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.

About our Chapter

Currently, the River Road Chapter has more than 250 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 the league. The River Road Chapter was chartered in 2001, and our first Senior Soiree was held in 2003.

In the News

National Charity League to honor 15 local seniors for community service (The Advocate, March 2019)

Community Champions: National Charity League Let’s Moms and Daughters Serve Together (InRegister, May 2018)

In National Charity League, Mothers and Daughters Volunteer Together (The Catholic Commentator, May 2013)

Our Leaders

Board of Directors:

President – Amanda Clark

President-Elect – Angela Hammett

Vice President, Membership – Julia Moore

Vice President, Ticktockers – Leslie Porter

Vice President, Philanthropy – Rhonda Shea

Vice President, Activities – Renee Willis

Vice President, Communications – Lisa Bailey

Vice President, Provisionals – Kappy Leotta

Secretary – Carolyn Golightly

Treasurer – Jennifer Harris

Parliamentarian – Aimee Hansen

Immediate Past President – Lisa Verma

 

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.

Membership Information

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 Membership obligations and Membership drive timeline.

If you do not know someone in NCL, Inc., you are invited to submit the following form.

Please click here 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 membershipriverroad@nclonline.org

 

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

Community Service

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. 

Some of the philanthropies we work with are:

    Community Service

    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.  A representative list of philanthropies supported by our Chapter includes:

    • ALS Association
    • Alzheimer’s Services
    • American Heart Association
    • Baton Rouge Wheelchair Tennis
    • Bishop Ott Men’s Shelter
    • BREC
    • The Burden Center
    • Cancer Services of Baton Rouge
    • CASA
    • Connections for Life
    • District Military Initiative
    • EBR Public Library
    • Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank
    • Hope Ministries
    • HYPE – Outreach of FUMC
    • IRIS Center
    • Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation
    • Kiwanis Pancake Breakfast
    • MADD
    • Miracle League at Cypress Mounds
    • Scholastic Book Sort
    • St. Vincent de Paul Thrift Store
    • Sweet Dreams Shelter
    • Theatre Baton Rouge
    • Volunteers of America
      • Atkinson House
      • Dumas House
      • Oak Park Plaza
      • Parker House
      • Partnerships in Childcare
      • Turkey Drop
      • Westmoreland House

    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 and juvenile diabetes, and substance abuse

    Leadership Development

    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
    This year’s Board Members:

    • President: Angela Hammett
    • President Elect: Julia George Moore
    • Secretary: Sara Bongiorni
    • Treasurer: Shawn Leake
    • Parliamentarian: Annette Cotton
    • Vice President Communications: Colleen Magee
    • Vice President Membership: Megan Canty
      Dorsey Bellanger
    • Vice President Patroness Activities: Renee Willis
    • Vice President Philanthropy: Carmen Lavergne
    • Vice President Provisionals: Kappy Leotta
    • Vice President Ticktockers: Leslie Porter
    • Sustainer Liaison: Amanda Clark

    Leadership Development

    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.

    Each Ticktocker class has Board Officers and Committee Members.

    Board Officers:

    • President
    • Vice President – Philanthropy
    • Vice President – Programs
    • Secretary
    • Communications
    • Parliamentarian

    Appointed Committee Chairmen:

    • Historian
    • Publicity/Newsletter
    • Hours and Awards
    • Ticktocker Council Representative (3)
    • Inspiration
    • Cultural

    Cultural Experiences

    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.

    Cultural Experiences

    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. We celebrate our history through traditions that honor the past while serving the future.  

    Cultural activities of our Chapter include:

    • Attending or hosting Best Foot Forward – an etiquette and fashion event hosted by the 10th 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 teams, or one-third of our membership, attain this goal.

    The Ticktocker earning the most philanthrophic hours in the chapter is recognized. Also, a Ticktocker from each grade level 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 tea is 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 those mother/daughter teams who 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!