Four-Way Test Speech Contest

From the earliest days, Rotary has been concerned with promoting high ethical standards.   One of the world’s most widely quoted statements is Rotary’s 4-Way Test, which was created in 1932 by Rotarian Herbert J. Taylor. Every year Rotary districts around the world sponsor high school 4-Way Test contests.

The purpose of the speech is to persuade others while applying the principles of the Rotary 4-Way Test. The goal is for students to make the world a better place, to practice the virtues of critical thinking and ethical decision making, to develop public speaking and leadership skills to positively influence and inspire others regarding an issue that they find passionate.

 

2023 Contest Information

THE ROTARY 4-WAY TEST

Of the things we think, say, or do:

Is it the TRUTH?
Is it FAIR to all concerned?
Will it build GOODWILL and BETTER FRIENDSHIPS?
Will it be BENEFICIAL to all concerned?

TIMELINE

  • January: Club members and Interact mentors recruit students

  • January: Students without school mentor support will be assigned to a Rotarian or Rotaractor

  • Before March 25: Clubs hold their own selection competitions if desired

  • March 25:  Club Participation forms are due including the $ fee per student

  • March 25: Student Application forms are due

  • April 9: Semi-Final Contest will be held live at TBD. If the situation is not conducive to meeting in person, we will have a virtual competition.