About Our Chapter

NCL, Inc., Austin Chapter is a group of mothers and daughters who have come together in a commitment to community service, leadership development and cultural experiences.
Members shall reside in Austin Metropolitan Area. Like all NCL, Inc. Chapters, Austin aims to foster the mother-daughter relationship by serving its communities together.

The Austin Chapter was founded in 2000. We are the oldest NCL, Inc. Chapter in the Austin area.  There are currently eleven Austin-area chapters.

We have about 130+ Patroness Members (moms) and about 160+ Ticktocker members (daughters) at any time.  In 2019, we provided over 7,220+ hours of community service to our philanthropy partners.

We generally meet in the South-Central part of town and our members come from mostly Central and Southwest Austin.

2021-2022 Blue Rose Award Recipient (2nd year in a row!) for the NCL Austin Chapter’s service to the community, the national philanthropy program, #GivingBack and NCL sustainers.

Join Our Chapter

Interested in joining our chapter?  A Prospective Member must be sponsored by a current member of our chapter.  Membership opportunities are dependent on Chapter openings.

If you know someone in our Chapter, talk to her about getting started, membership obligations and our membership drive timeline.  If you do not know someone in NCL, you are invited to complete this Membership Inquiry Form.

Membership Inquiry Form

For any questions regarding Membership, requests for transfers or assistance with connecting as a Sustainer, email us.

Our Membership Drive starts on October 1 and ends Jan. 15.  Member Invitations go out in March.  Typically members join during their daughter’s 6th grade year and formally begin the summer before their 7th grade year.

There are over ten chapters in the Austin/Round Rock area (Austin, Austin360, Capital of Texas, Hill Country, Hills of Austin, Lake Austin, Lake Travis, North Austin, Round Rock, South Austin Wildflowers and Treaty Oak). You are on the “Austin” Chapter’s website.

All the Austin Area chapters have the same membership requirements and timeline. Our membership process starts in the fall of each year for membership the following school year. Mothers typically begin the membership process in November of their daughter’s 6th grade year.

Each prospective member (Mother) must attain a sponsor from our chapter and attend a mandatory membership informational meeting. Prospective members need to understand that membership is a six-year commitment involving service, leadership development and cultural experiences by both the mother and daughter. NCL Austin Chapter cannot guarantee membership to all prospective members who apply.

If you know someone in NCL, talk to her about her Chapter’s boundaries, membership obligations and membership drive timeline. 

Want More Information? Please email to get in contact with our Membership Vice President who can answer your additional questions and register you for one of our informational meetings. If you do not know someone in NCL, you are invited to submit the following form.

Mothers and their daughters (grades 7-12) participate in a program that embraces:

Community Service

We understand and serve communities in partnership with local and national nonprofits. Each NCL, Inc. Chapter promotes social awareness by considering the local community’s needs and selecting appropriate non-profit organizations to support through different volunteer activities.

We work with the following philanthropies:

  • Alzheimer’s Association
  • American Cancer Society
  • American Heart Association
  • American Red Cross
  • Angelman Syndrome Foundation
  • Austin Chapter
  • Austin YMBL Sunshine Camp
  • Belmont Village
  • Blanton Museum of Art
  • Central Texas Food Bank
  • Community First
  • Disaster Response
  • Drive A Senior
  • Jeremiah Program
  • Mainspring School
  • Manos de Cristo
  • Marbridge
  • Mobile Loaves and Fishes
  • Neighbor to Neighbor
  • Nicole’s Place
  • Operation Gratitude
  • Ronald McDonald House
  • Salvation Army
  • Side by Side Kids
  • Texas Military Family Support
  • The Kindness Campaign
  • The SAFE Alliance
  • The Settlement Home for Children
  • The Thinkery
  • The Westbank/Laura’s Libraries
  • Urban Roots

Leadership Development

We build capable, courageous leaders through opportunities to learn, reflect and develop. Our leaders become successful in their education, career and communities by learning the necessary skills during their NCL experience.

Examples of skills developed include:

  • Confidence
  • Consensus building
  • Team building
  • Conflict resolution
  • Event planning
  • Parliamentary procedure

Our Chapter Board of Directors:

Members have opportunities to engage in experiences that build essential skills, such as confidence, consensus and team building, event planning, conflict resolution and parliamentary procedure. 


In the Austin Chapter, each Ticktocker is either voted into a leadership role or assigned another role where she is expected to lead an activity or meeting.  For example, each year we vote on President, VP Programs, VP Philanthropy, Secretary and Parlimentarian for each class.  Then, other assignments are made for leading the Cultural event, Group Philanthropy, Mother/Daughter outing, etc.  So, in the end, all Ticktockers have a job for each year. 


President:  Melinda Shields
President Elect:  Alice Meadows
Secretary:  Alisa Golson
Treasurer:  Ashley Mock
Parliamentarian:  Lisa Tully
Vice President Communications:  Catherine Cruver
Vice President Membership:  Jennifer Bray
Vice President Patroness Activities:  Daisy Cramer
Vice President Philanthropy:  Melissa Webb
Vice President Provisionals:  Merideth Jones
Vice President Ticktockers:  Carrie Lindsey

Cultural Experiences

We preserve National Charity League traditions and core values, while appreciating the growth that comes from connecting with different communities and cultures. We continually strive to build stronger ties with our communities and the individuals within them. It is through this understanding that we grow and develop broader worldviews that will shape and support our lives.

  • Traditions – We celebrate the richness of our history through traditions that honor the past while serving the future.
  • Values – We embrace values that make us strong as an organization of mother-daughter leaders.
  • Community Connections – We build connections through experiences that impact our communities.
  • Etiquette – We encourage and mentor kind, respectful and gracious social conduct.

As future leaders, we continually strive to build stronger ties with our communities and the individuals within them. It is through this understanding that we grow and develop broader worldviews that will shape and support our lives. We celebrate our history through traditions that honor the past while serving the future.  Activities of our Chapter include:


Visits to theatrical performances, art museums, and other local activities.