Heart of Dallas

About Our Chapter

NCL, Inc., Heart of Dallas 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 Dallas – North Dallas. Like all NCL, Inc. Chapters, Heart of Dallas aims to foster the mother-daughter relationship by serving its communities together.

The Heart of Dallas Chapter was founded in 2007 to meet a growing desire for NCL experiences in the Dallas area. One of the earliest chapters in North Texas, Heart of Dallas was able to charter without limiting its membership range to a specific zip code as subsequent chapters were required to do. As a result, the Chapter pulls its membership from many public and private schools throughout the area, and the diverse backgrounds and experiences of its members make Heart of Dallas truly unique.

The first Heart of Dallas (2010) graduating class served 3 philanthropies. Today, Heart of Dallas has more than 250 members who contribute several thousand hours a year to 20+ local philanthropies. In a short time, Heart of Dallas has had a big impact on North Texas. 

Membership in NCL gives mothers and daughters unique opportunities to strengthen their bond while growing together, sharing of themselves and improving their communities. It is the only national organization committed to fostering the mother-daughter relationship through community volunteerism, leadership development and cultural experiences together and in peer groups.

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.

Being a member of the Heart of Dallas NCL Chapter offers many benefits through both our local chapter and our national affiliation with NCL, Inc. Applications for membership are submitted annually based on standardized guidelines from the National NCL Chapter. 

Prospective Members need to be sponsored by a current Member of the National Charity League, Inc. (NCL, Inc.) Chapter they wish to join. If you know someone in the Heart of Dallas Chapter, talk to her about the chapter’s feeder areas, membership obligations and membership drive timeline. If you do not know someone you are invited to submit an inquiry to our membership team at membershipheartofdallas@nclonline.org.

An overview of the membership process includes: 

  • Timeline: Applications for Membership are accepted during the Annual Membership Drive from October through January each year for daughters in grades 6th and 7th -9th (if class is not already full) at the time of the Membership Drive. This process moves pretty quickly so it’s important to stay on top of the deadlines and process.
  • Residence: A Prospective Member in the Heart of Dallas shall reside in private or public schools in North Dallas, Park Cities, Lakewood, Lake Highlands, Preston Hollow and Dallas areas. 
  • Sponsorship: A Prospective Member shall be sponsored by an Active Member and co-sponsored by an Active, Provisional or Sustainer Patroness Member in our Chapter.
  • Application: A Prospective Member shall only apply to one Chapter so it’s a good idea to attend as many prospective member meetings as possible if considering more than one chapter. 

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. 

Some of the philanthropies we work with are:

  • American Heart Association
  • Austin Street Center
  • Bed Start
  • Brookwood Community for Special Adults
  • Brother Bills Helping Hand
  • Buckner Shoes for Orphan Souls
  • Children’s Medical Center
  • Community Partners of Dallas
  • Dallas Children’s Theater
  • Feed My Starving Children
  • Meals on Wheels – VNA of Texas
  • New Friends New Life
  • North Texas Food Bank
  • North Texas Performing Arts
  • Operation Gratitude

The Heart of Dallas chapter is proud to support a variety of local philanthropic organizations. Our chapter promotes social awareness by considering the local community’s needs and selecting appropriate non-profit organizations to serve.

We currently provide over 6,500 service hours annually for the following:

  • American Heart Association
  • Austin Street Center
  • BedStart
  • Brookwood Community
  • Brother Bill’s Helping Hands
  • Buckner Shoes for Orphan Souls
  • Children’s Medical Center of Dallas
  • Community Partners of Dallas
  • Dallas Children’s Theater
  • Feed My Starving Children
  • Meals on Wheels – VNA of Texas
  • New Friends New Life
  • North Texas Food Bank
  • North Texas Performing Arts
  • Operation Gratitude
  • Perot Museum of Nature & Science
  • Project Transformation
  • Reconciliation Outreach
  • Serve Our Heroes
  • SPCA of Texas
  • The Family Place
  • Voice of Hope

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
This year’s Board Members:

  • President: Cindy Orlandi
    Cynthia Everitt
  • President Elect: Tricia Northam
  • Secretary: Robyn Neuhoff
  • Treasurer: Michele Spillman
  • Parliamentarian: Leanna Cruz
  • Vice President Communications: Cheri Martin
    Stephanie Logan
  • Vice President Membership: Willow Sanchez
  • Vice President Patroness Activities: Monique Callagy
  • Vice President Philanthropy: Kate Meler
  • Vice President Provisionals: J Diane Colter
  • Vice President Ticktockers: Pamela Creel

Leadership development is an important prong of the NCL experience. Through attending Ticktocker meetings and holding elected and appointment positions each year, Heart of Dallas Ticktockers gain important leadership experience, learn to communicate effectively and build self-confidence.

Their leadership positions, required for each Ticktocker, teach them to listen effectively, gain conflict resolution skills, and engage in public speaking, all of which prepare them for future community involvement and employment. NCL provides its Ticktockers with leadership opportunities that are often difficult for middle school and high school young women to find.

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.

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 shape and support our lives. We celebrate our history through traditions that honor the past while serving the future.

NCL Inc., creates an environment that nurtures positive identity by recognizing and appreciating the value of differences in each other and the world. Our Heart of Dallas Chapter encourages exposure to culturally diverse people and events that broaden perspective, promote awareness and teach cultural sensitivity through chapter activities centered around:

  • Our Annual Tea & Social Events
  • Environmental Activies
  • Cultural Diversity Programs
  • Fine Arts Experiences 
  • Health, Safety & Wellbeing Programs

Contact Info

For specific questions or information about the Heart of Dallas Chapter of NCL, please email us at membershipheartofdallas@nclonline.org

We look forward to speaking with you soon!

Our mailing address is:

NCL – Heart of Dallas – P.O. Box 670381, Dallas, TX 7536