at our five area Ronald McDonald Houses and three Ronald McDonald Family Rooms. Allowing families to stay close to their child in the hospital supports the child’s health and well-being while saving our families hotel and food costs.

  • Impacts children’s lives during the first five years of life by providing low income families with the essentials needed to thrive.

  • Provides housing, health care, outreach, spiritual care, and social services to adults and youth who struggle with homelessness, poverty, and loneliness.

  • Called to feed God’s starving children hungry in body and spirit.

  • Provides children from birth through age 12, living in homeless or low-income situations, with the essential items they need to thrive – at home, at school and at play.

  • GiGi’s Playhouse Down Syndrome Achievement Center’s mission is to change the way the world views Down syndrome through national campaigns, educational programs, and by empowering individuals with Down syndrome, their families and the community. We offer free therapeutic and educational programming to individuals with Down syndrome and their families.

  • Families Helping Families is a grass roots neighborhood organization started by a Naperville mom in 1994, with the sole focus of helping homeless families in DuPage County. FHF provides apartments and supportive services to homeless families while they are working to reclaim their lives.

  • Focusing on changing lives through education, social services, and the arts, Northwestern Settlement’s programs are fully integrated to meet the complex needs of our neighbors.

  • Twice As Nice Mother & Child provides help and hope to families in crisis by distributing diapers and other basic needs at no cost through agency partnerships as well as direct service, while raising awareness about diaper need and working to build a sustainable diaper program in Lake County.

  • With the help of our birthday enthusiasts (that’s you!) we host monthly birthday parties at homeless and transitional living facilities across the country. We celebrate all children (ages 1-21) that have a birthday that month, and we invite all children and family members staying at the agency to join us for the party.

  • The Wilmette Food Pantry helps organize, process, and distribute food that will be made available to local food-insecure Wilmette residents (many of whom are seniors living on a fixed income).

  • Glenview Youth Services believes every child should grow up happy, healthy and hopeful.  Their mission is to foster the social and emotional well-being of children and youth.  Throughout the school year, children come to GYS for homework and academic support through their Study Buddies program.  NCL members help prep and serve dinner to these children.

Leadership Development

  • President: Jami Brown
  • Secretary: Marie Parker
  • Treasurer: Carrie Woleben-Meade
  • Parliamentarian: Diana Fitzgerald
  • Vice President Communications: Bridget Tucek
  • Vice President Membership: Bethanee Schlosser
  • Vice President Patroness Activities: Kristin Pilant
  • Vice President Philanthropy: Stacey Blasko
  • Vice President Provisionals: Emily Tzur
  • Vice President Ticktockers: Karen Holmberg
    Melinda Skiles


Each Ticktocker class has Board Officers and Committee Members. The Ticktockers are trained in parliamentary procedure and conduct their own meetings, with the support of Patronesses known as Grade Level Advisors (GLADs).

Ticktockers not serving on the board are also responsible for a job within their class. Examples of class jobs include planning a cultural outing or father-daughter event, writing for the Ticktocker newsletter, and planning icebreakers for meetings.

Each Ticktocker class year will focus on a different area of leadership development, such as conducting meetings, organization skills, goal setting, public speaking, career building, and personal finance management. Activities of our Chapter include:

  • 7th grade        Friendship & Etiquette
  • 8th grade        High School Preparation
  • 9th grade        Establishing Identity
  • 10th grade      Interpersonal Relationships
  • 11th grade      College & Career Choices
  • 12th grade      Transition & Leaving Home


Each Patroness has opportunities to serve on the Board or in a leadership position, such as a Grade Level Advisor or Co-Chair of an event. Patronesses will also serve on committees to perform tasks and projects for the chapter.

Cultural Experiences

Cultural activities our Chapter has participated in include:

  • Viewing dance or music performances
  • Taking a dance or music class
  • Visiting museums
  • Touring architecturally significant buildings and gardens
  • Cooking classes featuring world cuisines
  • Art classes
  • Theater outings

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