Today, we continue a tradition that started in 1946 when our member Firmin Deibel had the wonderful inspiration to start a speech contest to engage students from our communities.

Picked up by our district, contests using “The Four-Way Test of Rotary” as a basis are now held throughout the U.S. Speeches must be of original content and be based on the Test which asks, “Is it the truth, Is it fair to all concerned, Will it build goodwill and better friendships, and Will it be beneficial to all concerned?”

The winner selected from among our contest's semi-finalists will represent our club at the Rotary District 6630 competition on Saturday, April 2, at Aurora High School. Our winner will also give his/her speech at our annual Awards Night on Monday, March 21, from 5:30 to 8 p.m. at the Beck Center, when we recognize and celebrate student achievement in speech, music, and the visual arts.