Dr. Clemens wears many hats.
He runs the Milford Animal Hospital, gives people advice
over the radio and is a volunteer tutor for the Literacy
Council of Clermont and Brown Counties, AND that is
not even a complete list of his professional and
free-time activities! This busy man has managed to
carve quality time
for both mankind and the
creatures of the earth.
ago, almost through divine intervention, Dr. Clemens
became involved with The Literacy Council. A man
by the name of William had brought a puppy he had found
into Dr. Clemens' animal hospital. While there,
Dr. Clemens began to notice that William was having some
difficulties reading. Exercising great
sensitivity, Dr. Clemens approached William and asked,
"William would you like me to help you learn how to
read?" William responded eagerly, "God is with me
today." William admitted that he could only
identify up to the letter "L" in the alphabet.
Dr. Clemens realized for as much as he
wanted to assist William he was not confident about his
own teaching skills as a tutor. He wondered where
to begin. That is when Dr. Clemens learned about
the Literacy Council's 12-hour volunteer Tutor Training
classes. The classes bolstered Dr. Clemens'
confidence. He learned how to write lesson plans
for William and he learned that tutoring someone
involves a lot of "trial and error."
Clemens encourages and advises others, if you have the
time, to consider becoming a volunteer tutor with the
Literacy Council. "In the time that it takes to
watch TV or read a book, you could be teaching someone
how to read."
Dr. Clemens has a goal for
himself - to be there for William for as long as he is
able. Dr. Clemens smiles softly as he says, "what
you give of yourself to others lives long after you are
Dr. Gary Clemens, the Literacy
Council applauds your efforts and thanks you for the
endless hours you have given to student,
William. Touch a life,
help someone learn how to read, write and spell.
For more information on how to become a tutor contact:
Joy Brown - Student/Tutor Liaison,
513.943.3742. Or email Joy at: firstname.lastname@example.org