2023 Speech Contest
The Rotary Club of Augusta sponsors a speech contest for high school students in Richmond and Columbia Counties. The 1st place award is $1,000 and the 2nd place award is $500. Both winners will then compete at the Rotary Zone level. The Zone winner will present his or her winning speech at the Rotary District Conference in April 2023 where he or she will be awarded a $1,000 scholarship.
The Rotary Club of Augusta contest will be on February 27, 2023 at the Miller Theater beginning at 8:30 a.m. at 708 Broad Street. The 1st and 2nd place winners will present their speeches at noon on March 6, 2023 to the Rotary Club, where they will receive their awards. PARENTS ARE URGED TO ATTEND THE PRESENTATIONS at the Miller Theater and at the Rotary Club meeting at Enterprise Mill, 1450 Greene Street (next to Fat Man’s Café).
Students must write and present a speech of 3-4 minutes in length on one of two topics.
One is the Rotary 4-Way Test:
- Is it the TRUTH?
- Is it FAIR to all concerned?
- Will it build GOODWILL and better FRIENDSHIPS?
- Will it be BENEFICIAL to all concerned?”
If you choose the 4-Way Test as your topic, think about what those principles mean to you personally and how you think applying them in daily life will benefit you and those around you. How will applying these principles help you be successful? For more information, go to www.Rotary.org.
The second topic is the Rotary International President’s theme for 2022-23, “IMAGINE ROTARY.” The President believes that “connection is at the heart of the Rotary experience. Rotary allows members to connect with each other, in deep and meaningful ways, across our differences. It connects us to people we would never otherwise have met, who are more like us than we ever could have known. It connects us to our communities, to professional opportunities, and to the people who need our help.” (For more information, go to www.Rotary.org). Think about what this concept means in our divided world and how subscribing to this principle could help reduce the differences among us.