Richard D. King Annual Youth Speech Contest

The 4-WAY Test
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?


Each year the RI theme is used.  In 2018/2019 theme  is "Be the Inspiration" 

Students are eligible to enter the District 5170 Contest for only one Rotary Club. Students MUST NOT enter another club’s contest if they have already competed in a different club.

Each student may choose any topic of interest, as long as the content of the speech relates to the theme. All speeches must address the current Rotary theme, and include a reference to at least one principle of The 4-Way Test.

Use of this theme in the speech should be clear and unmistakable. The speech must be the original work of the contestant.

The speech cannot be under 4 minutes or more than 5 minutes in length. Timing will begin when the contestant first speaks, not after the student’s salutation to the chairperson or audience. There shall be NO implicit or explicit identification of the speaker, of the speaker’s school in the content or title of the speech, by the dress of the contestant, or by any other means whatsoever. The speaker shall NOT use props, displays or prompters of any kind. Notes may be used only if they are on one 3” x 5” card.

The Speech Contest is open to all Rotary International District 5170 high school students.

Club Contest Area Contest

Regional Contest District Contest - financial prize money available


Below are the estimated dates for all levels:
  • Club Level to be Completed by February 15th
  • Area Level to be completed between February 18th  - March 8th
  • Regional Level to be completed between March 11th - March 22nd
  • Final District Level on Saturday April 6th at the District Training Assembly.

For more information contact Rotary 5170 district chair: Kamal Della,

REGISTRATION INFORMATION = contact your speech and debate teacher