Contact: Lisa Hebert
Westlake-Bay Village
United States of America

Over the years, Rotary Clubs in District 6630 have partnered with schools and offered an opportunity for high school students to develop critical thinking, ethical decision making, and public speaking skills. Feedback about this program from teachers, students, and parents has been consistently positive, with strengthened ties to the local community.

The purpose of the 5 to 7-minute speech is to apply the principles of Rotary International’s 4-Way Test to a current ethical issue. Students are challenged to identify a topic they feel passionate about and to adopt a point of view from which they will seek to persuade others. In doing so they are required to evaluate their recommendation by answering the following questions:
                                                       ● Is it the Truth?
                                                       ● Is it Fair to all concerned?
                                                       ● Will it build Goodwill and Better Friendships?
                                                       ● Is it Beneficial to all concerned?

Contestants compete at the Club level, and the top winner from each school advances to the District level. In addition to recognition, students can also win cash prizes at the Club and District levels of the contest.  District level prizes range from $200 to $1200. The Contest Guide along with videos of previous winning speeches is available on under the 4 Way Test Speech Contest tab.

The Westlake - Bay Village Rotary Club Contest will take place on March 13, 2024. Outreach to the three highschools within our area is underway.