This Contest was inaugurated in 1939 as a feature of Youth Work to encourage the art of Public Speaking
among High School Students.
Each school will select the winner of its Public Speaking Contest to represent his/her school. This student must not have attained his/her
19th birthday prior to June 30, of the year in which the competition is held. The participants of any Final Contest shall not be eligible to
compete a second time. In the finals, the contestants will speak with the use of a microphone but this is not necessarily required in the
3. CONTEST LEVELS:
The winner of the school contest competes in a preliminary contest in the district
where he/she resides. At least four schools should compete in order to have a
contestant enter a Semi-final or a Zone-final Contest. Local Rotary Clubs usually
host the Semi-final Contests. The Final Contest will be held before the Montreal
Club during the month of May. Any students qualifying for the Finals from out of
town will, upon request, have their expenses paid by the Montreal Club or the
local Rotary Club.
4. DATES OF CONTESTS:
Every effort should be made to have all contests completed at about: Schools
Mid February Preliminaries Mid March Semi-finals at local Rotary Club Mid April
Final at Rotary Club of Montreal Mid May. The Rotary Club does not participate
in the “School” contest.
For the preliminary contests, the contestant shall choose his/her subject from a list of several made available to all contestants. He/she will
be allowed five minutes to deliver his/her speech, which will be in either of the two official languages of Canada , or both if the contestant so
desires. Should there be more than a 30-second deviation either way from 5 minutes, the contestant may be penalized. Restricted use of
notes is permitted but on no account may the speech be read.
For the Semi-finals and Finals the foregoing conditions will apply, except that the separate lists of subjects will be made available several
(7-10) days prior to the contest. The topic used in each level of the contest must be different from that used in all other levels of the contest.
For all Contests, the student must prepare his/her speech. He/she may
have advice and criticism from others, but no assistance in the actual
preparation of his/her material other than research. Contestants failing
to comply with this rule will be disqualified. The finalists shall not use the
same subject as they used in the Semi-final Contest.
It is of vital importance that great care be taken in the appointment of
Judges. Members of the staffs of competing schools shall not be eligible
The winner of the Final Contest will receive a scholarship of $750 and
the Rotary Shield will go to his/her school for 1 year.
The second place contestant will receive a scholarship of $500 and the
other finalists, $200 each.
Scholarships are payable by the Rotary Club of Montreal to the Bursar of the recognized University or other school to which the winning
candidate has been admitted. The scholarship should be claimed within two years of the candidate’s obtaining a High School Leaving
Certificate or its equivalent.
Although the scholarship is primarily for University studies, the interests of a candidate may be better served by attendance at another
educational institution or trade school. In such exceptional circumstances the candidate shall submit his/her plans to the Rotary Club for its
Judging will be on the following basis:
1. Modulation, voice, pace, duration
2. Pronunciation, enunciation
3. Assurance, neatness, naturalness
4. Audience appeal and gestures
B. MATERIAL CONTENT
4. Originality, humour, relevance
|THE ROTARY ANNUAL PUBLIC SPEAKING CONTEST
|THE ROTARY CLUB OF MONTREAL
"The Premier Club of Quebec"
Meets Tuesdays for Breakfast or Lunch
St. James Club, 1145 Union Avenue (South East corner of Rene Levesque),