Pleasanton North Rotary hosting high school speech contest at noon today

Theme of this year's contest: 'Be a Gift to the World'

The Pleasanton North Rotary Club will host its annual Richard D. King Youth Speech Contest at 12:15 p.m. Friday at Handles Gastropub, 855 Main St. in Pleasanton.

Open to all high school students, the theme of this year's contest is "Be a Gift to the World."

Each year the Rotary Clubs of District 5170 sponsor the Richard D. King speech contest with three goals in mind for Club Members and each contest participant:

* Increase personal knowledge and awareness of the importance of being able to speak effectively before a group.

* Increase public knowledge of what Rotary is and does throughout the world, especially among young people. Through this knowledge, we hope that they

will learn, as we have in the past, "He profits most who serves best."

* Increase participation in the contest and to provide all high school contestants an opportunity to win prizes.

The prizes are awarded with "no strings attached." However, it is hoped that the award might be used to further the student's education.

"Our goal as Rotarians is to recognize and to support these young people who are tomorrow's leaders," said Debra Doble, contest chairwoman.

This year's theme, "Be a Gift to the World," was chosen by Rotary International President K.R. "Ravi" Ravindran. He urged club members worldwide to use their talents, expertise, and leadership to be gifts to the world and to share their stories so others can see the impact Rotary has in the world.

Students are only eligible to enter the District 5170 Contest for one Rotary Club.

Each student may choose any topic of interest. However all speeches must address the 2014-2015 theme.

Winners of the Pleasanton North and other local Rotary Club contests will compete in an area-wide competition Feb. 23 in Dublin, and those winners will compete in a regional contest March 18 in the HP Pavilion in San Jose.

For more information or to register for Friday's contest contact Debra Doble by email at or by telephone at (925) 426-7744.

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