Staff Report

The National Charity League, Inc., (NCL, Inc.,) Santa Ynez Chapter honored members on April 29 at its annual Mother Daughter Tea. This annual tea is a reflection of the past year’s activities, recognition of all the members for their tremendous charitable contributions within our community, appreciation for the outgoing and incoming board members, and a welcoming of new members as they begin the 2018-2019 year.

The Tea is a time honored tradition in NCL, Inc., where Mothers and Daughters of each grade participated in the Tea planning and execution.  Not only was it a wonderful afternoon for mothers and daughters to spend together, the tea provided an opportunity for daughters to learn hostess skills, how to be a proper guest, how to write a formal RSVP, make proper introductions and how to prepare and serve food.

National Charity League members provide service to many local charities in the Valley. Charlotte Robles received the Merci award (highest honor in NCL, Inc.) for the most hours (132.75) worked within our chapter philanthropies. Alison Swanitz received the Yellow Rose Bouquet award for 100 hours performed in one charity while Charlotte Robles received the Hour Glass Award for 100 hours in combined chapter philanthropies.  Charlotte and Gaby Robles both received the Mission Bell award for 50 or more hours to 1 philanthropy. Kayleigh Hall received the Yellow Rosebud award for 50 hours in combined chapter philanthropies, Rachel Staude received the Senior Service Award for most hours worked over her membership years. Deb & Charlotte Robles were recognized with the Most Service Hours by and together by a  Mother & Daughter during this NCL, Inc., calendar year.

For the second year, a fashion show showcasing fashion from local merchants was included in the tea. The Big Sister and Little Sister Ticktockers from the classes of 2020 and 2023 hosted this event and modeled ‘appropriate attire’ for various social and business occasions. NCL, Inc., members would like to thank those whose donations helped make this part of the tea a great success: Wendy Foster (Los Olivos), Bella Bridal (Solvang), True Addiction (Solvang), Heaven Scent and Plenty (Santa Ynez).

NCL, Inc., is a service organization with more than 250 chapters nationwide and over 65,000 actively engaged members – women and daughters in grades seven through twelve – in 26 states. Their mission is to foster mother/daughter relationships within a philanthropic organization committed to community service, leadership development and cultural experiences. The Santa Ynez Chapter was organized in 1994 and has more than 140 members serving more than 14 local philanthropies with hands-on volunteer support.

Through the mother-daughter relationship, focus of NCL, Inc., is to develop strong women leaders serving and impacting communities today and for generations to come.

  • Honoring the mother-daughter bond by together learning, growing and modeling responsibility and graciousness
  • Empowering women with the skills and confidence to lead
  • Nurturing through mentorship
  • Inspiring a legacy of social awareness and compassion
  • Providing depth of support in local communities
  • Integrity and excellence in everything we do

Those interested in joining National Charity League Inc., may apply in the fall. The new member campaign for the Santa Ynez Chapter will be open to mothers and daughters who are in the sixth through ninth grades.  If you are interested in learning more about membership, please contact Deb Atwater-Robles at or (805) 565-2530.

For more information regarding the Santa Ynez Chapter, contact Deedy Hedrick, President, at,, or 805-252-7959.