TO GOD BE THE GLORY FOR ALL OF THE GREAT THINGS HE HAS DONE AND CONTINUES TO DO!!!
Since getting its start in 1964 in Tyler, Texas, Top Ladies and Top Teens from across this country have banned together to make a positive difference in their community. Prince George's County is the "wealthiest" county for African Americans in the nation and according to 2013 estimates, there are 900,000 residents (23% under 18, 52% women and 10% are 65 and older). Although considered the "wealthiest" county, we still face challenges with crime, deteriorating schools, health care, amongst others.
These challenges facing our communities — not to mention our nation and world — are so daunting and complex that they tend to lead us to one of two responses. The first response is to turn away from these problems and focus on creating a good life for ourselves and our small personal circle. The second response is to decide that there are so many problems on so many levels of our society that the only chance we have of making progress is if we, as individuals and families and groups, all chip in.
This response is based on the idea that ordinary people, not just the government, have an important day-to-day role to play in addressing problems and in making life better in our communities. In other words, there are lots of ways for all of us to make a difference and our communities would be better if we all did a little more. Yes…there are challenges facing our community, but with challenges bring opportunities.
I am truly blessed and honored that the Lord used me as a vessel to organize the Prince George’s County Chapter of Top Ladies of Distinction (TLOD), Inc. Since our chartering on August 30, 2009, the resourceful power house of Top Ladies in this chapter are making an impact to the Prince George’s County and surrounding communities at a grassroots level with a direct investment of our time. Through the myriad of programs that characterize our organization, we are creatively implementing community programs that positively benefit Top Teens of America (our #1 thrust), Senior Citizens, Community Beautification, the Status of Women and the development of Community Partnerships. As President Obama says, “when you choose to serve -- whether it's your nation, your community or simply your neighborhood -- you are connected to that fundamental American ideal that we want… life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness not just for ourselves, but for all Americans. That's why it's called the American dream and that's why we choose to serve.”
Our mission today remains the same as it was over 50 years ago – to provide quality service to youth and adults. The Prince George’s County Chapter of Top Ladies of Distinction, Incorporated is “On the Road to Make a Difference” continuously serving the community with
enthusiasm, energy, and excitement aligning with our National Theme of “Investing in V.A.L.U.E.S. that Support, Enhance and Sustain.” The Best is Yet to Come!
Yours in Love, Service and Unity,
Lady Jacqueline L. Wilcher
Lady Jacqueline Wilcher, Chapter Organizer
TLOD National 2nd Vice President
1st Chapter President: 2009-2013
Prince George’s County Chapter
Top Ladies of Distinction, Inc.
Prince George’s County Chapter, MD
Lady Jacqueline Wilcher
Past President 2009-2013