About Our Chapter
NCL, Inc., Capital of Texas 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 the greater Austin area. Like all NCL, Inc. Chapters, Capital of Texas aims to foster the mother-daughter relationship by serving its communities together.
What makes Capital of Texas Chapter unique? We have made diversity a priority in our philanthropies and our membership.
We are passionate about volunteering for organizations that are addressing a wide range of social concerns and needs in our community including Children, Culture/Art, Disabled, Domestic Violence, Education, Family, Healthcare, Homeless, Military, Seniors and Women.
We strive to maintain a diverse Chapter and encourage our Members to look beyond their immediate circle of friends to build connections and relationships with others from all over the Austin area. Our current Membership represents over 30 schools across Austin and surrounding areas.
Monthly meetings for the mothers are held in a central Austin location near Capital of Texas Highway and Westlake Drive. Our daughters meet by grade levels at various locations.
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.
For any questions regarding Membership, requests for transfers or assistance with connecting as a Sustainer, email us.
There are ten distinct chapters of National Charity League, Inc. (NCL) in the Austin/Round Rock area. (Austin, Capital of Texas, Hill Country, Hills of Austin, Lake Austin, Lake Travis, North Austin, Round Rock, South Austin Wildflowers and Treaty Oak)
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. While all the Chapters are under the National NCL umbrella, each individual chapter has its own personality. We encourage you to review all the different chapters and learn about them at their separate Prospective Open House Meetings. While you may attend as many Chapter Open House meetings as you’d like, you may only apply for membership to one Chapter.
If you choose to apply for membership, you must secure a sponsor from our chapter and attend a mandatory membership informational meeting.
The Membership Drive for Chapter year 2022-2023 Capital of Texas Chapter begins October 1, 2021.
Prospective New Member Orientation dates are:
October 6, 2021 7-8pm, location TBD
October 25, 2021 7-8pm, in person, at Riverbend Centre close to Hwy 360 and Westlake Drive
November 10, 2021, 7-8pm, via Zoom
To RSVP to one of the Prospective New Member Orientation dates, please contact Tracy Balboa, VP of Membership, at firstname.lastname@example.org
Application deadline for 2022-2023 is January 15, 2022 by 5pm.
Prospective members need to understand that membership is a six-year commitment involving service, leadership development and cultural experiences by both the mother and child. NCL Capital of Texas Chapter cannot guarantee membership to all prospective members who apply.
Mothers and their daughters (grades 7-12) participate in a program that embraces:
Each NCL, Inc. Chapter promotes social awareness by considering the local community’s needs and selecting appropriate non-profit organizations to serve. Each Chapter then supports its philanthropic service partners through different volunteer activities.
We work with the following philanthropies:
- ABC: Any Baby Can
- AGE of Central Texas
- AHA: American Heart Association
- AHS: Austin Humane Society
- ALZ: Alzheimer’s Association
- BS: BookSpring
- CHF: Championship Hearts Foundation
- Community First
- CTFB: Central Texas Food Bank
- DFS: Dress For Success
- GS: GirlStart
- MLF: Mobile Loaves & Fishes
- MMB: Mother’s Milk Bank
- MOW: Meals On Wheels and More of Central Texas
- NCL National Military Initiative
- Pajama Program
- PT – The Paramount Theatre
- RMHC: RMcD House
- RMHCFR: RMcD St. David’s Family Room
- SAFE (Stop Abuse for Everyone)
- SGK: Race for the Cure
- SLH: Saint Louise House
- SO: Special Olympics
- The Arc: The Arc of the Capital Area
- TKC: The Kindness Campaign
- TKY: Thinkery
- Y2S: Youth 2 Seniors
Capital of Texas Chapter Awards:
In 2018, Championship Hearts Foundation recognized the Capital of Texas Chapter for “Outstanding Student Volunteers”
In April 2013, Meals on Wheels and More recognized the Capital of Texas Chapter as the “Outstanding Volunteer Group of the Year.”
In 2012, Austin Children’s Museum recognized Capital of Texas Chapter with a “Youth and Community Impact Award” and BookSpring presented us with its “Volunteer Recognition Award.”
In 2012, the National Charity League recognized Capital of Texas Chapter as the “Outstanding Chartered Chapter.”
In 2009, we were awarded “Outstanding Philanthropic Organization of the Year” by the Austin Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals.
Nurturing confidence through opportunities to learn and grow, while also building problem-solving skills through a supportive environment of healthy relationships.
Examples of skills developed include:
- Consensus building
- Team building
- Conflict resolution
- Event planning
- Parliamentary procedure
- President: Christy Robinson
- President Elect: Kara Belew
- Secretary: Amy Bekanich
- Treasurer: Lauren Honza
- Parliamentarian: Allison Benz
- Vice President Communications: Anna Fletcher
- Vice President Membership: Tracy Balboa
- Vice President Patroness Activities: Jennie Seidel
- Vice President Philanthropy: Heather Fink
- Vice President Provisionals: Connie Tomaneng
- Vice President Ticktockers: Brekka Larrew
- Sustainer Liaison: Stefanie Petersen
Each year of Membership offers new opportunities for both Mothers (Patronesses) and Daughter (Ticktockers) to accept new challenges and learn new skills in a supportive environment.
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.
Mothers and daughters of each class attend a cultural experience together with a focus on different areas of art, theatre, dance and music.
Each Chapter celebrates the richness of its history through traditions that honor the past. The Mother Daughter Tea is an NCL, Inc. tradition. Today, NCL chapters around the country continue to embrace their long-standing traditions, as well as, create new ones.
We celebrate our history through traditions that honor the past while serving the future. Activities of our Chapter include:
- Grade level focus that allows Patronesses and Ticktockers to enjoy cultural enrichment experiences together in Musical Theatre, Ballet, Opera, Symphony, Dramatic Theatre and Museums.
- The Annual Tea
- Senior Presents / Recognition
- Learning Basic Etiquette and Hostessing Skills Throughout the Six-Year NCL, Inc. Experience
Our Chapter History
Capital of Texas Chapter was formed in 2004 led by our founding President, Carol Nex. We were chartered in 2006, and became the second NCL, Inc. Chapter formed in Austin.
Today we are over 350 active members of mothers and daughters in grades 7 to 12 supporting 24 philanthropies. In 2017 – 2018 the NCL Inc. CapTex Chapter performed over 8200 hours of service to our community.
In true Austin style, we like to keep things casual and fun (and maybe a little weird at times!) so you won’t need any fancy ball gowns – just a willingness to serve!