Three Rivers

About Our Chapter

NCL, Inc., Three Rivers 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 or attend school in Lake Oswego, Tigard, and Tualatin. Like all NCL, Inc. Chapters, Three Rivers aims to foster the mother-daughter relationship by serving its communities together.

In the words of our daughters… 





The Three Rivers Chapter was formed in 2015 and was the third chapter in the Lake Oswego area and the 215th Chapter of NCL nationally.  The name “Three Rivers” reinforces the importance of the three communities represented in our chapter as well as the three rivers in the Portland area which provide access, recreation, enjoyment and resources to our community.   These rivers are in continual forward progression and always changing – just as we strive to be.  Having members from many different communities and school districts across the area adds to the richness of our Three Rivers community.


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.

The Three Rivers Chapter takes great pride in being inclusive and accessible to potential new members.  

Prospective members do not need to be sponsored by a current member to join our chapter.   

Contact for an invite to the info session(s) or to set up an informal coffee.  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 Heart Association
  • American Red Cross
  • Caring Closet
  • City Of Lake Oswego
  • Disaster Response
  • Family Promise of Tualatin Valley
  • I Love Lake Oswego
  • In Kind Boxes
  • Kaiser Permanente
  • Lakewood Center for the Arts
  • LO Robotics
  • Mercy Teams
  • NW Children’s Outreach
  • Operation Gratitude
  • Oregon Food Bank
  • Portland Refugee Support Group
  • Special Olympics – Oregon
  • Tualatin Food Pantry
  • Youth Music Project

Our members love the opportunity to make a difference in our community.  It is truly a joy to experience giving back with your mother or daughter and building new friendships in the process.



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: Lea Sturges
  • Secretary: Alisa Bates
  • Treasurer: Melanie Weddle
  • Parliamentarian: Ellen Voss
  • Vice President Communications: Julie Dausman
  • Vice President Membership: Karen Duncan
    Lakshmi Thiagaraj
  • Vice President Philanthropy: Heather Graham
    Jun Song
  • Vice President New Members: Aimee Grow
    Kacy Bradshaw
  • Vice President Ticktockers: Kristen Trout
    Sara Alles
  • Vice President Chapter Engagement and Inclusion: Carrie Beach
    Sosanda Erdmann

We are committed to creating opportunities for our daughters to become confident young leaders – mentoring and empowering them to be bold, inclusive, compassionate and community minded.  

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.

In our Three Rivers Chapter we are focused on building cultural awareness and appreciation.  The activities we plan expose our daughters to the cultural diversity of our community and instill in them a sense of wonder and curiosity to further explore, appreciate and impact their world.  The perspective that comes from these experiences also makes us better and more well-rounded volunteers and community members.  






Our Mission and Guiding Principals

Our Mission:

Our mission is to foster mother-daughter relationships in a philanthropic organization committed to community service, leadership development and cultural experiences. This includes:

  • Making a deep and lasting impact in our community
  • Honoring the mother-daughter bond by learning, growing and making a difference together
  • Empowering women and girls with the skills and confidence to lead
  • Inspiring a legacy of social awareness and compassion
  • Demonstrating integrity and excellence in everything we do

Our Guiding Principals:

  • We focus on making a difference. We exist to make an impact in our community.
  • We believe that compassion creates highly effective leaders who are authentic in their actions and purpose. Our compassion is rooted in awareness and courage and inspires confidence and joy in our contributions.
  • We are inclusive and empathetic.  We make an effort to understand and welcome each other’s perspectives.
  • We foster a positive, fun and team-oriented environment. 
  • We challenge ourselves by setting specific goals that elevate our contributions to the community as well as the growth and joy we experience in making them.
  • We value the unique strengths of each of our members and strive to create an environment where every person can grow and contribute to their full potential.  We support this individual growth through active mentoring and support.
  • We continuously communicate to strengthen our culture, set expectations, achieve goals and resolve conflict.

Our Chapter is thriving and making a difference.  We currently have nearly 200 Members that volunteer at more than 20 organizations across the greater Portland area. We take a lot of pride in the difference we make in the community and the passion, energy and optimism that our members bring to everything they do.