About Our Chapter

NCL, Inc., Gateway 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 St. Louis Metropolitan area. Like all NCL, Inc. Chapters, Gateway aims to foster the mother-daughter relationship by serving its communities together.


Mother-Daughter Recognition awardees.  Picture courtesy of Pekai Photography LLC

The Gateway Chapter currently has 314 members providing hands-on volunteer service for 24 philanthropic organizations in our community. We contribute over 9,000 volunteer hours to our local community each year. Some of the community service areas supported by our chapter include:  children’s services for underserved communities, educational organizations, food pantries and animal welfare organizations. Our chapter has been promoting social awareness through action, to meet needs and inspire others to become community service leaders in St. Louis for over 20 years.  We aim to instill compassion and civic responsibility in our young women while also focusing on comprehensive leadership development, respect for oneself and the differences of others, and appreciation of the fine arts.  The six-year program (7th – 12th grade) incorporates many activities, programs and experiences that ultimately equip our daughters to carry out NCL’s mission, vision and core values.

We value diversity, inclusion and equity within our chapter and beyond. Therefore, we support a membership recruitment strategy that enables a diverse membership. We incorporate programming for our members that support awareness, compassion, respectful engagement with people of different backgrounds or views and appreciation of the diverse cultures in our community.

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The Mission of NCL, Inc. is to foster mother-daughter relationships in a philanthropic organization committed to community service, leadership development and cultural experiences.


Through the mother-daughter relationship, National Charity League, Inc. will develop strong female leaders serving and impacting communities today and for generations to come.


  • Honoring the mother-daughter bond by together learning, growing and modeling responsibility and graciousness
  • Empowering women with the skills and confidence to lead
  • Nurturing through mentorship
  • Inspiring a legacy of social awareness and compassion
  • Providing depth of support in local communities
  • Integrity and excellence in everything we do

Big-Little Sisters

Big Sister – Little Sister Philanthropy Project

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.

Membership Inquiry Form

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

The membership inquiry form in no way obligates you to become a member of NCL, guarantees your membership with NCL or requires you to fulfill any financial obligations.  This form is simply to gauge your interest and provide you with the tools to move forward with the application process, if you choose.


NCL Gateway Membership Drive is NOW OPEN!

Welcome to the Gateway Chapter Membership Drive for 2024-2025! 

Here are the Membership Drive Application Steps and Prospective New Member Key Dates:

  1. Review the Prospective New Member Packet 
  2. Complete the Prospective New Member Inquiry Form
  3. RSVP for a Prospective New Member Informational Coffee
  4. Mark your calendar with Prospective New Member Key Dates
  5. Complete the Prospective New Member Application

Prospective New Member Packet:

The Membership Packet will be covered during the Informational Coffee’s. All questions welcome. 



Prospective New Member Inquiry Form:

Let us know that you are interested!  We will contact you directly to provide you with additional information about the Prospective New Member informational coffee’s and answer any preliminary questions you may have.



Prospective New Member Informational Coffee:

We invite you to attend one of our three informational coffee’s to meet our wonderful members, learn more about our organization, the Prospective New Member application process and ask questions. Attendance is required at one of the informational coffee’s to be considered for Gateway Chapter Membership.

Coffee Dates:

  • Thursday, January 18th 7:00pm-9:00pm
  • Monday, January 22nd 9:00am-11:00am (CANCELLED and rescheduled)
  • Sunday, January 28th 2:00pm-4:00pm  (CANCELLED and rescheduled)
  • Monday, February 5th 9:00am-11:00am New Date
  • Sunday ,February 25th 1:00pm-3:00pm New Date & Time



Prospective New Member Application Process:

There are several steps in the Prospective New Member application process.  Prospective New Member’s do not have to complete all the steps at one time.  Once a step is complete, the system will mark it off the checklist and save your place in the process to revisit at a later time.

Once all the application steps are complete, the Gateway Membership Committee will review the Prospective New Member’s application, perform the blind draw and present the member recommendations to the Gateway Chapter Board.

Prospective New Member applications will be accepted up to the deadline, February 29, 2024, 11:55pm.  Class placement is not satisfied on a first-come, first-serve basis.  All eligible applicants will be assigned a unique identifier (numbers or letters) and placed into the blind draw.  New Members will be pulled at random from the blind draw until the class size is reached.

The VP of Gateway Membership will send out New Member invitations to all the Gateway Chapter approved Prospective New Members.

PROSPECTIVE NEW MEMBER APPLICATION LINK >  The application link will be shared at the membership coffee’s.


Prospective New Member Key Dates:

  • Online Applications open Monday, January 15th, 2024
  • Prospective New Member Informational Coffee’s: Thursday, January 18th; Monday, February 5th; Sunday February 25th
  • Online Applications due Thursday, February 29th, 2024
  • Prospective New Member selection – mid March 2024
  • Prospective New Member invitations distributed Monday, April 1st, 2024
  • Prospective New Member Acceptance and Payment Due Wednesday, April 10, 2024
  • New Member Orientation Meeting: TBD



Is your daughter younger than 6th grade?

While Prospective Members apply to join a chapter during their daughter’s 6th grade year, we would love to connect with you even if your daughter is younger. By filling out this form, you are not applying for membership or committing to join. We look forward to connecting with you!


For any questions regarding Membership, requests for transfers or assistance with connecting as a Sustainer, please contact Gateway Membership.


 Angels Arms Project

Angels Arms Philanthropy Project

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 Heart Association
  • American Red Cross
  • Angels’ Arms
  • Best Buddies
  • Cystic Fibrosis Foundation (CFF)
  • Disaster Response
  • Easterseals
  • Equine-Assisted Therapy
  • Five Acres Animal Shelter
  • Food Outreach
  • Friends Of Wings
  • Froebel School
  • Greater St. Louis Book Fair
  • Kids Enjoy Exercise Now (KEEN)
  • KidSmart
  • Lutheran Senior Services
  • NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness)
  • National Day of Service – Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service – January 15, 2024
  • Operation Gratitude
  • Pink Ribbon Good
  • Safe Connections
  • Shakespeare Festival of St. Louis
  • SouthSide Early Childhood Center
  • Special Olympics – East Area
  • St. Louis Area Foodbank
  • St. louis Crisis Nursery
  • St. Louis Diaper Bank
  • St. Patrick Center
  • The Kindness Campaign
  • The Little Bit Foundation

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.

Little Bit Foundation

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:

  • President: Tracy Kolker
  • President Elect: Terri Grillo
  • Secretary: Anne Giljum
  • Treasurer: Kristen Mathus
  • Parliamentarian: Amy Buckley
  • Vice President Communications: April Hammer
  • Vice President Membership: Emily Kimes
  • Vice President Philanthropy: Sue DeSarno
  • Vice President New Members: Peggy McAuliffe
  • Vice President Ticktockers: Kristen Edler
  • Vice President Chapter Engagement and Inclusion: Julie Nolfo

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

Each class (7th-12th grades) elects officers to oversee the class priorities and run class meetings using Robert’s Rules of Order.  The class officer positions closely mirror the Chapter Officer positions.  Every young woman in our organization has a job within her class for the year, all to help support the execution of class goals.  Some of the typical, non-officer class positions include:

  • Inspiration
  • Social Event Chair
  • Council Representatives
  • Nominating Representative
  • Communications Lead
  • Special Event Chair

The leadership development opportunities afforded to members through their NCL Experience six-year curriculum provide foundational knowledge and tools to improve life skills and leadership such as:

  • Conducting Meetings
  • Organizational Management
  • Time Management
  • Parliamentary Procedures
  • Consensus Building
  • Following a Budget
  • Team Building
  • Health and Fitness
  • Conflict Resolution
  • Event Planning
  • Public Speaking
  • Effective Communication

Are you interested in learning more about the National Charity League, Gateway Chapter?   Contact Gateway Membership





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.

Mothers and daughters of each class attend a cultural experience together with a focus on different areas of art, theater, 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.

Examples of events/programs include:

  • Nutrition Seminars
  • Self-defense workshops
  • Big-Little Sister mentor program
  • Babysitting Safety and Certification
  • College Preparation Seminars
  • Financial Management Workshops
  • Time Management Seminars
  • Car/Driving Safety Workshops
  • Social Media – Maintaining Boundaries
  • Etiquette Lessons
  • Healthy Relationships seminars
  • Poverty Simulation
  • 6 Worlds Cultural event
  • Diversity, Inclusion & Equity speakers



Join Us in Serving the St. Louis Area Community!