Bright Star

About Our Chapter

NCL, Inc., Bright Star 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 East of Highway 6, West of the 610 Loop, North of the Southwest Freeway and South of Westview. Like all NCL, Inc. Chapters, Bright Star aims to foster the mother-daughter relationship by serving its communities together.

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.

Membership Inquiry Form

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

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

Community Service

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:

  • Addi’s Faith Foundation
  • AIM Family Ministries
  • Alzheimer’s Association
  • American Heart Association
  • Bayou City Blessings (in a Backpack)
  • Books Between Kids
  • Candlelighters
  • Emergency Aid Coalition
  • Fisher House
  • Flower Power Gives
  • Giving Tuesday
  • Gracewood
  • Houston Food Bank
  • Houston Pets Alive
  • Hurricane Harvey Relief
  • Kids’ Meals
  • Museum of Fine Arts Houston
  • NCL National Philanthropy Initiative
  • Operation Gratitude
  • Philanthropy Fair
  • Project C.U.R.E
  • Stand Up For Kids
  • Star of Hope Mission
  • Texas Relief Warriors
  • The Center For Hearing and Speech
  • The Kindness Campaign (TKC)

Leadership Development

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:

  • Confidence
  • Consensus building
  • Team building
  • Conflict resolution
  • Event planning
  • Parliamentary procedure
  • President: Tamara Spence
  • President Elect: Kristy Bellows
  • Secretary: Patrizia Papaianni
  • Treasurer: Kelli Tonn
  • Parliamentarian: Connie Jones
  • Vice President Communications: Jennifer Huenemeier Mueller
  • Vice President Membership: Julie Swoboda
    Maria Rinehart
  • Vice President Philanthropy: Seita Jongebloed
    Cynthia Bennington
  • Vice President Ticktockers: Tasneem Yakoob
  • Vice President Chapter Engagement and Inclusion (formerly Vice President Patroness Activities): Jennifer Arnold-Popp


Cultural Experiences

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.