Ventura County

About Our Chapter

NCL, Inc., Ventura County 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 Ventura County cities of Camarillo (including Somis and Santa Rosa Valley), Fillmore, Santa Paula, Ojai (and surrounding communities), Oxnard (and surrounding communities) and Ventura. Like all NCL, Inc. Chapters, Ventura County aims to foster the mother-daughter relationship by serving its communities together.



 For more than 60 years, the Ventura Chapter of National Charity League, Inc. has been a positive force in our community, through our dedication to philanthropic service, and fostering the development of strong character, leadership, and social responsibility in our daughters.

Mrs. Edward Lee Garder II organized the  Ventura County Chapter in 1959 and it was chartered in 1960. Many of our chapter traditions and commitments to philanthropies that were established in our first years remain with us today. Dedicated to philanthropic service and anchored by the strong legacy of our founders, our chapter has grown substantially since our early days, and today boasts 203 members, including over 100 Ticktockers in grades 7-12.  As our chapter moves further into the 21st century, we proudly honor our foundation in all that we do, and most importantly, we strive to make our community a better place to live in, and to strengthen the enduring bond of mothers and daughters.



Each year, the mothers and daughters of the Ventura Chapter give more than 7,000 hours of community service to philanthropies in Ventura and greater Ventura County.  In addition, members help ensure our strength and success by completing over 2,000 service hours for our chapter each year.

The Ventura Chapter also provides our membership with opportunities to celebrate our special relationship and achievements. Each year our Mother-Daughter Tea allows us to spend a lovely afternoon together as a chapter, and helps teach our Ticktockers etiquette and social graces. In addition, we formally honor our Ticktockers and Patronesses for their leadership and hours of service to our philanthropies and our chapter, at our annual Service Awards Event. At this wonderful event, Ticktockers who have completed their grade level service hours requirements receive a service award, and we proudly present a number of special awards to those who have contributed 50, 75, and 100 or more additional hours of service to individual and combined philanthropies. Our chapter also holds an annual event called Presentation of Self, formally known as the Modelette. Ticktockers in the 10th grade class are given an opportunity for personal growth through public speaking. This lovely event highlights Ticktockers’ individual accomplishments.

A Ticktocker’s senior year is the finale to the six-year NCL Experience. This special year includes a senior philanthropic project, the Senior Mother/Daughter Trip, and a Senior Recognition Celebration held just prior to graduation. While this event is not an debutante ball, it is a beautiful celebration for the Ticktockers, their families, and friends that celebrates the mother/daughter bond, the many accomplishments of the Ticktocker’s years in NCL, and also their plans and goals for the future.

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.


We invite you to consider membership in the NCL, Inc., Ventura County Chapter. Some things to keep in mind about the Membership process:

  • Timeline: Applications for Membership are accepted during the Annual Membership Drive from January 15th through March 1st each year for women with daughters in grades 6th-9th at the time of the Membership Drive.
  • Application: A Prospective Member shall only apply to one Chapter.
  • Please begin by completing our Membership Inquiry Form. This will allow us to provide you with further details about the Membership application process and timeline, or email us at

     Additional information is available in our Membership Brochure

    Thank you again for your interest in our NCL, Inc., Ventura County Chapter. We look forward to meeting you!

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 Cancer Society
  • American Heart Association
  • American Red Cross
  • Assistance League of Ventura County Bargain Box Thrift Store
  • Blanchard Community Library
  • Camarillo Public Library
  • Casa Pacifica Center
  • Convalescent Hospitals – Cypress Place Senior Living
  • Convalescent Hospitals-Camarillo Healthcare Center
  • Convalescent Hospitals-The Lexington Assisted Care
  • Disaster Response
  • Douglas Penfield School
  • Food Share of Ventura County
  • Hospital Junior Volunteer – Community Memorial Hospital
  • Hospital Junior Volunteer – St. John’s Regional Medical Center
  • Hospital Junior Volunteer-St. John’s Pleasant Valley Hospital
  • Hospital Volunteer-Ventura County Medical Center
  • Humane Society of Ventura County
  • Interface, Children and Family Services
  • Knit and Sew
  • Livingston Memorial VNA
  • Many Mansions
  • Museum of Ventura County
  • Operation Gratitude
  • Project Understanding
  • Ride On Therapeutic Horsemanship
  • Santa Paula Museum of Art
  • Santa Paula Theater Center
  • Special Olympics of Ventura County
  • Studio Channel Arts
  • Tray Favors
  • Ventura County Medical Center
  • Ventura Land Trust



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: Carly Simpson
  • President Elect: Erin Kraus
  • Secretary: Sandra Hopps
  • Treasurer: Amber Iwasiuk McCalister
  • Parliamentarian: Christina Hofer
  • Vice President Communications: Claudia Scrofani-Spies
  • Vice President Membership: Julie Bursek
  • Vice President Philanthropy: Larissa Nelson
  • Vice President New Members: Tori Pinkerton
  • Vice President Ticktockers: Sharon MacDonald
  • Sustainer Liaison: Tara Rosenthal
  • Vice President Chapter Engagement and Inclusion: Kristin Fischer


Our Patronesses and Ticktockers hold individual jobs within the Ventura Chapter each year, and they actively participate as leaders in the operational success of our chapter.

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.