The topic of focus is the Rotary International 4-Way Test: "Of the things we think, say or do: Is it the truth? Is it fair to all concerned? Will it build good will and better friendships? Will it be beneficial for all concerned?"
The speech contest will take place Wednesday, Feb. 20, at 6:30 p.m., at The Renaissance Reception and Conference Center, 101 W. National Ave., Brazil, with advance registration required.
Judging will be performed by Rotarians.
Each participant must give a four to six minute speech on the topic of leadership, service and the 4-Way Test.
As part of the contest rules, speech competitors must speak from memory (unaided by notes), specifically refer to the 4-Way Test, and are limited to 75 words or less of any quoted material that is not original work by the participant.
Cash prizes for the competition are sponsored by local banks and will be offered to the top three local finishers.
Riddell National Bank is sponsoring the first-place award of $200, while Terre Haute Savings Bank is sponsoring the second-place award of $125. The third-place award of $75 is also being sponsored by Terre Haute Savings Bank.
This is the fourth consecutive year the Brazil club has sponsored the contest.
The speech guidelines and registration materials have been provided to high school guidance departments, along with English and speech teachers.
A participation form is required and must be turned in by each contest entrant by Friday, Feb. 15.
For additional contest materials and more information, contact Dr. Miranda Goodale, speech contest chair, at 812-230-6366, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Forms may be mailed to Dr. Goodale at Speech Contest Chairman, Rotary Club of Brazil, P.O. Box 44, Brazil, Ind., 47834.
The top winner of the Brazil speech contest will qualify to move on to a District competition Saturday, March 2, in Washington, Ind., with a chance at a grand prize of $1,000.