Rotary Club of Bellefontaine announces Four-Way Test Speech Contest


The Four-Way Test Speech contest is an opportunity for local high school students to learn about Rotary and the Four-Way Test. The Bellefontaine Rotary Club has invited local high school contestants to present their speeches to the club on Monday, March 6 at 12 noon.

The Guidelines for Contestants have been shared with local high school principals to start recruiting potential candidates. Each high school has been asked to hold its own in-school competition. The first-place winner from each local high school will compete on March 6 at the Hilliker YMCA during the Rotary Club meeting from 12 to 1 pm. It is certain that the speeches will provide the members with a thought-provoking experience as well as an opportunity to meet outstanding youth from the local communities.

Students may work with their teachers, parents and/or Rotary members to prepare for the local competition. This contest places special emphasis on the application of the Four-Way Test in the speech to the concepts of leadership, service to others, and/or life experience. All aspects of the Rotary Four Way Test noted below must be articulated in the four to six-minute speech. The speech is to be presented from memory without the aid of a podium/lectern, notes, displays, or props.

  • Is it the Truth?
  • Is it Fair to all Concerned?
  • Will it build Goodwill and Better Friendships?
  • Will it be Beneficial to all concerned?

The Bellefontaine Rotary Club will award prizes in the amount of $200 for First Place, $100 for Second Place, and $50 for Third Place.

The first-place winner from the Bellefontaine Rotary Club competition will compete in the District Level Contest at Wright State University, Millett Hall, Dayton, Ohio, Sunday, March 26, 2023, at Noon. Four District prizes will be awarded: First Place: $400, Second Place $300, Third Place $200, and Fourth Place: $100.

If you have questions, please contact Sally Stolly, Four-Way Test Speech Competition Chair at 937-597-6150.