Our veterans who have faithfully served our country are worthy of our respect and recognition. There will be two programs in Leesburg on November 11 th to honor our veterans. The Town of Leesburg and the George C. Marshall International Center are hosting a Veterans Day Commemoration program at the Marshall House in Leesburg. The program will start at 10:15 am and will include the following keynote speakers: Lt. General David H. Huntoon, Jr. and Major General Clair Gill. More information and directions related to this program can be found at www.georgecmarshall.org or you may call (703) 777-1301.
The Patriot Project is hosting a special Veterans Day program on the Courthouse lawn starting at Noon on November 11th. The location of this brief program is the grassy area between the Old Historic Courthouse and the Courts Complex building. The site for this ceremony is the site for the future Patriot Project statue that is slated for installation on Veterans Day 2015. A wreath-laying ceremony to honor the veterans of the American Revolutionary War will be followed by brief comments from the Honorable Thomas D. Horne, the Honorable Joe T. May and the Honorable Gary M. Clemens.
Residents of Loudoun County are encouraged to attend these programs as our veterans are honored for their service to our country.
The clerk of the circuit court Gary M.Clemens and his staff hosted Anastasios Hartjevangelu from Germany during a 2-week German student exchange program recently. Anastasios learned about the circuit court and the clerk's office during his visit.
Anastasios is interested in studying law in Germany so he was eager to see court cases in Loudoun County.
He learned about civil court cases, criminal court cases, deed recording, issuance of marriage licenses and many other duties of the clerk of the circuit court. "We have enjoyed participating in this German student exchange program for the past 6 years and we have a strong partnership with The George C. Marshall International Center," said Gary Clemens, clerk of the circuit court. One of Anastosios's favorite places to visit was the criminal division in the clerk's office.
Pictured here is deputy clerk Taylor Welsh (left) who works in the criminal division along with Anastasios as Mr. Welsh explains the
collection of fines and costs in criminal cases.
The American Legion Posts in Loudoun County hosted a military appreciation day on September 27, 2014 at Stone Bridge High School to provide information to Loudoun's veterans. The American Legion posts teamed up with the Loudoun County Chamber of Commerce, the Loudoun County Board of Supervisors, the Marine Corps League, the Veterans of Foreign Wars and the Disabled American Veterans' Service Officers to provide assistance to veterans with Veteran Administration claims. Numerous government agencies were on hand to answer questions, provide forms and assist veterans. This was the first event of this kind in Loudoun County and it was a very successful program.
Clerk of the Circuit Court Gary M. Clemens participated in the program along with Commissioner of the Revenue Bob Wertz to provide information about programs and services offered by their respective offices. Pictured here with ClerkClemens is Shawn Williams (Broad Run District) from the Board of Supervisors during the military appreciation program. Shawn Williams served our country in the United States Marines and is a member of the Ashburn Post of the American Legion.
Gary joined several of his former classmates at Loudoun Valley High School at their 30th reunion recently in Western Loudoun. As a native of Loudoun County, Gary grew up in Western Loudoun, in the town of Hamilton for 25 years.
Gary enjoyed visiting with his high school friends, many of whom he had not seen for the past 30 years. "We all had a delightful experience at Loudoun Valley High School and I am thankful for the experience and opportunity attending a wonderful school with wonderful people," said Gary. Pictured here are Gary (center) with former classmates and fellow basketball teammates, Tommy Brewer (left) and Mark Cullinane. Gary played basketball on the same team with Tommy Brewer since his middle school days and continued to play on the Loudoun Valley High School basketball team with Tommy and Mark Cullinane. "They were talented basketball players, gifted athletes and most importantly they focused on teamwork," stated Gary. "I was blessed and privileged to play team sports with Tommy and Mark in high school." Many of the team concepts that we pursued in high school are still relevant to the importance of team work in the circuit court clerks' office. Gary enjoys working with teams within his office, with other government agencies and with many private sector partners. "Teamwork is a core component and key objective in my office as collectively we work together to provide the best services possible to our citizens."
Clerk of the Circuit Court Gary Clemens actively volunteers with several community service organizations and non-profit organizations. Gary was recruited to help raise money for the Loudoun County Fair this past Summer. The prize for raising the most money for the fair was the opportunity to kiss the pig prior to the rodeo program at the fairgrounds.
Pictured here is Gary kissing the Grand Champion Hog, belonging to Hannah Small, after Brad Gable announced Gary was the Loudoun County Fair Kiss the Champion for 2014. All proceeds from the Kiss the Pig fundraising program will help with the maintenance of the barns on the fairgrounds as well as supporting 4-H education programs. "I am happy to kiss a pig, or in this case, a hog, if it will help the Loudoun Fair programs," stated Clerk Clemens.
Photo courtesy of Kim Weber, Purcellville Gazette
Jose Salazar, a resident of Loudoun County and the deputy fire chief for Loudoun County Fire and Rescue Management, recently started his term on the Virginia Board of Fire Safety. Mr. Salazar is serving a 4-year term having been appointed by the Governor. The advisory board has 28 members appointed by the Governor and reviews and makes recommendations for the Statewide Emergency Medical Services Plan, reviews the annual report of the Virginia Association of Volunteer Rescue Squads, and reports on all aspects of the statewide emergency medical care system.
Pictured here are Gary M. Clemens, clerk of the circuit court and Mr. Salazar following the administration of the oath of office.
Mr. Salazar is a dedicated professional in fire and rescue management. "I value Jose's commitment to the profession of public safety and we are fortunate to have him serving in Loudoun County as well as serving on the Commonwealth board," stated Clerk Clemens.
Gary encourages all prospective brides and grooms to plan ahead to obtain a marriage license which is required in Virginia before getting married. Marriage licenses are valid for 60 days so it is important to obtain your license within 60 days of the wedding date. Some brides and grooms are interested in having a minister from a different state official their wedding. Virginia law requires any minister who does not reside in Virginia to obtain court approval before officiating a wedding in Virginia. For more information about obtaining a marriage license or having a minister from a different state officiate a wedding in Virginia, please visit the circuit court clerk's office website at www.loudoun.gov/clerk to obtain information.
Congratulations to Ashley and Taylor on their engagement and their upcoming wedding. Congratulations to all brides and grooms who are getting married in Loudoun County in 2014!
Gary works closely with the business community to help small businesses become familiar with the services provided by his office and other government agencies.
Did you know?
On Memorial Day, the flag of the United States is raised briskly to the top of the staff and then solemnly lowered to the half-staff position, where it remains only until noon. It is then raised to full-staff for the remainder of the day.
The half-staff position remembers the more than one million men and women who gave their lives in service of their country. At noon, their memory is raised by the living, who resolve not to let their sacrifice be in vain, but to rise up in their stead and continue the fight for liberty and justice for all.
As a result of the community impact fund fundraising campaign, the Loudoun County chapter of the United Way received $191,000. Several local charities and non-profits that provide health services, education programs, medical treatment, legal assistance and referral services for assistance programs are the beneficiaries of the community impact fund. Some of the beneficiaries include the Loudoun Abused Women's Shelter, the Salvation Army and Loudoun Cares.
Gary Clemens has served on the board of directors for the Loudoun regional chapter of the United Way and has assisted with fundraising efforts as well as served on the grant review committee. Pictured here with Gary are members of the Loudoun regional board as a check for the community impact fund is presented by the Washington DC Metropolitan United Way.
Gary M. Clemens, Loudoun County Clerk of the Circuit Court, has been appointed to chair the Public Relations Committee for the Virginia Court Clerks’ Association in 2014. Clemens was appointed to this association post by Tina Sinnen, the clerk of the circuit court in Virginia Beach who is the president of the clerks’ association. “I have had the pleasure of working closely with Gary Clemens for the past 10 years on various Circuit Court Clerk’s office projects and Gary has always been someone that our statewide association has been able to count on. He has demonstrated significant leadership with the Virginia Court Clerks’ Association and as the Clerk of the Circuit Court in Loudoun County. I am pleased that Gary has agreed to continue in several leadership roles with our association that will benefit all Circuit Court Clerks’ offices,” stated Sinnen.
In addition to chairing the public relations committee, Clemens serves on the Legislative Committee for the association which pursues legislation to improve the services offered by circuit court clerks. “I am pleased to have Gary Clemens serving on our legislative committee as he has demonstrated effective leadership with legislative outreach, planning and analysis,” said Chaz Evans-Haywood, chairman of the clerks’ association legislative committee and the clerk of the circuit court in Rockingham County.
Clemens has previously served as president of the Virginia Court Clerks’ Association in 2008 and president of the Virginia Association of Local Elected Constitutional Officers in 2010.
Gary has demonstrated leadership prior to serving as clerk of the circuit court and during his service as clerk. Gary began coaching in youth sports in 1988 shortly after graduating from James Madison University. "When I returned home to Loudoun after college, I wanted to start giving back to my community, so I started coaching youth basketball in Western Loudoun," Gary explained at a recent speaking engagement in Ashburn.
The Honorable Gary M. Clemens has served as clerk of the circuit court since January 2000. The clerk of the circuit court is responsible for the administration and executive management of a constitutional office and local courts agency.
During his administration as clerk of the circuit court, Mr. Clemens has pursued and implemented numerous courts technology initiatives including the following: