About Our Chapter
NCL, Inc., North 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 North Dallas and surrounding areas. Like all NCL, Inc. Chapters, North Dallas aims to foster the mother-daughter relationship by serving its communities together.
The North Dallas Chapter was started on January 19, 1999. Ginny Lydick, a former President and Active Member of the Golden Corridor Chapter, volunteered to organize the new Chapter. Ginny realized how beneficial the organization was to her and her daughters and she saw the strong need for an additional Chapter in the North Dallas area when the Golden Corridor Chapter’s Membership was full. There were thirty two women in attendance at this first organizational meeting of the prospective Chapter. At that meeting the first Board of Directors was elected with Ginny Lydick elected President. Over the next year, the Membership was strengthened to 68 members from 7th-10th grade.
The board met over the summer of 1999 to establish bylaws, procedures and rules. The Chapter was approved for Provisional status on November 8, 1999. It received its Charter at the 2001 NCL, Inc., National Convention and was incorporated as a 501© (3) non profit organization in March, 2001.
The philanthropy focus areas initially chosen were physically challenged children, abused and neglected children, families in crisis or need, and hospital patients. The first approved programs included the Equest Center for Therapeutic Riding, The Rainbow Room for Children, Frisco’s Project for the Future, Operation Kindness and Presbyterian Hospital of Plano.
Founding Board Members
Ginny Lydick, Sherrry Pelletiere, LeeAnn Colbert, Barbara Van Poole, Mary Bevil, Sandy Secor, M.J. Riedlinger, Julie Rosener, Paula Asher, Debbie Lyons.
Ginny Lydick 1999 – 2000
Ginny Lydick 2000 – 2001
Debbie Lyons 2001 – 2002
Debbie Lyons 2002 – 2003
Jil Doughtie 2003 – 2004
Sherri Fiechtner 2004 – 2005
Susan Shapiro 2005 – 2006
Carol Bradley 2006 – 2007
Carol Bradley 2007 – 2008
Colleen Beaird 2008 – 2009
Colleen Beaird 2009 – 2010
Wynne Wolf 2010-2011
Wynne Wolf 2011-2012
Susan Jackson 2012-2013
Mary Ellen Owen 2013-2014
Laurie Martineau 2014-2015
Melissa Fairley 2015-2016
Kim Flecker 2016-2017
Stacey Sembrick 2017-2018
Dupe Omoworare 2018-2019
Kim Knights 2019-2020
Michelle Finnerty 2020-2021
- Chapter # 77 of 215 Chapters Nationwide. Leadership started by Ginny Lydick, originally from the Golden Corridor Chapter.
- Entered and WON the National Award for Outstanding Ticktocker Programs.
- Celebrated our 15th Anniversary as a Chapter at our holiday Mother/Daughter meeting with the invitation of some of our founding North Dallas members to the meeting.
- Region II (TX, OK, LA), District 16 (Addison, Plano, Frisco, Richardson and Surrounding Areas)
- 2015-16 – Active Members 86; Provisional Members 25; Ticktockers 125; Sustainer Members 45; Sustainer TTs 5.
- Strong start for 2016-17 with 26 new members in the class of 2022, 4 new in the class of 2021, and a transfer to the class of 2018.
- A 32% increase in the last 4 years of Philanthropy hours from 3793 in 2012 to 5526 in 2016
- Traditions are still continuing to hold this Chapter strong! As an experienced Chapter, many new Chapters look to us for answers to start, recreate, and write their own traditions.
Annual Pillar Achievements
- Community Service: Serving over 20 Philanthropies annually and successfully.
- Leadership Development: Expanding goals to get more Board members to National Conferences and more GLA’s to District meetings.
- Cultural Experiences: Our Teas (Chapter Wide and Senior) are a highlight every year with continued Etiquette classes on the meaning of RSVP’s , Greeting Guests, How to organize a group event, and Social media appropriateness.
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
For any questions regarding Membership, requests for transfers or assistance with connecting as a Sustainer, email us.
The North Dallas Chapter of National Charity League, Inc. has just begun our membership drive for the 2019-2020 year. We are currently accepting applications for girls currently in 6th grade to 8th grade. Only a limited amount of spots are available in each grade. If you have a daughter or daughters in those grades, we invite you to come and learn about this exceptional six-year mother/daughter program encouraging mentorship, cultural development and philanthropic leadership.
Prospective Members do need to be sponsored by a current chapter member, so we invite you to one of our informational sessions to learn about our chapter and meet our members.
If you know someone in the North Dallas Chapter, talk to her about the program and Membership obligations. If you do not know someone in our Chapter, and want to learn more fill out the information on our Membership Inquiry Form and our VP of Membership will reach out to you.
Membership applications are accepted beginning October 1, 2019 to January 14, 2020
Click HERE for more info. and a LINK to share with your friends that are interested in applying!
Mothers and their daughters (grades 7-12) participate in a program that embraces:
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:
- Arthritis Foundation – North Texas Division
- Buckner Shoes for Orphan Souls
- Cody’s Friends Rescue
- Emily’s Place
- Friday Nite Friends
- Frisco Family Services
- National Initiative – American Heart Association
- National Initiative – Operation Gratitude
- National Initiative – The Kindness Campaign
- North Park Trains
- Operation Kindness
- Project Linus Blankets
- Ronald McDonald House Dallas
- Special Olympics Texas
- Sunrise Senior Living: Plano Location
Arthritis Foundation – North Texas Division
Cody’s Friends Rescue
Friday Nite Friends
Frisco Family Services
National Multiple Sclerosis Society
North Park Trains
Project Linus Blankets
The Storehouse of Collin County
Shoes for Orphan Souls
Special Olympics Texas
Sunrise Senior Living: Plano Location
Susan G. Komen
Tango Tab Feed the City
Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital of Plano
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:
- Consensus building
- Team building
- Conflict resolution
- Event planning
- Parliamentary procedure
- President: Michelle Finnerty
- President Elect: Kimberly Sanders
- Secretary: Kerri Culhane
- Treasurer: Jennifer Keierleber
- Parliamentarian: Beth Monson
- Vice President Communications: Julie Hughes
- Vice President Membership: Julie Murphy
- Vice President Patroness Activities: Lisa Seay
- Vice President Philanthropy: Amy Willerson Suerth
- Vice President Provisionals: Amy Richmond
- Vice President Ticktockers: Sabrina Kitchens
Activities of our Chapter that support leadership development include:
- Each member (Mom and Daughter) hold positions that they are expected to perform for the Chapter. These positions change every year during the 6 year experience.
- Leadership roles such as President, Treasurer or Secretary are important to keep the Chapter focused.
- Other roles such as Chairman and Committee members of events are equally important to the Chapter.
- Retreats are held for bonding of the daughters within their grade levels.
- Monthly Meetings are held for the Moms to greet each other and understand the Chapters needs and upcoming events.
- Parliamentary elections are held annually to place members into their positions.
- Daughters are invited to speak at each meeting to report on activity of their positions. Four (4) Grade Level Mentors are set up for each grade level to assist the daughters with their reporting.
Skills of Leadership are one of the pillars of our organization
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 will shape and support our lives. We celebrate our history through traditions that honor the past while serving the future. Activities of our Chapter include:
- Performance Art Such as Musicals
- Cultural Centers
- Museums/Gallery Showings
- Dance Performances
- Symphonies, Plays and Operas
Mother-Daughter Tea and Senior Tea: These annual events are time honored traditions in our chapter. They allow us the opportunity to impart to our daughters the importance of taking time out of our fast paced lives to enjoy a leisurely afternoon with friends. Ticktockers learn how to plan and execute the event, learn a variety of hostess skills, as well as how to be proper and appreciative guests. From addressing envelopes, writing formal RSVP’s, making proper introductions in a receiving line, to mingling with other guests, we are teaching our daughters to be gracious young women. It is a wonderful opportunity to participate in a long standing tradition.
Junior Style Show: The Junior Style Show happens each fall and the girls look forward to the exciting event! Junior girls chose their favorite casual outfit and their favorite formal dress, loaned from local vendors like Terry Costa and Impeccable Pig, to model for our membership. The event always has a theme and incorporates one of our philanthropies who benefit from donations of items from our Membership. It’s a fun event where the junior girls get to dress up and walk the runway.
Senior Presentation: Each year our senior girls look forward to participating in Senior Presentation. This is a time when our Chapter honors our graduates for their hard work and commitment. All of the senior girls wear long white gowns and are presented on stage with their parents while our Chapter watches a short video of their experiences over the past 7 years. It is a time to cherish these girls for their volunteer work and celebrate them as they head out into the world on their next journey, all the while knowing they will keep the things they learned through our NCL, Inc., program close to their hearts.