Our Chapter History
The Irvine Chapter of National Charity League started with Dee Parker, Lynda King, and Carol Liitschwager contacting their friends with daughters in Jr. High and High School. Dee was a member of NCL, Inc. in Newport Beach and Lynda had been involved with NCL, inc. in Pasadena. They wanted Irvine to have their own dedicated chapter also.
Organizational meetings were held at Jane Martin’s house. Jane was in charge of putting together the structure. Ellen Hill, Connie Hauck, Gwen Byrd, Deanna Rankin, Janet McNeil and Lynda King were also on the first Board of Directors.
The first Senior Recognition was held at Tivoli Gardens in Laguna Beach. Janet Liitschwager and Tiffany King were the first Seniors to be honored. The next year, the Senior Recognition was held at the Marriott Hotel in Newport Beach.
Meals on Wheels was eventually chosen as our main philanthropy, Other early philanthropies were: Adopt a Grandparent and a city sponsored childcare program.