Murrieta Rotary seeks school speech contestants


MURRIETA – The Rotary Club of Murrieta’s Four-Way Speech Contest will be held Wednesday, April 8, starting at 6:30 p.m. at the Murrieta Valley School District auditorium. High school–age students living in the local area are invited to compete. The deadline for entries is Friday, March 20.

The contest gives speakers the opportunity to address current topics using Rotary’s Four-Way Test concepts as criteria and discussion points. The Murrieta contest will award $800 in cash prizes. The winner will advance to the district elimination contest to be held in Norco, April 25. The Rotary District awards more than $1,000 in cash prizes.

The Four-Way Speech Contest manual for 2020 can be downloaded from the club’s website,, or via email request to

The Rotary Four-Way Test, which was created in the early 1930s, has been used by businesses, industry, government groups, civic organizations, schools, colleges and universities. 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?”

Winners will be decided by three professionally qualified judges. Prizes include: First place, $350; Second place, $250; Third place, $150, and Best Novice Speaker, $50.

For questions, contact Speech Contest Chair Marsha Hall Brown at

Submitted by Rotary Club of Murrieta.