The Woodlands

About Our Chapter

NCL, Inc., The Woodlands 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 South Montgomery County or The Woodlands. Like all NCL, Inc. Chapters, The Woodlands aims to foster the mother-daughter relationship by serving its communities together.

The Woodlands Chapter is the oldest chapter in Montgomery County, celebrating its 35th anniversary in 2023 and recently being awarded the Circle of Excellence award by NCL, Inc.

Chartered in 1988, the chapter has since welcomed three generations of women, with granddaughters of its early members now returning as members.  This strong tradition has created a deep foundation of community service with established philanthropy partners like Interfaith of The Woodlands who The Woodlands Chapter has had the pleasure of partnering with across its decades of service.

Former Ticktockers recall the impact of serving as class leaders.  It’s often their first opportunity to serve in a leadership role, and paves the way towards future endeavors as leaders in organizations and boards they’ve joined. Our chapter has the distinct honor of welcoming former Ticktockers back as Patronesses where they now serve as chapter leaders based on the leadership skills they learned in NCLs core programming. Many of our Patronesses have gone on to serve as leaders in our community as well, serving on Township councils, school boards, non-profit boards and in elected offices.

Join Our Chapter

Interested in joining 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.

Membership Inquiry Form

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



Explore the enriching experience of National Charity League, Inc., The Woodlands Chapter! NCL is a multi-generational organization fostering mother-daughter bonds and women’s leadership through philanthropy. Our mission is to instill worthy community values, ignite philanthropic passion, and cultivate social awareness.

NCL is designed as a small-group leadership program and keeping the grade levels small is key to the program’s success.  For membership eligibility, a prospective Patroness (mother/female guardian) must have a Ticktocker (daughter) currently in grades 6, 7, and 8. This year we will have very limited space for current 7th and 8th graders.

The following are some requirements to keep in mind:

  • Timeline: Applications for membership shall be accepted only during the annual membership selection period.  This period runs from January 15 to March 1.
  • Residence: Members shall reside within The Woodlands Chapter boundaries: The Woodlands and South Montgomery County.
  • Application : Prospective members shall only apply to one of the four Chapters in The Woodlands.
  • Selection Process: Final selection shall be made by the Chapter Board of Directors upon the recommendation of the Chapter Membership Committee. Selections are made based on a blind draw from all completed applications received by March 1st, where all requirements for application are met.



Our membership drive begins Monday, January 15, 2024 and will be open for the class 2030. Please join us for a Prospective New Member Open House at from 6 pm to 8 pm on Monday, January 29, 2024 at the South Montgomery County Community Center. For more information, please view our Prospective Member Flyer.

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

Community Service

We understand and serve communities in partnership with local and national nonprofits. Each NCL, Inc. chapter promotes social awareness by considering the local community’s needs and selecting appropriate non-profit organizations to support through different volunteer activities.

We work with the following philanthropies:

  • All Ears Listening and Language Center
  • Alzheimer’s Association
  • American Heart Association
  • American Red Cross
  • Angel Reach
  • Brookwood
  • Camo Rescue
  • CASA
  • Children’s Museum
  • Class Act Productions
  • Disaster Response
  • Distinguished Young Women of Texas
  • Insperity Golf Tournament
  • Inspiration Ranch
  • Interfaith
  • Ironman Triathlon
  • JoyRide Center
  • MD Anderson
  • Meals on Wheels Montgomery County
  • Montgomery County Women’s Center
  • Operation Gratitude
  • Operation Homefront
  • Regent Care
  • The Moses Closet
  • The Woodlands Township
  • Uresti Giving Foundation
  • YMCA

Leadership Development

We build capable, courageous leaders through opportunities to learn, reflect and develop. Our leaders become successful in their education, career and communities by learning the necessary skills during their NCL experience.

Examples of skills developed include:

  • Confidence
  • Consensus building
  • Team building
  • Conflict resolution
  • Event planning
  • Parliamentary procedure

Our Chapter Board of Directors:

  • President: Louise Blanchard
  • President Elect: Heather Dixen
  • Secretary: Julie Sicam
  • Treasurer: Christin Allphin
    Jeanette Pineda
  • Parliamentarian: Tamara Griepp
  • Vice President Communications: Meryl McLendon
  • Vice President Membership: Melissa Horak
  • Vice President Philanthropy: Tamara Franks
  • Vice President New Members: Misty Frank
  • Vice President Ticktockers: Lori Van Veldhoven
  • Vice President Chapter Engagement and Inclusion: Katherine Graham

Cultural Experiences

We preserve National Charity League traditions and core values, while appreciating the growth that comes from connecting with different communities and cultures. 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.

  • Traditions – We celebrate the richness of our history through traditions that honor the past while serving the future.
  • Values – We embrace values that make us strong as an organization of mother-daughter leaders.
  • Community Connections – We build connections through experiences that impact our communities.
  • Etiquette – We encourage and mentor kind, respectful and gracious social conduct.

Chapter Recognition

Our chapter is proud to announce that we are one of 5 chapters nationwide to have achieved the Circle of Excellence for the 2022-2023 year.  We have completed basic compliance requirements, demonstrated healthy leadership and strong membership satisfaction, and incorporated diverse connections.