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Thursday, June 23, 2011

Clements Worldwide Honors Outstanding U.S. Foreign Service Officer

Clements will award the M. Juanita Guess Award to Mike Vining of the U.S. Embassy in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia during the 2011 American Foreign Service Awards on June 24.

The M. Juanita Guess Award is presented to a Community Liaison Officer (CLO) who has demonstrated outstanding leadership, dedication, initiative or imagination in assisting the families of Americans serving at an overseas post. This award was established in memory of M. Juanita Guess, former president of Clements Worldwide, and is one of several presented annually by the American Foreign Service Association(AFSA).

Vining is being honored for his energetic and passionate involvement in his local Foreign Service community. He went beyond the call of duty as a Community Liaison Officer to revive and publish a weekly community newsletter, and organized the Fourth of July Picnic, the largest American event of the year in Mongolia. He also secured funding to renovate the community center into a fun, popular space for children and embassy employees, in addition to coordinating special events for embassy families.

“On behalf of Clements Worldwide, we are truly honored to award Mike Vining the 2011 M. Juanita Guess Award,” said Sergio Sanchez, director of marketing for Clements Worldwide. “We have a longstanding relationship with the U.S. Foreign Service and this award demonstrates our strong support for their community. Mr. Vining has made an undeniably significant contribution to his community and a difference in the lives of others, so today we honor him.”

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