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.

Membership Inquiry Form

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

The Heart of Texas Chapter has begun its Membership Drive for the 2022-2023 year.  Membership will be open to mothers with daughters who are currently in the 6th grade and will be entering 7th grade in the 2022-23 school year. Our members must reside in or have a 6th grade daughter who attends school within Loop 610 or in the City of Bellaire.  The Membership Drive is sponsor-initiated. Every Prospective Member must have one (1) Sponsor and one (1) Co-Sponsor.

Consistent with prior years, we are conducting mandatory informational meetings, for sponsoring Patronesses and Prospective Members. These meetings will help to establish expectations and provide an understanding of membership obligations. There will be three such meetings held to explain the sponsorship process and to reinforce the philanthropic and financial obligations of the Chapter. The Sponsor and Prospective Member (mothers only) MUST attend one of the four meetings – no exceptions. The Sponsor and Prospective Member do not have to attend the same meeting, but that is preferable. The dates and times of the meetings are as follows:

·      Saturday, January 8th, at 10 AM – Zoom meeting

·      Tuesday, January 11th, at 10 AM – Zoom meeting 

·      Thursday, January 13th, at 7 PM – Zoom meeting

·      Sunday, February 13th, TBD Zoom meeting (link will be sent Fri/Sat before meeting), at 2 PM      

*Application due date for Prospective Member Packets is Wednesday, February 16th, 2022.

Sign up for one of our Prospective Member Informational Meetings Here.

For more information about the Membership Drive, please review the Membership Drive Timeline.

QUESTIONS?  Contact VP of Membership Stella Pedroza at stellapedroza@gmail.com.

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:

  • Agape Development
  • BakerRipley
  • BEAR: BE A Resource for CPS Kids
  • Best Friends
  • Bo’s Place
  • Camp For All
  • Children’s Museum of Houston
  • Christian Community Service Center
  • Easter Seals Greater Houston
  • Elijah Rising
  • Emergency Aid Coalition
  • Houston Food Bank
  • Interfaith Ministeries
  • Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation Houston Gulf Coast Chapter
  • Kids’ Meals, Inc.
  • MD Anderson Cancer Center
  • Memorial Hermann
  • Museum of Fine Arts Houston
  • National/District Philanthropy Initiative
  • Nature Discovery Center
  • Nehemiah Center
  • Operation Gratitude
  • SEARCH Homeless Services
  • Sight Into Sound
  • Star of Hope
  • Texas Children’s Hospital
  • The Center for Pursuit (Serving Persons with Developmental Disabilities)
  • The Children’s Assessment Center
  • The Kindness Campaign
  • The River Performing & Visual Arts Center
  • West U Senior Services
  • West University Little League Challenger Division

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
  • President: Karen Yeager
  • President Elect: Margaret Pinkston
  • Secretary: Jodi Probst
  • Treasurer: Lisa Louis
  • Parliamentarian: Jane DeGeorge
  • Vice President Communications: Julie Gibson
  • Vice President Membership: Michelle Duncan
  • Vice President Philanthropy: Shanna Bass
  • Vice President Provisionals: Gail Jackson
  • Vice President Ticktockers: Cecile Deutschen
  • Sustainer Liaison: Killian Gilbert-Smith

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 – Sherri Walsh

2016-2017 – Debie Hanna
2017-2018 – Jennifer Rosenfeld
2018-2019 – Ann Hill
2019-2020 – Judy Cheng
2020-2021 – Leslie Ashby
2021-2022 – Mary Catherine Lewis
Present- Karen Yeager