Stanford Hills

About Our Chapter

NCL, Inc., Stanford Hills 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 Atherton, East Palo Alto, Los Altos, Los Altos Hills, Menlo Park, Mountain View, Palo Alto, Portola Valley, Redwood City, and Woodside. Like all NCL, Inc. Chapters, Stanford Hills aims to foster the mother-daughter relationship by serving its communities together.

The Stanford Hills Chapter was the first NCL, Inc. chapter to be established in Northern California. We currently have over 380 members providing hands-on volunteer service for 32 philanthropic organizations in our local community. Our members contribute thousands of hours to our local community each year. Last year alone, Stanford Hills contributed over 7,000 hours of service!

Some of our annual events include:

  • 100% HEART WEEK


In December 1984, Deborah Boyd, prompted by her mother-in-law Ann Boyd, of the Burbank chapter, met with expansion Vice President Janet Killan, to explore the feasibility of a Northern California chapter of National Charity League-a first.

In April 1985 co-founders Deborah Boyd and Shari Emling hosted an informal coffee at which they shared the concept of NCL with 11 other women. The enthusiasm of Patroness Pat White from Westlake Village and that of former Ticktocker Linda Gardner-Crandall was contagious. Ten mothers and their daughters formed the Bay Area Prospective Chapter of NCL. Bettie Anle was assigned as our first regional director and our shepherdess.

By the end of the 1985-86 League year, we boasted 22 Patronesses with 17 Ticktockers. In 1986, we were granted Provisional Status for our chapter. In 1987, under the very able guidance of Gloria Ulrich, our name changed, as did our status: Charter Status was approved for the Stanford Hills Chapter. On December 16, 1988, Stanford Hills Chapter was incorporated as a tax-exempt non-profit corporation.

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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:

Community Service

  • American Heart Association
  • Magical Bridge Playground / 8th grade focus
  • Operation Gratitude
  • Sunday Friends / 8th Grade Focus
  • The Kindness Campaign

FOCUS – each grade supports several specifically focused philanthropies:

Senior Citizens
The Terraces of Los Altos & Animal Assisted Happiness, Crane Street Peninsula Volunteers, Inc. (7th Grade)

Children + Families
Palo Alto Art Center, Sunday Friends, Magical Bridge Playground (8th Grade)

Communities in Need
Community Services Agency, LifeMoves, Ecumenical Hunger Program (9th Grade)

The Environment
Our City Forest, Hidden Villa, Grassroots Ecology/Acterra (10th Grade)

The Military + Families
Fisher House & Operation Care and Comfort (11th Grade)

Class Choice
Any NCL Philanthropy (12th Grade)

GLOBAL – all members support these philanthropies

  • Abilities United
  • African Library Project
  • Alexandra Chiles
  • American Cancer Society
  • American National Red Cross
  • Cake4Kids
  • Cantor Art
  • Children’s Health Council
  • Collective Roots
  • COVID-19 Disaster response
  • Habitat for Humanity
  • Hope Services
  • Humane Society Silicon Valley
  • Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation
  • Kids Read
  • Lend a Hand
  • Los Altos Community Foundation
  • Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital
  • One Step Beyond
  • Peninsula Volunteers
  • Period, Inc.
  • Princess Project
  • Public Libraries
  • Reading Partners
  • Resource Area For Teaching
  • Ronald McDonald House
  • Save Our Shores
  • Sunday Friends
  • Vista Center for the Blind
  • Westwind Riding Institute

Leadership Development

  • President: Laura Schmidt
  • President Elect: Charlyn Everett
  • Secretary: Jessica Gowdy
  • Treasurer: Tina Knauss
    Jennifer Carlstrom
  • Parliamentarian: Carrie Madrid
    Shannon Kilgore
  • Vice President Communications: Linda Karrer
  • Vice President Membership: Kimberly Monsalve
  • Vice President Patroness Activities: Alison Pye
  • Vice President Philanthropy: Karen Horn
  • Vice President Provisionals: Rachana Patel
  • Vice President Ticktockers: Christina Rudolph
  • Sustainer Liaison: Jennifer Denebeim

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. 

Leadership activities in our Chapter include:

• personal development workshops
• team building activities
• class meetings
• meeting management proficiency
• job training

Age appropriate concepts include, but are not limited to, the following:

Positive Self Image
• Team Building Activities
• Meeting Fundamentals

Social Etiquette
• High School Preparedness
• Conflict Resolution

Conversation Skills
• Personal & Online Safety
• Time Management Skills
• Interviewing Skills

10th GRADE
Body Language
• Safety – Public /Dating
• Automobile Awareness

11th GRADE
Personal Priorities
• Stress Management
• Life Balance

12th GRADE
Reflection of Core Personal Values
• College Preparedness & Safety
• Financial Management Skills

Cultural Experiences

We celebrate our history through traditions that honor the past while serving the future.  Activities of our Chapter include:
• All League Retreat
• All League Tea
• Cultural Events
• Father/Daughter Event
• Grade Level Retreat
• Provisional (first year) Orientation
• Ticktocker Awards
• Ticktocker Leadership Training

• Dance & Martial Arts

• Theater: Musical / Play

• Music: Choral / Instrumental

10th GRADE
• Fine Arts: Museum / Gallery

11th GRADE
• Stage: Comedy / Concert

12th GRADE
• Class Cultural Choice