The Purpose and Goals of the Contest

The purpose of the 4-Way Test is to foster the principles of ethics in everyday life as well as in business. The Speech Contest is designed to introduce high school students to Rotary and the 4-Way Test by creating interest through a competitive speech contest, sponsored by their local Rotary club.

The specific goals of the Contest are to: 
• Acquaint a large number of youth with Rotary, and specifically, the tenets of the 4-Way Test.  
• Demonstrate and enhance Rotarians’ commitment to youth. 
• Heighten awareness of Rotary among parents, school officials, and the community at large. 
• Recognize, encourage and reward hard work and accomplishment in our youth. 
• Provide an opportunity for Rotarians to participate in a Community/Vocational Service program which focuses on the 4-Way Test as our standard of behavior.


Contests in a COVID environment

This year will be challenging as some students will be having school remotely. Work with the

school contacts to establish the communication to as many possible participants. Be creative in your club level contest. Hold the contest on Zoom if needed.


General Information

There are three levels of competition: Club, Regional and District. Each club indicates their intent to compete by submitting the Club Entry Form by February 15, 2021 and conducts their local club level contests by March 1, 2021. Club contests MUST be completed by March 1, 2021. Four Regional Contests will be held during March and April 2021. Specific dates and locations for these contests will be determined based on clubs entering the contest. The winning speaker from each of the four Regional contests will compete at the District level competition, which will be held at the District Conference on May 1, 2021.


Important Dates:

February 15, 2021 – Club Entry Forms must be submitted to Chair – Art Leach

March 1, 2021– Club contests must be completed

March 10, 2021 - Submit club winner’s information

March - April 2021 - Regional contests, locations to be decided

May 1, 2021 - District Contest at District Conference


Manual & Forms

The 2020-21 Manual can be downloaded from DACdb, under the district file area : Manual
Individual Forms from the Manual can be downloaded below:
• Student Entry Form and Biography 2020-21 - FORM
• Contest Poster 2020-21 - FORM

Contact Art Leach – email


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