Rancho Irvine

About Our Chapter

NCL, Inc., Rancho 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 or the adjacent areas. Like all NCL, Inc. Chapters, Rancho Irvine aims to foster the mother-daughter relationship by serving its communities together.


Our unique focus on the mother-daughter relationship while serving the community is the keystone to NCL, Inc., Rancho Irvine Chapter’s success and growth.  Mothers and daughters work together as volunteers to support the community while developing as leaders and role models.


National Charity League, Inc. provides opportunities for mothers, known as Patronesses, and daughters, known as Ticktockers, to enjoy both mother-daughter and peer relationships through The NCL Experience.  The purpose of The NCL Experience is to inspire and empower women to succeed as confident, well-rounded and socially aware contributors in their communities.

NCL, Inc., Rancho Irvine Chapter activities fulfill the NCL mission to foster mother-daughter relationships in a philanthropic organization committed to community service, leadership development and cultural experiences.

Blue Rose NCL

Our Chapter has received the Blue Rose Chapter Award for the 2020-2021 year. We have completed our annual requirements, participated in #GivingTuesday and the national philanthropy program, and held a Sustainer Event.

  • 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 a 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.


The joy of working alongside our daughters as their perspectives broaden about the world around them. And the satisfaction of working with other talented women to help our Chapter thrive.


The Rancho Irvine Chapter was founded in 1988 with Members from the Irvine community and surrounding areas!  Our Patroness and Ticktocker members have volunteered over 175,000 hours with our philanthropy partners since its inception.  Our Members focus on fulfilling the NCL Experience–a 6-year plan focusing on the Philanthropic, Cultural and Leadership pillars of the organization.

As of 2021, we are proud to have 25 philanthropy partners in our community! These partnerships continue to grow and evolve as we partner with organizations that address genuine needs in the community and offer a variety of opportunities for our memberships to volunteer.


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 Member Packet 2024-2025

Prospective Patroness Application

Legacy Form

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
  • Cystic Fibrosis Foundation (CFF)
  • Disaster Response
  • Donovan’s SMILE
  • Intervention Center for Early Childhood Development (ICEC)
  • Irvine Disability Services (IDS)
  • Irvine Fine Arts Center (IFAC)
  • Irvine Junior Games
  • Irvine Public School Foundation
  • Jessie Reese Foundation
  • Laura’s House
  • Leukemia & Lymphoma Society
  • Make-A-Wish Foundation
  • March of Dimes
  • MaxLove Project
  • Operation Gratitude
  • Orange County Rescue Mission
  • PADRE Foundation
  • Passion 4 Pencils
  • Pediatric Cancer Research Foundation (PCRF)
  • Pretend City: Children’s Museum of Orange County
  • Ronald McDonald House
  • Santa Ana Zoo
  • Surfrider Foundation
  • Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation
  • WISEPlace
  • Working Wardrobes

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: Mernie Empalmado
  • President Elect: Michelle Nguyen
  • Secretary: Rose Militante
  • Treasurer: Connie McCallon
  • Parliamentarian: Letitia Clark
  • Vice President Communications: Angelica Daftary
  • Vice President Membership: Nadina de Souza
  • Vice President Philanthropy: Banesa Laird
  • Vice President Ticktockers: Carrie Park
  • Sustainer Liaison: Melissa Cortes
  • Vice President Chapter Engagement and Inclusion: Bita Karabian

Our Chapter seeks to maximize a Member’s potential to be a confident role model by embracing “who you are”, which empowers their personal sense of purpose and allows them to be advocates for others.

Each year each Ticktocker class has a variety of different focuses. Beginning in the 7th grade the Ticktockers explore Leadership styles and NCL, Inc. core values.  In 8th grade they learn to communicate more effectively and lead their grade level meetings.  As 9th graders, the girls further develop their listening skills, practice time management tools, and build self-confidence.  The 10th grader Ticktockers learn to strengthen conflict resolution skills, prepare for future employment, and engage in public speaking.  In 11th grade the Ticktockers establish future goals and identify college opportunities.  Lastly, as seniors this class mentors the younger Ticktockers and explores Sustainer opportunities.

Each Ticktocker class has Class Officers.

Class Officers:

  • President
  • Vice President-Philanthropy
  • Vice President-Programs
  • Recording Secretary
  • Corresponding Secretary
  • Treasurer
  • Historian
  • Publicity
  • Hours and Awards
  • Ticktocker Council Representative

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.

Cultural values and traditions shape the NCL, Inc., role and contribution in our communities. Some of the cultural experiences in which the Rancho Irvine Chapter engages in includes:


  • Musical Theater
  • Dance Performances
  • Choral Arts
  • Dramatic Theater
  • Operas
  • Museums/Art Gallery


Additionally, some time-honored NCL, Inc., traditions are included in The Six-Year Core Program which are cultural activities designed to teach members appropriate etiquette, graciousness, self-assuredness in social settings, development of personal and community connections, good manners and respect for others.

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