About Our Chapter
NCL, Inc., Bayou Villages 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 at the time of their nomination into membership. Like all NCL, Inc. Chapters, Bayou Villages aims to foster the mother-daughter relationship by serving its communities together.
Our Bayou Villages Chapter of NCL, Inc. is a nonprofit corporation with the mission to foster mother-daughter relationships in a philanthropic organization committed to the following three pillars:
- Community Service: Assessing what philanthropic needs exist in our community and helping to meet those needs whenever possible.
- Leadership: Enhancing potential leadership skills through team building, problem solving, mentoring, and group dynamics.
- Cultural: Creating an environment that nurtures a positive identity by recognizing and appreciating the value of differences in each other and the world.
Currently, our chapter has approximately 368 members that support more than 20 philanthropies in and around the Houston metropolitan area. Some of the community service areas supported by our chapter include: disadvantaged children’s services, educational organizations, food and clothing pantries, healthcare, children and adults with special needs, elderly, environmental preservation and animal protection organizations.
IN A TYPICAL NCL, INC., BAYOU VILLAGES MEMBERS VOLUNTEER OVER 10,000 MOTHER-DAUGHTER HOURS IN OUR COMMUNITY.
THE NCL EXPERIENCE
NCL, Inc. provides opportunities for mothers, known as “Patronesses,” and daughters, known as “Ticktockers,” to cultivate both mother-daughter and peer relationships through service to others.
THE TICKTOCKER EXPERIENCE
The Ticktocker experience is a small group leadership program that allows each young woman to know the joy of helping others, to learn tolerance and kindness, to build confidence and maturity, and to make friends while sharing and participating in service activities.
THE PATRONESS EXPERIENCE
The Patroness experience allows mothers to work alongside their daughters as they broaden their perspective on the world around them. Patronesses also have the satisfaction of working with other talented women to advance the mission of our Bayou Villages Chapter.
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.
MEMBERSHIP DRIVE INFORMATION
The Bayou Villages’ 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 Villages Chapter.
The prospective members will attend an informational meeting where specific details about the membership process and timeline will be provided. After the workshop, the prospective member will discuss with her sponsor and co-sponsor whether 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, prospective members will be notified.
CHARACTERISTICS OF A GOOD NCL, INC. MEMBER
- She will make membership in NCL, Inc. a priority for herself and her daughter(s).
- She is a “team player” and will accept the decision of the majority.
- She is able and willing to be a role model for all members.
- She is willing and able to actively participate in the operation and/or administration of her chapter by holding leadership positions each year, as chapter needs dictate. Each year the provisional will hold a job and have committee responsibilities.
- She understands the importance of all three pillars of NCL, Inc.: philanthropy, leadership and culture.
- She understands and is willing to commit the time to fulfill the specific attendance, job/committee, philanthropic, league and committee obligations of her chapter.
- She understands the importance of a positive attitude, professional communication and constructive problem solving in all NCL, Inc. matters.
- She is focused on the philosophy of NCL, Inc. rather than any associated prestige or status.
- She fully understands and is willing to meet the financial obligations associated with NCL, Inc. membership.
- She will make an extra effort to become acquainted with all chapter members.
- She understands that by virtue of being a member of a local chapter, she is affiliated with a national federated system, which requires adherence to national standards and policies at all times and mandates belief in the core values of NCL, Inc.
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 (Houston, TX)
- American Heart Association
- Blessings in a Backpack
- Books Between Kids
- Brookwood Community
- Christian Community Services Center (CCSC)
- Citizens for Animal Protection (CAP)
- Easter Seals of Houston
- Houston Food Bank
- Kids Meals
- MD Anderson Cancer Center and Carly’s Closet
- Memorial Assistance Ministries (MAM)
- National Multiple Sclerosis Society
- Nature Discovery Center
- Project Linus
- Spring Branch Family Development Center
- Spring Branch ISD School Supply
- Susan G. Komen
- Texas Children’s Hospital (TCH)
- The River @ TUTS
- The Westview School
- Yellowstone Academy
As NCL, Inc. members we cherish the time we spend with our daughters and the friends we meet along the way, but the heart of our Bayou Villages Chapter is our community involvement. Our Chapter is blessed with generous members who give their time and talents, working diligently to serve and honor the NCL, Inc. mission to be of service to our philanthropies. NCL, Inc. creates well-rounded young women who will continue the time-honored tradition of providing compassion and service to those in need throughout their lifetimes.
The Bayou Villages Chapter offers our members a wide variety of volunteer opportunities that allow us to get out into our community and help people in need. Activities range from working one-on-one with the residents at the Brookwood Community to providing water stations for the participants of the MS150 bike ride. Exposing our daughters to a variety of non-profit organizations instills in them the values of NCL, Inc., including dedication, hard work and service to others.
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: Kate Searls
- President Elect: Amy Miers
- Secretary: Allison Martin
- Treasurer: Caroline Mitchell
- Parliamentarian: Dawn Powers
- Vice President Communications: Suzanne Shelton
- Vice President Membership: Kitty Oldham
- Vice President Patroness Activities: Kristen O’Pry
- Vice President Philanthropy: Maureen Perea
- Vice President Provisionals: Jennifer Slator
- Vice President Ticktockers: Anissa Paddock
Our Bayou Villages Chapter seeks to maximize a Patroness’ and her Ticktocker’s potential to be confident leaders by embracing “who you are,” which empowers their personal sense of purpose and allows them to be advocates for others.
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.
NCL, Inc., creates an environment that nurtures positive identity by recognizing and appreciating the value of differences in each other and the world. Exposure to culturally diverse peoples and events broadens perspective, promotes awareness and teaches cultural sensitivity.
Houston boasts over 78 museums and cultural sites and 128 performing arts companies and organizations and is one of the few U.S. cities to offer world class, year-round resident companies in all of the major performing arts – symphony, opera, drama and ballet. Through our cultural experiences, our Bayou Villages Chapter members enthusiastically support Houston’s performing arts, museums, community festivals, historic home and garden tours, and the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo.
Additionally, some time-honored NCL, Inc., traditions included in the six-year curriculum are cultural activities designed to teach members appropriate etiquette, graciousness, self-assuredness in social settings, development of personal and community connections, good manners and respect for others. For example, at our annual Bayou Villages Ticktocker Tea and Style Show held in November, the 9th graders host the tea, the 7th graders serve tea to all members, the 8th graders address the invitations, and the 12th graders participate in the style show as models, runway coordinators and backstage managers. The six year NCL, Inc. experience culminates in a ceremony for the 12th graders called Senior Recognition held in January. At this event, senior members and their mothers are celebrated for their service and commitment to NCL, Inc. We celebrate our history through traditions that honor the past while serving the future.
Our Chapter History
The Bayou Villages Chapter of NCL, Inc. was organized as a Prospective Chapter in 1999. Our new member orientation was held on Sunday, May 16, 1999 at Westminster United Methodist Church. The 1999-2000 Board of Directors included Lana McDaniel, Susie Smith, Cristi Harvey, Judy Robinson, Patti Hatton, Stephanie Jamison, Sarah Bay, and Odile Tyler.
In 2000, Bayou Villages transitioned to a Provisional Chapter with 146 Patronesses and 164 Ticktockers in grades 7 through 11. On April 21, 2001, the chapter held its first Senior Recognition at the Westin Oaks. Bayou Villages was awarded Chartered Chapter Status at the NCL, Inc. National Conference in 2011 and was incorporated in the State of Texas as a non-profit corporation and granted 501(c)(3) tax exempt status under the Internal Revenue Code.
Members of the Bayou Villages Chapter live primarily in and around the Memorial Villages. Since its founding, Bayou Villages has grown to become one of the larger and more established chapters in the Houston area with 368 members, 33 Sustainer Members and 18 Life Members that have chosen to remain a part of our Bayou Villages Chapter after their graduation.