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.
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.
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Mothers and their daughters (grades 7-12) participate in a program that embraces:
- Adopt A Highway
- Alzheimer’s Association
- American Heart Association
- American Red Cross
- Austin Street Center
- Carter BloodCare
- City of Plano – Neighborhood Services
- Disaster Response
- National Day of Service – Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service – January 16, 2023
- Operation Gratitude
- Take Me Home Pet Rescue
- 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.
- President: Telisa Schelin
- President Elect: Kathy Sutherland
- Secretary: Marnie Monfried
- Treasurer: Jessica Mehta
- Parliamentarian: Jennifer Harris
- Vice President Communications: Dara Villalpando
- Vice President Membership: Geralyn Hendrick
- Vice President Philanthropy: Shelah Adams
- Vice President Provisionals: Sharon Ginchansky
- Vice President Ticktockers: Kathy Matthews-Carlisle
- Vice President Chapter Engagement and Inclusion (formerly Vice President Patroness Activities): Hillary Rosenthal
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:
- Vice President of Philanthropy
- Vice President of Programs
- Recording Secretary
- Corresponding Secretary
- Father – Daughter Event
- Cultural Event
- 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.
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.