The foundation of justice is that no man shall suffer wrong. (East side of Grady County Courthouse)
 
 
The March 7, 2019 meeting was called to order by Pres. John Gorton.  The prayer was provided by Rot. Cody White and the pledge by Rot. Mark Tibbett.  Music was led by Rot. John Mosley, with “God Bless America”.  The Rotarian of the Day was Bret Burns who introduced Associate District Judge Joseph Young.  Catering was provided by Rock Island Grill.
 
Pres. Gorton giving the Fun Facts for the day:
National Cereal Day!
Local History – photo of the Dixie Department store opened its doors 3/8/1919.
 
GUESTS:
Rot. Gerron Smith with Ethan James.
 
Rot. Smith providing the Sunshine report.
 
FINES:
Sgt of Arms Brad Duvall making a report of suspicious activity from PETS 2019.  More to come next week.  (Who is Pierre’ Smith?)
 
Rot. Jay Epperson paying up to leave early (Rot. Mosley looks nervous in the background).
 
Rot. Chris Mosley – either the shirt and shoes are too bright or there’s a company name on the vest. Goodness!
 
ROTARIAN OF THE DAY:
ROTD Bret Burns
 
Associate District Judge Joseph Young, introducing himself to the club and giving highlights of his new position.
 
Catering was provided by Rock Island Grill, Chickasha (Rot. Rocky Roberson pictured).
 
Joseph Young grew up on a farm in Caddo and Comanche Counties.  He grew up actively involved with farming and oil and gas production with his parents and grandparents.  Joseph graduated high school from Cement Public School, attended Oklahoma State University and later Oklahoma University.  He graduated Oklahoma City University School of Law in December 1996 and was admitted to the Oklahoma Bar in April 1997.  Following law school and desiring for his family to be raised close to his extended family, he moved to Chickasha, Oklahoma, where he has resided since January 1997.
 
Joseph married Julie in January 1992.  Julie was raised in Carnegie, located in Caddo County.  Julie is an elementary teacher and has taught at Grand Avenue Elementary in Chickasha for the past 12 years.  Joseph and Julie have two adult sons which grew up and graduated from Chickasha High School: Cole, who will graduate in May 2019 from Oklahoma State University with a degree in Physiology.  Cole will be moving to Overland Park, Kansas, to begin Chiropractic College in August 2019; Peyton, who is in his first year at Oklahoma State.  Peyton is seeking a degree in Animal Science with a desire to go to Veterinary School.                              
           
Upon graduating law school, Joseph began his legal career working at the Rivas Law Office here in Chickasha.  Later, he joined with his good friend and fellow attorney, Rodney Fergason, and opened the Law Office of Fergason & Young, at which he practiced law until September 2018.  Joseph has maintained a general practice for his entire career with a focus on family, criminal, and civil litigation.  In 2017, realizing that Judge John Herndon would be retiring in 2018, Joseph decided to start a new chapter in his life and, in April 2018, filed for the position of Associate District Judge of Grady County.  Being unopposed, Joseph was sworn in to fill the elected position of Associate District Judge of Grady County on January 14, 2019.
 
Judge Young is a member of College Heights Baptist Church, Chickasha, Oklahoma; member and past president of Chickasha Optimist Club; past member and served as Chair of the Chickasha Chamber of Commerce; and served two terms as a council member for the City of Chickasha.  Prior to taking the bench, Judge Young also served as the Municipal Judge for the City of Chickasha.
 
Judge Young currently serves as the Associate District Judge of Grady County, along with District Judge Kory Kirkland and Special District Judge Tim Brauer.  Pursuant to the current division of dockets in Grady County, Judge Young presides over all divorce, paternity, and custody modification cases, as well as all juvenile proceedings, including both deprived and delinquent cases.  During the eight weeks of jury term throughout each year, he presides over criminal and/or civil jury trials, as assigned by the District Judge.