Our Chapter History
Our Chapter was organized in 2004 by a small group of very dedicated ladies. This group included Linda Rogers who would become our first Chapter President. Familiar with NCL, Inc. after living in southern California, Linda wanted to bring NCL, Inc. to Kansas City.
The first official meeting to form our Chapter was held at the Lionsgate Clubhouse in Overland Park, Kansas on March 31, 2004. The name of “Heart of Kansas City” was selected for our Chapter. Officers selected were: President – Linda Rogers; Membership VP – Michele Paddock; Ticktocker VP – Bridget Martin; Treasurer – Carrie Beausir; Recording Secretary – Alita Winters; Communications VP – Laurie Quinn, Parliamentarian – Nancy Steen; Philanthropy VP – Susan Tremonti. Other ladies in attendance at this formational meeting were Carrie Kline, Kathy Sahli, Carol Kumpfer, Debbie Murphy, Ann Hays, Teresa Watson, and Barbara Gottsch. Michele Crabtree, National Expansion VP, was the National Officer in attendance.
Our Membership in the first year initially consisted of eighteen Patronesses (mothers) and twenty-two Ticktockers (daughters). They gave 777 hours to the community through initiatives with our first three philanthropy partners: Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure, Rose Brooks, and the Brain Injury Association. Our members served at auctions, charity boutiques, collected magazines and books, and baked Valentine’s Day cookies to support our philanthropy partners. Cultural events included a December Tea held at the home of Ann Hays, and members attending a performance of The Christmas Carol. Leadership positions were filled by twenty- three of our Patronesses and Ticktockers. In May, 2005 a New Member Ice Cream Social was held at the Lionsgate Clubhouse to recognize the accomplishments of our members through an awards ceremony and to welcome new Members into the Heart of Kansas City Chapter.
Our Membership has grown every year since 2004. We currently have nearly 300 Members active in our Chapter as well as many alumni Members in our community. We offer 133 leadership positions to our mother and daughter Members, and hold multiple cultural events throughout the year. Annually we give nearly 10,000 hours of our time volunteering in the Kansas City metro area; many of these hours are performed by mothers and daughters working alongside each other.