Murfreesboro Rotary Club Focuses On Youth

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(L-R) Rotary President Melissa Cassidy presents United Way's Meagan Flippin a check for $5,000.

The Murfreesboro Rotary Club presented a $5,000 gift to United Way's "Books From Birth" program as a way to promote childhood literacy in Rutherford County.

The club's focus is to encourage the healthy development of youth and it does so with disctionaries for every third grade student in the county, along with funding of schools in third world countries.







4-Way Test Speech Contest This Coming Saturday

Another topic that encourages public speaking in youth is the annual "4-Way Test" contest that will be held at 10:30AM this coming Saturday morning at the Boys and Girls Club, 820 Jones Boulevard.

Club President Melissa Cassidy said, "The purpose of Rotary's 4-Way Test Speech Contest is to foster the principle of ethics in everyday life as well as in business. It is open to any ninth through twelfth grade public, private or home-school student in Rutherford County."

She continued, "Students may talk on any topic that they feel is timely, important and interesting. It can not be profane, obscene, unpatriotic, or racist. If you have a doubt, clear the topic with the Murfreesboro Rotary Club.

There is no fee to participate, and the first place prize is $200 cash.

Cassidy explained that each speech must be at least four-minutes long, but if it exceeds six-minutes, the student looses points. She stressed that every talk must be based on ROTARY'S 4-WAY TEST:

  1. Is it the TRUTH?
  2. Is it FAIR to all concerned?
  4. Will it be BENEFICIAL to all concerned?

In addition to the $200 first place prize, second is $150 and third place receives $100. The winner then goes on to compete for another round of cash prizes in the district semi-finals on May 4, 2019 in Franklin. The finals will be for a $1,000 scholarship on May 18, 2019 at the Cool Springs Marriott.

President Cassidy stressed, "The speech given by each contestant must be the work of that student alone. No more than 75 words may be quoted. Plus, no props are to be used. However, note cards can be used as an aid, but not as a script."

Contact Information

If you have questions, phone 615-796-6681 or e-mail:

The Murfreesboro Rotary Club celebrates its 100th anniversary in October, and meets at noon every Tuesday at the Stones River Country Club.

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