11235 Curve Optimist Club of Memphis
President – Sandra W Robinson
Sec. – Sherry Howard
Treas. – Henry Davis
Meeting -Metropolitan Baptist Church –
4th Saturday 10 am

The Optimist International Oratorical Contest is a competitive event in which students compose a speech on a preassigned topic and deliver the speech before a panel of judges and an audience. It is an excellent opportunity for them to improve oratory skills, develop self-confidence, and receive awards. The topic for 2016 is “How My Best Brings Out the Best in Others.”

The contest is open to students under the age of 18 as of October 1, 2015, and  students who have not yet graduated from high school or the equivalent. There is no minimum age. The oration has a time limit of (4 – 5 minutes) that must be adhered to in order to get the proper points assigned (see penalties on Official Rules).

All contestants will receive certificates of participation. Winners will receive medallions and the following monetary awards:


                                 1st  Place – $200.00

                                 2nd Place – $100.00

                                 3rd Place – $50.00

The Curve Oratorical Contest is scheduled for 9:00 a.m. on February 27, 2016, at Metropolitan Baptist Church, 767 Walker Avenue, Memphis, TN 38126. Contestants are encouraged to begin planning for this competition NOW!

An application form and official rules are available upon request by contacting Doris W. Hawkins (901-755-1132 / dhawkins1888@comcast.net) or Paulette Brown (901-690-5156). Completed application forms are due on or before February 10, 2015.

Doris W. Hawkins, Oratorical Contest Chair

Cary C. Woods, Curve President