Four Way Test Speech Contest
Jim Elsasser introduced the Four-Way Test, another opportunity to enhance our commitment to youth. The students are challenged integrate the Four Way Test and the RI theme for the year, “Making a Difference,” into their presentation. The speeches are timed, requiring careful planning by the students.
Two students from Claremont High School (CHS) participated in this year’s contest, accompanied by their coach, Rachael Ware. Both boys are engaged in forensics and debate at CHS.
Jack Xiao gave the winning speech. Jack is a junior at CHS and was participating for the third time. He won the contest last year as a sophomore. Jack’s speech played off the concept of simplification in math (which vexes him) to illustrate how it doesn’t work so well in life. Simplification can: hamper under-standing (Is it the truth?); polarize individuals and groups of people (Is it fair to all concerned?); eliminate our ability to reach common ground (Does it create good will?); and can prevent discussion, as when Congress reduced issues to a party line vote (Will it be beneficial to all concerned?). Jack will be applying for college soon and plans to major in music and computer science. He concluded by pitching a CHS music event on April 29 at 2 pm. All are welcome! (details to follow)
Angelo Thomas is a sophomore at CHS. His speech dealt with the concept expressed by Thomas Paine, “Fatigue is necessary to preserve freedom.” He lamented the disappearance of citizenship and urged all citizens to step up so that our democracy can make a positive difference, weaving in the elements of the four way test. Angelo plans to go to college and major in law and international relations.
What excellent work by these high school students! We expect to see Jack at the District Conference competition in May. Jim thanked judges John Tulac, John Howland and Karen Sapio.
Happy Spring Everyone!
Next Friday we will not be holding our regular meeting at the Doubletree in Claremont. Instead, we will be having our Spring Social: Mexican Fiesta at the home of Rotarian Chris Shaner from 5:30-9pm. Festivities will include food from Tropical Mexico, drink, and mariachis! There will be non-meat options for those not eating meat.
Please RSVP to Frank Bedoya at (909)762-4379 or firstname.lastname@example.org. If you are a pre-paid for your club meals, this event is free to you. For all others and for guests, the cost is $20 per person.
We are looking for some people to volunteer to be on the set-up and/or clean-up crew. Set up will begin at 5pm and clean-up at 9pm. We will have a sign-up sheet for these crews at today’s meeting. If you will not be at today’s meeting and wish to help on either of these crews, just respond back to this email and I will add you to the correct list.
I hope everyone can attend. This will be a great evening of fun and fellowship. Cameron said that he plans on singing a specific song with the mariachis. Nona is planning on coming ready to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day (green food coloring for the drinks) and plans to dress accordingly. I wonder where she will get a green sombrero. You don’t want to miss this!
Yours in Rotary Service,
The Rotary Club of Claremont, President
Upcoming District Events
Hensel Ethics Essay Contest
July 1st - March 31st 2018
Rotary Youth Leadership Awards 2018 Requires Registration
March 16th - March 18th 2018
District 5300 Budget and Finance Meeting
March 21st 2018
S. Nevada Regional Dan Stover Music Competition
April 6th 2018