About Our Chapter
NCL, Inc., Sunflower 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 the McKinney and Prosper area. Like all NCL, Inc. Chapters, Sunflower aims to foster the mother-daughter relationship by serving its communities together.
Who We Are
National Charity League, Inc. has seen impressive growth in North Texas, boasting over twenty-five Chapters in the DFW metroplex! Founded in 2012, the Sunflower Chapter of McKinney and Prosper is named for the strong and cheerful sunflower, which grows abundantly in our area. Therefore, the strength, beauty and sunny personality of this flower is a fitting symbol for our members to model.
Our membership is comprised of girls in grades seven through twelve living in the McKinney and Prosper area, and their mothers. We support the Collin County area with volunteer opportunities throughout the county, with a strong focus on McKinney and Prosper.
What We Believe
The girls in our Chapter participate in a six-year program, designed to take them through an age-appropriate experience focusing on community service, leadership development and cultural experiences. This framework is based on the following concepts:
- Honoring the mother-daughter bond by learning, growing and modeling responsibility and graciousness.
- Empowering women with the skills and confidence to lead.
- Nurturing through mentorship.
- Inspiring a legacy of social awareness and compassion.
- Providing depth of support in local communities.
- Integrity and excellence in everything we do.
National Charity League, Inc. is committed to the development of mothers and daughters as leaders, and is dedicated to improving local communities through hands-on volunteerism.
The NCL Experience inspires and empowers women to succeed as confident, well-rounded and socially aware contributors to society.
HOW THE PROGRAM WORKS
Mothers (Patronesses) and daughters (Ticktockers) participate in a six-year core program of community service, leadership development and cultural experiences. Members who continue their affiliation with the organization after high school graduation are welcomed throughout their lives as Sustainers. As a result of the NCL Experience, the participants become confident, well rounded and socially aware contributors to society.
What We Do
The Sunflower Chapter is truly impacting the lives of its members and the surrounding community.
- 27,385 total chapter-wide volunteer hours since founding in 2012.
- Most volunteer hours are worked as a mother-daughter team.
- Member and chapter nominations for the Volunteer Group Award by Volunteer McKinney.
- Nationwide, NCL, Inc. members volunteered nearly 3 million hours last year.
Who We Support
The Sunflower Chapter members volunteer for over twenty local philanthropies, serving as a valuable resource for the area. The volunteer work includes a wide range of experiences, from working with foster children, assisting the elderly or working with community members with special needs. As a result, our members get out and learn about the community around them!
Our chapter has received the Blue Rose Chapter Award for the 2019-2020 year. This is the highest award given to a Chapter. The Blue Rose Award is given to a Chapter who completes annual requirements, participates in #GivingTuesday and the national philanthropy program, and holds 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.
Membership Drive Information
The membership drive for 2021-2022 is OPEN! We are seeking members for the graduating class of 2027 (current sixth grade girls).
Prospective Members are required to attend an Information Session in the fall and need to be sponsored by 2 current members of the Sunflower Chapter of National Charity League, Inc. Our next Information Session is scheduled for Wednesday, November 11, 2020 at 6:30pm and will be held virtually via zoom. Once you complete the Membership Inquiry Form, we will reach out to you with more details about the information session.
If you know someone in the Sunflower Chapter, talk to her about the program and membership obligations.
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:
- American Heart Association
- Boys and Girls Clubs of Collin County
- Brookdale Stonebridge Ranch
- Chestnut Square Historic Village
- Community Lifeline Center
- Cornerstone Assistance Network of North Central Texas
- Cradled With Love
- Embrace Texas
- Holy Family School
- Hugs Cafe
- Journey of Hope
- LoveLife Foundation
- Meals on Wheels Collin County
- Mission Regan
- North Collin County Habitat for Humanity & Restore
- Operation Gratitude
- SMILES Charity
- Special Olympics Texas
- Streetside Showers
- Texas Little Cuties Rescue
- The Kindness Campaign
- The Wendy Pollard Charitable Foundation
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: Mary Lou Smith
- President Elect: Kelly Howard
- Secretary: Jane Gersitz
- Treasurer: Ana Jordan
- Parliamentarian: Holly Rudnick
- Vice President Communications: Laura Omholt
- Vice President Membership: Joanna Clark
- Vice President Patroness Activities: Tracy Baumer
- Vice President Philanthropy: Ann Newman
- Vice President Provisionals: Brooke Gehm
- Vice President Ticktockers: Debra Smith
- Sustainer Liaison: Mary Ann Klingler
Members have opportunities to engage in experiences that build essential skills, such as confidence, consensus and team building, event planning, conflict resolution and parliamentary procedure. Chapter activities include:
- A six year curriculum ensuring age-appropriate and relevant programming.
- Grade-level meetings run by the Ticktockers daughters.
- Philanthropy projects developed and facilitated by grade-levels.
- Leadership development for Patroness mothers through annual committee assignment.
- Annual leadership and officer training for all members.
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.
Other Sunflower Chapter activities include our Style Show, Awards Ceremony, Ticktocker Retreat, and Father/Daughter event. Each year culminates with our premier event of the year, the Senior Recognition Gala. At this formal event members celebrate the mother-daughter bond, and most importantly, honor the Senior Ticktockers for their accomplishments as members in the Sunflower Chapter.