Lake Highlands

About Our Chapter

NCL, Inc., Lake Highlands 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 area east of HWY 75, southwest of Interstate 635, and north of Interstate 30. Like all NCL, Inc. Chapters, Lake Highlands aims to foster the mother-daughter relationship by serving its communities together.

Our Lake Highlands Chapter was founded in March 2018 by Brandy Lee Meierhofer, our first president, and founding board members Melissa Bebell, Shannon Beeson, Veronica Deats, Ashley Gomez, Julie Hocker, Lauren Hollis, Heather Marburger and Kris Osterbusch. These women recognized an opportunity for more mothers and daughters to serve their nearby community by adding the Lake Highlands Chapter to the national organization’s register as the 250th chapter.

We received our Charter in April 2019 and officially joined District 7, Region II with other amazing chapters in the DFW and Arkansas area.

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:

  • Alzheimer’s Association
  • American Heart Association
  • Annie’s Place / Mommies in Need
  • Bright Futures for Women and Children (FKA Pamper Lake Highlands)
  • Chew Animal Clinic
  • City of Refuge Lake Highlands
  • Dallas Arboretum
  • Dallas Foster Closet
  • Dallas Parks & Recreation
  • Dallas Public Library
  • East Lake Pet Orphanage
  • Feed Lake Highlands
  • Feed My Starving Children
  • Hunger Busters
  • Moss Haven Farm / Grow North Texas
  • Network of Community Ministries
  • North Texas Food Bank
  • Operation Gratitude
  • Operation Kindness
  • The Birthday Party Project
  • The Kindness Campaign
  • YMCA Lake Highlands

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: Kris Osterbusch
  • President Elect: Shannon Beeson
  • Secretary: Whitney Ragsdale
  • Treasurer: Lanier Norman
  • Parliamentarian: Lauren Hollis
  • Vice President Communications: Christi Terry
  • Vice President Membership: Erin Basden
    Elissa Genova
  • Vice President Patroness Activities: Michelle West
    Julie Copple
  • Vice President Philanthropy: Kathy Swinney
  • Vice President Provisionals: Blythe Layne
  • Vice President Ticktockers: Kathryn Janes
    Katie Williams

Each year each Ticktocker class has a variety of different focuses. Beginning in 7th grade the Tictockers explore leadership styles and NCL, Inc. core values. In 8th grade they learn to communicate more effectively and lead their grade level meetings. As 9th graders, the girls further develop their listening skills, practice time management tools, and build self-confidence. The 10th grade Ticktockers learn to strengthen conflict resolution skills, prepare for future employment, and engage in publicspeaking. In 11th grade the Ticktockers establish future goals and identify college opportunities. Lastly, as seniors this class mentors the younger Ticktockers and explores Sustainer opportunities.

Each Ticktocker class has Board Officers and Committee Members.

Board Officers:

  • President
  • Vice President – Philanthropy
  • Vice President – Programs / Cultural
  • Vice President – Recording Secretary
  • Vice President – Corresponding Secretary
  • Vice President – Events (9 – 12th Grade Only)

Committee Members:

  • Philanthropy
  • Programs/Cultural Event
  • Events (9th-12th Grade Only)
  • Communications
  • Ticktocker Council Representative
  • Hospitality
  • Historian
  • Inspiration
  • Sunshine
  • Welcoming
  • Parliamentarian

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.

By broadening worldviews and fostering soft skills of successful relationship building, we hope to raise future leaders who have an appreciation and respect for the values of others.

The NCL Experience provides Ticktockers the opportunity to participate in grade level appropriate experiences that build understanding and awareness of issues related to culture and diversity. Grade level activities may include:

  • Performing & visual arts
  • Positive identity
  • Life skills
  • Interpersonal skills
  • Interviewing & resumes
  • Art of etiquette
  • Social media etiquette
  • Culture of cuisine
  • Written thank you’s
  • Addressing formal invitations

Learning and practicing modern etiquette and the art of conversation plays a pivotal role in our chapter events for our Mother/Daughter Tea and Senior Recognition.