Contestants, who must be in grades 9 - 12, will speak on the Rotary theme: Rotary… Be the Inspiration. 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, April 6, 2019.
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 16, 2019. Finals for the District 7610 Speech Contest will be Saturday, March 23, 2019. Location to be announced, but it will be in Fredericksburg area.
The sponsoring Rotary Club will cover the cost of the student's participation, coordinate the student's attendance, and attend with their student at the District Speech Contest and the District Conference. Club should expect the cost of participation to include transportation and meals for the student and student chaperone or parent who accompanies the student.
Contest information will be posted on the District website and e-mailed to AGs, Club Presidents, and New Generations/Youth Services Chairs via the p-mail system. Reminders will be sent periodically to AGs, Club Presidents and New Generations/Youth Services Chairs. Any questions may be directed to the Youth Contest Chair, Holly Graf, at firstname.lastname@example.org 757-846-1859.