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The Australian Rostrum Council voted in 2021 to establish an annual national speaking competition where winners from heats in each of the Zones will compete to establish the national winner.

ACT Rostrum School Competition

Rostrum Speaking Competition in the ACT and Region Assists Primary School Students in their Return to Normal

Following a Covid lockdown delay of 2 months, the grand final of the Rostrum Primary School Public Speaking Competition, Kids Speak Out, was contested by 8 Primary School students on 8 November 2021 at Radford College to a reduced and appropriately spaced audience of 48.

The progress of the students through this Covid disrupted year was not easy. There were 92 entrant schools choosing their school champion through internal heats to proceed to one of twelve quarter finals conducted in Canberra, Cooma and Yass.

Co-founder of the competition, Dorothy Hine presented the Warren Hines Memorial Trophies to the winner Leo Richter of Chapman Primary School and the runner-up, Mia Buser of Mt Carmel School, Yass chosen by a panel of Rostrum qualified adjudicators. She also presented the People’s Choice trophy to Amelie Hitchcock of St Bede’s Primary School, Narrabundah chosen by vote of the audience.

Many members of Rostrum attended Eddie’s celebration of life service at Riverside Baptist College, Seventeen Mile Rocks on Sunday 9th January.  Family members included son Cameron Fee, industrial psychologist, daughter Melita MacMahon, midwife, who lives in Armidale NSW, and her three children Alex, Georgia and Jessica. All three of Eddie’s grandchildren spoke beautifully. Cameron and Melita spoke fondly about their mother Beverley, former wife of Eddie.

Fmn Brian Korner delivered an excellent tribute on behalf of Rostrum Queensland. 

Eddie was elected president of Queensland Rostrum in 1996 following a very keenly contested election campaign. He effectively led Queensland Rostrum for three years before taking on the role of National President for a subsequent three years. His dedication to Rostrum included his inauguration of the Eddie Fee After Dinner Speaking Competition in 2000.

Is it true that Rostrum keeps you young? Perhaps Patricia Daly is a great example of the Rostrum effect. 

Rostrum Queensland recently celebrated Patricia Daly's 99th birthday!


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