Finding truth in darkness.
 
 
The February 28, 2019 meeting was called to order by Pres. John Gorton.  The prayer was provided by Rot. Ed Stanton and the pledge by Rot. Hank Ross.  Our talented music leader, Rot. Mitch Williams, lead the group in the song “Folsom Prison Blues”.  The Rotarian of the Day was Elizabeth Allen who introduced Vicki Zemp Behenna, Executive Director of The Oklahoma Innocence Project.  Catering was provided by Chicken Express.
 
Pres. Gorton giving the Fun Facts for the day:
National Public Sleeping Day!
Oklahoma became the 46th State of the Union on February 27, 1908
Local History – photo of Downtown Chickasha looking east from 5th Street (1939)
 
GUESTS:
Rot. Pauline Garrett with Mike Van Sickle
 
Daniel Sanders, with his dad, Rot. Ron Sanders (David Hall and John Mosley in the forefront)
 
Chickasha Middle School Honor Students: Savannah 8th, Blake 7th, Jennifer Heath, Counselor, and Logan 7th.
 
Rot. Hal Brock providing the Sunshine report.
 
ROTARIAN OF THE DAY:
ROTD Elizabeth Allen
 
Vicki Zemp Behenna, discussing how The Oklahoma Innocence Project works.
 
Catering was provided by Chicken Express, Chickasha, with a happy Rot. David Posey.
 
 
VICKI ZEMP BEHENNA
Vicki Behenna, a graduate of Oklahoma City University School of Law, spent more than 25 years as a federal prosecutor in the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Western District of Oklahoma. During her tenure, she tried fraud cases and was responsible for the prosecution of complex public corruption cases. Behenna was selected to participate in the Oklahoma City bombing case against Timothy McVeigh as a special attorney to then U.S. Attorney Janet Reno.
In 2015, Behenna was named Executive Director of the Oklahoma Innocence Project. Her tenacious efforts on behalf of the wrongly convicted give her unique insight into the complex issues in this field and the ability to not only manage the clinic, but also the talent and experience to serve as an advocate in court for the clinic’s clients. 
 
EDUCATION
OCU SCHOOL OF LAW
Juris Doctor, 1984
 
MEMBER
Oklahoma Bar Association
Federal Bar Association
American Bar Association
Oklahoma Association of Women Lawyers
William J. Holloway Jr. American Inn of Court
 
ACCOLADES
  • Trial Advocacy Award given by the Association of Government Lawyers in Capitol Litigation 
  • Distinguished Service Award from the U.S. Attorney Janet Reno
  • Integrity Award presented by the Department of Health and Human Services Office
  • Outstanding Assistant U.S. Attorney recognition by the Western District of Oklahoma in 2012
  • Distinguished Law Alumna by Oklahoma City University School of Law in 2013