Lake Austin

About Our Chapter

NCL, Inc., Lake Austin 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 within 50 miles of the Austin City Hall area. Like all NCL, Inc. Chapters, Lake Austin aims to foster the mother-daughter relationship by serving its communities together.

National Charity League, Inc., Lake Austin Chapter was organized in 2006 and chartered 2 years later by NCL, Inc. in 2008.

Our chapter has 128 moms and 153 daughters between 7th and 12 grades. Working together in mother-daughter pairs, we serve 21 philanthropy organizations in the Austin area and provide thousands of hours of service to the Austin community every year.

Our Chapter motto is:  “Keep it simple, keep it meaningful, keep it productive, and keep it fun in a supportive environment to foster the success of our members.”

Our mascot is the pink flamingo.

Here at NCL, Inc., Lake Austin Chapter, we take pride in serving our community by enjoying every minute that we volunteer! Our Chapter enjoys a lovely Mother-Daughter Tea every April. At that time we recognize our Seniors, who are moving on to the next chapter of their lives, and give annual awards to our members.

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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

  • CASA of Travis County
  • Community First! Village
  • Foundation Communities
  • Mike’s Place – Meals on Wheels
  • Mobile Loaves & Fishes – Riverbend
  • Posada Esperanza
  • Pug Rescue of Austin
  • Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Texas
  • Salvation Army Austin
  • Special Olympics Texas – Central Texas Area
  • Thinkery (formerly Austin Children’s Museum)
  • Trinity Center
  • Umlauf Garden
  • Westbank/Laura Bush Community Library
  • Wonders and Worries

In 7th grade, Lake Austin Ticktockers focus on the Elderly and Children with a minimum annual requirement of 10 philanthropy hours. In 8th-11th grades, the girls are required to volunteer a minimum of 15 hours annually, and in 12th grade, they return to a 10-hour minimum.

Focus areas for these years include:

  • The Arts and Community Involvement (8th) 
  • Families and Environment (9th) 
  • Hunger and Community Involvement (10th) 
  • Families in Crisis (11th) 
  • As Lake Austin Ticktockers enter their Senior year (12th), they may choose a favorite service area on which focus.

Leadership Development

  • President: Alexis Stokes
  • President Elect: Denise Burke
  • Secretary: Kate Sulester
  • Treasurer: Kathy Kull
  • Parliamentarian: Julie Maples
  • Vice President Communications: Amber Alcedo
  • Vice President Membership: Kerianne Oliver
  • Vice President Patroness Activities: Vanessa Strickland
  • Vice President Philanthropy: Andrea Woodruff
  • Vice President Provisionals: Bridget Nims
  • Vice President Ticktockers: Jennifer Sanders

Lake Austin Ticktockers learn different leadership roles throughout their 6 years in NCL, Inc.

In the first few years the girls learn the basics of how to conduct meetings, parliamentary procedure, project and event management, communication skills and etiquette, and job responsibility, as well as focusing on positive self-image and life skills.  As the girls gain confidence and knowledge, they focus on more detailed meeting coordination emphasizing equality, social network etiquette, self-defense and safety, stress management, and goal setting. In their final years, Ticktockers plan and execute their meetings with the tools they have learned. They focus on college preparation, career choices, and independent living skills, including finance management and women’s health.

Cultural Experiences

Activities in the Lake Austin chapter include learning about different cultural dances and what they mean, experiencing multicultural cuisine, and visiting places of cultural interests in the Austin area.

Cultural Experiences are an important part of the NCL Lake Austin Experience:

  • In middle school, Lake Austin Ticktockers focus on architecture, gardens or multicultural cuisine, and fine arts. As part of these experiences, Ticktockers learn the art of etiquette, friendship, positive self-identity, manners, and valuing differences. 
  • In 9th and 10th grade the girls focus on performing arts along with how to be a gracious host, personal style, conflict resolution, conversation skills, and respectful dating skills.  
  • As 11th graders the Ticktockers focus specifically on the visual arts with an additional emphasis on college visit etiquette, poise and presentation, and developing core values.  

  • Finally, Lake Austin seniors are given an opportunity for a class choice as their cultural focus while they work on letters of support, poise and presentation, and senior recognition.