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? 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.
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:
- Boys & Girls Country
- CAMO Animal Rescue
- Camp Hope
- Citizens for Animal Protection (CAPS)
- Cypress Assistance Ministries (CAM)
- Habitat for Humanity Northwest Harris County
- Houston Repertoire Ballet
- Kids Meals, Inc
- Mesa Outreach (formerly HNwCC)
- Mission of Yahweh
- Northwest Assistance Ministries (NAM)
- Project Linus
- REACH Unlimited
- Sleep In Heavenly Peace
- Stageworks Theatre (formerly HFAC)
- Tomball Emergency Assistance Ministries (TEAM)
- Two Lives Changed (TLC)
- YMCA – Cypress Creek or Langham Creek
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.
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: Shanna Clark
- President Elect: Cathy Dice
- Secretary: Stephanie Foster
- Treasurer: Cara Davis
- Parliamentarian: Heather Buerger
- Vice President Communications: Stephanie Vandagriff
- Vice President Membership: DeShanna Reed
- Vice President Philanthropy: Cheryl McPhail
- Vice President Provisionals: Katherine Ilsever
- Vice President Ticktockers: LeAnne Redwine
- Sustainer Liaison: Sonja Gurule-Griffin
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.
“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