The Prince George’s County Chapter Top Ladies of Distinction (TLOD), Inc.
has been an exemplary model for community service since 1964, with a focus on five
major thrust; the Top Teens of America (TTA), senior citizens programming, community
beautification, community partnerships, and improvement of the status of women. It is
not by accident that in 2009, on the Sapphire Anniversary year of TLOD, Inc. Prince
George’s County was blessed with the establishment of a new chapter organized by
Lady Jacqueline (Jackie) Wilcher. To understand how this chapter was created, we
need to rewind the clock to August 2, 2008, when the seeds for the new chapter were
planted at a Dale City-Prince William County Chapter of TLOD meeting. At the
charters orientation meeting held at Northern Virginia Community College, the National
Area II Director, Lady Dolores Chriss suggested to members from Maryland, to form their
own chapter instead of commuting to Virginia. Lady Wilcher an inductee and Maryland
resident, agreed with her suggestion and she reached out to Lady Jeanine Walton,
another inductee and resident of Prince George’s County about forming a chapter.
With their interest piqued, a meeting was held on Monday, April 20, 2009, to discuss
the possibility of forming a TLOD chapter in Prince George’s County. Twenty seven
women attended the inaugural meeting held at Oxon Hill Branch Library to discuss a
Prince George’s County chapter. On Sunday, May 3, 2009, 21 ladies along with the
Chapter Organizer, Lady Wilcher signed the Charter Application to submit to the National
Office of TLOD, Inc. for approval.
On Thursday, May 7, Lady Wilcher received a phone call from the National Treasurer, Lady Barbara Wooten concerning the application. During this discussion, Lady Barbara mentioned that a recent chapter had inducted teens into the TTA 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 initiative the TTA Program at its August 30 chartering day, where 21 ladies where inducted into TLOD. In addition, 3 young men and 14 young ladies were inducted into the TTA Program. The Prince George’s County Chapter was “On the Road to Make a Difference!” During its first four years, its "Road to Make a Difference" included the following accomplishments:
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On the Road to Make a Difference
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