April 13, 2021 | Vol. 109 | No. 38
April 13, 2021 | Vol. 109  | No. 38
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Rotary Club of Oklahoma City

OKC Rotary News

April 13, 2021 | Volume 109 | No. 38
In-Person and Live Stream from Christian Life Center - St Luke's Methodist Church| 11:55a  


RSVP REQUIRED- Maximum 100
If registration is not at capacity by Monday afternoon, you may register guests for the in-person meeting. 
Your account will be charged for the guests you register.


Please remember to register your attendance, and make your meal credit choice in the form, during the livestream. The form is located in the "Register Attendance" tab.
If any need technology help accessing the live stream, reach out to the office for assistance.

Rotary Club of Oklahoma City COVID-19 Preparedness Plan

jr rotarian graduation day

J.D. Baker serves as the Special Assistant to Oklahoma City Mayor David Holt and is the liaison to the LGBTQ community for the Mayor’s Office. He is a sixth-generation Oklahoma City resident who graduated from the University of Oklahoma with a Bachelor of Arts in Public Relations.

Along with his capacity in the Mayor’s office, J.D. serves on the Board of Directors for the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma, Midtown Association and OKC Black Chamber of Commerce. He was recognized with the Glenn Snider Human Relations Award by the Oklahoma Education Association for his advocacy in mental health, disability concerns and LGTBQ issues. He also received the Clara Luper Department of African & African-American Studies Leadership Award. Last year, he was recognized in the top 5 of Oklahoma City’s  "Most Powerful Young Professionals" by OKC Friday newspaper.    

Acting President
Elyse Cronic
Acting Chair of the Day 
Caroline Hall
Acting Invocation 
Joyce Hua
Acting Pledge/Song Leader 
Cooper Moody
Larry Wagner & Brittany Attaway
Crystal Bennett & Kevin Calvey
Roving Microphone
Cori Loomis
(Served Buffet) Thai Chili Crusted Salmon or Roasted Caribbean Chicken, wild rice, zucchini, dinner roll, Quinoa Salad

In the News 

If you have good news - honors, awards, new achievements - to share with the club, please let us know!


Fake News, Public Figures, and Defamation

 by  Bart Binning, Ed.D (1)
A study by Pew Research during the 4th quarter 2020, they found that roughly 2/3 of the US population “believe their political system needs major changes or needs to be completely reformed.”[i] It is suggested that at least part of the reason for this belief is that the country has been beset by what is euphemistically called Fake News, which can be defined as false or misleading news stories, often of a sensational nature, created to be widely shared or distributed for the purpose of generating revenue, damaging the reputation of a person or entity, or promoting or discrediting a public figure, political movement, company, etc.[ii] The proliferation of Fake News is such that, for many people, one’s evaluation of what is truthful is no longer based on the quality of the news source, but either on the likeability of the purveyor of the news, and/or the degree that the Fake News conforms to one’s self-image or one’s perception of society.

Some suggest that the way to combat Fake News is through the enhancement of Privacy Laws.  However, privacy is one of those aspects of law that has been primarily the purview of the States, and is complicated by federal regulations on the financial and health industries.

Since much of Fake News is primarily transmitted through the Internet and social media, others have focused on the regulation of these technologies.  However, because of oligopolies in social media, and the nature of the Internet, these efforts have also proved to be problematic.

As an alternative, it is suggested that we look at reverting to our pre-1960’s concept of defamation.  Traditionally, defamation is a statement that injures a third party's reputation. While primarily the purview of state laws, including both civil and criminal aspects.  Tort of defamation includes both libel (written statements) and slander (spoken statements).


In Memory - Michael Paul Kirschner -  4-10-1943 - 4-6-2021

Dear Rotarian Friends:
We lost Mike Kirschner on Tuesday last.  For 37 years Mike Kirschner was a devoted Rotarian that lit up the room with his smile.  For 33 of these years Mike was married to our long serving Executive Director and member Shirley Richardson Kirschner.  

Mike was a power house attorney who over his 50 year career completed many transactions that changed the commercial face of Oklahoma, and mentored dozens of new lawyers who went on to extraordinary careers. At one point in Mike's career,  his law firm represented the largest commercial interests in Oklahoma City.  

Even more lasting than a stellar legal career was Mike's quite spoken, intellectual and inquisitive mind, always asking questions, always exploring,  and always with a smile and warm greeting.  Terri Cooper described him as a great man of faith and laughed how much Mike loved home grown tomatoes.  Other Rotarians described Mike as a tender-hearted giving person. 

Our deepest sympathy to our beloved Shirley Kirschner and to the entire Kirschner family for their and our loss.

David Walters | President 2020-2021
Rotary Club of Oklahoma City, Club 29

Club 29 Breakfast 

Quail Creek Golf & Country Club | 7:00am
April 15, 2021 - David Hooten, Speaker
Topic: David Hooten, the Untold Story
Maximum Capacity - 20 persons - no guests
RSVP Required.  Deadline -  April 13

April Virtual AfterHours Registration

featuring a virtual tour of the First National Center by Gary Brooks
April 13 | 5:30-6:30pm  via Zoom
Register in advance to receive the Zoom participation link

Teacher of the Month

Jr. Rotarian, Elizabeth (Lilly) Roberson will introduce  Laura Hughes, Pre-K teacher at Heronville Elementary- Okla. City Public Schools, as the April Teacher of the Month. 

Don't Wait to Nominate.. The time for Nominating New Members is NOW!

Membership is the life blood of Rotary Club 29.  The membership recruitment committee, co-chaired by Jane Jenkins and Janet Vernon, are giving all Club 29 Rotarians an incentive to nominate new members!  Starting February 8, 2021 for every nomination that converts into membership with entrance fee and dues paid, the lead sponsor will receive a $100 gift card from either a Good Egg or Hal Smith restaurant.  
Nomination form can be found in the "members" section of the website  okcrotary.club   Requirements for membership and submission form can be found => Online Nomination Form

Online Attendance Form includes a Meal Credit Option

Please remember to register your attendance and make your meal credit choice during the livestream.  The link to the form will appear in the "chat" area, but also the form is located in the "action" tab.  If viewing on a computer, the tab is on the upper right. If viewing from a phone, the tab is in the 3 drill down on the upper left. The meeting goes live at 11:55.  The link to view the livestream is the same every week:  https://stlukesrotary.online.church/

Rotary Club 29 Online Directory

Rotary Club 29 has an online membership directory which contains current content information for all club members. The link to access the Club 29 directory can be found at the top of  the home page of  okcrotary.com or by clicking  here.
OKC Rotary has provided this tool as a convenience  to help members stay in touch with one another. The online directory,  just like the printed roster, should only be used for Rotary purposes.  If you need help in accessing the directory, please email the office.  

Contact Information Changes

If you have any unreported contact information changes, such as business or residence addresses, or email, please submit them here.


April 20, 2021Marijuana Business in Oklahoma - Keri Cain and Jeffrey Frable
Chair of the Day:  Clay Taylor
April 27, 2021 The Changing Residential Housing Market in Oklahoma - Nathan Bednar, Kristen McIntyre, Scott Goforth, and Mohammad Farzaneh
Chair of the Day:  Blair Naifeh


April 6, 2021  Online and In-Person:  138
Total Present and Makeup: No attendance requirement
April 9, 2021:  554


Happy birthday to those Rotarians born in April!

Celebrating Years of Service in Rotary Club 29

 These Rotarians have been members of Club 29 from 49 years to 1 year.

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