Ahwatukee Foothills

About Our Chapter

NCL, Inc., Ahwatukee Foothills 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 Ahwatukee Foothills area. Like all NCL, Inc. Chapters, Ahwatukee Foothills aims to foster the mother-daughter relationship by serving its communities together.

In May 2003, a fabulous group of women in the Ahwatukee Foothills took on the great task of forming the Ahwatukee Foothills Chapter of National Charity League.  Over the next two years they would bond, develop and organize this great Chapter.  We were granted Charter status in 2005 and have served as a leader in our District for many years.  We are a part of Region III, District VIII of NCL, Inc.

The core foundation and principals that were originally created are what we still abide by today.  We are so very blessed and thankful for the following women who started AFNCL-Tara Stainton, Sandy Ponton, Tracy Worischeck, Debbie Long, Nancy Kapler, Kim LaFountain, Anita Helt, Tracy Gripp, Rachel Bruns and Margaret Bryant.


Join Our Chapter

Interested in joining 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.

Membership Inquiry Form

For any questions regarding Membership, requests for transfers or assistance with connecting as a Sustainer, email us.


Prospective members need to be sponsored by a current member of the National Charity League, Inc. (NCL) Chapter they wish to join.

If you know someone in NCL, talk to her about her Chapter’s boundaries, membership obligations and membership drive timeline.

If you do not know someone in NCL, you are invited to submit the form and we will introduce you to someone.

Mothers and their daughters (grades 7-12) participate in a program that embraces:

Community Service

We understand and serve communities in partnership with local and national nonprofits. Each NCL, Inc. chapter promotes social awareness by considering the local community’s needs and selecting appropriate non-profit organizations to support through different volunteer activities.

We work with the following philanthropies:

  • Alzheimer’s Association
  • American Heart Association
  • American Red Cross
  • Aris Foundation
  • Arizona Friends of Foster Children Foundation
  • Armer Foundation for Kids
  • Back-to-School Clothing Drive
  • Banner Health
  • Chapter Philanthropy Day
  • Childhelp
  • Disaster Response
  • Feed My Starving Children
  • Furnishing Dignity
  • Healing Fields
  • Healthy Kids Running Series
  • HopeKids
  • Jared Boxes
  • Lost Our Home Pet Foundation
  • Mountain Park Senior Center
  • National Day of Service – Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service – January 15, 2024
  • Operation Gratitude
  • Paz de Cristo
  • Phoenix Children’s Hospital
  • Rebuilding Together (Paint-a-thon)
  • Salvation Army
  • Sojourner Center
  • St. Mary’s Food Bank Alliance
  • St. Vincent de Paul
  • Student Community Outreach
  • The Cinderella Affair
  • The Kindness Campaign
  • The Welcome to America Project
  • Treasures for Teachers
  • Valleywise Health (formerly Maricopa Integrated Health Services)
  • Y OPAS

Our Philanthropy Mission is to furnish charitable and benevolent assistance to needy persons, or welfare organizations, and in general to initiate and carryout works of charity of all kinds.


Leadership Development

We build capable, courageous leaders through opportunities to learn, reflect and develop. Our leaders become successful in their education, career and communities by learning the necessary skills during their NCL experience.

Examples of skills developed include:

  • Confidence
  • Consensus building
  • Team building
  • Conflict resolution
  • Event planning
  • Parliamentary procedure

Our Chapter Board of Directors:

  • President: Ellen Tadman
  • President Elect: Christin Valentini
  • Secretary: Heather Kaman
  • Treasurer: Jodi Hert
  • Parliamentarian: Suzanne Rinker (Cox)
  • Vice President Communications: Rachel Schurz
  • Vice President Membership: Nicole Magdziarz
  • Vice President Philanthropy: Flor McCarrick
  • Vice President New Members: Karen Callahan
  • Vice President Ticktockers: Jennifer Anderson
  • Vice President Chapter Engagement and Inclusion: Kristen Bejarano

Our goal is to empower young women with skills and confidence to lead, inspire a legacy of social awareness and compassion and to provide depth of support in our local community.  We have pride, integrity and excellence in everything we do.  We nurture the girls through mentorship and they grow and model responsibility and graciousness.

We ask that each young woman serve in a Leadership position for two years during her 6 year membership.  Each grade level has their own Board of officers and they go through Officer training at the beginning of their service year.  These Board members will lead their class at each grade level meeting and also have the opportunity to speak publicly to the entire Chapter during the year.

Cultural Experiences

We preserve National Charity League traditions and core values, while appreciating the growth that comes from connecting with different communities and cultures. 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.

  • Traditions – We celebrate the richness of our history through traditions that honor the past while serving the future.
  • Values – We embrace values that make us strong as an organization of mother-daughter leaders.
  • Community Connections – We build connections through experiences that impact our communities.
  • Etiquette – We encourage and mentor kind, respectful and gracious social conduct.

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. We celebrate our history through traditions that honor the past while serving the future.  Activities of our Chapter include:

Each year we hold our Annual Holiday Tea and Luncheon.  This is one of the favorite events of the year as our entire chapter attends in their Sunday “Tea” best.  We also hold our Annual Senior Recognition and Awards Luncheon where we honor the Senior members and their mothers.  This is by far the most emotional event we have as the Senior girls read a tribute to their mothers.  Plenty of tissue is on hand!  We also honor all of our members and their commitment throughout the year.

Each grade level also holds a Cultural event which encourages their social awareness and cultural diversity.  The Father/Daughter event is also a very special time when the girls get to spend an afternoon/evening with their Fathers.

Blue Rose Designation

We have been awarded the Blue Rose Chapter Award for 2021-2022. As a chapter we have met the annual requirements, participated in #GivingTuesday and the national philanthropy program, and our sustainers are active and held and event.