Our Chapter History

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:

Top Ladies of Distinction, Inc. (TLOD)

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….

​​​Prince George’s County Chapter, MD

  • Inducted 69 Top Ladies and 68 Top Teens over 4 years increasing membership over 200%
  • Over 2,500 volunteer hours to include 100 community service projects/activities completed in 4 years 
  • Chapter raised and/or donated over $25,000 to support TLOD’s Program Thrusts and Projects including the award of $4,500 in academic scholarships for higher education to 9 graduating seniors
  • Prince George’s County Chapter of TLOD Life Memberships in both NCNW and NAACP
  • 100% of Prince George’s County Top Ladies and Top Teens are members of both NCNW and NAACP
  • Hosted TLOD Washington D.C. area cluster for Alexandria City, Dale City Prince William County, and Prince George’s County Chapters
  • Served as a presenter at the Sickle Cell Disease Awareness 40th Annual Convention at the Baltimore Marriott – Prince George’s County Chapter TTA presented Sickle Cell Disease Awareness Newscast
  • Radio interview advertising the Prince George’s County Chapter “Healthcare for All” Health Fair on 96.3 WHUR “Taking it to the Streets” with Tony Richards during the Steve Harvey Morning Show
  • Radio interview on 95.5 WPGC Community Focus Program with Guy Lambert to discuss Top Ladies of Distinction, Inc. program/project thrusts specifically focusing on the Top Teens of America Program
  • Nov 2009 Area II Chapter Showcase Award – 1st Place
  • Nov 2010 Area II Scrapbook Award – 1st Place
  • Nov 2011 Area II Director’s Award
  • June 2011 and 2013 Awarded 5-Star Status at Syn-Lod
  • TLOD National Award for #1 in Area II for March of Dimes in 2010 raising $2,050
  • TLOD National Award for #2 in Area II for March of Dimes in 2011 raising $1,450
  • TLOD National Award for #2 in Area II for March of Dimes in 2013 raising $2,000
  • TLOD National Certificate of Excellence for Outstanding Project Reporting – Area II in 201
  • TLOD National Partnership Recognitions 2009-2013
  • TLOD Salutes Prince George’s County Chapter – NAACP Life Membership – June 2011
  • TLOD Salutes Prince George’s County Chapter – NCNW Life Membership – June 2011
  • Franchell Boswell Education Foundation, Special Appreciation Citation – July 2010
  • NAACP Prince George’s County Recognition for 100% Chapter Membership – March 2013
  • NAACP/NCNW Project Awards – Syn-Lod 2013
  • Sickle Cell Disease Awareness Award – Syn-Lod 2013
  • Nov 2013 Area II Willie Lee Glass Outstanding Program of Work Award – 1st Place
  • Nov 2013 Area II Chapter Showcase Award – 1st Place
  • And the service continues
  • And the “Best is Yet to Come!”