Four-Way Speech Contest set

TROY — The Troy Rotary Club will host its annual Four-Way Test Speech Contest at 7 p.m. Monday, March 14 at the Troy-Hayner Cultural Center, 301 W. Main St.

High school students living in the Troy area who attend Troy, Troy Christian, Miami East, those in private school or who are home schooled, are encouraged to participate for the opportunity to win cash prizes. The topic is “Leadership, Service and the Four-Way Test” and is an opportunity for students to hone speaking skills and develop confidence while representing their school.

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 conduct. The test includes simple, yet powerful, questions of: (1) Is it the truth; (2) Is it fair to all concerned; (3) Will it build goodwill and better friendships; and (4) Will it be beneficial to all concerned? Each contestant must apply the concepts of leadership, service to others and life experience in a speech they memorize for the judges. Every presentation should last four to six minutes. Cash prizes will be awarded to the best three speakers once all contest requirements are met, with the top winner earning $250. The three winners will be invited to join Rotarians at lunch during the club’s March 29 meeting, deliver their speeches and receive their winnings.

Students interested in participating in the Troy contest should contact their English or speech teacher for official rules and an entry form. In addition, John Haller, the contest chair, may be contacted at The first place winner of the local event will be asked to represent the Troy Rotary Club at the Rotary District 6670 Speech contest on Sunday, April 10 in Millett Hall on the campus of Wright State University in Dayton. Additional cash prizes are awarded at the district level to the top four (4) places. There are YouTube videos of several winning speeches at the district contest available online by searching for “Rotary District 6670 4 Way Speech Contest.”