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.
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.
Our daughters (Ticktockers), along with their mothers (Patronesses), participate in a 6-year educational program of philanthropic work, leadership training, educational activities, and cultural events.
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.
Join Our Chapter
Interested in joining our chapter? A Prospective Member must be sponsored by a current member of 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.
The Three Rivers Chapter takes great pride in being inclusive and accessible to potential new members.
Having members from many different communities and school districts across the area adds to the richness of our community and provides opportunities for our Ticktockers to build new friendships outside their day to day circles.
Prospective members do not need to be sponsored by a current member to join us and we do our best to create opportunities for you to get to know us and hear about our culture and members before deciding to join.
Mothers and their daughters (grades 7-12) participate in a program that embraces:
Each NCL, Inc. Chapter promotes social awareness by considering the local community’s needs and selecting appropriate non-profit organizations to serve. Each Chapter then supports its philanthropic service partners through different volunteer activities.
We work with the following philanthropies:
- Adaptive Sports NW
- Caring Closet
- City Of Lake Oswego
- Family Promise of Tualatin Valley
- Friends of Tryon Creek
- Girls Inc. – Pacific Northwest
- Habitat for Humanity – Willamette West
- I Love Lake Oswego
- Lakewood Center for the Arts
- Meals on Wheels Lake Oswego
- Meals on Wheels Tualatin/Juanita Pohl Center
- Mt Hood Kiwanis Camp
- National Philanthropy Initiative
- NW Children’s Outreach
- Operation Gratitude
- Operation Gratitude At Home Project
- Oregon Food Bank
- Providence Center for a Medically Fragile Children
- Special Olympics – Oregon
- The Springs Living
- Tualatin School House Pantry
- William Temple House
Our members love the opportunity to make a difference in our community. We have a wide variety of volunteering opportunities. You may find us rolling-up our sleeves transforming a public park, serving as ushers in our community theater or supporting the amazing athletes of the Special Olympics to name just a few. Making a specific, scheduled committment to these organizations instills a sense of responsibility and exposes us to parts of the community we may otherwise never see. It is truly a joy to experience giving back with your mother or daughter and our Ticktockers often build new friendships during volunteering opportunities as well.
Each member of our Three Rivers Chapter is required to fulfill 15 hours of philanthropy, attend a total of 5 chapter meetings and attend our annual Chapter Tea Celebration every year. Our busy graduating seniors are required to fulfill 10 hours of philanthropy.
Nurturing confidence through opportunities to learn and grow, while also building problem-solving skills through a supportive environment of healthy relationships.
Examples of skills developed include:
- Consensus building
- Team building
- Conflict resolution
- Event planning
- Parliamentary procedure
- President: Julie Widman
- President Elect: Tracy Herion
- Secretary: Ellen Voss
- Treasurer: Devrie Brennan
- Parliamentarian: Sarah Howell
- Vice President Communications: Anne Dougherty
- Vice President Membership: Rebecca Kremer
- Vice President Patroness Activities: Tricia Schoenbaum
- Vice President Philanthropy: Suzanne Redpath
- Vice President Provisionals: Kerstan Ruffer
- Vice President Ticktockers: Andrea Seibt
As Patronesses, we take on a wide variety of leadership roles that allow us to guide and suport our chapter, set a leadership example for our Ticktockers and strengthen our own growth and development.
We are committed to creating opportunities for our ticktockers to become confident young leaders – mentoring and empowering them to be bold, inclusive, compassionate and community minded. We are continually amazed at what our Ticktockers are capable of as they begin to assume these leadership roles and develop in them over the course of their time in NCL and are proud that our chapter provides a safe and supportive place to step out and lead!
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.
Mothers and daughters of each class attend a cultural experience together with a focus on different areas of art, theatre, dance and music.
Each Chapter celebrates the richness of its history through traditions that honor the past. The Mother Daughter Tea is an NCL, Inc. tradition. Today, NCL chapters around the country continue to embrace their long-standing traditions, as well as, create new ones.
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.