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SWIS District Youth Programs > Oratorical

           Topic for the 2017-2018 School Year is: 
              “Where are My Roots of Optimism".

Date:         May 4 - 5, 2018
                  (SWIS Conference, award received)

Awards:    1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners receive a $2,500, $1,500 and $1,000 college scholarships 

Eligibility UPDATE:        Contestants under the age of 18 as of October 1, 2017.  Interested students submit a speech on the topic to their local optimist club. Combined boy and girl contests at all levels (Club-Zone-District). No minimum number of contestants for Club Contests. 

Optimist International Contests:  Winners at the District Level can participate in the Regional Contest for Scholarships.  Winners at the Regional Contest can receive larger scholarships.  (Previous District Winners are NOT eligible to compete again). More information available on International Contests: click here.  

Sponsorship:   Club/Zone winners are sponsored by the club at the District Conference. The Oratorical Contest scholarships are sponsored by the Optimist International Foundation to give young people the opportunity to speak about their own opinions regarding the world in which they live. 

Requirements:  Speech is limited to 4-5 minutes.


  • Poise (appearance, personality)     20 points
  • Content of speech                          35 points
  • Delivery and presentation              35 points
  • Overall effectiveness                     10 points
        Club Contests                               January, February and March
        Zone Contests                               March and April
  • Scheduled and organized by Lt. Governor of zone
  • Minimum of 3 contestants per Zone Contest
  • Must be completed by April 15, 2018
  • Zone winner information must be submitted by April 16, 2018 to SWIS District Chair.

Jo'El Pearlman, Oratorical Coordinator, is COORDINATING ALL HOTEL and LUNCH RESERVATIONS for the YOUTH WINNERS and FAMILIES.  PLEASE CONTACT Jo'El  at 262 620 1588 or via email eventplanner2000@hotmail.com.

Oratorical Team:      Josh Zaidel and Jo'El Pearlman (Coordinator)

Contact info:
 Josh Zaidel, District Co-Chair
         1902 N Commerce Street, #502
         Milwaukee, WI   53212
         Work  phone:            
         E-mail:                      joshzaidel@me.com 

         Jo'el Pearlman, Oratorical Coordinator
          528 76th Street
         Franksville, WI    53126
         Phone:                    262-620-1588
         E-mail:                    eventplanner2000@hotmail.com 

Parents and students:               Oratorical Contest Application

Club Chair Planning Guide:      Oratorical Planning Guide

Clubs Information:                    Optimist International Oratorical Scholarships

SWIS District Deadline:  UPDATE - Submit winners to Optimist International by MAY 15, 2018

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