■ By Stacey Bailey / Contributed
The Hemet Sunset Rotary held its annual Rotary 4 Way Speech Contest on Feb. 13 at the DVAC on Harvard Street. Students from three of the local high schools competed to go on to the Rotary District Competition. From Hemet High, the contestants were Jessica Greenman and Ben Collier; from West Valley, Pamela Jansen and Megan Crowe and from the Western Center Academy, Marah Alley and Sara Oike.
For this contest, students are asked to pick any topic and apply the Rotary 4 Way test to it. The 4 Way test asks: Is it truth? Is it fair to all concerned? Will it build goodwill and friendships? And will it be beneficial to all concerned?
Some of the topics the students spoke on included freedom of the press, the importance of agriculture, being gay in today’s culture, why we need discipline and the importance of making technology accessible to the senior community. The judges for the contest were Dan Goodrich, Dan Cortese, Bobbi Neff and Laura Brock. Pat Wilkison and Stacey Bailey organized the competition.
The winners of the contest were Sara Oike in first place, Marah Alley in second place and Pamela Jansen in third place. Oike will represent Hemet Sunset Rotary in the district competition with Alley as the alternate.
Rotary is a global network of 1.2 million neighbors, friends, leaders, and problem-solvers who see a world where people unite and take action to create lasting change – across the globe, in our communities, and in ourselves.
Solving real problems takes commitment and vision. For more than 110 years, Rotary’s people of action have used their passion, energy, and intelligence to take action on sustainable projects. From literacy and peace to water and health, the club is constantly working to better our world, and they intend to stay committed to the end.
Hemet Sunset Rotary meets every Wednesday night at 5:30 p.m. at the DVAC on Harvard Street. Visitors are always welcome and Rotary is always looking for new members. For more information, call (951) 530-9254.