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

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

  • Alzheimer’s Association
  • American Heart Association
  • American Red Cross
  • AZ Cancer Foundation for Children
  • AZ Magic
  • Back to School Clothing Drive
  • Ben’s Bells
  • Check for a Lump!
  • Childhelp USA
  • Cinderella Affair
  • City of Scottsdale Parks
  • Disaster Response
  • Family Promise
  • Feed My Starving Children
  • Foundation for Blind Children
  • Harvest Compassion Center
  • HEAL – Happily Ever After League
  • Help in Healing Home Foundation – The Village at Mayo Clinic
  • Hospice of the Valley
  • Maggie’s Place
  • Military Assistance Mission (MAM)
  • Miracle League of Arizona
  • National Day of Service – Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service – January 16, 2023
  • Operation Gratitude
  • Paiute Neighborhood Center
  • Ryan House
  • Shoebox Ministry
  • St. Vincent de Paul
  • Westminster Village

Leadership Development

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

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