About Our Chapter

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

The National Charity League, Inc., Kingwood Chapter was “born” in 1984 thanks to the organizing efforts of Carolyn Wandstrat and Erna Rodgers. These women, along with 23 others, were granted their charter in 1986. They then began the journey developing strong female leaders committed to serving and impacting our community. This tradition of service has been fostered in three generations, with several ticktockers being the granddaughters of past members.

The Kingwood Chapter has grown and evolved immeasurably throughout the past three decades, but our commitment to philanthropic work has always remained at the core of all we do. Celebrating over thirty years of mothers and daughters working together in our community, the Kingwood chapter of National Charity League, Inc. is the oldest in the area. With a focus on philanthropy, the Kingwood Chapter currently provides service for 18 local organizations and 3 additional national philanthropy partners. We contribute over 7,000 volunteer hours each year.

In addition to our daily service, our Chapter comes together several times a year, as a whole, to focus on our local philanthropies at our Philanthropy Workshops and our winter community fundraising event. These days not only provide us with an opportunity to support the community but also an opportunity to bond as a chapter.

Other annual chapter-wide events are our New Member Tea and Senior Recognition. The Tea, held each spring, gives the chapter an opportunity to welcome our newest Provisional Members, and the 8th grade Ticktocker class offers a Modelette presentation. Additionally, each year, our Senior Recognition marks the culmination of six years of growth, dedication to philanthropic work, and the forging of a mother-daughter bond that will stand the test of time. At this formal event, the Chapter and their guests celebrate the graduating senior Ticktocker class and all of their laudable achievements.

Our chapter has received the Blue Rose Chapter Award for the 2021-2022 year. We have completed our annual requirements, participated in #GivingTuesday and the national philanthropy program, and held a Sustainer Event.   The Blue Rose is the highest level currently awarded. 




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.

Prospective Members need to be sponsored by a current Member of the National Charity League, Inc. (NCL, Inc.) Chapter they wish to join.

If you know someone in NCL, Inc., talk to her about her Chapter’s boundaries, membership obligations and membership drive timeline.

If you do not know someone in NCL, Inc., you are still invited to submit a membership inquiry form.

Please use the link above to fill out and submit your Membership Inquiry form, or for any questions regarding Membership, requests for transfers or assistance with connecting as a Sustainer, email us at

NCL Forever Sustainer Programming: 

If you are a former member of National Charity League, Inc. and you would like to join the Kingwood Chapter Forever NCL Program you can use this form to begin your inquiry:

Sustainer Patroness Inquiry Form

Sustainer Ticktocker Inquiry Form

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:

  • Addi’s Faith Foundation
  • Alzheimer’s Association
  • American Heart Association
  • American Red Cross
  • Atria Kingwood
  • Disaster Response
  • Dora’s Katz and Dawgs
  • General Philanthropy Hours
  • HAAM
  • HCA Healthcare (f/k/a Kingwood Medical Center)
  • Houston Food Bank
  • Houston National Cemetery & Veterans Affairs
  • Humble ISD Education Foundation
  • Jesse Jones Park
  • L3
  • Lake Houston Sports and Recreation
  • Lake Houston YMCA
  • Landon Ridge Kingwood
  • Martha’s Kitchen
  • Mercer Botanic Gardens
  • Operation Gratitude
  • Society of St. Stephen (SOSS)
  • Special Olympics Texas
  • Susan G. Komen Foundation
  • The Kindness Campaign
  • The Village Learning and Achievement Center

Interested in building a philanthropy partnership with the Kingwood Chapter? Please email 

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: Lindsay Medina
  • President Elect: Nidia Alvarado
  • Secretary: Jennifer Webster
  • Treasurer: Lisa Cornelius
    Shannon Spates
  • Parliamentarian: Laura Hedge
  • Vice President Communications: Ashley Reaves
  • Vice President Membership: Tanya Johnson
  • Vice President Philanthropy: Elfrida McLain
    Jeanne Sottile
  • Vice President Ticktockers: Nicole Van Vleck
  • Vice President Chapter Engagement and Inclusion: Tina Malone

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. Specific areas of growth include:

Communication Skills

Goal Setting

Project management

Independent Living

Written Communication

Interview Skills

Decision Making

College Prep

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.

Activities of our Chapter include:

Sporting Events

Performing Arts

Art History


Positive Identity

Interpersonal Skills

Conflict Resolution

Ginny Castagna Memorial Scholarship

What is The Ginny Castagna Memorial Scholarship?         

The Ginny Castagna Memorial Scholarship seeks to honor the memory of Ginny Castagna, past president of the Kingwood Chapter of National Charity League, who was valued and loved as a community leader, friend, wife, mother, daughter and sister.  One or more scholarships valued at between $500 and $1000 will be awarded to senior girls graduating from Kingwood High School or Kingwood Park High School who exhibit personal characteristics that hold the promise of meaningful achievement and have financial need.


What is NCL?     

This scholarship program is provided by the Kingwood Chapter of National Charity League.  National Charity League (NCL) is a national, non-profit organization of mothers and daughters who join together in community service.  Their goal is to foster a sense of community responsibility through service as well as to strengthen the mother-daughter relationship. 


What are the requirements for scholarship eligibility?

a) A KHS or KPHS girl who is classified as a senior and eligible for graduation in May of the current school year

b) That neither the applicant nor applicant’s mother is a member of National Charity League

c) Planned attendance at a 4-year or 2-year college or trade/vocational school by the fall semester following graduation.

d) GPA of 2.0 or higher on all high school work through the 1st semester of senior year

e) Established financial need

f) Submission of the complete application postmarked/electronically received by March 31st


How do I apply for this scholarship?         

The electronic application form must be submitted and components must be collected by the applicant and mailed to the address below, postmarked no later than March 31st.  These include:

  • Electronic application found HERE
  • Official high school transcript including 1st semester, senior year (in a sealed envelope or electronic copy uploaded will be verified)
  • Evaluation from Counselor (in a sealed envelope or electronic copy uploaded will be verified)
  • Two evaluations from a Teacher/Employer/Community Leader with whom you have worked (in a sealed envelope or electronic copy uploaded will be verified. 

Finalists should be available for interviews in early/mid-April. All information provided in the application will be kept confidential and working documents will be destroyed upon distribution of the scholarship(s).  The Kingwood Chapter of NCL reserves the right to make public announcements of the award recipient’s name.


How will scholarship recipients be selected? 

The recipients will be selected on the basis of an assessment of personal characteristics and qualities that include overall promise, motivation, independence, initiative, leadership potential, capacity for growth, special talent and enthusiasm; financial need; activities including jobs, school and community; and academic effort and potential.


How much will be awarded?  When is it announced?  How are funds received?

The amount and the number of grants shall be at the discretion of the Kingwood Chapter of National Charity League.  Recipients will be notified in April/May of the award year.  The scholarship funds are intended for institutional costs and fees for post-secondary education programs.  This includes programs offered by accredited vocational-technical schools and two-year and four-year colleges or universities.  Scholarship funds that have been awarded will be sent to the recipient’s educational institution two weeks after proof of enrollment has been provided.




Applications should be electronically submitted or postmarked by March 31st and mailed to:


The Ginny Castagna Memorial Scholarship Committee

c/o National Charity League Kingwood Chapter

PO BOX 5882

Kingwood, Texas 77325