Ohio Western Reserve Masonic Community 4931 Nettleton Road - Medina, Ohio 44256
The Rotary club of Medina Sunrise has announced the launch of their 2019, 4-Way Test Speech Contest for High School students in Medina County, Ohio. The contest provides a challenging way for students to develop critical thinking, ethical decision making and public speaking skills.
Rotary Club President Dr.Shail Jain explains “The Four-Way Test was developed by Rotarian Herbert J. Taylor during the Great Depression in 1932, when his company Club Aluminum was facing bankruptcy. Taylor theorized that if he could encourage his employees to always do the right thing, Club Aluminum could perhaps win business. He promoted the test as a way of life and model for doing business. Five years later, Club Aluminum was profitable again.”
The 4 Way Test of things we think, say or do consists of four simple questions:
- Is it the TRUTH?
- Is it FAIR to all concerned?
- Will it build GOODWILL and BETTER FRIENDSHIPS?
- Will it be BENEFICIAL to all concerned?
This Test has been translated into over 100 languages and is Rotary’s gold standard for ethics. All around the world, it has helped its members - build friendships and experience greater success at work and in life.
Over the years, Rotary Clubs in District 6630 have partnered with schools and offered this opportunity to their high school students. Feedback about this program from teachers, students and parents has been consistently positive and has strengthened ties to the local community.
The purpose of the 5 to 7 minute speech is to apply the principles of Rotary International’s
4 Way Test to a current ethical issue. Students are challenged to identify a topic they feel passionate about and to adopt a point of view from which they will seek to persuade others. The contest takes place at School, Club and District levels. Three contestants per school compete at the Club Contest, and the top winner from each school advances to the District Contest. In addition to recognition, students can also win cash prizes at the Club and District levels of the contest. District level prizes range from $200 to $1200. The Contest Guide along with videos of previous winning speeches is available on www.rotarydistrict6630.org under the
4 Way Test Speech Contest tab.
“Prizes are surely an incentive to compete in the contest. However there is an even more important reason for students to take part.” said Judith Cross who went on to emphasize “Participation in the 4-Way Test Speech Contest reflects that a student cherishes truth, friendship, goodwill and what is in the interest of the greater common good. Qualities that college recruiters value when selecting students.”
Students from Medina who would like to participate must contact: Joel Shurance at Cloverleaf High School while students from other Medina County High Schools should get in touch with Judith Cross. Qualified students will speak before Rotary on Tuesday morning (7:14 a.m.), April 2, 2019, at the Western Reserve Masonic Community in Medina.
Rotary brings together a global network of volunteer leaders dedicated to tackling the world’s most pressing humanitarian challenges. Rotary connects 1.2 million members of more than 34,000 Rotary clubs in over 200 countries and geographical areas. Their work impacts lives at both the local and international levels, from helping families in need in their own communities to working toward a polio-free world. For more information, visit www.rotary.org