Social Eyes by Faye Reeder

Moms, daughters serve together in new National Charity League chapter

Organizational meeting of the North Tarrant Chapter of the National Charity League.
Organizational meeting of the North Tarrant Chapter of the National Charity League. Courtesy photo

For moms and daughters who live in the Keller or Birdville school districts, an organization was formed in September that is definitely worth checking out. The National Charity League, whose tagline is “Mothers and daughters serving communities together,” has formed a chapter and has space for additional members in grades seven through 11.

The league has several local chapters, and the idea for a new chapter was hatched when Keller mom Lesley Johnson learned that she and her daughter could not join a nearby group because it was at membership capacity in her daughter’s grade level. Working through the national headquarters, Johnson received authorization to establish a brand-new chapter.

“I really wanted to serve in the community alongside my daughter, and NCL was an organization that would make that happen,” Johnson said. “I knew that if the chapters around me were too full for me to join, there would be other women who were in the same situation. So, I felt that a new chapter would be successful.” The new North Tarrant County chapter, which had its first meeting with 28 moms and their daughters, will continue in the tradition of other chapters.

“National Charity League empowers girls and their mothers to succeed as confident, well-rounded and socially aware contributors in their communities. This new chapter expands NCL’s reach in Tarrant County and offers more girls in the area an opportunity to learn leadership skills and to give back to their communities through service opportunities,” local spokeswoman Amanda Hendrick said.

Texas has 29 chapters that are part of the more than 60,000 members across the country. Since the league was incorporated in 1958, it has become known as a premier organization of women and their daughters in grades seven through 12. Visit to find out more about the organization.

Those who live in the Keller and Birdville districts and want to inquire about joining the North Tarrant County chapter can contact Membership Vice President Jenice Reyes at

Fort Worth Woman’s Club welcomes members and prospective members

Earlier this fall, the beautiful properties of the Fort Worth Woman’s Club on Pennsylvania Avenue were a busy spot as around 350 ladies arrived at Anna Shelton Hall for a new member orientation and welcome back festivities for existing members.

The theme of the annual event was “Teacups and Teapots” and, of course, tea and lemon bars were served. “The clubs and departments had tables set up showing their themes and programs for the year, and applications were taken for membership,” said Del Smajstrla of the public relations committee.

New leaders for the club are President Nora Bender; Vice Presidents Suzanne Pegram, Cathy Mayberry, Sherry Pounds and Annette Carroll; Secretaries Royette Hance and Marion Snipes; Treasurer Norma Demetrion; and other officers Maureen Force and Cheryl Gilker.

The Woman’s Club, now with 1,500 members, was founded in 1923 by 11 study clubs, several of which were formed before 1900. The organization is made up of 50 clubs and departments. The mission is “the cultural and civic advancement of the community and the promotion of the study of literature, history, science, painting, music and other fine arts.”

Etta O. Newby donated the original piece of property that became the first home of the organization, and 1920s-era prominent Fort Worth businesswoman Anna Shelton spearheaded the effort to unite the collection of clubs that ultimately formed the Woman’s Club. Shelton was president of the charter group. The storied history of the club and its impact on the Fort Worth arts, education and cultural scene is remarkable.

Among the scores of community service projects completed by members over the years is an outstanding scholarship program. The scholarship foundation was established in 1976 and has awarded more than $450,000 in scholarships to around 500 Tarrant County students.

Learn more about the organization at To inquire about membership, contact Pegram at

Turkey Trot and Jingle Bell Run raise money for good causes

Holiday-themed races continue to draw huge crowds of Fort Worth running and walking enthusiasts as two local charities gear up for their annual events. The Turkey Trot on Thursday will benefit the Fort Worth YMCA, and the Jingle Bell Run on Dec. 3 will raise money for the Arthritis Foundation. Both events add precious memories for families, friends and co-workers who choose to participate.

Turkey Trot

Thanksgiving may be a day for food and family, but in Fort Worth it’s also a day for running. On this 35th anniversary of the Turkey Trot, several options will again be available as a 10K run, a 5K run/walk and the 1K Gobbler Trot for kids and families are offered. Hundreds of runners are expected.

All races start in front of Frost Bank at 6115 Camp Bowie Blvd. Prizes and awards will be given to various categories, and doggie bandannas will be available for your four-legged friends while supplies last.

Even on Thanksgiving morning, more than 350 volunteers show up to help with the event so that the YMCA can continue the programs for youth development and healthy living. Register at or at the event. Direct inquiries to Hope Caldwell at 817-566-1063.

Jingle Bell Run

A perfect chance to wear your favorite Christmas sweater or even a holiday-themed costume awaits you at the Jingle Bell Run on Dec. 3. Kick off the holiday season by tying jingle bells to those running shoes, putting on reindeer antlers and heading over to the brand new venue, Panther Island Pavilion.

Rosy Rajbhandary, a rheumatologist at Huguley medical center, is the medical honoree, and 4-year-old Ryker Patten of Azle has been named the youth honoree for this year’s race.

“The Arthritis Foundation is here to serve everyone affected by this disease – individuals, their families and the healthcare professionals who help them,” Rajbhandary said. “The generous support of Fort Worth helps us chart a winning course so that more and more people can say ‘yes’ to a better life.”

Participants will not only enjoy holiday festivities and fun contests at the Jingle Bell Run but they will also know the funds they raise through their sponsors will help fight the debilitating effects of arthritis, America’s No. 1 cause of disability. At least 2,500 participants are expected.

Register at the event or in advance at Inquire with Melissa Gower at 214-826-4361.

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