Cypress Gems

About Our Chapter

NCL, Inc., Cypress Gems 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 attendance zone for Cypress Ranch High School, Cypress Woods High School, Bridgeland High School or Cy-Fair High School. Like all NCL, Inc. Chapters, Cypress Gems 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:

    American Heart Association

    American Red Cross

    Alzheimer’s Association

    Avanti Senior Living

    Boys & Girls Country

    Camo Rescue

    Camp Hope

    Cy-Fair Educational Foundation

    Cypress Lucky Mutts Rescue


    Giving Gown

    Habitat for Humanity

    Houston Food Bank

    Inspiration Ranch

    Memorial Hermann

    Mercer Botanic Gardens

    Methodist West

    Operation Gratitude

    Reach Unlimited

    Santa Maria Hostel

    Sleep in Heavenly Peace

    Two Lives Changes/Teen Life Center

    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

    Our Chapter Board of Directors:

    • President: Kristi Kelly
    • President Elect: Elizabeth Franklin
    • Secretary: Kelly Brooks
    • Treasurer: Marti Kristynik
      Michelle Sharp
    • Parliamentarian: Marti Kristynik
    • Vice President Communications: Dawn Jarvis
    • Vice President Membership: Heather Sessions
      Victoria Schmidt
    • Vice President Philanthropy: Kay Douglas
    • Vice President Provisionals: Tina Dammeyer
    • Vice President Ticktockers: Dianna Passmore
    • Sustainer Liaison: Amanda Medack
    • Vice President Chapter Engagement and Inclusion (formerly Vice President Patroness Activities): Lisa Pape

    Cultural Experiences

    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.