About Our Chapter
NCL, Inc., Alamo 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 northside San Antonio area. Like all NCL, Inc. Chapters, Alamo aims to foster the mother-daughter relationship by serving its communities together.
The Alamo Chapter, established in 2010, includes members attending one of twenty-nine schools in the central and northside of San Antonio and surrounding areas. We proudly live the NCL Core Program which enables Mothers and Daughters (grades 7th-12th) to participate in a program that embraces THREE CORE PILLARS.
- COMMUNITY SERVICE: Understanding our community’s philanthropic needs and taking hands-on volunteer action to help solved them. The Alamo Chapter proudly supports areas to include disadvantaged children’s agencies, local food pantries, children’s hospitals, women’s health initiatives, military (active and veteran) organizations, convalescent hospitals and senior citizen centers, and animal shelters.
- LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT: Nurturing confidence in both mothers and daughters through opportunities to learn and grow in a supportive environment.
- CULTURAL EXPERIENCES: A cultivation of values and traditions that shape the organization’s role and contribution in our community.
OUR SIX-YEAR PROGRAM
The NCL, Inc. six-year plan enables girls, known as Ticktockers, to obtain unique and memorable experiences within each of the three pillars to support her personal growth and development so she is set for success to be a contributing member of society now and in her future. Monthly Ticktocker meetings, supported by Patronesses (mothers), place emphasis on specific age-appropriate activities and experiences that support the three pillars as well as social, mental, physical, and spiritual development and success. Our Ticktockers also benefit from the rich relationships formed over the six years through our chapter’s diversity and inclusion efforts.
Patronesses also participate in monthly meetings with a nice variety of topics to strengthen relationships with each other and with our community. While many mothers choose NCL for daughter’, Patronesses always mention the personal gains from their own personal growth and experiences coupled with the many lasting friendships.
In addition to supporting NCL, Inc.’s core mission, its three pillars and a powerful six-year program for our girls, the Alamo Chapter also has an annual theme. After coming off a very challenging few years of remote and distanced activities, the 2022-2023 Alamo Chapter Theme is “CONNECT and ENGAGE”!
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.
Interested in joining our chapter? A Prospective Member must be sponsored by a current member of our chapter and apply during our annual membership drive which runs October through mid-January of each year for membership that begins the following school year. Prospective members apply when daughter is in 6th grade to begin her 7th grade year.
If you know someone in the Alamo Chapter, talk to her about getting started, membership obligations and our membership drive timeline. If you do not know someone in our chapter, you are invited to submit the Membership Inquiry Form highlighted above.
The Alamo Chapter will hold multiple Prospective New Member meetings this fall, both remotely and in-person. At these informational meetings, Prospective Members attend with a Sponsor to learn more about NCL Inc.’s Mission and six-year program. This is a great opportunity to meet our Chapter Board Members, some of our Active Patronesses, ask questions, and get a feel for our Chapter culture.
Prospective Members are welcome and encouraged to visit more than one San Antonio area NCL Chapter’s Prospective New Member Meeting. The 3.5-month membership timeline is designed to allow those interested to visit more than one chapter, without any obligations, and then make a decision that best fits your family.
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:
- Alzheimer’s Association
- American Heart Association
- Animal Defense League
- CAM Ministries
- Childrens Bereavement Center of South Texas
- Dress for Success
- Good Samaritan
- Guardian House
- Headwaters Coalition
- Juniper (previously Brookdale, Alamo Heights)
- League Hours
- Morgan’s Wonderland
- NCL Disaster Relief
- Operation Gratitude
- Operation Homefront
- Respite Care of San Antonio
- Ronald McDonald House
- San Antonio Food Bank
- San Antonio Humane Society
- Sickle Cell
- Snack Pak 4Kids
- Sustainer Events
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: Jennifer Fish
- President Elect: Kathryn Glast
- Secretary: Lisa Dilger
- Treasurer: Denise Smith
- Parliamentarian: Michelle de la Garza
- Vice President Communications: Cari Richardson
- Vice President Membership: Catharine Cebrowski
- Vice President Provisionals: Mari Cavazos
- Vice President Ticktockers: Celina Alvarez
- Sustainer Liaison: Tina West-Yanez
The Alamo Chapter offers Leadership Development opportunities for both Mothers and Daughters as we nurture confidence through opportunities to learn and grow, while also building problem-solving skills through a supportive environment of healthy relationships.
Our Legacy of Chapter Presidents and Year’s Theme:
2010-12: Julie Seamans
2012-13: Kathy Stell
2013-14: Aimee Locke
2014-15: Laura Peel “Take Action”
2015-16: Francie Caalgard “Be the Change (You Want to See)”
2016-17: Doreen Magoon “Getting to Know You”
2017-18: Cynthia Rubsamen “We are Family”
2018-19: Jennifer Marshall “Cultivate Kindness”
2019-20: Laura Humphries “Gratitude”
2020-21: Tina West-Yanez “Rise & Shine”
2021-22: Ruth Storrie “Better Together”
2022-23: Jenny Fish “Connect and Engage”
Ticktockers also benefit from many leadership development experiences and opportunities as she holds various positions throughout her six years to lead her fellow Ticktockers through an impactful year. Guided by her Grade Level Advisors, her roles (whether an officer or a council or committee member) enable her to receive training and the ability to exercise skills to build upon leadership skills she’ll use for a lifetime.
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.
While developing leaders of tomorrow, the Alamo Chapter proudly cultivates NCL’s values and traditions that shape the organization’s role in our communities and those we serve to leave a lasting footprint.
- 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.
Each chapter lives the richness of NCL’s 95-year history by celebrating national traditions each year along with our very own chapter-specific traditions.
The Alamo Chapter Mother-Daughter Tea is an NCL, Inc. required event that all members look forward to attending each year. Traditionally held at the San Antonio Country Club, it’s a memorable event that many look forward to where they come together for a great social gathering in an enjoyable environment and practice a lesson in etiquette.
The Alamo Chapter celebrates its Senior Class each year with a special ceremony and fashion show held at the San Antonio Country Club. This special event is the culmination of a Ticktocker’s six-year journey as we recognize and reward all of her accomplishments, celebrate her high school graduation milestone and set the stage for her to bridge over to the role of a Sustainer member post graduation. By this time, our graduates realize the value of their NCL journey and how it will continue into her college years as she meets and forms lasting relationships with other young women who also benefited from the NCL experience in one of the other 282 Chapters across 29 states.
The annual awards ceremony, held in the Spring, is wonderful afternoon of celebration and fun where all Chapter members come together to celebrate Ticktocker accomplishments for that NCL year. This annual tradition is the perfect way to wrap up the NCL year as we highlight the service of our members and the thousands of hours Chapter members serve in the community.
GIVING THANKS PARTY
Held in November, the entire Alamo Chapter comes together to stuff over 100 Christmas stockings to send to our soldiers. This fun, casual event is filled with an opportunity to hear from a special guest speaker, celebrate those who have served and prepare these special little gifts for those serving today. A special venue large enough to support the many stocking stuffers and the great member-turnout enables the bonding across grade-levels as we kickoff the holiday season.