Four Way Test Speech Contest 2021

 
Jim Bullock, Contest Chair
 
Presidents, Activity Directors and District Leaders,  
 

Saturday, May 15th, 2021

Zoom Meeting  at 10:00AM - 12:00PM
 
 
The  contest  rules  are  on  a  separate  attachment.  Relevant  info  about  the  Four  Way  Test  may  be  found   at  www.thefourwaytest.com/history-of-the-four-way-test/
 
The  “Most  Firsts”  method  will  be  used  for  talleying  results  with  multiple  judges.  Two  “firsts”  and  a  “sixth”  wins  over  three  “seconds.”   Each  club  may  enter  one  contestant.  Once  a  student  wins  “first”  at  the  club  level,  he / she   may  not  enter  other  club  level  contests.   New  rule  for  2020: Previous  District  1st  place  winners  may  not   compete  again  at  the  District  level.
 

There  will  be  Scholarship  Prizes  at  District  for   all   Finalists.        

DEADLINES

 
  • Mail the entry form (below) to Jim E. Bullock, c/o Johnston Clem Gifford PLLC, 1717 Main Street, Suite 3000, Dallas, TX 75201 or email the information to jbullock@johnstonclem.com, in each case delivered by May 11, 2021. Include “District Four-Way Test Speech Finalist” in the email SUBJECT line.
     
  • The entry fee of $85.00 per participant must be paid to District 5810 by May 11, 2021. Entry fees may be paid online at https://bit.ly/3a2V73q or mailed to Rotary District 5810, P.O. Box 2018, Wylie, TX 75098-2018. Make checks payable to “Rotary District 5810” and ensure delivery no later than May 11, 2021. Clubs will be assessed a $20 late fee for payments received after May 11, 2021.

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ROTARY FOUR-WAY TEST SPEECH CONTEST RULES

WHO: Contestant may be a freshman, sophomore, junior, or senior in a public, private, or home school and may have competed and won in previous years.
LENGTH: 5 - 7 minutes with a 15 second leeway (5 points off for going over or under)
DELIVERY: Speech may be memorized or notes may be used, but reading is discouraged. Memorized at District is certainly more impressive.
TOPIC: Material must be original in content and be about applying the Rotary Four Way Test to an important issue in our everyday relationships with other people.
 
The test asks the following four questions:
Is it the TRUTH?
Is it FAIR to all concerned?
Will it build GOODWILL & BETTER FRIENDSHIPS?
Will it be BENEFICIAL to ALL concerned?
 
Contestants should write a speech with facts, statistics, stories, examples, & quotations. Add some humor and personal touches, but do not mention your name, school, or city! At District do not mention your Rotary Club. The audience for the club level contest is usually 20 to 100+ adults at a Breakfast or Luncheon meeting. At District, the audience is a few parents, coaches, judges, & other contestants. The top winners are often asked to present their winning speeches at the Rotary District Convention and at some other Rotary Clubs.
 
The  “Most  Firsts”  method  will  be  used  for  talleying  results  with  multiple  judges.  Two  “firsts”  and  a  “sixth”  wins  over  three  “seconds.”   Each  club  may  enter  one  contestant.  Once  a  student  wins  “first”  at  the  club  level,  he / she   may  not  enter  other  club  level  contests.   New  rule  for  2019: Previous  District  1st  place  winners  may  not   compete  again  at  the  District  level. Download Rules