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? 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.
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 discuss with her sponsor and co-sponsor whether or not she would like to proceed with membership. A formal application will need to be completed by the sponsor, co-sponsor and 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 us at email@example.com.
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:
- American Heart Association
- Operation Gratitude
- The Kindness Campaign
Philanthropies supported by Bayou City include:
- Amazing Place
- Barbara Bush Houston Literacy Foundation
- Buffalo Bayou Partnership
- The Center for Pursuit
- Christian Community Service Center
- Easter Seals of Greater Houston
- Harris Health System
- Houston Food Bank
- Julia C Hester House
- Kids’ Meals
- Memorial Assistance Ministries
- Nature Discovery Center
- RaiseUp Families (formerly Westside Homeless Prevention Center)
- The River Performing and Visual Arts Center
- Star of Hope
- Texas Children’s Hospital
- Texas Wildlife Rehabiliation Coalition
- Wig Out
- Yellowstone Academy
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: Kim Cooper
- President Elect: Joanie McLeod
- Secretary: Jennifer Blomquist
- Treasurer: Elizabeth Moriarty
- Parliamentarian: Cristina Rodriguez
- Vice President Communications: Julie Bodine
- Vice President Membership: Karen Edmonds
- Vice President Patroness Activities: Amy Miller
- Vice President Philanthropy: Nancy Carney
- Vice President Provisionals: Ginnie McConn
- Vice President Ticktockers: Anna Claire Hankamer
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
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.
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.
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