Burton Middlefield Rotary will be holding a 4-way speech contest on Wednesday, February 20th at Welshfield Inn Party Center at 7 pm. High School students (grades 9-12) from Newbury, Berkshire, and Cardinal are encouraged to participate in this local contest where they can win 1 of 3 cash prizes. The winner of the contest will have the opportunity to move on to the Rotary 6630 District Level Speech contest in April where there are additional cash prizes.
The purpose of the speech is to solve an ethical problem using the principles of the Four Way Test. The ethical problem to be solved should be something from the speaker's personal experience or general knowledge. There are no restrictions regarding the choice of topic as long as it is not blatantly offensive.
Each one of the four parts of the Four-Way Test should be addressed during the speech. They should be specifically stated, as the intent of the speech is to use the Four-Way Test to resolve an issue. The use of each point could be used to prove either a positive or negative point.
The speech should be four (4) to seven (7) minutes long.
Note cards may be used to recover from a mental blank out and avoid an embarrassment but should be unobtrusive and not be obvious or relied upon during the speech. Even if a speaker chooses not to use note cards, they may have them at hand in case of emergency.
These are to be speeches and not dramatic presentations. Although enthusiasm, good eye contact, and movement are encouraged, please don't go to extremes. Content should be relevant and in good taste. Topics should be interesting and relevant to the speaker's interests or experiences.
A microphone will be available and is optional.
A podium or desk will be available and is optional.
Props should be limited.
The Rotary 4 Way Test is as Follows:
Is it the Truth?
Is it fair to all concerned?
Will it build goodwill and better friendships?
Will it be beneficial to all concerned?
We are hoping to get at least one or two contestants from each school district (Berkshire, Cardinal, and Newbury) to participate in our local contest. Additional information of the Rotary District 4 Way speech contest and video clips of past district 4-way Speech winners can be found at: