Our Chapter History
The Newport Chapter of NCL has a rich history, starting with the story of our founding in 1957. It all began when a founding Los Angeles Chapter member, who had moved to Newport Beach, brought a group of women together at the Balboa Bay Club with the intention of forming a Newport Chapter. At the end of that first year, a Chapter Tea was held on May 22, 1958, starting a tradition that has been honored every year since. We were the 4th Chapter to form, and are now one of 206 Chapters in 23 states.
Our Ticktocker Thrift Shop opened its doors in 1959. It moved to its present location, 540 W. 19th Street, Costa Mesa, in 1971. The Thrift Shop is completely volunteer staffed by our members and their daughters. In addition to benefitting from the proceeds, patrons of our many philanthropies are welcome to shop at the store.
Our first Debutante Ball was held on November 25, 1961 at the Newport Harbor Yacht Club. That year 12 debutantes were honored. We continue the tradition today as we honor our graduates on the Saturday after Thanksgiving. This year marks the 55th Newport Chapter ball where we will honor 33 debutantes.
Today our Chapter has over 704 members, including Provisional, Active and Sustaining Patronesses and Ticktockers.
If you are a member of the Newport Chapter and are having difficulty logging in to this website, contact Linda Wirta at Lindawirta@gmail.com.