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.
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.
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:
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:
- Airborne Angel Cadets of Texas
- American Red Cross
- Austin Street Shelter
- Carter BloodCare – Disaster Relief
- City of Plano – Community Clean Up
- City of Plano – Neighborhood Services
- City of Plano – Teen Court
- Equest Therapeutic Horsemanship
- Feed My Starving Children
- Friday Nite Friends
- Frisco Family Services
- Hope Supply Company
- Jewish Family Service
- Living for Zachary
- Lung Cancer Research Foundation
- Meals and Wheels of Collin County
- My Possibilities
- Operation Kindness
- Rainbow Days
- Special Olympics of Texas
- Sunrise Senior Living-Plano
- Susan G. Komen for the Cure
- The CORE Store
- The Kindness Campaign – Enoughie Buddy Antennae Kits
- The Storehouse of Collin County
- This Side UP Family.org
- Wreaths Across America
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.
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: Karen Ricketts
- President Elect: Telisa Schelin
- Secretary: Carole Aponte
- Treasurer: Pernille Nordstrom
- Parliamentarian: Ann Rose
- Vice President Communications: Jacki Hart
- Vice President Membership: Kimberly Grimm
- Vice President Patroness Activities: Michele Zrno
- Vice President Philanthropy: Becky Daggett
- Vice President Provisionals: Lynda Fish
- Vice President Ticktockers: Kathy Matthews-Carlisle
- Sustainer Liaison: Annika Little
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.
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.
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.