Colorado Springs

About Our Chapter

NCL, Inc., Colorado Springs 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 Colorado Springs area. Like all NCL, Inc. Chapters, Colorado Springs aims to foster the mother-daughter relationship by serving its communities together.

About Colorado Springs Chapter

Welcome to the National Charity League, Inc. – Colorado Springs Chapter

When established in 1990, our Colorado Springs Chapter became the first local National Charity League, Inc. chapter.  We were fully chartered in 1997 and have since grown to include a membership of over 200 mothers and daughters.

The Colorado Springs Chapter is comprised of mothers whose daughters are in grades 7-12.  We draw our members from the greater Colorado Springs and El Paso county areas.

The mission of NCL, Inc. is to foster mother-daughter relationships in a nonprofit philanthropic organization committed to:  community service, leadership development and cultural experiences. Your membership in this program will offer opportunities to participate in each of these three areas.  It is our hope that our daughters will develop a greater appreciation of the community values and ideals that our generation holds to be important and worthy of preservation.

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.

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

Community Service

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. 

Some of the philanthropies we work with are:

  • American Cancer Society & Susan G. Komen
  • American Heart Association
  • Care & Share
  • Children’s Hospital Colorado
  • Colorado Springs Down Syndrome Association
  • Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center
  • Colorado Springs Therapeutic Riding Center
  • Community Partnership for Child Development – CPCD
  • Friends of Cheyenne Canyon
  • Humane Society of the Pikes Peak Region
  • Memorial Hospital
  • National Philanthropy Initiative
  • Operation Homefront Rocky Mountains

In the past year, the Colorado Springs Chapter contributed over 2,000 volunteer hours to our local community in partnership with the these charities.

Leadership Development

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:

  • Confidence
  • Consensus building
  • Team building
  • Conflict resolution
  • Event planning
  • Parliamentary procedure
This year’s Board Members:

  • President: Cheryl Marcus 16 21
    Kristen Solo 21
  • President Elect: Rebecca Frith 23
    Michelle Bender 23
  • Secretary: Claudia Beckum 21
  • Treasurer: Becky Akers 21
  • Parliamentarian: Hilary Gagliardi 22
  • Vice President Communications: Cami McIntosh 23 26
  • Vice President Membership: Haley Scherr 21
    Lisa Chang 24 25
  • Vice President Patroness Activities: Marianne Mason 21
  • Vice President Philanthropy: Carey Stark 22
  • Vice President Provisionals: Penny Harper 21
  • Vice President Ticktockers: Charity Peak 21
    Erin Petersen 24
  • Sustainer Liaison: Mimi Bassett 22

VP Technology

Heather Wagner

Colorado Springs Program Highlights:

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.

Our daughters (known as Ticktockers or TTs) are guided throughout their NCL, Inc. years in various cultural experiences.

In 7th grade, the focus is on:

  • Meeting Conduct: Agendas, Order of Business, Parliamentary Procedure, Meeting Etiquette
  • Project Management: Calendar Etiquette – Timely Notifications, RSVPs
  • Written Communication Skills: Social Networking Etiquette
  • TT Responsibility: Role and Responsibilities, Nomination Process

Our 8th grade girls focus on:

  • Meeting Conduct: Parliamentary Procedure – Steps to Making Motions
  • Project Management: Coordinating Meeting Support
  • Confidence: Projecting a Positive Self Image
  • Communication Skills: Social Networking Etiquette/Safety, Elevator Speech, Email/Cell Phone Etiquette
  • Independent Living/Life Skills: High School Preparedness, Goal Setting, Self-Sufficiency, Nutrition/Cooking, Basic First Aid Skills
  • TT Responsibility: Good Transition of Roles/Responsibilities, Rising to Leadership – Anyone can be a Leader

In 9th grade, the girls learn the following:

  • Meeting Conduct: TT Led Grade Level Meetings, Parliamentary Procedure – Making a Motion/Discussing a Motion
  • Project Management: Planning an Event from Beginning to End
  • Independent Living/Life Skills: Self Defense Course, Influence of Alcohol/Drugs, Stress Management /Time Management
  • TT Responsibility: Getting Involved can be FUN
  • Leadership Styles

As Sophomores, the girls focus on:

  • Meeting Conduct: TT Led Grade Level Meetings, Listening to Understand, “So What Reporting”
  • Project Management: Learning How to Replan Events
  • Independent Living/ Life skills: Dating Safety, Personal Safety/Rape Prevention, Car Safety/Maintenance, Defensive Driving, Driving Etiquette
  • Email and Cell Phone Etiquette Refresher
  • Interviewing Skills: Job Interview Practice, Job Interview Etiquette
  • Testing Skills: PSAT, SAT, ACT Prep
  • TT Responsibility: Being Ready to Lend a Hand

Our Junior Ticktockers have the following leadership development:

  • Meeting Conduct: TT Led Grade Level Meetings, The Art of Compromise, Understanding Voting Rules
  • Project Management: Senior Event Planning (Last ½ of Year)
  • ***(Optional) College Preparation: College Choice, College Applications/Essays, College Finances
  • Independent Living/Life skills: Female Health – Knowing the New Norms in Healthcare, Healthy Decision-Making, Personal Finances
  • Communication skills: Social /Business correspondence
  • TT Responsibility: Working on Committees

And our Seniors’ leadership development focuses on:

  • Meeting Conduct: TT Led Grade Level Meetings, Perfecting The Art of Compromise
  • Project Management: Senior Event Planning, Importance of Detail Planning
  • College Preparation: College Survival Skills, Good Study Habits, Revisit Time Management Skills
  • Independent Living/Life Skills: Credit Card Safety, Protecting Your Personal Information, Maintaining Good Physical Health
  • Communication Skills: Invitations & Replies
  • Public Speaking: Elevator Speech
  • TT Responsibility: No Job Is Too Small to Help Attain Success

Cultural Experiences

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.

Our daughters (known as Ticktockers) are guided throughout their NCL, Inc.  years in various cultural experiences.

In 7th grade, the focus is on:

  • Children’s Theatre Production, Historical Tours/Visits
  • Art of Etiquette: Friendship/Relationships, Elderly Etiquette, Tea Etiquette
  • Conversation Skills: Introductions, Conversation Starters
  • Positive Identity: Hair, Make-up, Clothing

In 8th grade, the girls cultural growth is focused on:

  • Performing Arts – Musical Theater or Theater (drama)
  • Event Attendance Etiquette – Appropriate Attire, The Art of Formal Written RSVPs
  • Peer Pressure
  • Diversity

In 9th grade, the beginning of their high school years, they learn:

  • Performing Arts – Musical, Choral or Instrumental
  • Art of Etiquette – Table Manners, Setting a Table, Serving Others, General Courtesy to Others
  • Peer relationships – Keeping Alive the Good Ones
  • Body language

As Sophomores, the focus changes slightly to:

  • Environmental Talk/Movie/Related Visit
  • Appropriate Dress
  • Appropriate Language
  • Revisit Formal Written RSVPs
  • Dating

As Juniors, the Ticktockers already have a good foundation in cultural experiences. Our focus during this year is:

  • Attending a Military-based Concert/Event
  • Art of etiquette: College Visit Etiquette, Being the “Best” Guest, Revisiting Tea Etiquette

And as Seniors, as they get ready to graduate high school, the cultural focus is on:

  • Performing Arts – Class Choice
  • Art of Etiquette – Interviews, Senior Events, Appropriate Dress
  • Values – Defining Your Personal Core Values
  • Voting – An American Privilege
  • Being Involved in Your Community after NCL, Inc.

Our Chapter History

Welcome to the National Charity League, Inc. – Colorado Springs Chapter

When established in 1990, our Colorado Springs Chapter became the first local National Charity League, Inc. chapter.  We were fully chartered in 1997 and have since grown to include a membership of over 200 mothers and daughters.

The Colorado Springs Chapter is comprised of mothers whose daughters are in grades 7-12.  We draw our members from the greater Colorado Springs and El Paso county areas.

The mission of NCL, Inc. is to foster mother-daughter relationships in a nonprofit philanthropic organization committed to:  community service, leadership development and cultural experiences. Your membership in this program will offer opportunities to participate in each of these three areas.  It is our hope that our daughters will develop a greater appreciation of the community values and ideals that our generation holds to be important and worthy of preservation.