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4-Way Test Speech Due March 28th

THE PURPOSE of the speech contest is to help youth, Rotarians and the
community-at-large to more completely understand, encourage, and foster the principles of ethical behavior, Rotary and the objects of “Service Above Self.”

ELIGIBILITY is open to all high school age students , grades 9 – 12.

THE CONTEST is sponsored by your local Rotary club.

ENTRY FORM: (see attachment) To qualify for the contest, entry forms must be received by the Sponsoring Rotary Club 4-Way Test Speech Contest


TOPIC OF SPEECH: The topic is at the discretion of the student, one that
generally applies Rotary’s 4-Way Test to an important issue in our everyday
1. Is it the TRUTH?
2. Is it FAIR to all concerned?
4. Will it be BENEFICIAL to all concerned?

DELIVERY: The speech should be delivered in an extemporaneous manner. Notes will be permitted, but reading is discouraged. A memorized presentation is more impressive. Prompting from the audience will disqualify speakers.

LENGTH OF SPEECH: The speech should be not less than five minutes or more than seven minutes in length. Penalty points will be assessed if the speech length is outside these limits.

CONTENT OF SPEECH: The speech given by each contestant must be original in content and must show clearly the practical application of the Rotary Four-Way Test to the subject of the speech and the lives of the age-group of the contestant when applicable.

Contestants should write a speech with facts, statistics, stories, examples and quotations. Humor and personal touches are appropriate. Examples of winning 4-Way Test speeches can be found on YouTube.

Winner advances to Rotary District Competition: Participants must be available for District competition In order to advance in the contest. The winner must commit to attend the District level competition on May 04, 2024 in Coos Bay Oregon, should he/she win the Club and Area level competition. Transportation and a supervising Rotarian will be identified to accompany the winner at contest site.

JUDGING CRITERIA — Same at all levels of competition
A total of 100 points is possible for a contestant to be awarded (or deducted) as follows:
CONTENT 0 – 40 points
Use of example. Theme/subject adherence. Human interest, appeal, and
color. Clarity and expressiveness. Persuasiveness.
ORGANIZATION 0 – 10 points
Introduction. Logical development. Support of ideas. Smooth transitions.
DELIVERY 0-30 points
Voice control, articulation, enunciation. Body language (gestures, facial
expression). Sincerity.
* Is it the truth?!
* Is it fair to all concerned?!
* Will it build goodwill and better friendships?
* Will it be beneficial to all concerned?
TIME PENALTY 1 point for each 15 seconds (or fraction thereof) that the
speech is under 5 minutes or over 7 minutes. (Subtract points)

To sign up for the competition visit here.

President Bill Grile

Welcome to the online home of the Coos Bay – North Bend Rotary Club!
This year our theme is “Create Hope in the World” and under the leadership of Rotary International President Gordon McInally and District Governor Jim Polk, this is exactly what we’re doing. As
Rotarians, we see a world where people unite and take action to create lasting change – across the globe, in our communities and in ourselves. We are People of Action: Our priority is Service Above Self. We see differently: Our multidisciplinary perspective helps us see challenges in unique ways. We think differently: We apply leadership and expertise to social issues — and find unique
solutions. We act ethically and responsibly: Our passion and perseverance create lasting change. We make a difference at home and around the world: Coos Bay – North Bend Rotarians are
your friends, neighbors, community and business leaders uniting to advance solutions to problems at home and abroad. Want to learn more about how you could make a difference as a Coos Bay – North Bend Rotarian? Just let me hear from you!

Yours in Rotary Service,
President Bill Grile

2023 Cruz the Coos

The Coos Bay-North Bend Rotary Club is proud to present that Annual Cruz the Coos and Show ‘n Shine as part of the Bay Area Fun Festival. Cruz the Coos is one of the longest-running and largest classic car cruises on the Oregon Coast. It runs through the streets of downtown Coos Bay and is enjoyed by thousands of spectators.

The Show ‘n Shine is an opportunity to see vintage cars and trucks that have been beautifully restored. Talk with the owners and visit restaurants and amenities offered at The Mill Casino Hotel and RV Park. Proceeds generated from entry fees are put to use by the Rotary club to fund projects throughout the area including scholarships, humanitarian efforts, and other non-profit organizations in the community.

While you’re in the area, enjoy the Bay Area Fun Festival, one of the largest festivals on the Oregon Coast. The festival not only features the Cruz and Show ‘n Shine but the Prefontaine Memorial 10K Run, Street Vendors, a parade, and much more.

Shots for Tots

The Shots for Tots & Teens Immunization Clinic is a drop-in clinic held at the new Coos Health & Wellness building.

Children birth to 18 years old can come between 8:00 AM and 4:00 PM with a break between noon to 1:00 PM every year in February. Children without insurance qualify for FREE immunizations. The clinic also accepts Oregon Health Plan, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Pacific Source, Providence, Mode/ODS, United Health Care

The Event is sponsored by the Coos Bay-North Bend Rotary, North Bend Medical Center and Coos Health and Wellness.