About Our Chapter

NCL, Inc., Glendale 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 areas of Glendale, La Crescenta, La Canada, Pasadena, Burbank, and surrounding areas of Los Angeles. Like all NCL, Inc. Chapters, Glendale aims to foster the mother-daughter relationship by serving its communities together.



Chapter History

Our Chapter was organized in 1942 and became the first chartered Chapter in 1951, as part of the expansion of the Los Angeles Founder Chapter.  Our Chapter then became part of the reorganized and incorporated National Charity League, Inc., in 1958.  Currently, NCL, Inc., Glendale Chapter has over 200 Active, Provisional and Sustainer members who provide countless hours of service to our philanthropies.   Our signature events include our Senior Recognition Ball,  Sellebration, the Senior Tea, From the Heart Blood Drive, the Mother/Daughter Fashion Show and Mother/Daughter Awards Ceremony.

NCL, Inc.,  Glendale Chapter is comprised of Patronesses (mothers) and Ticktockers (daughters) who work together to address the philanthropic needs of the communities we support.  Together they participate in cultural and educational activities based on an age-appropriate Six-Year Plan designed to develop philanthropy experience, leadership skills and cultural awareness. Ticktockers are organized by grade level from 7th through 12th grade and are led by Patroness leaders (Grade Level Advisors) who coordinate meetings, activities and philanthropic participation around the organization’s Six-Year Plan. Patronesses gather together monthly at Chapter-wide meetings devoted to the business of the Chapter.

From the beginning, NCL, Inc., Glendale Chapter was focused on providing for the needy.  In 1963, the Chapter, which had raised a significant of money toward a retirement home in the Glendale area decided to join forces with a local group of community volunteers called The International Sunshine Society to build additional facilities at Twelve Oaks.  The Twelve Oaks property had been bequeathed to The Sunshine Society by Effie Fifield, who wanted to provide low cost housing to the elderly.  From the 1960’s through 2013, our Chapter’s Patronesses and Ticktockers provided countless hours of service to Twelve Oaks, which became our main philanthropic outlet.  NCL, Inc., Glendale Chapter ran Twelve Oaks through the early 2000’s until an outside management company took over operations.  When NCL Inc., Glendale Chapter discovered that the managment company was going to sell the property under dispute, the Chapter mounted a campaign to block the sale and in 2015, successfully returned Twelve Oaks to its non-profit stature. The Twelve Oaks Foundation re-opened the center to serve the elderly in our community,  as it was originally intended.  Our Chapter has now resumed its service to the elderly residents of Twelve Oaks.


Our Philanthropies

National Charity League, Inc., Glendale Chapter works with over 20 other local philanthropies, providing lunches and game nights for the homeless at Acsencia and Union Station, providing internships and assisting at summer camps at the YWCA of Glendale, providing fun social events for the elderly residents of Twelve Oaks Senior Living, decorating Rose Floats, assisting with Southern California Special Olympics on Game Days, providing dinners to Door of Hope, and organizing a blood drive with the Red Cross each summer.  Other service opportunities supported by our Chapter include volunteering at local hospitals, working with Operation Gratitude and the La Canada Public Library.   Our Chapter’s signature activity is an annual rummage sale, Sellebration, typically held in September in the Glendale area for the local community and our philanthropy partners.  


Join Our Chapter

Interested in joining our chapter?  A Prospective Member must be sponsored by a current member of 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.


Membership Information


In order to be considered for membership in NCL, Inc., Glendale Chapter, please begin by clicking the link above and submit an inquiry form between October 1 and no later than December 31, for the Glendale Chapter membership drive. Our Chapter’s membership drive for 2020-2021 is now closed to new inquiries.


Our typical membership timeline is:

October 1-December 31:   Membership inquiries taken for incoming 7th(2027) grade class, as well as for possible limited openings in the current classes(2026) and those who will be in 8th grade next year(2025).  The incoming 9th grade class(2024) will not be accepting new members as this class is at its maximum class range. The Glendale Chapter also does not accept new members who are entering grades 10, 11 or 12 in the fall of the Chapter year. 

November 1:   Information packets and invitations to membership workshops are extended to prospective members who have completed the inquiry form.  Workshops are typically held in November 12th and December 3rd via Zoom.

January 15:  Prospective Member Applications due.

March 1:    Prospective members are notified of acceptance or regret.  



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

Community Service

Each NCL, Inc. Chapter promotes social awareness by considering the local community’s needs and selecting appropriate non-profit organizations to serve.  Each Chapter then supports its philanthropic service partners through different volunteer activities.

We work with the following philanthropies:


    Each NCL, Inc. Chapter promotes social awareness by considering the local community’s needs and selecting appropriate non-profit organizations to serve.  Each Chapter then supports its philanthropic service partners through different volunteer activities.  Philanthropies supported by our Chapter include:


    American Red Cross


    Autism Speaks

    Door of Hope

    Friends of the La Canada Library

    Glendale Adventist Medical Center

    Hemophilia Foundation

    Huntington Memorial Hospital

    La Cañada Flintridge Tournament of Roses Association

    Operation Gratitude

    Special Olympics Southern California

    Twelve Oaks Senior Living 

    Union Station Homeless Services

    USC-Verdugo Hills Hospital

    YWCA of Glendale



    Leadership Development

    Nurturing confidence through opportunities to learn and grow, while also building problem-solving skills through a supportive environment of healthy relationships.

    Examples of skills developed include:

    • Confidence
    • Consensus building
    • Team building
    • Conflict resolution
    • Event planning
    • Parliamentary procedure
    • President: Monica Ordubegian
    • President Elect: Mia Husfeld
    • Secretary: Elizabeth (“Liz”) Miller-Bougdanos
    • Treasurer: Jennifer Ringo
    • Parliamentarian: Amber Franklin
    • Vice President Communications: Stacy Lee
    • Vice President Membership: Maria Alvarez
    • Vice President Patroness Activities: Melissa Dalie
    • Vice President Philanthropy: Pia Hahn
    • Vice President Provisionals: Krystine Leckrone
    • Vice President Ticktockers: Michelle Demonteverde
    • Sustainer Liaison: Ellen Portantino
      Doreen Aitelli

    Immediate Past President:

    Kelli Kunkle Day


    Annually, officers are elected from among the Patronesses, affording the opportunity for mothers to further develop their leadership skills.

    Each Ticktocker class has a different focus that corresponds with their self-confidence and developmental skills such as communication, time management, conflict resolution, public speaking, event planning, college preparation and mentoring. Our Chapter has a Ticktocker Council, which is made up of class representatives. The Council organizes training and mentoring activities throughout the year.

    Each Ticktocker class elects officers and appoints chairs who work in collaboration with their GLAD (Grade Level Advisor) and Patronesses to carry out service and social activities throughout the year.


    The positions are as follows:


    Vice President-Philanthropy



    Vice President-Senior Recognition (12th Grade)

    Recording Secretary

    Corresponding Secretary


    Ticktocker Council Representative



    Mother/Daughter Social Event Chair

    Father/Daughter Social Event Chair

    Summer Social Event Chair

    Sleepover Event Chair (7th & 8th Grades)


    Chapter wide Service Project Chairs (10th Grade)

    Fashion Show Chairs (11th Grade)

    Cultural Experiences

    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.

    Mothers and daughters of each class attend a cultural experience together with a focus on different areas of art, theatre, dance and music.

    Each Chapter celebrates the richness of its history through traditions that honor the past. The Mother Daughter Tea is an NCL, Inc. tradition. Today, NCL chapters around the country continue to embrace their long-standing traditions, as well as, create new ones.


    Activities of our Chapter include:

    • Cultural Events & Experiences
    • Personal Development Workshops
    • Nutrition Seminars
    • Self-defense workshops
    • College Preparation Seminars
    • Financial Management Workshops
    • Time Management Seminars
    • Car/Driving Safety Workshops
    • Social Media Savvy
    • Fashion Show
    • Senior Tea
    • Father/Daughter events
    • Etiquette Lessons
    • Time Management Seminars
    • Arts and Crafts lessons & activities
    • Mother/Daughter Retreat in 9th Grade


    Annual Events



    NCL Inc., Glendale Chapter’s Sellebration is a community wide rummage sale held each fall.  By providing clothing, accessories and household items for sale at affordable prices, Sellebration benefits not only clients from the Chapter’s philanthropies such as Ascencia and the YWCA, but also local residents.   Members donate gently used items and local businesses also provide new items for sale.  Patronesses and Ticktockers set up and staff the sale together, offering a unique Mother/Daughter experience for the entire Chapter.  For more information on this event, contact us at 


    From the Heart:   Blood Drive

    The Chapter hosts a blood drive in partnership with the American Red Cross in June, a time at which blood donations are dangerously low nationwide.  Our Chapter organizes the blood drive, recruits donors from among our members, friends, family and the wider community, and our Patronesses and Ticktockers work together that day to assist donors and to provide hospitality for the canteen. Ticktockers provide delicious baked goods at the post-donation canteen and mothers and daughters staff the event and donate blood.  From the Heart has become one of the most successful blood drives in Southern California. 

    The 15th annual From the Heart will take place on June 27, 2021.   To learn more, or to sign up to donate, contact us at  the following:


    Senior Mother Daughter Tea

    The Senior Mother Daughter Tea is a much cherished tradition.  The Junior class plans and hosts an exquisite, formal tea service for the mothers and daughters of the Senior class.   The Ticktockers are instructed in proper etiquette, table setting, and the elements of a formal tea menu.   As one of the final events during their Senior year, mothers and daughters reflect on their National Charity League journey.


    Senior Presentation Ball

    In keeping with National Charity League Inc.’s time honored tradition, the Glendale Chapter hosts a Senior Presentation Ball annually.  The Ball is the culmination of the NCL Inc.,  program for our Seniors, as each young woman is introduced to the gathering as her accomplishments and honors are listed.  Following an endearing and breathtaking waltz with her father, the Seniors and their families enjoy a magical evening that celebrates the NCL Inc.  experience for each Ticktocker and her family.


    Tea & Fashion Show

    Each spring, our Chapter hosts a Mother/Daughter Tea, featuring a Fashion Show by the Junior class.  The Ticktockers receive professional training to walk the runway with confidence and style. Featuring casual to formal attire, the Fashion Show is a highlight of the Junior Class year.  In addition, we award annual grants to our philanthropy partners in a special presentation at the beginning of the program.