About Our Chapter
NCL, Inc., Cypress Belles 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 Cy-Fair and Tomball ISD area. Like all NCL, Inc. Chapters, Cypress Belles aims to foster the mother-daughter relationship by serving its communities together.
The purpose of Cypress Belles is to inspire and empower women to succeed as confident, well-rounded and socially aware contributors in their communities.
Membership in NCL gives mothers and daughters unique opportunities to strengthen their bond while growing together, sharing of themselves and improving their communities.
Our NCL, Inc Cypress Belles Chapter contributes more than 8,000 hours of philanthropic service to our community annually.
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.
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:
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
- American Heart Association
- American Red Cross
- Boys & Girls Country
- Camp Hope
- Citizens for Animal Protection (CAPS)
- Cypress Assistance Ministries (CAM)
- Disaster Response
- Houston Repertoire Ballet
- Inspiration Ranch
- Kids Meals, Inc
- Mesa Outreach (formerly HNwCC)
- Mission of Yahweh
- Northwest Assistance Ministries (NAM)
- Operation Gratitude
- Project Linus
- REACH Unlimited
- Sleep In Heavenly Peace
- Special Olympics of Houston
- Stageworks Theatre (formerly HFAC)
- Susan G. Komen
- Tomball Emergency Assistance Ministries (TEAM)
We make a living by what we do, but we make a life by what we give. – Winston Churchill
Our Cypress Belles Chapter believes each of us can be the catalyst for change in our community. And make a change we do! With a cumulative volunteer force of 8,000 hours of service each year, Cypress Belles embrace the philosophy of making a difference in our world by partnering with a variety of philanthropies to provide hands on volunteer support of time and skill.
Cypress Belles trains Mother-Daughter teams to be competent, conscientious and reliable volunteers while addressing critical local community needs and provides opportunities for members to develop compassion and empathy while focusing on a positive impact in our community.
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:
- Consensus building
- Team building
- Conflict resolution
- Event planning
- Parliamentary procedure
Our Chapter Board of Directors:
- President: Cathy Dice
- President Elect: Michele Stoebner
- Secretary: Wendy Wilson
- Treasurer: Courtney Hayden
- Parliamentarian: Katie Elsbury
- Vice President Communications: Anna Redwine
- Vice President Membership: Kelley Castrejana
- Vice President Philanthropy: Brandi Wickel
- Vice President New Members: Katherine Ilsever
- Vice President Ticktockers: Jennifer Haesly
- Sustainer Liaison: Denise Morse
- Vice President Chapter Engagement and Inclusion: Elizabeth Humphreys
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.
“the real voyage of discovery consists not in seeing new lands but in seeing with new eyes”
Our Chapter History
OUR CHAPTER HISTORY
For 20+ years, National Charity League, Inc., Cypress Belles Chapter has been a positive force in our community through our dedication to philanthropic service and fostering the development of strong character, leadership, and social responsibility in our daughters.
National Charity League, Inc., Cypress Belles Chapter was first organized in May 1999 during a meeting at Foundry United Methodist Church. Our new chapter quickly formed with members in each grade level, 7-10th grade initially. In the Fall of 1999, we had our first of many Patroness (mother) and Ticktocker (daughter) meetings.
Many of our chapter traditions and commitments to philanthropies that were established in our first years remain with us today. Dedicated to philanthropic service and anchored by the strong legacy of our founders, our chapter has grown substantially since our early days and today boasts nearly 300 members, including over 150 Ticktockers in six grade levels. As our chapter moves further into the 21st century, we proudly honor our foundation in all we do—and most importantly, strive to make our community a better place to live in and to strengthen the enduring bond of mothers and daughters.
The Cypress Belles Chapter Presidents maintain a hands-on philanthropic approach, with activities designed around giving of time and talents.
Our Cypress Belles Leaders:
1999-2001 Florence O’Donnell
2001-2003 Nancy Frankel
2003-2004 Delisa Piercy
2004-2006 Laurie Tipley
2006-2007 Susan Siceluff
2007-2008 Liz Grumbles
2008-2009 Edna Hardin
2009-2010 Sandi Heintz
2010-2011 Annette Smith
2011-2012 Alisa Lukasek
2012-2013 Derinda Keiser
2013-2014 Stacye Anderson
2014-2015 Marian Horne
2015-2016 Carey Dow
2016-2017 Melissa Baker
2017-2018 Melissa Broad
2018-2019 Mechelle Dubois
2019-2020 Shannon Fritz
2020-2021 Sonya Brown
2021-2022 Heather Buerger
2022-2023 Shanna Clark
2023-2024 Cathy Dice