Prince George’s County Chapter, MD
The Prince George’s County Chapter Story Top Ladies of Distinction (TLOD), Inc. has provided an exemplary model for community service since 1964 focusing on five major thrusts to include the Top Teens of America, programming for senior citizens, community beautification, community partnerships, and improvement of the status of women. It is not by accident that in 2009, 45 years later in the Sapphire Anniversary year of TLOD, Inc. that Prince George’s County was blessed with the establishment of a new chapter organized by Lady Jacqueline (Jackie) Wilcher. If we rewind the clock to August 2008, this is how we began….
On Saturday August 2, 2008 at Northern Virginia Community College, the National
Area II Director, Lady Dolores Chriss conducted the Chartering Orientation Meeting for
the Dale City – Prince William County Chapter of TLOD, Inc. Mrs. Jackie Wilcher who
was an inductee piqued with interest when Lady Dolores Chriss inquired of the ladies
who lived in Maryland why we did not form a chapter in Maryland versus commuting
to Virginia. Jackie was excited about the prospect of forming a chapter in Prince George’s
County, MD where she grew up and immediately approached Ms. Jeanine Walton
(another inductee and resident of Prince George’s County) about forming a chapter.
On Monday, April 20, 2009, the Interest Group Meeting for a TLOD chapter in Prince George’s County was held at Oxon Hill Branch Library where 27 ladies attended. On Sunday, May 3, 2009, 21 ladies along with the Chapter Organizer, Lady Jacqueline Wilcher signed the Charter Application to submit to the National Office of TLOD, Inc. for approval. Lady Jeanine Walton also attended.
Four days later, on Thursday, May 7, Lady Jackie Wilcher received a phone call from the National Treasurer, Lady Barbara Wooten. During this discussion, Lady Barbara mentioned that a recent chapter had inducted teens into the Top Teens of America Program on the same day as the induction of the ladies. Although this would mean a very aggressive timeline to prepare, meet with teens, parents, etc., Lady Jackie felt it was achievable and called a vote from the prospective charter members. The ladies responded overwhelmingly to induct the teens implementing TLOD’s number one thrust the Top Teens of America Program on our August 30 chartering day!
On August 30, 2009, 21 ladies were inducted into the Top Ladies of Distinction, Inc. as charter members. In addition, three young men and 14 young ladies were inducted into the Top Teens of America Program. The Prince George’s County Chapter is “On the Road to Make a Difference!” During our first four years, our "Road to Make a Difference" included the following accomplishments: