Rotary invites high school students to speak, vie for $350 prize money

MURRIETA – Local high school students are invited to join in the Rotary Club of Murrieta’s Four-Way Speech Contest which offers an opportunity to capture $350 in prize money at the local level and even more for the one who is selected to move to Rotary District 5330 competition.

Entries must be submitted by Thursday, Feb. 27 for the Murrieta contest which will be held at 1:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 13 at the Murrieta Valley Unified School District headquarters (41870 McAlby Court). The entry application and contest rules can be downloaded at, or requested by email at [email protected]

The Rotary Four-Way Test, which was created in the early 1930s, has been used by businesses, industries, government groups, civic organizations, schools and colleges. An ethical tenet in today’s culture, it states:

“Of the things that 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?”

Four-Way Test Speech contestants are to address topics of current interest and importance and are to include and use concepts from the Four-Way Test as methods of discussion or analysis in the body of the speech.

Students competing in the speech contest must currently attend a public or private high school, charter school, or home school. No student can compete in more than one

Rotary Club contest in any one year.

The Murrieta Rotary contest will select first, second and third place winners with prizes of $200, $100 and $50, respectively. The first place winner will advance to a District Elimination Round, to be held April 19 in Riverside, where five finalists will win $300 each and move to the District competition, scheduled to be held in Cathedral City the first weekend of May.

The Four-Way Speech Contest, along with other educational and community activities, is made possible by the Murrieta Rotary’s annual fundraising event, called Spring Fling, which is scheduled for May 10.

The Rotary Club of Murrieta was chartered on April 28, 1992. The club is involved in many community and international activities and programs, in cooperation with Rotary International, which has as its theme “Service Above Self.” Club meetings are held Mondays (excepting holidays) at noon at Richie’s Diner, 40651 Murrieta Hot Springs Road, in Murrieta.

For information regarding the club or membership visit

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