About Our Chapter

NCL, Inc., Irvine 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 City of Irvine at the time of application and admission. Like all NCL, Inc. Chapters, Irvine aims to foster the mother-daughter relationship by serving its communities together.




We have nearly 200 mother-daughter members in grades 7 through 12 who serve 31 local philanthropies. We develop socially responsible community leaders who have a positive impact on the communities where they live.

With over 40 years of history as a chapter, we’ve established many cherished traditions. 

Our unique focus on the mother-daughter relationship while serving the community is the cornerstone of Irvine Chapter’s success and growth.

Mothers and daughters work together as volunteers to support the community while developing as leaders and role models seeking out diverse cultural experiences.

In 1980, we established the Irvine Chapter of Meals on Wheels to serve our Irvine seniors. For over 40 years, our Chapter has fully or partially funded and administered the Irvine Meals on Wheels program. 

Our 6-year program creates strong, confident leaders. Our girls leave NCL with impressive resume credentials for college and beyond!


National Charity League, Inc. provides opportunities for mothers and daughters to enjoy both mother-daughter and peer relationships through The NCL Experience. 

The NCL Experience inspires and empowers women to succeed as confident, well-rounded, and socially aware contributors in their communities through 3 pillars. 

  • Community Service:  Our desire is to learn what philanthropic needs exist in our community and to help meet those needs whenever possible.
  • Leadership:  Our intent is to enhance potential leadership skills through team building, problem-solving, mentoring, and group dynamics.
  • Cultural:  Our goal is to create an environment that nurtures positive identity by recognizing and appreciating the value of differences in each other and the world.


During the developmental and formative years between 7th and 12th grade, Ticktockers absorb the standards and ideals that generations hold to be important and worthy of preservation. 

The Ticktocker experience is designed to be a small group leadership program that provides opportunities for each developing young woman to know the joy of helping others, to learn tolerance and kindness, to mature and build confidence, and to make friends while sharing and participating in these activities in a safe and comfortable age-appropriate environment.


As Patroness’ we experience the joy of working alongside our daughters as their perspectives broaden about the world around them, and value the satisfaction of working with other talented women to help our Chapter thrive. 

Our Patronesses are diverse, skilled volunteers and working professionals who are united in their desire to bond with their daughters and launch them as independent, engaged women capable of making a difference in their families and their communities. 

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.

The Irvine Chapter Membership Drive starts January 1, 2024 and is open to mothers and their daughters currently in grades 6-9. 

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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
  • Back Bay Therapeutic Riding Club
  • Blessing in a Backpack
  • Bloom Foundation
  • Chapter Philanthropy Partners – Approved But Not Listed (add comments)
  • CHOC Children’s Foundation
  • Disaster Response
  • Families Forward
  • Fashion Show (Fundraising & Planning Only) 10th/11th TTs & Patronesses
  • Friends of the Library
  • Hoag Hospital
  • Human Options, Inc.
  • ICEC-Intervention Center for Early Childhood
  • Irvine 2/11 Marine Adoption
  • Irvine Animal Care Center
  • Irvine Community Parks/Leadership In Training (LIT)
  • Irvine Junior Games/Irvine Children’s Fund
  • Irvine Ranch Conservancy
  • Irvine Senior Center (Not Shelf-Stable Box Delivery)
  • Kidworks
  • Meals on Wheels
  • OC Rescue Mission
  • Operation Gratitude
  • Operation Valentine
  • Orange County Coastkeeper
  • Philharmonic Society
  • Priceless Pet Rescue
  • School on Wheels
  • Second Harvest Food Bank
  • Shadetree Partnership
  • Shea Center for Therapeutic Riding
  • Susan G.Komen Foundation
  • The Kindness Campaign
  • Thomas House Family Shelter
  • Working Wardrobes

Our Chapter provides easy and organized ways for mothers and daughters to volunteer together and we’re always looking for new ways to serve the community.

In 2020, several Members received advanced training at Shadetree Partnership to earn the designation of Key Volunteer allowing us to manage our own Chapter Volunteer Hours serving Shadetree Partnership. 

This year we also added 8 new philanthropies to our list of volunteer opportunities.

We encourage and welcome all of our members to submit new and favorite philanthropies to become Chapter Philanthropy Partners. We love to serve philanthropies our members support!


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: Anjali Nabar
  • President Elect: Carolyn Canning-White
  • Secretary: Kristine Miller
  • Treasurer: Cindy Tanezaki
  • Parliamentarian: Cheherazad Raetz
  • Vice President Communications: Francheska Anderson
    Melinda Choudhary
  • Vice President Membership: Christie Papagiannis
  • Vice President Philanthropy: Margarita Choriatis
  • Vice President New Members: Jane Geropoulos
  • Vice President Ticktockers: Jenna Berumen
  • Sustainer Liaison: Annabel Wang
  • Vice President Chapter Engagement and Inclusion: Ludmila Pires



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.

Activities of our Chapter include:

  • Mother Daughter Holiday Tea
  • Junior Class Fashion Show
  • Senior Class Recognition
  • Grade level cultural experiences focusing on inclusion & diversity

Additionally, the Six-Year Core Program is designed to teach our girls business and personal etiquette, graciousness, self-assuredness in social settings, development of personal and community connections, manners, and respect for others.


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