Heart of Texas

About Our Chapter

NCL, Inc., Heart of Texas 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 the Ticktocker must attend school within the Loop 610, Houston, Texas or City of Bellaire, Texas area. Like all NCL, Inc. Chapters, Heart of Texas 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

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

Membership Obligations

Membership obligations are designed to shepherd our daughters through a 6-year process druing their 7th through 12th grade years and to strengthen the mother-daughter bond.  

Mothers (Patronesses) and their daughters (Ticktockers) are each required to work a minimum of 15 hours of League Service for the chapter and a minimum of 20 hours of Philanthropy Service during our NCL year, which runs June 1st – March 31st.  Fewer requirements are assigned during the senior year.  

League service includes attending 5-6 meetings and 2 required events, as well as performing the duties of a league-assigned job per year. Philanthropy service is earned by working at the agencies we support and on philanthropy projects at home and in meetings. A calendar of our agencies’ philanthropic needs is providde for the members to choose from throughout the year.

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:

  • Agape Development
  • BakerRipley
  • BEAR: BE A Resource for CPS Kids
  • Bo’s Place
  • Children’s Museum of Houston
  • Christian Community Service Center
  • Citizens for Animal Protection
  • Easter Seals Greater Houston
  • Elijah Rising
  • Emergency Aid Coalition
  • Houston Area Women’s Center
  • Houston Food Bank
  • Houston Zoo
  • Interfaith Ministeries
  • Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation Houston Gulf Coast Chapter

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: Leslie Ashby
  • President Elect: Mary Catherine Lewis
  • Secretary: Karen Meehan
  • Treasurer: Karen Moore
  • Parliamentarian: Kimberly Clark
  • Vice President Communications: Casey Schultz
  • Vice President Membership: Karen Yeager
  • Vice President Patroness Activities: Elaine Day
    Elaine Day
  • Vice President Philanthropy: Janice Moore
  • Vice President Provisionals: Penny Grams
  • Vice President Ticktockers: Michelle Davis
  • Sustainer Liaison: Ann Hill

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.

Chapter History

On November 18, 2002, an informational meeting was held at the home of Barbara Foxhall. Those attending were Leslie Kelso, Kathy Rhoades, Tina Melo, Lori Hessel, Angela Clarke, Stephanie Cocke, Mary Schuler, Jane Kochman, Cynthia Lokken and Sudha Subramani. The group decided to form a new chapter for women with daughters who live or attend school inside Loop 610 or Bellaire. Lana McDaniel, who started the Bayou Villages Chapter, agreed to be the Expansion Chapter Advisor.

On March 9, 2003, the group held a Formation Meeting at St. John the Divine. Approximately 124 Patronesses and Ticktockers attended. At this meeting, the name “Heart of Texas” was chosen. Michele Crabtree, National Council Expansion Chapter Development VP, attended as well as Linda Martens, National Council President.

On March 17, the National Council Board of Directors approved the Heart of Texas request to form as a chapter. The membership closed in July with 125 Patronesses and 136 Ticktockers. Founding Board Members include: Barbara Foxhall, Estelle Lozmack, Sharon Pyburn, Pamela Blakely, Anne Kirkland, Stephanie Cocke, Janice Kemp, Ruth Davis and Patricia Young.

On January 18, 2004, the Chapter was granted change of status from Prospective Chapter to Provisional Chapter.

On January 10, 2005, the Chapter was approved for advancement to Chartered Chapter Status.

On April 5, 2005, the National Charity League, Inc., Heart of Texas Chapter was incorporated in the state of Texas as a non-profit corporation and was granted 501(c)(3) status under the Internal Revenue Code.

Past Presidents

Founding President – Barbara Foxhall
2004-2005 – Barbara Foxhall
2005-2006 – Mary Schuler
2006-2007 – Bonnie Clements
2007-2008 – Pam Barksdale
2008-2009 – Paige Erwin
2009-2010 – Elizabeth Pringle Johnson
2010-2011 – Alice Rohrman
2011-2012 – Mara Buchholz
2012-2013 – Amanda Hansen
2013-2014 – Barbara Catechis
2014-2015 – Keli Luce
2015-2016 – Debbie Hanna
2017-2018 – Jennifer Rosenfeld
2019-2020 – Judy Cheng
Present – Leslie Ashby