The importance of The 4-Way Test

The 4 way test was created in 1932 by a Rotarian by the name of Herbert J. Taylor. During the 1930s he was asked to help save the Club Aluminum Products distribution company from bankruptcy. His business recovery plan was based on changing the ethical climate of the workplace. He came up with these 24 words to serve as the guide, motivation and backbone for employees to follow when it came to business practices and relations with customers, fellow employees and outside dealers. The company survived and it was credited mainly to this simple but profound philosophy. He had in fact changed the ethical climate of the business by adopting a simple but meaning creed.

Rotary later adopted it in 1943 as The 4-Way Test. Rotarians recite it at club meetings and it has since been translated into more than a hundred languages and published in thousands of different ways around the globe.

The 4 -Way Test asks the following four questions:

Of the things we think, say or do:

Is it the TRUTH?

Is it FAIR to all concerned?


Will it be BENEFICIAL to all concerned?

This is a nonpartisan, nonsectarian ethical guide that Rotarians utilize for both their personal and professional relationships. It has never changed all these years and it remains a central part of the permanent Rotary structure. These 24 words are held as the standard by which all behavior should be measured and how people should attempt to live out their lives.

How do you apply The 4-Way Test in your daily lives?

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The History of Rotary

Posted in 2007 this is a seven-and-a-half minute video that summarizes significant milestones of Rotary’s first century of service.


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Your favorite stories from 2015

A wonderful post on Rotary stories from 2015!

Rotary Service Connections | EnglishConnect, partner, and serve through Rotary

Source: Your favorite stories from 2015

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Welcome 2016 & fearLESS sparks

Source: Welcome 2016 & fearLESS sparks

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Happy New Year Rotarians!

I would like to extend my deepest gratitude to all Rotarians and their families. Thank you for your efforts in making District 7980 the very best,!

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Rotary making a difference world wide

December 22nd 2015 Rotary Club Brings Christmas Cheer To Children – JP

Keeping with the season of giving, the rotary club of St. Lucia held a Christmas party for the children of Anse-La- Raye.



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How a summer day changed everything

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Rotary Voices

Shirey speaking to her club Andrea Shirey speaks to her Rotary Club about hosting an exchange student.

By Andrea Shirey

On a summer day at my weekly Rotary Club meeting, a simple yes changed everything. A series of events and conversations over several weeks had led a fellow Rotarian to ask me if our family would host an exchange student. Somehow, the word yes fell from my lips as my brain lagged behind just long enough to realize I was committed. Soon, the questions formed:

What if the student is weird? What if my kids don’t get along with her? What if she won’t eat anything I cook and she dislikes America because of me? The doubts were endless, the fears considerable.  

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December 1st is World AIDS Day

Thank you for sharing this Rick.

Rick Bassett

world-aids-dayWorld AIDS Day is observed each December 1st since being established in 1988 by the World Health Organization (WHO). It is dedicated to raising awareness of the AIDS pandemic caused by the spread of HIV infection.

The red ribbon is the global symbol for solidarity with HIV-positive people and those living with AIDS.

AIDS came to the forefront of public awareness in 1981 when people started suffering and dying from a mysterious pneumonia in Los Angeles but experts have since traced the origins  of the HIV virus to between 1800’s – 1920’s.

HIV type 1, group M (HIV-1), the predominant cause of the AIDS epidemic, is believed to evolved from  Simian Immunodeficiency Viruses (SIV) that crossed the species barrier from chimpanzees to humans between the 1800s and 1959, probably in the 1920’s, in Kinshasa, the capital of what is now the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Screenshot 2015-11-30 13.14.57The earliest confirmed HIV case in humans was found in blood drawn in 1959 from…

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North Haven Rotary: 2015 Warm Coat Project

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The North Haven Rotary Club gave out about 70 new coats to the 1st graders at Lincoln-Bassett School in New Haven.
The Club allocates several thousand dollars each year to do this very important project at Lincoln-Bassett School as the children that attend this school are some of the most economically disadvantaged in New Haven.‪#‎2015WarmCoatProject‬ ‪#‎RotariansAtWork‬ ‪#‎ServiceAboveSelf‬

Another example of how Rotary is making a difference every day. I am so proud of all the amazing work you do!  ~ Gerry

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More Rotary Club fun in Connecticut!

Another fabulous day with fellow Rotarians. This time I was blessed with the pleasure of meeting with the Rotary groups of Westport and Westport Sunrise. Here are a few pictures from a great day! Thank you Rotarians for all you do and for making me feel so welcomed.  ~ Gerry

Steve Lewie, holding his District Service Award. Westport President Jame Sherman. Ruby Allen, Past DG, Win Allan and John Hendrickson.

Steve Lewie, holding his District Service Award. Westport President Jame Sherman. Ruby Allen, Past DG, Win Allan and John Hendrickson.

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Dennis Wong ~ Westport Sunrise Rotary

David with PDG Rick Benson of the Westport club.

David Forward with PDG Rick Benson of the Westport club.

My classmate and speaker, David Forward

My classmate and speaker, David Forward, with me.

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Rotarians at work!

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