Oratorical Contest


Oratorical Contest 2021-2022

“Staying Optimistic in Challenging Times”

The District finals will be held on Saturday, May 7, 2022, in person (World Competition slated for St. Louis in July, exact date TBD). All Zone and Region winners will receive plaques given to them at that level (engraved name slat will be ordered when winner’s names are known). District winners also receive an engraved plaque. There will be three scholarships awarded to the District winner, 2nd, and 3rd place. This contest is non-gender specific. The top winner advances to the World Competition.


  • Two winners at the Club Level
  • Two winners at the Zone Level
  • Two winners at the Regional Level
  • First, 2nd & 3rd Place winners at the District Level. Only First Place advances to the World Competition


Club Contests: Conducted by March 6, 2022.

Zone Contests: Conducted by March 27, 2022.

Regional Contests: Conducted by April 17, 2022.


Information packets can be requested from Optimist International or can be downloaded from www.ohiodistrictoptimist.org or www.optimist.org. The link leads to an application, brochure, and Club Planning Guide.


Lt. Governors: Please mail all winners’ paperwork to your Regional Chair immediately after your zone contest. Regional coordinators should mail paperwork (please make sure all blanks are completed) to Debe as soon as your contest is finished.


Debe Dockins                                     Region 1:

Ohio District Oratorical Chair           Prior Contest Venue: Brunswick Municipal Building

588 Shelbourne Lane; Apt. 207         4095 Center Road,

Dayton, OH  45458                             Brunswick, OH  44212

DebeD87@gmail.com                        Chair: TBD

and ddockins@wcpl.lib.oh.us           Zone 1 – Open

Cell: 937-266-2331                              Zone 2 – Lt. Gov. Kevin Zehe

                                                            Zone 3 – Lt. Gov. Debe Dockins


                                                            Region 2:

                                                            Prior Contest Venue: University of Northwestern Ohio

                                                            1441 N. Cable Road (400 Crown Building)

                                                            Lima, OH  45805

                                                            Chairs: TBD

                                                            Zone 4 – Lt. Gov. Ray Abel

Zone 5 – Lt. Gov. Tom Kennedy

                                                            Region 3:

                                                            Prior Contest Venue: Southminster Church

                                                            7001 Far Hills Avenue

                                                            Centerville, OH  45459

                                                            Chair: TBD

                                                            Zone 6 – Lt. Gov. Brenda Moore

                                                            Zone 7 – Lt. Gov. Pat Behn

                                                            Zone 8 – Lt. Gov. Darrel Basford

 At each stage, it’s very important that all the paperwork is completed. In order for the scholarships to be processed, I need to submit the following to OI:

  • The Contestant’s Application Form for the 2020-2021 Contest
  • The Zone/District Regional/District Entry Form which must include the number of contestants that participated in each level of the contest AND the appropriate signatures, including the contestants.’
  • The Optimist Regional Information Form from the Regions which will be held in April.
  • A Copy of the contestant’s birth certificate or passport. No other age verification documents will be accepted.
  • A copy of the contestant’s Club Contest Evaluation which can be found in the Club Planning Guide. This is often missed, but OI considers it mandatory.
  • A printed copy of the speech.
  • PLEASE make sure you have signatures of club officials.



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