Richard D. King Annual Youth Speech Contest

Hosted by: Dublin, Pleasanton North & Tri-Valley Evening Rotary


Tri-Valley Students Invited to Compete in Annual Rotary Speech Contest

Schedule of Events

Students have until Jan. 15 to submit their entry forms for one of three club-level competitions in the Tri-Valley.

Club Competition: Applicants will be divided into three groups, sponsored by the Dublin, Pleasanton North, and the Tri-Valley Evening Rotary Clubs, with three sets of winners.

Three Club level contests will be held: February 2nd and 3rd @ 7pm at Foothill High School, Room C6, and February 15th 12:15 pm @ the Dublin Library.

1st Place $200, 2nd Place $150, 3rd Place $100. $25 will be awarded to the remaining participants.

Area Contest: February 28 - March 18, 2022; Regional Contest: March 21- April 15, 2022; District Contest: Saturday, April 24, 2022

To register for the contest or for questions


2022 Theme: “Serve to Change Lives”


The Speech Contest is open to all high school students. Each year the Rotary Clubs of District 5170 sponsor the Richard D. King Annual Youth Speech Contest with three goals in mind for Club Members and each Speech Contest Participant:

  • Increase personal knowledge and awareness of the importance of being able to speak effectively before a group.

  • Increase public knowledge of what Rotary is and does throughout the world, especially among young people.

  • Increase participation in the contest and to provide all high school contestants an opportunity to win prizes.

The prizes are awarded with “no strings attached.” However, it is hoped that the award might be used to further the student’s education. Our goal as Rotarians is to recognize and to support these young people who are tomorrow’s leaders.

The 2021-2022 Rotary Year theme is “Serve to Change Lives” which was chosen by RI President Shekhar Mehta. “Rotary kindled the spark within me to look beyond myself and embrace humanity,” he said. “Service became a way of life for me and I, like many

others, adopted the guiding philosophy that Service is the rent I pay for the space I occupy on this earth, and I want to be a good tenant of this earth.

Students are only eligible to compete at one club contest. DO NOT enter this contest if you already competed in another Rotary club contest.

Each student may choose any topic of interest, however all speeches must address the 2021-2022 theme “Serve to Change Lives”, and include a reference to at least one principle of The Rotary 4-Way Test. Use of this theme in the speech should be clear and unmistakable. The speech must be the original work of the contestant.

The speech cannot be under 4 minutes or more than 5 minutes in length. Timing will begin when the contestant first speaks, not after the Contestant’s salutation to the chairperson or audience. There shall be NO implicit or explicit identification of the

speaker and the speaker’s school in the content or title of the speech, in the attire of the contestant or by any other means whatsoever. The speaker shall NOT use props, displays or prompters of any kind. Notes may be used only if they are on one 3”x 5” card.

The Rotary 4-WAY Test - Of the things we think, say or do:

1. Is it the TRUTH?

2. Is it FAIR to all concerned?

3. Will it build GOODWILL and better FRIENDSHIPS?

4. Will it be BENEFICIAL to all concerned?

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