Preston Bluebonnet

About Our Chapter

NCL, Inc., Preston Bluebonnet 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 North Dallas area east of the 35E Highway, south of the 121 toll road and north of Royal Lane, excluding the Allen and Richardson area, extending as far east as the border of Plano. Like all NCL, Inc. Chapters, Preston Bluebonnet aims to foster the mother-daughter relationship by serving its communities together.

We, the ladies of the Preston Bluebonnet Chapter of the National Charity League, are a group of women and girls who believe in the mission to foster the mother-daughter relationship by being compassionate, contemporary, dedicated, enthusiastic, and focused on making a difference in our chapter, our community, and the world at large.

The Preston Bluebonnet Chapter was established in October 2010 with an NCL record of 382 founding members and chartered in April of 2011. Our chapter was founded by a group of civic-minded mothers who had a vision of strengthening the mother-daughter bond with their own daughters. Currently, our chapter has approximately 284 Active members and 18 Sustaining members.

Since our charter was granted, our chapter has served over 21 local non-profit organizations and has provided over 25,000 volunteer hours.  Our members serve the community in many ways:  providing the homeless with meals and clothing drives, manning water stations at area races, providing hot meals to local elderly residents, stocking the shelves of local food pantries, providing child care to families with special needs children and serving as summer camp counselors.  Through this work, NCL. Inc., Preston Bluebonnet Chapter develops socially responsible community leaders who have a positive impact on the communities in which they live.

Blue Rose

Our chapter has received the Blue Rose Chapter Award for the 2020-2021 year. We have completed our annual requirements, participated in #GivingTuesday and the national philanthropy program,
and held a Sustainer Event.

Join Our Chapter

Interested in joining 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

We understand and serve communities in partnership with local and national nonprofits. Each NCL, Inc. chapter promotes social awareness by considering the local community’s needs and selecting appropriate non-profit organizations to support through different volunteer activities.

We work with the following philanthropies:

  • Adopt A Highway
  • Airborne Angel Cadets of Texas
  • Alzheimer’s Association
  • American Heart Association
  • American Red Cross
  • Austin Street Center
  • Book Buddies
  • City of Plano – Community Clean Up
  • City of Plano – Neighborhood Services
  • City of Plano – Teen Court
  • Disaster Response
  • Feed My Starving Children
  • Friday Nite Friends
  • Frisco Family Services
  • Hope Supply Company
  • Jewish Family Service
  • Living for Zachary
  • LovePacs
  • Lung Cancer Research Foundation
  • Meals and Wheels of Collin County
  • My Possibilities
  • Operation Gratitude
  • Operation Kindness
  • Prom Closet
  • Rainbow Days
  • Susan G. Komen for the Cure
  • Take Me Home Pet Rescue
  • The CORE Store
  • The Storehouse of Collin County
  • Wreaths Across America
  • Wyndham Court of Plano

Preston Bluebonnet has established special relationships with our philanthropy  organizations and are blessed to be able to offer them support when needed.  We take pride in logging over 6500 volunteer hours a year and with every hour that we volunteer, our members are gaining compassion, empathy, sharing and caring for those in our community that are in need of support and/or service.

 

Leadership Development

We build capable, courageous leaders through opportunities to learn, reflect and develop. Our leaders become successful in their education, career and communities by learning the necessary skills during their NCL experience.

Examples of skills developed include:

  • Confidence
  • Consensus building
  • Team building
  • Conflict resolution
  • Event planning
  • Parliamentary procedure

Our Chapter Board of Directors:

  • President: Kathy Sutherland
  • President Elect: Hillary Rosenthal
  • Secretary: Marnie Monfried
  • Treasurer: Jessica Mehta
    Sina Yi
  • Parliamentarian: Anna Clemens
  • Vice President Communications: Dara Villalpando
  • Vice President Membership: Alice Catalano
    Geralyn Hendrick
  • Vice President Philanthropy: Alexa Bridges
    Shelah Adams
  • Vice President Ticktockers: Nanditha Zuckerman
  • Vice President Chapter Engagement and Inclusion: Jenifer Johnson

One of pillars of the NCL experience is developing the leadership skills of our Ticktockers. Each year every NCL Preston Bluebonnet Ticktocker class focuses on a different aspect of leadership, appropriate to their learning levels. Patroness Grade Level Advisors are assigned to each class to help mentor and guide their respective leadership teams. The 7th grade class starts by learning different leadership styles and understanding the core values of NCL Inc. Every grade level builds on the skills they learn by concentrating on additional aspects of leadership. Over time, Ticktockers will develop an understanding of and practice key attributes such as: communication, problem solving, effective listening, time management, conflict resolution, public speaking, team building, goal setting, event planning, and meeting facilitation. As a result, Ticktockers can use these skills to prepare for their futures with self-confidence born from leadership experiences in a supportive environment.

There are specific leadership roles and responsibilities established in each Ticktocker class. This framework includes Officers and Committee Members who will represent their class for both class specific and chapter-wide activities. Every Ticktocker serves in one position each year with the opportunity to serve in an Officer position at least one time. These roles include the following:

Board Officers:

  • President
  • Vice President of Philanthropy
  • Vice President of Programs
  • Recording Secretary
  • Corresponding Secretary

Committee Members:

  • Father – Daughter Event
  • Inspiration
  • Etiquette/Parliamentarian
  • Historian
  • Hospitality
  • Communications
  • Sunshine
  • Cultural Event
  • Retreat
  • Junior Style Show & Mother – Daughter Tea
  • Senior Recognition
  • Ticktocker Council

Through these roles and chapter activities, the NCL six-year Core Program fosters lifelong friendships.

Cultural Experiences

We preserve National Charity League traditions and core values, while appreciating the growth that comes from connecting with different communities and cultures. 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.

  • Traditions – We celebrate the richness of our history through traditions that honor the past while serving the future.
  • Values – We embrace values that make us strong as an organization of mother-daughter leaders.
  • Community Connections – We build connections through experiences that impact our communities.
  • Etiquette – We encourage and mentor kind, respectful and gracious social conduct.

Our Preston Bluebonnet Chapter attends cultural events that span our Chapter’s Cultural Experiences six year plan. Each grade level focuses on a different type of performing arts. Those events have been concerts of vocal and instrumental talents; dance performances of various genres; theatrical productions of varying types; museums of the arts and sciences; and much more.  

In addition, we host an annual Mother/Daughter Tea which provides an opportunity for the Ticktockers to apply appropriate etiquette, graciousness, self-assuredness in social settings, development of interpersonal connections, good manners and respect for others. We also produce a Style Show featuring our Junior Ticktockers which provides the girls the opportunity to demonstrate their poise, graceful presentation, and confidence in themselves. We complete our year celebrating the Senior Ticktockers for their many accomplishments and achievements in their 6 year involvement with the Preston Bluebonnets.