Sonoran Centennial

About Our Chapter

NCL, Inc., Sonoran Centennial 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 Phoenix Metropolitan Area. Like all NCL, Inc. Chapters, Sonoran Centennial aims to foster the mother-daughter relationship by serving its communities together.


Our Chapter is named for the beauty and uniqueness of the Sonoran Desert in which we live. It is called “Centennial,” as we were the 100th Chapter formed in the National Charity League, Inc. organization. We serve the mothers and daughters of north Scottsdale, Arizona.


We are dedicated to providing the NCL Experience to as many mothers and daughters in our area as possible, while volunteering within the Scottsdale community where many of our members reside.


The Sonoran Centennial Chapter was founded on April 5, 2001, as a Prospective Chapter of the National Charity League, Inc., and became a fully Chartered Chapter in January of 2003


National Charity League, Inc. (NCL, Inc.) is committed to the development of mothers and daughters as leaders and is dedicated to improving local communities through hands-on volunteerism.

The NCL Experience inspires and empowers women to succeed as confident, well-rounded and socially aware contributors to society.


Mothers (Patronesses) and daughters (Ticktockers) participate in a six-year core program of community service, leadership development and cultural experiences. Members who continue their affiliation with the organization are Sustainers. As a result of the NCL Experience, the participants become confident, well rounded and socially aware contributors to society.

Join Our Chapter

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 following form.

Please click the link to fill out and submit your membership inquiry form or email us at


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

Community Service

  • Check for a Lump!
  • The Kindness Campaign


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:

  • Arizona Coalition for Military Families – Focused on providing the best care and support possible to all service members, veterans, their families and communities.
  • Arizona Magic – Theater and arts for children and young adults with disabilities.
  • Back to School Clothing Drive – Provides new school uniforms, outfits, backpacks and school supplies to children in need.
  • Ben’s Bells – Inspiring, educating and motivating people to realize the impact of intentional kindness, and to empower individuals to act according to that awareness, thereby strengthening ourselves, our relationships, and communities.
  • Childhelp USA – Meets the varied needs of abused children with treatment, prevention and research.
  • Chrysalis – Working to prevent domestic abuse.
  • Cinderella Affair – Giving underprivileged young women the opportunity to attend prom by collecting gently used formal wear and distributing free of charge.
  • City of Scottsdale – Mighty Mud Mania and Adopt a Road
  • Council for Jews with Special Needs – Serves those with physical, emotional and learning disabilities and families.
  • Family Promise – Reducing homelessness by helping families attain self-sufficiency.
  • Feed My Starving Children – Committed to feeding needy children and adults with hand-packed meals.
  • Foundation for Blind Children – Education, tools and services to enable those with vision loss to achieve greater independence and satisfaction in life.
  • Fountain Hills Theater – Provides a variety of theatrical and educational experiences while contributing to cultural development.
  • HEAL (Happily Ever After League) – Provides a network of support services to moms with cancer.
  • Help in Healing Home Foundation – In collaboration with Mayo Clinic and the American Cancer Society, providing quality, affordable accommodations in a home-like environment for transplant patients and their families.
  • Home Fur Good – Eliminating euthanasia of cats and dogs by providing quality medical care, adoption, promotion of spay/neuter procedures and outreach education for pet owners.
  • Maggie’s Place – Providing homes of hospitality for expectant women who wish to achieve personal growth in a loving and dignified atmosphere.
  • Miracle League – Providing a safe and enjoyable baseball experience for children, teens, and adults with disabilities or special health care needs.
  • Paiute Community Center – Provides a positive environment with recreational, social, cultural and educational programs and services where neighbors can have a spirit of community.
  • Shoebox Ministry – Ongoing collection and distribution of personal hygiene products to the homeless and working poor.
  • St. Vincent de Paul – Serving the homeless and economically disadvantaged with compassion and support.
  • Tranquility Trail – Dedicated to the rescue, shelter rehabilitation, and hopefully finding a forever home for every animal that finds its way to us.
  • Westminster Village – Meeting the physical, emotional and social needs of elderly residents.

Ongoing philanthropy opportunities include:

  • Count the Cans – Collecting canned goods that are then distributed to our philanthropies in need.
  • Making Blankets – Making and delivering cozy fleece blankets to our philanthropies in need.
  • United Blood Services – For members 16 years of age and older.

Leadership Development

  • President: Amy Mariucci
    Karen Filandro
  • President Elect: Amy Mariucci
    Felice Amkraut
  • Secretary: Michelle Preston
    Beth Anne Brinkman
  • Treasurer: Erin Curley
  • Parliamentarian: Elyse Bertram
    Shawna Apple
  • Vice President Communications: Lisa Pennington
  • Vice President Membership: Debbie Blaes
    Holly Dobson
  • Vice President Philanthropy: Gina Salazar Hook
    Holly Carroll
  • Vice President Provisionals: Lauren Mackin
    Elizabeth (Beth) Wiand
  • Vice President Ticktockers: Nicole Paul
    Jennifer Burns


Through involvement in the NCL, Inc. Sonoran Centennial Chapter, members have opportunities to engage in experiences that build essential skills, such as confidence, consensus and team building, event planning, conflict resolution and parliamentary procedure.

In 2015, we implemented Ticktockers Take the Lead, whereby Ticktocker officers work with their Patroness officer partners, planning meetings and making decisions together on philanthropy projects and cultural experiences.  This gives each Ticktocker the chance to plan every Chapter-wide meeting during their six-year experience, providing  opportunities to present on stage, work with committees, be creative, share talents, and be involved with speaker selection, themes and decorations, budgets, and follow through.

As a result of these efforts, the Sonoran Centennial Chapter was awarded the National Charity League, Inc. award for Best Ticktocker Programming in 2015-16.

Our Patronesses and Ticktockers bloom with our chapter’s Petals of Character, which lend form and content to each year of service:

Leadership: This petal represents our ability to step up and do what is needed in our community. We lead by our example, both the Mother and the Daughter. We can self direct ourselves at philanthropies to do any work needed with the best of ability and attitude.

Commitment: This petal represents our ability to be where we have promised to be, and that each of us can be counted on. We take to heart that we are depended on to be at all events we say we will be at, and to let others know when a situation arises where we cannot attend. We know our promise to the chapter in becoming a member and will honor our responsibilities.

Integrity: This petal represents our ability to hold ourselves to a high regard when representing NCL, Inc. and when we are out in the community. We understand there is a standard of behavior that is expected and we are proud to be a member of this Chapter. Our behavior, attitude and even our dress convey who we are to the outside world, so we take care in the message that we send out.

Respect: This petal represents our ability to respect our chapter and grade level sisters, our community and ourselves. We want to strive to show our appreciation of others’ talents and gifts, not look for the negative, and to conduct ourselves in a way to earn respect from those around us.

Generosity: This petal represents that we are all here to share our hearts, hands, talent, and time, and to give all we can to make our community a better place.

Responsibility: This petal represents our ability to have the maturity to accomplish any task to the very best of our ability. We are trusted to do our “jobs” and to ask for help when needed, to try and find ways to fulfill our obligations to the best of our abilities.

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. We celebrate our history through traditions that honor the past while serving the future.

Our Leaders


List of Chapter leadership:

Co-Presidents – Amy Mariucci & Karen Filandro

Immediate Past Presidents – Joan Gust & Andrea Robertson

President Elect – Felice Amkraut & Carol Davis

Vice President Membership – Debbie Blaes & Holly Dobson

Vice Presidents Ticktockers -Nicole Paul

Vice President Philanthropy – Gina Salazar-Hook & Holly Carroll

Vice President Patroness – Molly Laurey 

Vice President Communications – Lisa Pennington

Vice President Provisionals – Lauren Mackin

Vice President Ways & Means – Gretchen Helgeson

Parliamentarian – Elyse Bertram

Secretary – Michelle Preston

Treasurer – Erin Curley