About Our Chapter

NCL, Inc., Sunnyside 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 Happy Valley, Clackamas, Damascus, Gladstone and surrounding areas. Like all NCL, Inc. Chapters, Sunnyside aims to foster the mother-daughter relationship by serving its communities together.

National Charity League, Inc. has 286 chapters in 31 states.  Founded in 2008, the Sunnyside Chapter is comprised of girls in grades 7-12 and their mothers. We are a nonpolitical, nonsectarian, nonprofit organization for mothers and daughters in grades 7-12. Our mission is to foster the mother-daughter relationship in a philanthropic organization committed to community service, leadership development and cultural experiences.

Connecting hearts, hands and minds so that every community thrives.

The mission of NCL is to foster mother-daughter relationships in a philanthropic organization committed to community service, leadership development and cultural experiences.

Mothers (Patronesses) and daughters (Ticktockers) participate in a six-year core program of community service, leadership development, and cultural experiences.  This framework takes the girls through an age-appropriate experience based on the following core values:

• Strengthening the mother-daughter bond
• Empowering women with the skills and confidence to mentor and lead
• Inspiring a legacy of social awareness and compassion
• Providing depth of support in local communities
• Honoring a culture of diversity, equity, and inclusion
• Modeling integrity, graciousness, and excellence

Members who continue their affiliation with the organization after high school graduation are welcomed throughout their lives as Sustainers. As a result of the NCL Experience, the participants become confident, well-rounded, and socially aware contributors to society.

The Sunnyside Chapter is truly impacting the lives of its members and the surrounding community. In the last five years, members of the Sunnyside Chapter have contributed over 20,000 volunteer hours to our philanthropies.

The Sunnyside Chapter members volunteer for over 20 local philanthropies, serving as a valuable resource for the area. The volunteer work includes a wide range of experiences, from working with animals, assisting the elderly or working with community members with special needs.  As a result, our members get out and learn about the community around them!

National Charity League recognizes the importance of diverse perspectives and experiences to meet the needs of the communities we serve. We welcome diversity across our membership and in our community partnerships. We listen to the needs of our communities, enable mothers and daughters to address those needs, and inspire a legacy of social awareness and compassion. We welcome females or individuals who identify as female to participate in our programs. Our programs empower women to succeed as confident, well-rounded contributors to society while making a positive impact in the communities they serve.


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.

Please consider joining the Sunnyside Chapter, National Charity League (NCL), Inc. Our membership drive for 2023-2024 is now closed. Our membership drive for 2024-2025 will open in January 2024. Send a message to our VP Membership for more information. Email:


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
  • Annie Ross House
  • CHAP
  • City of Happy Valley
  • Clackamas Book Shelf
  • Clackamas River Basin Council
  • Clackamas Service Center
  • Disaster Response
  • Father’s Heart Street Ministry
  • Feed the Hungry
  • Leukemia & Lymphoma Society
  • Milwaukie Community Center Foundation
  • North Clackamas Family Support Center
  • Operation Gratitude
  • Oregon Food Bank
  • Oregon Humane Society
  • Period. The Menstrual Movement
  • Providence Health & Services
  • Solve
  • Special Olympics

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: Emily Timm
  • President Elect: Megan Cooper
  • Secretary: Staci Schlegel
  • Treasurer: Cara Brown
  • Parliamentarian: Michelle Chard
  • Vice President Communications: Kari Hill
  • Vice President Membership: Heather Dankenbring
    Pattie Sandholm
  • Vice President Philanthropy: Melissa Anderson
  • Vice President New Members: Amy Hoven
  • Vice President Ticktockers: Heather Johnson
  • Sustainer Liaison: Brooke Thames
  • Vice President Chapter Engagement and Inclusion: Meetu Andrews

Members have opportunities to engage in experiences that build essential skills, such as confidence, consensus, and team building, event planning, conflict resolution and parliamentary procedure.  Chapter activities include:

  • Core curriculum ensuring age-appropriate and relevant programming.
  • Grade-level meetings run by the Ticktocker daughters.
  • Philanthropy projects developed and facilitated by grade-levels.
  • Leadership development for Patroness mothers through annual committee assignment.
  • Annual leadership and officer training for all members.

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.

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