Are you a good public speaker? Do you like to earn money when you orate? If so, the Troy Rotary Club wants to hear from you. On March 5, 2015, Rotarians will sponsor their annual “Four-Way Test Speech Contest” at Troy Hayner Cultural Center, and area high school students are encouraged to participate. The topic is “Leadership, Service and the Four-Way Test.” The Four-Way Test includes simple, yet powerful, questions of: (1) Is it the truth; (2) Is it fair to all concerned; (3) Will it build goodwill and better friendships; and (4) Will it be beneficial to all concerned? Each contestant must apply the concepts of leadership, service to others and life experience in a speech they memorize for the judges. Every presentation should last four to six minutes.
Cash prizes will be awarded to the best three (3) speakers once all contest requirements are met, with the top winner earning $250. “This annual event helps encourage high school students begin to learn how to plan, practice and deliver focused speeches on topics that are important to them,” said John Haller, Rotarian and chair of the event. He added that Rotary International adopted The Four-Way Test in 1943 as a set of guidelines by which Rotary Clubs would conduct community outreach and personal conduct.
The deadline to enter the Troy Rotary Club contest is March 3, 2015, and there is a limited number of speeches that will be accepted, according to Haller. Students may get more information from their Speech, English or Language Arts teachers and are encouraged to do so as soon as possible. The winner of the March 5th contest will be eligible to participate in the District 6670 contest on March 22, 2015 at Millett Hall on the Wright State University campus. The winner at that event will earn $400.
Troy Rotarians and the Troy Rotary Foundation support several community projects annually and distributed more than $11,000 in scholarships and community aid in 2013-14. To learn more about Rotary programs and membership, visit their Web site at www.troyohiorotary.org. You can also follow the Club’s activities on their Troy Rotary Club Facebook page.
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