Our Chapter History
In 2006, Sue Ashwill, a former Ticktocker from the Conejo Valley Chapter decided that she wanted to participate in National Charity League, Inc. (NCL, Inc.) with her own daughter, but learned that she did not live within the boundaries of any local chapters. After contacting the NCL, Inc. National Headquarters, Paula Braun, the Region 5 Vice-President, introduced Sue to Annette Fitzpatrick and they joined together to create a new Chapter of the NCL, Inc. in the Orange/Villa Park area. Through their common vision, Sue and Annette formed an immediate bond and vowed to do “whatever it took” to form the new Chapter.
On March 19, 2006, after spreading the word among their contacts, a group of about thirty women met at the home of Annette Fitzpatrick for the Formation Meeting. Along with the help of Paula Braun, Sue and Annette did their best to convince the group of women why they should join them in pursing their dream of starting a Chapter of NCL, Inc. in their community.
In June of 2006, twenty-five women attended the first Patroness Meeting in the community room at the City of Villa Park. One of the Chapter’s first priorities was to contact local philanthropies and start the approval process with NCL, Inc. National. They also worked diligently to implement the Chapter’s Six-Year Plan and Ticktocker Procedures, draft the Bylaws, Budget, and the Chapter’s Standing Rules. They continued to search for additional Board Members, Grade Level Advisors, Philanthropy Liaisons, and Committee Members.
In September, the Chapter held their first Mother-Daughter Philanthropy Night to introduce the first six approved philanthropies. By the end of the first year, they had fifty members and three Ticktocker classes – 7th, 8th and a combined 9th/10th grade class. They also had a diverse list of twelve approved philanthropies. Formal chartering was completed at the National Convention in 2008.
The impact our Chapter has had in the local community has been more than Sue and Annette dreamed when they met in Annette’s living room for the first meeting. Our Chapter has grown to over 300 members and provides over 6,600 philanthropy hours each year in our community. We have organized successful Fashion Show Luncheons and Fundraisers, Mother-Daughter Teas, Senior Recognitions events and Father-Daughter Car Rallies. At the 2011 National Convention our Chapter received the Outstanding Chapter Award from NCL, Inc.
The members of our Chapter form closer bonds with their daughters and are cherishing the time they spend serving the community together. Sue, Annette and the founding members are grateful for the opportunity to become part of such an amazing organization of women and together look forward to what the future holds for the Orange/Villa Park Chapter. These are exciting times and it just keeps getting better and better!
In March 2016, our chapter celebrated the chapter’s 10th Birthday with the past presidents. At the combined patroness & ticktocker meeting, the past was honored while building upon traditions to share with our future patronesses and ticktockers.