The Four-Way Test has captured the imaginations of generations of Rotarians as a simple checklist to help ensure that we are applying this positive and powerful code to how we try to live our lives and serve others.
FOUR WAY TEST SPEECH CONTEST
The contest is an opportunity for your club to increase your involvement in the community through the local high schools and for students to learn about Rotary and the Four-Way Test. Inviting the contestants to present their speeches to your club will provide your members with a thought-provoking experience as well as an opportunity to meet outstanding youth in your communities.
It is now time to begin recruiting student contestants from your local high schools, private schools, or charter schools. Please share the Guidelines for Contestants information with the appropriate teachers (usually English, Speech and/or Debate), school counselors, administrators, or other club advisors. Interact clubs and RYLA participants are also excellent sources for potential candidates. Please specifically note the Guidelines state no aids – including notes – may be used for the District competition.
You may find that school officials do not have a good grasp of the Four-Way Test, whereby it will be your responsibility to educate them. Students may work with their teachers, parents and/or Rotary members to prepare for the local competition. We place special emphasis on the use of the Four-Way Test in the speech, i.e., it is the focal point and speeches display a good understanding and application of the principles, whether the students apply that to Leadership, Service to Others or Life Experiences.
Please plan to complete your club's speech contest no later than April 25, 2021.
This will allow time for you to provide us with your winner’s name and for you to ensure the MP4 video file is uploaded to the District’s Portal. Each District Speech Contestant must submit (1) a video file, (2) a registration form, and (3) a Student Release form to be considered eligible for the District Speech Contest.
The Four Way Test
Adopted by Rotary in 1943, The Four-Way Test is still relevant today and transcends generations and national boundaries. Not based on culture or religion, The Four-Way Test has been translated into more than 100 languages, and asks the following essential questions of the things we think, say or do:
1. Is it the truth?
2. Is it fair to all concerned?
3. Will it build goodwill and better friendships?
4. Will it be beneficial to all concerned?
The Four-Way Test has captured the imaginations of generations of Rotarians as a simple checklist to help ensure that we are applying this positive and powerful code to how we try to live our lives and serve others. An outstanding line-up of speakers—most of them Rotarians—will share their unique perspectives on the importance of high ethical values in decision-making for their professions and lives.
Deadline to submit Club Participation:
April 9, 2021
(see form below)
Deadline to Submit Club Winners
April 25, 2021
(see form below)
District Contest Date
Video files will be viewed in the last week of April and the first week of May, 2021
Rotarian volunteers are needed for judging
Email Beth Huber to volunteer