For the Troy Daily News
TROY — The Troy Rotary club hosted its annual Four-Way Test Speech Contest on Monday, March 13, at Troy Hayner Cultural Center. Eight area high school students participated with memorized speeches on the topic of “Leadership, Service, and the Four-Way Test.”
The students did a remarkable job and made the final selection tough on the judges.
The topics covered by the students included flag burning, foster care policies of splitting up siblings, the use of animals in product testing, sportsmanship, random acts of kindness, cosmetic surgery on minors, and the colonization of Mars.
The winning speech, given by Troy High School sophomore, Sarah Geer, focused on the topic of genealogy and genetic curiosity.
The top three students will give their speeches again at the March 28 noontime meeting of the Troy Rotary club. They will also receive the monetary awards for participating in the contest. Geer will give her speech at the Rotary District 6670 speech competition on April 2 at Wright State University.
Adopted in 1943 by Rotary International, the Four-Way Test is a set of guidelines by which Rotary clubs around the world conduct community outreach and personal behavior. The test includes simple, yet powerful, questions of:
• Is it the truth;
• Is it fair to all concerned;
• Will it build goodwill and better friendships; and
• Will it be beneficial to all concerned?
Each student had to apply the concepts of leadership, service to others and life experience in their speeches. The speeches this year were judged by two Rotarians, Second District Court of Appeals Judge Jeffrey Welbaum (Troy club), and Mark Mabelitini, District Governor-elect for Rotary District 6670 (Sidney club).
Troy Rotarians and the Troy Rotary Foundation support several community projects annually. During the 2015-16 Rotary year, over $23,000 in scholarships and community aid was distributed from the fund, including support for Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library program, Rotary’s annual Shoe Project, academic and community service scholarships, and sponsorships to summer camps at Brukner Nature Center and WACO Air Museum.
The Troy Rotary club is a member-involved, goal-oriented service club focused on socio/economic issues that have an impact both locally and internationally. Follow their activities on Facebook at Troy Rotary Club. To learn more about Rotary and membership, please visit www.troyohiorotary.org.