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Departmental Progressive Club Honors Community Service in Alexandria
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Departmental Progressive Club Honors Community Service in Alexandria

Organization celebrates 92 years.

Former City Councilman Willie Bailey chats with Jim Henson at the Sept. 27 Departmental Progressive Club’s annual open house.

Former City Councilman Willie Bailey chats with Jim Henson at the Sept. 27 Departmental Progressive Club’s annual open house. Photo by Jeanne Theismann.

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Alexandria Titans Youth Football Commissioner Jeremie Greer, left, accepts an award for his service to the community from Departmental Progressive Club president Merrick Malone and William Chesley, former Deputy Director for the Department of Parks, Recreation and Cultural Activities, Sept. 27 at the DPC’s annual open house program.

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Teri Gibson, center, accepts an award on behalf of her husband, Alexandria Youth Sports Advisory Board chair Jim Gibson, from William Chesley and Departmental Progressive Club president Merrick Malone Sept. 27 at the annual DPC open house.

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Gregory Wright, left, is presented an award on behalf of his uncle, Clifton E. Wright, from Departmental Progressive Club president Merrick Malone Sept. 27 at the DPC annual open house. Clifton Wright was recognized for his 35 years of service to the organization.

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Sheriff’s Department Lt. Sean Casey, Acting Fire Chief Corey Smedley, City Councilman Mo Seifeldin and McArthur Myers at the Sept. 27 Departmental Progressive Club’s annual open house.

The Departmental Progressive Club honored three individuals for their service to the community at the organization’s annual open house and 92nd anniversary celebration Sept. 27 at the DPC facility on Gibbon Street.

Recognized by Departmental Progressive Club president Merrick Malone were Alexandria Titans Youth Football Program commissioner Jeremie Greer, Alexandria Youth Sports Advisory Board chair Jim Gibson and DPC member Clifton E. Wright.

“We are standing on the shoulders of some serious pioneers,” said DPC president Merrick Malone in opening the program. “The founders of the DPC are people who marched, people who fought and people who died. It has been a journey and the road has not always been easy.”

Greer accepted his award and noted what he sees as the success of the Titans Youth Football program.

“In Titans football, kids from many different neighborhoods are coming together,” Greer said. “They are working together for a common goal while coming from different corners of the city.”

Teri Gibson accepted the award on behalf of her husband, who was volunteering as an announcer for the T.C. Williams football game that evening.

Wright was recognized for his 35 years of service to the Departmental Progressive Club. His nephew Gregory Wright accepted the award on his behalf.

For membership information, visit www.dpc1927.org.