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 “Sonoran” for the beauty and uniqueness of the Sonoran Desert in which we live and also “Centennial” as we were the 100th Chapter formed in the National Charity League, Inc. organization. 

Our Mission

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

Our Chapter History

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.

Our Commitment

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.

How the Program Works

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 after their daughters graduate high school become Sustainers.

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.

Our email address is

Our Membership Drive occurs annually from October 1 – October 31st. We welcome mothers with daughters in 6th grade to apply, although some older years may be eligible depending on current class sizes. Accepted members officially join the chapter on April 1st of the following year.

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:

    • Alzheimer’s Association
    • American Heart Association
    • American Red Cross
    • Arizona Cancer Foundation for Children
    • Arizona Magic
    • Back to School Clothing Drive
    • Ben’s Bells
    • Check for a Lump
    • Childhelp
    • Cinderella Affair
    • City of Scottsdale Parks
    • Family Promise
    • Feed My Starving Children
    • Foundation for Blind Children
    • Harvest Compassion Center
    • HEAL – Happily Ever After League
    • Help in Healing Home Foundation
    • Hospice of the Valley
    • Maggie’s Place
    • Military Assistance Mission
    • Miracle League
    • Operation Gratitude
    • Paiute Neighborhood Center
    • Ryan House
    • Shoebox Ministry
    • St. Vincent DePaul
    • STARS
    • Westminster Village

    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

    In 2015, our chapter 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.

    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.

    2022-23 Chapter Board of Directors

    Co-Presidents – Felice Amkraut & Carol Davis

    Immediate Past Presidents – Amy Mariucci & Karen Filandro

    Presidents-Elect – Nicole Paul & Jennifer Nuss

    Vice President Chapter Engagement and Inclusion – Molly Laurey 

    Vice President Communications – Lisa Pennington

    Vice Presidents Membership – Leigh Anne Odinet & Kim Valdivieso

    Vice Presidents Philanthropy – Holly Carroll & Kathleen Preston

    Vice President Provisionals – Beth Wiand

    Vice Presidents Ticktockers – Jennifer Burns & Rachelle Tomey

    Vice President Ways & Means – Tanya Kaiser

    Parliamentarian – Shawna Apple

    Secretary – Michelle Preston

    Treasurer – Erin Curley