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 2017 RI President John F. Germ chose “Rotary Serving Humanity” as his theme for 2016-2017. Rotary’s founder, Paul Harris, believed that serving humanity is “the most worthwhile thing a person can do,” RI President John F. Germ said, and that being a part of Rotary is a “great opportunity” to make that happen. Noting Rotary’s unique ability to bring together committed professionals to achieve remarkable goals, Germ believes that “now is the time to capitalize on our success: as we complete the eradication of polio, and catapult Rotary forward to be an even greater force for good in the world.”

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 2016-17 theme, “Rotary Serving Humanity”, 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

completed before Feb, 23, 2018, @ Rotary Club of Los Gatos
1st Place $200, 2nd Place $100, 3rd Place $50.
For more information contact Rotary 5170 district chair: Kamal Della,

REGISTRATION INFORMATION = contact your speech and debate teacher