More than 100 members of the National Charity League Inc. (NCL) Sunflower Chapter attended the first annual chapter tea on Sunday, March 24 at the Stonebridge Ranch Country Club in McKinney.

The Sunflower Chapter is comprised of girls in grades 7-12 who attend school in McKinney or Prosper and their mothers. Mothers in the organization are called the “Patroness” and their daughters are referred to as “Ticktockers.” NCL’s mission is to foster the mother-daughter relationship in a philanthropic organization committed to community service, leadership development and cultural experiences.

The tea is a long-standing NCL tradition which began in 1948. At that time, the founders of NCL decided the tea would be the signature event to celebrate the art of entertaining, practice the art of etiquette through cultural enrichment and cultivate the art of civility and respect. Today, chapters around the country continue to celebrate with an annual tea.

“The tea is an important chapter activity where members celebrated a year of philanthropic service to the community. The daughters played an integral role in organizing and implementing the tea where they learned the necessary skills for hosting a formal event,” said Lynda Peterson, NCL Sunflower Chapter President.


At the tea, members were honored with several awards in recognition of their commitment to philanthropy and community services. In the past year, the 137 mothers and daughters of the Sunflower Chapter have contributed over 1,600 philanthropy hours to the community working with ten organizations including Special Olympics, Mane Gait, Collin County Community on the Aging, Emeritus at Stonebridge Ranch, Cancer Support Center of North Texas, SMILES, Journey of Hope, North Collin Country Habitat for Humanity and Restore, Chestnut Square Historic Village and Operation Homefront.

High school senior, Morgan Swain, was also honored at the tea with a charm and a bouquet of yellow roses. Morgan will be graduating from McKinney Boyd High School this spring and will be attending Oklahoma State University in the Fall. As an NCL alumnus, Morgan will be part of a network at OSU that shares the same values of community service and leadership.

The Sunflower Chapter will be welcoming its new class of incoming seventh graders this spring, and will continue to support the local communities’ through hands-on volunteerism.


About National Charity League, Inc.

Established in Los Angeles, Calif., in 1925, and incorporated in 1958, National Charity League, Inc. is the premier mother/daughter organization, serving women and their daughters in grades 7-12. Currently, the membership organization has more than 175 Chapters, with over 50,000 actively engaged members, providing valuable philanthropic leadership and cultural experiences to its members and striving to meet critical needs of local communities through hands-on volunteer support. For more information visit the NCL website at

NCL Sunflower Chapter Board Members:

Lynda Peterson – President

Amy Colandrea – Treasurer

Mary Anne Loncar – VP of Membership

Kelly Howard – VP of Ticktockers

Kari Alexander – VP of Patroness

Lisa Swain – VP of Philanthropy

Sarah Touchstone – VP of Communications

Tracy Linck – Parliamentarian

Kelly Copley – Secretary