About Us

In 1978 our founders established The Charter One Hundred to provide networking opportunities and an education forum for our members. As the years passed, the members of The Charter One Hundred found a second purpose in establishing a scholarship program specifically for young women no longer supported by the San Diego Foster Care System. Since the initiation of this program, over $100,000 in support has been distributed to our scholars.  The Scholarship Program funds and services are donated by our members and/or by philanthropic supporters of The Charter One Hundred. A number of our scholarship recipients have already graduated from college; others are currently enrolled in undergraduate, graduate and professional schools.


The Charter One Hundred is a diverse and dynamic group of women of achievement who meet at regularly scheduled meetings and special events for the purpose of education, interaction and networking. Our luncheon programs are held monthly from September through May. Two of our most popular events are the Members Only Luncheon and the Scholarship Luncheon/Annual Meeting.  Although membership is by invitation only, members are welcome to bring guests to any luncheon meeting which is not specified as a members only event. From its inception, our organization has grown into a prominent San Diego institution. Our members are recognized as contributing leaders in the community and top in their field professionally. The criteria for membership is to be recognized as outstanding in one’s field and have contributed to the community.


The Charter One Hundred was founded in 1978 in San Diego, California by Diana L. Pickett, MA, MD, PhD, and incorporated the following year as a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.  The founding board members were, among others, Audrey S. Geisel, Jeanne Jones, Veryl J. Mortenson, S. Regina Smith, Doris Lee McCoy, Ph.d., Linda Chester, Deborah Szekely, Darlee Crockett and Elizabeth Zongker. This corporation is organized exclusively for educational purposes within the meaning of Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1954 and is organized under the Non-Profit Public Benefit Corporation Law for charitable or public purposes described in Article IV and shall be non-profit and non-partisan. 


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We Are The Women

We are the women

the women who stand up

and be counted

up front, out there,

making a difference


We are the women

who empower those

who have no power

by deed and by example


We are the women

who meet for lunch

speak up for our beliefs

raise money for scholarships


We are the women

who chair charity events

contribute to auctions

host parties for good causes


We are the women

who work hard as volunteers

work hard as professionals

play hard, love well


But most of all,

we are the women

who care for each other

and care about others


For we are the women

of The Charter One Hundred.


 by Natasha Josefowitz