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Dear Rotarian

I am announcing the Rotary 2020-21 annual District 5610 Four Way Test Essay Contest.  I realize that this may be a challenge this year but think the contest is too important to drop.  I am hoping that you will help make this year's contest possible.
The contest is a great way to spread our Rotary ideals into our communities.  The contest involves 6th graders and they are asked to write a 200 to 500 word essay on "How can I apply the Rotary Four-Way Test to my life?"  You will be amazed and excited at the perspective 6th graders have on our Four-Way Test.
You need to find a 6th grade teacher or group of teachers who are willing to participate in this great project.  I have found that it is usually easier to approach teachers rather than the administraters as they have so many other issues on their minds.  Provide the teacher with the attached forms describing the contest, it's history and requirements.  When the essays have been written the teachers can narrow down the group and submit their top ten or they can submit all of the essays that they collect to your club.  You need judges to determine the top essays and your club can reward a 1st, 2nd and 3rd prize if you so choose.  Then by the deadline of March 31 2021 you need to submit your winning essay to the district where it will be judged with all of the other club winners.  The District 5610 winners will be announced on line on April 31, 2021.  The first place winner will receive a $200 check, a certificate, a Four -Way Test coin and the chance to read their essay at the District Conference in Deadwood.  Second place receives a $100 check, a certificate and a Four -Way Test coin while third place receives a $50 check, a certificate and a Four -Way Test coin.
I am hoping that many, many of the District 5610 clubs will participate in this terrific project where we teach young people about what Rotary stands for and help them with their writing skills. For questions or more information contact Pat Sutliff <sutliff@midco.net> or 605-718-0559.
The necessary forms can be found on our District 5610 website.  I am also attaching some of the pertinent forms to this email.