Our Chapter History
Lamorinda was the first chapter of National Charity League, Inc. established in the San Francisco East Bay, and we are proud to remain a strong and vibrant part of the local community today.
In 1988, Carol Speliopoulos and her family moved to Moraga from Southern California, where she and her oldest daughter had been in the Irvine Chapter of NCL. Disappointed to learn there wasn’t a chapter in her new hometown, she was determined to start one. Though Carol had experience with NCL, being new to the area she didn’t know many people. She began networking and soon met fellow Moragan Jane Robshaw and Joanne Hunter from Lafayette, whose connections and energy helped forge the way. They agreed that their middle school-aged daughters would benefit from serving those in need and from the programming offered by NCL, so the trio set out to recruit new members from across Lamorinda and identify philanthropy partners.
Thirty people attended an initial informational meeting in November, 1988. By March, 1989, they had installed a Board, enacted Bylaws and established a slate of fourteen philanthropies. Utilizing a blind draw to maintain fairness, they welcomed 216 members in their inaugural year – 105 Patronesses and 111 Ticktockers in grades 7-11 from throughout Lamorinda. They even sent delegates to the National Conference that spring. Thus, the Lamorinda Chapter of NCL, Inc. was born.
We received our Charter on May 2, 1991. In just our second year of existence, a Senior Presents was held to honor the first class of graduating Ticktockers. After such a strong start, it was inevitable that other local Chapters would soon launch. While serving as the first President of the Lamorinda Chapter, Carol also advised the founders of the Diablo Valley Chapter. Our chapter continued to grow as younger sisters became old enough to join and new members signed on. Interest in NCL, Inc. was so great that the Acalanes Area Chapter – also serving Lafayette, Moraga, and Orinda – was Chartered three years later in 1994.
More than a generation later, we have over 250 Active and Provisional (first year) members, plus dozens of Sustaining members. We have even welcomed former Lamorinda Chapter Ticktockers – now grown with daughters of their own – into our Membership once more. We continue to serve the needs of those in both local and regional communities, while providing rich cultural experiences and opportunities for leadership development. We are proud to carry on the wonderful legacy created through the vision and commitment of our three founders, Carol, Joanne, and Jane.