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Anne McBride 
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Oratorical Competition Change and Fundraising


Oratorical World Championships - Contest Rule Change
The Optimist International Board of Directors has been listening to concerns from Districts about the new rule implemented this year that mandates each District winner compete in person at the designated locations for Oratorical World Championships. After much discussion at the Board meeting on November 30, 2018, the Optimist International Board of Directors decided to appoint an Ad Hoc Committee for Oratorical World Championships and Scholarships to recommend enhancements going forward with a report to the Board in March 2019. In the meantime, to allow Districts more time for transition and to allow for the Ad Hoc Committee's report, the Board passed the following:

Effective  October 1, 2021 , all District winners will compete at the Oratorical World Championships in person at the designated locations.The Arizona District is working on a fundraising project to assist our Oratorical Competitors and District Winner with the costs associated with

the competition.


Do you have a business or know a business that would be interested in donating to the fund, set

up through the Pass Through at the

OI Foundation, a 501 (c) 3 organization?


Is your Club interested in donating to the fund

or having a fundraising event for the project?


If so, please contact