Our Chapter History

The San Marino Area Chapter was founded in 1960 and has grown to be one of the largest chapters in the organization.

Our core values include:

  • 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.

These core values are exemplified in our three pillars of Community Service, Leadership Development, and Cultural Experiences as modeled to the next generation.

The Active membership is comprised of a mother or guardian, and her daughter(s). The mother is referred to as a Patroness and the daughter is a Ticktocker. Together and separately, they devote many hours of service to the community. The mother/daughter configuration of the organization offers an opportunity to engage the Ticktockers in charitable activities, thereby affording a chance for them to learn firsthand and by example, the importance of giving to others and the rewards of these efforts.

Membership begins in the daughter’s seventh grade and ends when the daughter graduates from twelfth grade. At that time, the graduate Ticktocker is invited to become a National Charity League Debutante, and the mother is invited to join the Sustaining arm of the organization as a Clockwatcher.


Given the opportunity to meet new people and forge closer friendships while helping those in our community, our Patronesses continue to meet socially as Clockwatchers. This group supports the active membership both financially and otherwise with their donations to MSA and the wealth of their knowledge and leadership. Our Clockwatcher group stands at over 100 Sustaining members.


NCL Juniors of San Marino also falls under the umbrella of the San Marino Area Chapter. Juniors members are active in the support of Huntington Hospital in Pasadena. Their commitment is focused on supporting programs and initiatives at Huntington’s NICU and PICU.


Our Chapter is one of five out of over two hundred chapters that operates a boutique resale store and also one of five chapters to support a Juniors organization.


2013 Mother's Luncheon

2013 Secret Santa

2015 Graduate Patronesses