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 147 moms and 189 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.
We are excited to announce that our chapter has received the Blue Rose Chapter Award for the 2020-2021 year. We have completed our annual requirements, participated in #GivingTuesday and the national philanthropy program, and held a Sustainer Event
Way to go NCL – Lake Austin Chapter!
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.
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:
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.
We work with the following philanthropies:
- Any Baby Can
- CASA of Travis County
- Community First! Village
- Foundation Communities
- Keep Austin Beautiful
- Mike’s Place – Meals on Wheels
- Mobile Loaves & Fishes – Riverbend
- Posada Esperanza
- Prom Rack
- Pug Rescue of Austin
- Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Texas
- Salvation Army Austin
- Special Olympics Texas – Central Texas Area
- The Settlement Home for Children
- Thinkery (formerly Austin Children’s Museum)
- Trinity Center
- Umlauf Garden
- Westbank/Laura Bush Community Library
- Wonders and Worries
- Zilker Theatre
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.
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:
- Consensus building
- Team building
- Conflict resolution
- Event planning
- Parliamentary procedure
- President: Denise Burke
- President Elect: Heather Valdez
- Secretary: Mariana Creixell
- Treasurer: Laura Patrick
- Parliamentarian: Ellen Jatinen
- Vice President Communications: Kate Greenleaf
- Vice President Membership: Annie Wilkerson
- Vice President Patroness Activities: Holly Brown
- Vice President Philanthropy: Julie Zavodny
- Vice President Provisionals: Julie Ohlmeyer
- Vice President Ticktockers: Erin Ashcroft
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.
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.
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.