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.
Welcome to the National Charity League, Inc. – Colorado Springs Chapter
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.
Members of NCL, Colorado Springs Chapter, help one of our partner philanthropies, Operation Homefront, with the Backpack Brigade.
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.
Colorado Springs Program Highlights:
NCL Colorado Springs offers a three-pillared program designed to guide our daughters’ NCL journey.
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: Leading 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: Leading 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 Juniors have the following leadership development:
- Meeting Conduct: Leading 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: Leading 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
Join Our Chapter
Interested in joining 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.
Our annual Membership Drive runs from November 1 to February 18.
Mothers and their daughters (grades 7-12) participate in a program that embraces:
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 & Susan G. Komen
- American Heart Association
- American Red Cross
- Care & Share Food Banks
- 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
- Disaster Response
- Friends of Cheyenne Canyon
- Humane Society of the Pikes Peak Region
- Memorial Hospital
- Operation Gratitude
- Operation Homefront Rocky Mountains
- Rocky Mountain Women’s Film
- Ronald McDonald House of Southern Colorado
- Silver Key/Meals on Wheels of Colorado Springs
In the past three years, the Colorado Springs Chapter contributed over 6,322 volunteer hours to our local community in partnership with these charities.
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:
- Consensus building
- Team building
- Conflict resolution
- Event planning
- Parliamentary procedure
Our Chapter Board of Directors:
- President: Jennifer Wyeth 25 27
- President Elect: Elba Barr 27
Kelly Cameron 21 26
- Secretary: Jenny Bender 25
- Treasurer: Megan Chura 22 25
- Parliamentarian: Cristen Shinbashi 26
- Vice President Communications: Amy Marques 24
- Vice President Membership: Valerie Saisi 27
- Vice President Philanthropy: Heather Schneider 24 28
- Vice President Ticktockers: Megan O’Boyle 27
- Vice President Chapter Engagement and Inclusion: Wendy Cohen 27
Members of the NCL Colorado Springs chapter participate in many opportunities to grow as leaders. Mothers model leadership skills while guiding the chapter utilizing NCL, Inc. support and tools.
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.
Our daughters 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
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
In 10th grade, the focus changes slightly to:
- Environmental Talk/Movie/Related Visit
- Appropriate Dress
- Appropriate Language
- Revisit Formal Written RSVPs
As Juniors, our daughters 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.