Our club will host its annual Speech/Debate Banquet at Country Inn & Suites in Mankato at 11:30 am on Wednesday, May 18, 2022.
We will honor three students from each of our high schools, and all nine students will receive a  $300 scholarship. One student from each school will present their submission at our event. Some of the speech and debate events include delivering a speech they wrote, presenting a current events speech with only one half-hour preparation, reading a short story,  and many more.
To underscore the significance of this event, we invite the students’ parents,  speech coaches, and administrators of each of the schools. For many of these students, it is the only public recognition that they will receive for their outstanding work.
The students always do an incredible job. Many Rotarians consider this banquet to be one of the highlights of the Rotary year.
We have been hosting this event for years. It’s been so long that no one knows exactly when the event started. We know that the event was going strong in 1970 because that year one of our club members,  Herb Kroon, was an award recipient.