It has been a few years since our club has participated in the Rotary 4-Way Speech Contest – and it was canceled district wide for the last two years. But it is back on this year (see below message from the District chair). If our club is going to sponsor a 4-Way Speech Contest, we need to move quickly to organize the event and coordinate with the other local clubs to select which high schools will be sponsored by which clubs.
If you have experience in speech contests or are interested in helping organize the event, please volunteer to help out and let me know as soon as possible. I would like to organize a kick-off meeting – the deadline for a local speech contest to be held is April 1st. Local winners would then compete at the District Conference for a chance to win up to $3,500 (or $2,000 for 2nd Place and $1,500 for 3rd Place).
Medford Rogue Rotary is offering local cash prizes of $300, $150 & $75 for their local speech contest. We should do the same, so please also consider sponsoring at one of those levels and let me know.
Thank you so much.
President – Rotary Club of Medford
Good afternoon Rotarians,
This email is going out to AG’s, Club Presidents, and last year’s 4-Way Test volunteers. Please feel free to forward this to whoever in your club will be helping with your Youth Services activities this year.
As you know, the last few years have been rough (to say the least) for our local high school students. Youth Exchange has come to a halt with no new inbound or outbound students since 2019, and we’ve had to roll with the changes for our 4-Way Test contest with the in-person finals having been cancelled in 2020 and 2021. I’m excited to announce that this year’s contest will be held IN PERSON, with student finalists competing at our District event on Saturday, April 30 in Corvallis. As in previous years, finalists will be competing for a top prize of $3,500, second place prize of $2,000 and $1,500 for 3rd place.
I hope your club will consider participating in the contest this year!! There has never been a more important time to convey our Rotary message and values to our local youth who have been “shut in” for the most part these last few years and I can promise, having facilitated the contest for a few years now, that the experience will be as rewarding and enriching for your club members as it will for the students involved.
I am attaching this year’s registration materials with a timeline for local and final rounds. Again feel free to share this with whoever needs to see it. I’ve found that school personnel such as guidance counselors and student mentors are also a great resource to help promote this to local students. Thanks for your consideration and I’m looking forward to a fantastic speech contest this year!!
Yours in Rotary Service,
District Chair, 4-Way Test speech contest
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