River Road

About Our Chapter

NCL, Inc., River Road 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 Greater Baton Rouge Area. Like all NCL, Inc. Chapters, River Road aims to foster the mother-daughter relationship by serving its communities together.

Currently, the River Road Chapter has more than 300 members providing hands-on volunteer service for over 30 philanthropic organizations in the Baton Rouge community.  Each year, the River Road Chapter contributes more than 5,000 service hours to these charities. 

Our Chapter History

The River Road Chapter began in 1999 with our founding member, Kit Coles. Kit was inspired to start our chapter through a Texas relative that was involved in NCL, Inc.  The River Road Chapter was chartered in 2001, and our first Senior Soiree was held in 2003.

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Membership Inquiry Form

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

The 2023-24 Online Membership drive will begin November 7, 2022, and will run end at 5 pm on January 15, 2023.

Mothers and their daughters (grades 7-12) participate in a program that embraces:

Community Service

  • Alzheimer’s Association
  • American Heart Association
  • American Red Cross
  • Arthritis Foundation
  • Arts Council of Greater Baton Rouge
  • Baton Rouge General Special event
  • BR Answer the Call
  • Disaster Response
  • Girls on the Run
  • National Day of Service – Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service – January 16, 2023
  • Operation Gratitude
  • The Kindness Campaign
  • ALS Association
  • Alzheimer’s Services
  • American Heart Association
  • Atkinson House
  • Baton Rouge Wheelchair Tennis
  • Bishop Ott Men’s Shelter
  • Brave Heart Children in Need
  • BREC/Knock Knock Museum
  • Burden Center
  • Cancer Services of Baton Rouge
  • CASA
  • Connections for Life
  • District Military Initiative
  • Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank
  • Hope Ministries
  • HYPE – Outreach of FUMC
  • IRIS Center
  • Junior League of Baton Rouge – Diaper Bank
  • Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation
  • Kiwanis Pancake Breakfast
  • Miracle League at Cypress Mounds
  • Sweet Dreams Shelter
  • Theatre Baton Rouge
  • Volunteers of America
    • Dumas House
    • Oak Park Plaza
    • Partnerships in Childcare
    • Turkey Drop

Highlights include:

  • Providing over 700 service hours with VOA Dumas House.
  • Providing over 450 service hours with the Bishop Ott Sweet Dreams Shelter.
  • Preparing and serving over 3,500 meals to residents of 4 separate agencies.
  • Working with and for abused and neglected children, the homeless, victims of domestic violence, developmentally disabled children and adults, low-income seniors, and physically disabled adults.
  • Working to eliminate hunger and homelessness in our community.
  • Helping families struggling with medical issues including cancer, ALS, Alzheimer’s, diabetes including juvenile diabetes, and substance abuse.

Leadership Development

  • President: Carmen Lavergne
  • President Elect: Megan Canty
  • Secretary: Kelly Viator
  • Treasurer: Kelly Ashworth
  • Parliamentarian: Melissa Dotson
  • Vice President Communications: Kristy Reine
    Colleen Magee
  • Vice President Membership: Emily Guidroz
  • Vice President Philanthropy: Anika Bell
  • Vice President Provisionals: Jennifer Thibodeaux
  • Vice President Ticktockers: Kris Washington
    Valerie Bargas
  • Sustainer Liaison: Dany Kaplan
    Judy Vendetto
  • Vice President Chapter Engagement and Inclusion (formerly Vice President Patroness Activities): Danielle Satawa

Cultural Experiences


Cultural activities of our Chapter include:

  • Attending or hosting Best Foot Forward – an etiquette and fashion event hosted by the 9th graders for the 7th graders
  • Participating in group grade level trips to theater and ballet performances
  • Providing an annual Father-Daughter outing planned by each grade level with fun activities like go-cart racing, scavenger hunts, and volunteering at a local philanthropy
  • Learning about our rich Louisiana heritage including cooking classes and Cajun dancing
  • Enjoying the outdoors, including grade level activities such as paddle boarding, swimming, and kickball games
  • Attending the annual Mother-Daughter Afternoon Tea

Annual Celebrations

Mother-Daughter Tea

Each year, the River Road chapter of National Charity League, Inc. celebrates the end of another year of achievement in philanthropy service with a Mother-Daughter Tea.

Mother-daughter teams receive the Mother-Daughter Award for combined service of 50 volunteer hours or more. Each year, approximately 40 Mothers & Daughters, or 1/3 of our membership, attain this goal.

The Ticktocker from the Chapter earning the most philanthropic hours is recognized for her achievements.  We also celebrate a Ticktocker from each grade level who embody the NCL core values.  This Ticktocker is presented the Ticktocker Spirit Award, which is voted on by their peers.

The out-going Board of Directors are recognized at the annual event, and the new Board of Directors are introduced.

The Mother-Daughter Tea is a celebration of the community, leadership, and cultural components of the NCL experience.

Senior Soirée

The River Road Chapter hosts the annual Senior Soiree in March.

Each year, the senior class is recognized for their philanthropic service over their six-year NCL experience. A special honor is given to the Mothers and Daughters who together achieve more than 50 combined service hours over each of the six years.

Our chapter celebrates the positive impact that our young women have made and will continue to make on the Baton Rouge community!