of the German
Federal President Joachim Gauck
The German Federal President Joachim Gauck at the visit of CLEMENS
On September 3rd 2014, the German Federal President Joachim Gauck and Mrs Daniela Schadt paid a visit to our production site in Wittlich, accompanied by the Prime Minister of the federal state Rheinland-Pfalz, Mrs Malu Dreyer, and the Mayor of the city of Trier, Mr Klaus Jensen.
The President's trip to Rheinland-Pfalz started with the politicians visiting the vocational training institute in Bitburg, then proceeded to our company in Wittlich and subsequently to the youth hostel and the Rhenish State Museum in Trier. At the end of his trip, Gauck met volunteers from the Trier region.
The visit of the German Federal President on video:
Reception of the Federal PresidentAt 11:30 AM, the prominent visitors arrived on our company grounds. The Federal President and the Prime Minister, accompanied by their life partners, were cordially received by Bernd and Thomas Clemens together with their wives. High-ranking representatives of the town of Wittlich and the Bernkastel-Wittlich district also welcomed the guests of honour in glorious sunshine.
The tour of our company first led to the production plant of our stainless steel department, where the company's employees, several guests, and the award winners of the Bernard-Clemens Sponsorship Award have gathered to welcome the visitors. On a specially prepared stage, the managing director Bernd Clemens held a speech focusing on securing skilled labour and training.
The gift "Freedom Sculpture"A special guest needs a special gift.
For a man like Joachim Gauck, freedom is a matter close to his heart. Thus, Robin Adamietz, a 9-year-old boy, gave him a sculpture, which represents the sound recording of the word "FREEDOM". The idea and the concept came from Jerome Gascoin, employee of the company CLEMENS and proprietor of a small advertising agency. We have put these ideas into practice using our machines, and our own film production "TreeState" has produced a video clip for it, which visibly touched the President before the handover of the gift, especially with the words: "You have devoted your life to freedom."
As a response, Gauck insisted on giving a speech despite the tightly scheduled protocol. "This organisation is not here because of its size, but because of the spirit which is prevalent here – it is a role model." Great praise from a man, who has seen much. We continue working on being a "ROLE MODEL".
The video "Freedom" – a gift for Federal President Joachim Gauck:
(In German, with the voice of Bernd Clemens)
Tour and undisturbed discussionDuring the tour of the company, three of our trainees confidently explained the machines from the profit centre fields of wine and fruit production, cellar technology and special machine production to the Federal President and the Prime Minister.
Then, Joachim Gauck und Malu Dreyer took time for an undisturbed discussion hour with the young workers and the works council in order to discuss the topic of apprenticeships. During 62 years of our existence, we have trained around 700 young people; we currently have 35 trainees. In this way, we are actively working on securing skilled labour.
Finally, all employees of the company CLEMENS and several guests gathered outside for the large group photo together with the Federal President and the Prime Minister.
This will remain an unforgettable day for the entire CLEMENS team, and the managing directors Bernd and Thomas Clemens and their families.
We would like to thank the Federal President Joachim Gauck, his partner Daniela Schadt, and the Prime Minister Malu Dreyer as well as the Mayor of the city Trier, Klaus Jensen, for their visit, and we wish them all the best!