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SWIS District Youth Programs > Oratorical

 Topic for the 2018-2019 School Year is: 

“Is There a Fine Line Between Optimism and Reality".

Date:         May 10-11, 2019
                  (SWIS Conference, award received)

 Josh Zaidel:        262-993-2516        joshzaidel@me.com 
 Jo'El Pearlman    262-620-1588       eventplanner2000@hotmail.com 

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, 2018.  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 BEFORE April  20, 2019
  • Zone winner information must be submitted by April 20, 2019 to Jo'El Pearlman.

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
         Milwaukee, WI   53212
         Work  phone:            262-993-2516 
         E-mail:                      joshzaidel@me.com 

         Jo'el Pearlman, Oratorical Coordinator
         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 in MAY 2019.


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