Judge Gary Fenner

Judge Fenner Speaks at MWSU

District Judge Gary A. Fenner was presented with a plaque from Missouri Western State University on Sept. 17, 2010. Judge Fenner delivered an educational Constitution Day presentation summarizing the balance of powers as set forth in the Constitution and detailing the structure of the federal courts. His presentation was complete with his personal story of the process—becoming confirmed as a federal judge.

Special Naturalization Ceremony

The court celebrated Constitution Day 2010 on Sept. 17, 2010, with a naturalization ceremony held at the Harry S. Truman Library and Museum in Independence. The Honorable John T. Maughmer, U.S. magistrate judge, presided over this event. The auditorium in the Harry S. Truman Library and Museum was the backdrop for the 50 applicants, from 31 countries, who took the Oath of Allegiance and became citizens.

Naturalization Ceremony  

In addition to the typical fanfare of the naturalization ceremony, the new citizens and their friends and family were treated to a performance by the Blue and Gold singers from William Chrisman High School, who sang “The Star-Spangled Banner” and “America the Beautiful,” directed by Dr. Ron Patch, director of vocal music.

The Independence Pioneers Chapter of the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution sponsored the event along with the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service. The NSDAR provided a reception following the ceremony honoring the new citizens and their families, and the Missouri Society Sons of the American Revolution acted as color guard.

Speakers included Dr. Michael Devine, director of the Harry S. Truman Library, Don Reimal, the mayor of Independence, and Joann Linebaugh Walker, regent, NSDAR. Juliette Kayyem, assistant secretary of the Intergovernmental Affairs Department of Homeland Security, Washington, D.C., gave welcome remark.

What is Constitution Day?

Most Americans know that July Fourth is our nation’s birthday. Far fewer Americans know that Sept. 17 is the birthday of our government, the date in 1787 on which delegates to the Philadelphia Convention completed and signed the U.S. Constitution.


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