About Our Chapter
NCL, Inc., Blue Heron 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 Lake Oswego, West Linn, Wilsonville, Sherwood, Tigard, Tualatin, Beaverton, SW Portland and the surrounding area. Like all NCL, Inc. Chapters, Blue Heron aims to foster the mother-daughter relationship by serving its communities together.
The NCL, Inc. Blue Heron Story
In 2005, friendship was the key to forming the Blue Heron Chapter of National Charity League, Inc., and it is still the cornerstone of the organization.
What started as a group of women on the sidelines of their daughters’ softball game talking about volunteering for charities, making connections with their community, and developing leadership skills in their girls, has now blossomed into a group of over 200 members serving 19 philanthropies throughout the Portland, Oregon area.
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.
For any questions regarding Membership, requests for transfers or assistance with connecting as a Sustainer, email us.
Mothers and their daughters (grades 7-12) participate in a program that embraces:
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:
- Abby’s Closet
- Alzheimer’s Association
- American Heart Association
- American Red Cross
- Arts Council of Lake Oswego
- Blue Heron Chapter
- Cat Adoption Team
- City of West Linn
- Community Warehouse
- Disaster Response
- District Philanthropy Day
- Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation Oregon
- Lake Oswego Library
- Meals on Wheels Portland
- Mercy Teams
- National Multiple Sclerosis Society Oregon
- Operation Gratitude
- Special Olympics of Oregon
- The Kindness Campaign
- Transition Projects
- Trillium Family Services
- Tualatin Food Pantry
- William Temple House
- Youth Music Project
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:
- Consensus building
- Team building
- Conflict resolution
- Event planning
- Parliamentary procedure
Our Chapter Board of Directors:
- President: Heidi Beach
- President Elect: Karen Carson
- Secretary: TANA ALLORI
- Treasurer: Laura Kramer
- Parliamentarian: Kate Hovland
- Vice President Communications: Amber Treinen
- Vice President Membership: Lisa Owens
- Vice President Philanthropy: Lisa Newbore
- Vice President New Members: Dyan Klein
- Vice President Ticktockers: Julie Reiner
- Vice President Chapter Engagement and Inclusion: Khara Bell
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.
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. We celebrate our history through traditions that honor the past while serving the future. Activities of our Chapter include:
- Cultural Centers
- Listening to Speakers