Bayou City

About Our Chapter

NCL, Inc., Bayou City 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 or attend school in the area bound by the 610 Loop on the north, south and east sides, and by Highway 6 on the west side. Like all NCL, Inc. Chapters, Bayou City aims to foster the mother-daughter relationship by serving its communities together.

Our chapter is a nonprofit corporation with the mission to philanthropic organization committed to community service, leadership development and cultural experiences. Currently, our chapter supports 19 philanthropies in and around Houston. Some of the community service areas supported by our chapter include: disadvantaged children’s services and education organizations, food pantries, the fine arts, homelessness, healthcare, children and adults with special needs, environmental preservation and animal organizations.

Our chapter promotes social awareness that creates action to meet needs and inspire others to become servant leaders. Members of our chapter are making a positive impact on our community by volunteering their time and talent to many, local philanthropies and other nonprofit organizations serving those in need. Our chapter considers our local community’s needs and determines the not-for-profit organizations we will support. This support primarily comes in the form of volunteer hours and organizational skills.

Our chapter has received the Pink Rose Chapter Award for the 2019-2020 year. We have completed our annual requirements and participated in #GivingTuesday and the national philanthropy program.



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.

Thank you for your interest in the Bayou City Chapter of NCL, Inc. Our membership drive begins in the fall of the 6th grade year for the daughter(s) of a prospective member. A prospective patroness (new member) must have one sponsor and one co-sponsor who are members of NCL, Inc., Bayou City Chapter. The prospective patroness will attend a workshop where requirements and expectations of NCL, Inc. are discussed. Specific information about our chapter and the next steps in the membership process will also be provided. After the workshop, the prospective patroness will determine whether or not she would like to proceed with membership. A formal application will need to be completed by the prospective patroness. Once all applications are complete, a selection process will take place. It is our strong preference to accept all applicants. However, space in the chapter is limited, and we cannot guarantee a spot to all applicants. In the event that the number of applications exceeds the spaces available, all non-legacy applicants will be entered into a “blind draw” to determine membership.

If you know someone in NCL, talk to her about her Chapter’s boundaries, 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 our Vice President of Membership.


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:

  • Alzheimer’s Association
  • Amazing Place/Seniors Place
  • American Heart Association
  • American Red Cross
  • Barbara Bush Houston Literacy Foundation
  • Buffalo Bayou Partnership
  • Center for Pursuit
  • Christian Community Service Center
  • Disaster Response
  • Easter Seals of Greater Houston
  • Harris Health System
  • Houston Food Bank
  • Julia C Hester House
  • Kids’ Meals
  • Memorial Assistance Ministries
  • Nature Discovery Center
  • Operation Gratitude
  • RaiseUp Families (formerly Westside Homeless Prevention Center)
  • Star of Hope
  • Texas Children’s Hospital
  • Texas Wildlife Rehabilitation Coalition
  • The Kindness Campaign
  • The River Performing and Visual Arts Center
  • Yellowstone Academy



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: Kelsey Berumen
  • President Elect: Marisa Zindler
  • Secretary: Cassandra Parker
  • Treasurer: Laura Garcia
  • Parliamentarian: Megan Whitlock-Henry
  • Vice President Communications: Jennifer Tessin
  • Vice President Membership: Angela Perry
  • Vice President Philanthropy: Karla Oppermann
  • Vice President New Members: Julie Jacobson
  • Vice President Ticktockers: Celina Garza
    Lauren Burke
  • Vice President Chapter Engagement and Inclusion: Ashley Holmsten

Our chapter seeks to maximize a member’s potential to be a confident role model by embracing “who you are”, which empowers their personal sense of purpose and allows them to be advocates for others. The leadership development opportunities afforded to members through their experience provide foundational skills such as:

•   Organizational management skills
•   Parliamentary procedures
•   Consensus building
•   Budget building
•   Meeting management skills


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.

Our chapter tries to create an environment that nurtures positive identity by recognizing and appreciating the value of differences in each other and the world. We provide exposure to culturally diverse peoples and events, which broaden our perspective, promote awareness and teach cultural sensitivity. Some time-honored NCL, Inc.  traditions, such as our annual Mother-Daughter Tea, are cultural activities designed to teach members etiquette, graciousness, self-assuredness in social settings, good manners and respect of others.

Our Chapter History

The Bayou City  Chapter was organized in 1991, when a small group of women gathered at Carolyn LeSage’s home, in Houston, to form a new chapter of NCL, Inc. Through the energy and enthusiasm of these women, the National Charity League chartered the Bayou City Chapter on April 28, 1992, with sixty charter members.  The current membership of the Bayou City Chapter is almost 400 Ticktockers and Patronesses who live primarily in Memorial, Briar Grove, Tanglewood, West University, and River Oaks area of Houston, Texas.


Founding Members

President – Carolyn LeSage
VP Membership – Marlene Csendes
VP Patroness Activities – Anne Muntz
VP Ticktocker – Molly Romanek
VP Philanthropy – Jayne Hammond
VP Communications – Donna Roberts and Meredith Tekell
Treasurer – Nancy Stowell
Parliamentarian – Mikki Phillips
Hours – Daisy White
Newsletter – Pat Franklin