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by Scott | May 3, 2013 | Club News , District 5630 News | 0 comments
HOW THE FOUR-WAY TEST CAN IMPACT MY WORLD by: GAVIN STRAUSS
Gavin Strauss, 4-Way Essay Test Winner Bryan Elementary School, Lexington, NE Sponsored by: Lexington Rotary Club
How does a young boy know whether he is doing the right thing or making wise choices when no one is there to give him his answer? Beliefs and actions that support the truth, are fair to others, promote goodwill, and that are beneficial to those concerned are the questions considered within the Four-Way Test. I live on a farm in central Nebraska with my parents and two younger brothers. Though I must admit that I don’t directly ask myself these questions on a daily basis, I do feel that I have a solid personal understanding of the four-way test and how it should influence my life and the lives of other people. The best way to put the Four-Way Test to work is to start at home.
Truth is the first aspect of the Four-Way Test, and probably the most necessary for life. Living my days by telling the truth, according to God and the Bible has been very helpful to me. All kids in a lifetime cause mischief and make a bad choice or two as they learn. In a bad situation, the truth can always help a child ore than it can hurt. Growing up involves a lot of mistakes, and I have learned that telling the truth is the best policy even though I may still have to face consequences. When I am truthful, it sets a good example for my brothers and helps my parents to trust me more. I have always liked to keep a good reputation, so by being truthful, I can maintain a clean record.
Fairness is a familiar idea to kids. They use the term the most when they want to try to get their parent’s or someone’s approval. Living on a farm in the country with two brothers might sound like fun, but at times it is what I consider unfair. While I like our new house and the space I have to run and play, it is in a place too far from town to walk anywhere. I do not get to ride bikes and run around the neighborhood with friends like most of the other kids I know. The aspect of fairness also reminds me of the fact that fair does not always mean equal. My parents spend a lot of time reading with my 2nd grade brother because it is not easy for him. Reading is easy for me, so it is okay for it to be that way, because he needs the help more than I do.
Good will is helping others out when I know I will get nothing in return of it. When it recently snowed a foot, my neighbor who is older, needed help cleaning his driveway. He is not a farmer with all of the tractors and big blades and tools, so out of good will, my Grandpa offered to move the snow out of his way. I can’t drive a tractor, but I have offered good will to him before by walking over to visit or keep him company, or watch the eagles that nest in the trees near his house with him. It might not be much, but it is a way to pay it forward.
I understand that being selfless and making decisions that will benefit as many people as possible is important too. Living and working on a farm is hard work. In the summer, my Dad and Grandparents change water on hundreds of acres of gravity irrigate corn and beans every twelve hours. Now that I am getting older and stronger, I realize that it is my time to pitch in and help out just like my Dad did when he was my age. Even though the temperature may be hotter than blue blazes, and my friends may be at the pool in town, I need to think about how my work will be beneficial to our family and the world. When I help out, the work gets done faster and leaves time for things like going to the lake for a boat ride or going out for ice cream with my family. The benefits that go to our crops help them stay healthy and will pay off at harvest time, making more food for people and putting money in our pockets.
So what if the young boy, who is unsure of what he should do, applies the Four-Way Test as a guide to making his decisions? He will most likely stay out of trouble! He is also sure to set a positive example for others, help someone in need, and benefit the world by making it a better place. The Four-Way Test is a good way to live life in a world of choices. I am one young boy who will put this test to better use.
The second prize winner was Lydia Connell, sponsored by the Arnold Rotary Club. The third prize winner was Linda Kuku, sponsored by the Grand Island Sunrise Rotary Club. Both Lydia and Linda were unable to attend the conference.
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Update! 2018 Four Way Test Essay Winners Announced
Apr 13, 2018 | General News , Service Projects , Youth Programs
Rotary District 6600 is pleased to announce the winners of its annual Four-Way Test essay contest for the seventh and eighth grade students. The Four-Way Test is a set of four questions that Rotarians use to assist in the conduct of their personal and professional lives. The questions are: “Is it the truth? Is it fair to all concerned? Will it build goodwill and better friendships? Will it be beneficial to all concerned?”
The theme of this year’s contest was “The Four-Way Test in My Life.” Eight clubs participated in the 2018 Rotary Four Way Test Essay competition. Chaired by Lima Rotary Club Past President Esther Baldridge, the essays were judged by Rotarians Elizabeth Muether, Mike Makley, Mary Crehore and Heather Rutz.
This year’s winners were Morgan Shetzer, First Place , sponsored by the Fremont Club; Daniel Kurek, Second Place , sponsored by the Bucyrus Club; and Analei Jackson, Third Place , sponsored by the Lima Club. Rotary Clubs in North Coast, Perrysburg, Tiffin, St. Mary’s, and Bellevue also submitted essays after club-level competition.
To learn more about District 6600’s Four Way Test Essay Competition and other District Programs, visit www.rotarydistrict6600.org . Click HERE to download this year’s first, second, and third place essays.
Our first place winner, Morgan Shetzer, was unable to join us at the District Conference. See this note from her mother to Four Way Essay Contest Chair, Esther Baldridge.
Dear Ms. Baldridge, Morgan has a school music showcase on the same day as the conference. She plays her French horn in the morning and her violin in the afternoon. Morgan doesn’t want to disappoint her class by not being there but we are finding it difficult to make both events . After looking at the link you sent her to the district conference, she has decided to donate her district winnings back to the Rotary. Perhaps the funds would help expenses for the “kids against hunger” project. She has placed her winnings from the Fremont contest in her college savings account and is very appreciative. Thank you, Leanne Shetzer
Thank you, Morgan, four your generosity and your heart for helping others!
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Rotary’s annual Four-Way Test essay contest now open
By staff | sep 25, 2023.
Rotary District Governor Alfred Current has announced the opening of the annual essay contest for eighth graders, based on Rotary’s Four-Way Test, with a first-place award for the district winner of $500. Rotary clubs in the district, which stretches from Palmetto to Marco Island and east to Clewiston, will sponsor local contests in their respective communities, with local awards, as well.
The annual contest is open to all eight graders (or equivalent middle schoolers) whether public, private, or homeschooled.
The Four-Way Test, created by Rotary founder Herbert J. Taylor in 1932 as a guide for his employees to help them make good decisions, has been adopted as a guide for all Rotarians, who pledge to consider the test in whatever they think, say or do.
• First — Is it the truth?
• Second — Is it fair to all concerned?
• Third — Will it build good will and better friendships?
• Fourth — Will it be beneficial to all concerned?
Taylor believed the best competitive advantage to guide his failing aluminum cookware company facing bankruptcy was to implement a strong code of ethics. He developed this simple, but effective test, challenging everyone in his company to memorize and use it to guide their conduct in every aspect of their business and personal lives. Taylor’s company not only survived but thrived.
Contest competitors write an essay describing how The Four-Way Test can be applied to life challenges or decisions faced by them or others in their age group.
Last year’s winner, Piper Sheldon from Oasis Middle School in Cape Coral, sponsored by The Rotary Club of Cape Coral Goldcoast, titled her essay “To Post or Not to Post” , a timely essay about the pressures students face in today’s online world.
Local Rotary Clubs contact local schools, or are contacted by schools wishing to launch the contest in their schools, to initiate a school contest. The club selects and awards local winners and submit their winning essays to The District Essay Contest Committee to be entered into the District competition. The District will recognize and award a prize for first, second, and third-place winners at its District Conference at The Charlotte Harbor Event and Conference Center next year on Saturday, July 13.
Rotary International District 6960 includes 53 Rotary Clubs with a membership of 2350 active Rotarians ‘doing good in the world.’ For more information about Rotary District 6960, visit Rotarydistrict6960.org or rotary.org .
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