From the earliest days of the organization, Rotarians were concerned with promoting high ethical standards in their professional lives. One of the world’s most widely printed and quoted statements of business ethics is the 4-Way Test, which was created in 1932 by Rotarian Herbert J. Taylor when he was asked to take charge of a company that was facing bankruptcy.
This 24-word test for employees to follow in their business and professional lives became the guide for sales, production, advertising, and all relations with dealers and customers; the survival of the company is credited to this simple philosophy. Adopted by Rotary International in 1943, the 4-Way Test has been translated into more than 100 languages.
The Rotary Club of the North Coast (which serves Avon, Avon Lake, Sheffield and Sheffield Lake) will hold a 4-Way Test Speech Contest for area students at Avon, Avon Lake and Brookside high schools to compete for cash prizes.
Based on Rotary’s 4-Way Test, each student contestant must deliver a speech that is 5 – 7 minutes in length, and recounts what the test personally means to them. A panel of judges (usually 3) will decide the winners.
The Rotarian’s 4-Way Test – Of the things we think, say or do:
1. Is it the truth?
2. Is it fair to all concerned?
3. Will it build goodwill and better friendships?
4. Will it be beneficial to all concerned?
This is a great opportunity for students to participate in an outstanding program that teaches the ethics of Rotary to future Rotarians and has an added value of winning valuable cash prizes. The winner of the contest will be able to continue on to Rotary Area and, possibly, District competitions.