Our Chapter History
Tracy Williams and Debbi Schneider had a conversation in 2006 after their daughters’ sleepover about the need for girls in Keller to serve their community and gain some leadership experience. They realized that both had friends in Colleyville, Southlake and elsewhere that had wonderful experiences with National Charity League. Both had been encouraged by friends to form an NCL chapter for Keller. They discovered that those friends were, indeed, sisters.
Reaching out to the NCL national organization and to their friends, they learned the steps required and began a long process of reaching out to other moms. Leslie Irwin, an NCL Colleyville member and national officer, was assigned to be the Keller Chapter’s mentor, and she met with the nucleus group of self appointed “officers” to form bylaws and practices. Ultimately, what was required was that 25 mothers with daughters in 7th through 10th grade take the step of signing a charter. In January of 2008, a meeting was scheduled with national officers. If there were not 25 prospective members present, there would be no charter extended. The group of officers were literally on pins and needles, having spent the prior weeks meeting with ladies and trying to explain the principles of NCL. As women came in the door, we counted… there were 27 names on this charter.
The first philanthropies approved by NCL National were Revive, Christ’s Haven, Rocky Top, Keller Parks and Rec, and Community Storehouse.
In August 2008, we held our first chapter wide retreat at Nordstrom’s and had grown to 80 patroness members!
The first tea was held in December 2008 at the Christ’s Haven Chapel.
The first Senior Recognition was held March 7, 2010 at Trophy Club Country Club where 4 senior Tick Tockers were honored. (Jordan dePuma, Stephanie Harvey, Alexa Stout, BreAuna Velaquez) . Judy Harvey is to be recognized for her vision which set the precedent for events to come.