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Area IV History

Over the years, Top Ladies Of Distinction, Inc. has established beliefs and practices to provide vital services and concerns for our Youth and Senior Citizens, to enhance the Status of Women, to help beautify our communities, and to build Community Partnerships. The Top Ladies of Area IV have excelled in doing just that by donating their time, talents, and finances as needed.

The nucleus of women who initially accepted the challenge to work on the organization’s programmatic thrusts were Lady Augusta Cash-Latham from Memphis, Tennessee; Lady Georgia Presswood Nelson from Dallas, Texas; Lady Ruth Payne Smith from Austin, Texas; Dr. Ina Brown from Houston, Texas; Lady Willie Lee Glass, Lady Franchell Boswell, and Lady LaVerne Madlock all from Tyler, Texas and Lady Ozell Dean from Washington, D.C.

Area IV holds a vital part of TLOD’s rich history. The first Area IV chapter was chartered in Jackson, Tennessee. The Jackson Chapter was organized and chartered by Lady Willie Lee Glass in May, 1967. The chapter’s first President was Lady Edna Caution. In May, 1968 the Knoxville Chapter of Knoxville, Tennessee was organized with Lady Ruth Bern as president.

Due to the expansion of the organization, a geographical breakdown into eight areas in the United States and Canada was established. In the early years, Area IV consisted of Alabama, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Maine, Massachusetts, Mississippi, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee and Vermont.

During the networking years, TLOD grew and impacted the challenges that engulfed youth, senior citizens and communities around the world. The programmatic and organizational boundaries expanded to include the first TLOD International Chapter in Montego Bay, Jamaica. In 1989, Area IV was condensed to included areas in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Jamaica, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee.