District 7980 Four Way Speech Contest Announced

District 7980 Four Way Speech Contest Chair Roy Fuchs is pleased to announce that it will once again sponsor a Four-Way Test Speech Contest. Every club is encouraged to engage with its local high school. Each local winner will compete in the Semi-Finals Competition on Sunday, April 6, 2014 at Southern Connecticut State University in New Haven.

The top three winners of the Semi-Finals Competition will go on to represent their clubs at the Finals Competition on Saturday, May 3 at the District Assembly to be held at the Mystic Marriott and Spa, Groton, Connecticut.

The top three winners at the District Finals will receive monetary prizes of $500 for First Place; $400 for Second Place, and $300 for Third Place.

Each participating club must present one finalist from that club on Sunday, April 6 at 2:00 pm at the District Semi-Finals Contest at the School of Business, Southern Connecticut State University, New Haven. Club application to compete must be returned to Roy Fuchs by March 15.

Each club agrees to pay a registration fee of $150 per student, payable to District 7980, for speakers who will compete at the District Semi-Finals at SCSU.  This fee will pay for prizes and food for the speakers, and all fees will be used solely for this competition.

Individual clubs may (and should) offer prizes for their club competitions, as they see fit. There are no monetary prizes offered at the Semi-Finals – only at the Finals.

The sponsoring club must arrange for any transportation, food and accommodation needs, and must absorb associated costs incurred by the participants. Specific arrangements must be made by the individual clubs and communicated to the participants to eliminate any misunderstanding.

Information about the competition, including objectives, application forms and a sample score sheet are can be downloaded below. It is important that rules and regulations be followed uniformly so each student will be prepared for the finals.

Contact Chair Roy Fuchs of the Westport Sunrise Rotary Club with any questions. Roy may be reached at 203-856-4321, by FAX at 203-459-4322 or by email at royfuchs@snet.net.

Happy Campers at Camp Rotary in New London

The New London Rotary Club has been a major supporter of Camp Rotary for many years. During that time the camp has grown from a few dozen campers in a 5 week long program to 120 campers (plus a long waiting list) in a 8 week program.

Camp Rotary is made up of middle school aged students that attend academic programs from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. four days a week. Students in Camp Rotary receive STEM-themed (science, technology, engineering and math) instruction and focus on the middle school’s goal of improving vocabulary, enhancing strategic reading skills and increasing math literacy. For the remainder of the afternoon, students participate in a regular camp day. On Fridays, students enjoy a full day of camp.

The camp starts just as the academic year ends in June and continues through until mid August and culminates with a day long field trip to Block Island.

New London Rotary has been Engaging Rotary to Change the lives of these young people in a positive way for many years. Campers enjoy the program’s rigor and benefit from the responsibility and interaction they are engaged in.

Want more information on Camp Rotary? Then contact AG/DGN Gerry Tom.