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Each year Rotary District 7850 conducts a speech contest to help youth, community and Rotarians understand, encourage and foster the principles and values of Rotary.  Principles like the Service Above Self, the 4-Way Test (see below) and the annual theme of Rotary International are used for speech topics. This year’s topic is:


Why is Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Important? - Prepare & Deliver a five-minute speech which relates this topic to your life, school and Rotary values.  High School Age Students Only.  Memorization not required.   


2023 Cash prizes up to $1,750


The 2023 speech contest prizes break down as follows:


Club Round 1 – Prize $200 - Compete against other South Burlington residents on February 15, 7:00pm, location in South Burlington to be determined.  


Area Round 2 – Prize $300  - Round 1 winners Compete against area students in March at a time and location to be determined (prior to March 15 in Northern Vermont).


District Round 3 – Prize $500 for the Two Finalists  - Up to ten other contestants from other Areas’ Round 2 Contests at Rotary District 7850 Assembly held Sat April 1, 2023 at Northern VT University, Lyndonville, VT.  Estimated time 10am-2pm.


District Round 4 – Prize $750 Winner & Prize $500 Runner-Up - Two Contestants from Round 3 will speak at Rotary District 7850 Conference held Saturday April 29, 2023 at Jay Peak Resort, Jay Peak VT. Estimated time 11am-1pm.


The documents in the left navigation further define the contest including:

  • Contest Poster - Defines the theme of the speech, location, time and prizes.

  • Registration Form - Must be filled out and submitted to the South Burlington Speech Contest Chair (defined on the form)

  • Contest Rules - Defines contest details, eligibility and contest rules.

  • Judge Score Sheet - Outlines how speeches will be graded so contestants know what to focus on.

Download these documents, fill out the registration form and get started planning for the competition.   For more information, feel free to reach out to the South Burlington Rotary Club contact:

Tom O’Keefe



4-Way Test regarding 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?