Rotary District 7610
2016-2017 Youth Speech Contest Overview

Speech Theme:
Rotary Serving Humanity


Contestants, who must be in grades 9 - 12, will speak on the Rotary theme: Rotary Serving Humanity. Each Club should hold a contest and select their winners. Club first place winners advance to the area contest held by Assistant Governors. Each first place winner in the Area contests will advance to compete in the District Final Contest. First, second and third place winners of the District Finals will receive cash awards: $1000 for first place, $500 for second and $250 for third. The District Speech Contest winner must be available to deliver their winning speech at the District Conference on Saturday, May 20, 2017 in order to receive their award (District Conference will be held at the Wintergreen Resort, Wintergreen, VA).

Assistant Governors should hold area contests with the winners from clubs in their area, and report to the District Youth Contest Chair the winner for their area no later than March 31, 2017. Finals for the District 7610 Speech Contest will be held Saturday, April 29, 2017. Location (address TBA) will be in Fredericksburg area.

The sponsoring Rotary Club will cover the cost of the student's participation in the District Final competition, will coordinate the student's attendance at the event (with a club representative) and if selected as the first place winner, will make arrangements for transportation to and participation in the District Conference youth plenary session and luncheon. Clubs must send a representative with the student they are sponsoring to both the District Speech Contest in Fredericksburg and the District Conference in Wintergreen. Clubs should plan to cover the cost of participation that typically includes transportation and lunch for the winning student and student's chaperone or parent who accompanies them to the district Conference.

Contest information is available to download from the District website and may be obtained from area AGs, Club Presidents, and the New Generations/Youth Service Chair by email request. Email reminders will be sent periodically to AGs, Club Presidents and Youth Program Chairs. Any questions may be directed to the Youth Contest Chair, Holly Graf, at holly.graf@verizon.net 757-846-1859.

Resources:
2017_District_Speech_Contest_Overview (doc)
Speech Contest Planning and Rules (doc)
Entry Form (doc)
Judging Procedure and Score Sheet (doc)
Timekeeper's Instructions and Timekeeping Sheet (doc)
Teller's Instructions and Score Sheet (doc)