Fort Collins

About Our Chapter

NCL, Inc., Fort Collins 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 Larimer County. Like all NCL, Inc. Chapters, Fort Collins aims to foster the mother-daughter relationship by serving its communities together.

The Fort Collins Chapter was founded in 1990 by Beth Louise Deakins. An ardent philanthropist, Beth took an active role in many local community organizations. She served on the Academic Advisory Board of Wingshadow, volunteered at Poudre School District and served as a counselor for the Alpha Center for Women. Along with her husband, John, Beth was one of the founding members of the Alexis de Tocqueville Society of Larimer County and was given the 2000 Alexis de Tocqueville Society Award.  Beth passed away in 2005 but left a lasting legacy in the Fort Collins community.

Some of the Fort Collins chapter’s original philanthropies included the Larimer County Food Bank, Poudre Valley Hospital and Meals on Wheels. These organizations are still counted on our list of philanthropies today.

Since its inception, NCL, Inc. Fort Collins Chapter has continued to add new philanthropies, strengthen relationships with long-standing philanthropies and foster opportunities for mother and daughters to volunteer and develop leadership skills together.

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:

  • 3 Hopeful Hearts
  • Boys and Girls Club of Fort Collins
  • Elderhaus
  • Food Bank of Larimer County
  • Fort Collins Museum of Art
  • Fort Collins Museum of Discovery
  • Fort Collins Opera Guild
  • Fort Collins Symphony Orchestra
  • Friends of the Library
  • Front Range Exceptional Equestrians
  • Gardens on Spring Creek
  • Good Samaritan Society Fort Collins Village
  • Habitat for Humanity of Larimer County
  • Healing Warriors
  • Homeward Alliance (fka: Homeless Gear)

Respite Care

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: Colleen Meyer
  • President Elect: Denise Bolte
  • Secretary: Elisabeth Robertson
  • Treasurer: Shannon Owsley
  • Parliamentarian: Gina Winterhalder
  • Vice President Communications: Kelli Barber
  • Vice President Membership: Tatia Greer
  • Vice President Patroness Activities: Sage Prutch
  • Vice President Philanthropy: Renee Cohn Jones
  • Vice President Provisionals: MaryAnn Cassidy
  • Vice President Ticktockers: Korin LaPlante

The Ticktocker experience is designed to be a small group leadership program.  Fort Collins NCL, Inc. Chapter members have opportunities to engage in experiences that build essential skills such as consensus and team building, event planning, public speaking and presentation, and conflict resolution.

Each grade level has individual leadership benchmarks that build on one another and establish a solid foundation for our young leaders.

These leadership skills are honed through a variety of small and large group leadership experiences including:

  • Helping run a grade level meeting.
  • Working together to plan an event for the grade level.
  • Planning and presenting information to a grade level group that fulfills one of the grade level educational milestones.
  • Participating in group communications, including newsletter articles.
  • Public speaking opportunities at small and large group meetings.
  • Working with a committee to plan and coordinate events for the entire chapter.
  • Researching philanthropies and presenting to the chapter about experiences with our philanthropies.
  • Organizing chapter-wide cultural events.
  • Working together with other mothers and daughters as volunteers to support the community and develop as leaders and role models.

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.

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 Fort Collins Chapter include:

  • Monthly Class Level Meetings focused on cultural events and activities
  • Engaging in cultural events and activities within the greater community
  • An annual Mother Daughter Tea
  • Senior Presents, an evening honoring the year’s Senior Class and the girls’ opportunity to reflect upon and celebrate their NCL experience