Every year the Bennington Rotary Club holds this contest for area students to compete for cash prizes. The speeches need to be about what the Rotary 4 Way Test means to them. 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.
The Speech Contest
THE FOUR-WAY TEST Of the things we think, say or do:
Is it the TRUTH?
Is it FAIR to all concerned?
Will it build GOODWILL and BETTER FRIENDSHIPS?
Will it be BENEFICIAL to all concerned?
We invite and urge students to participate. There’s never been a more urgent time or need for skilled speakers who can articulate ideas, especially showing how ethical behaviors contribute to a productive civil life, indeed a responsible representative democracy. Students will benefit from this experience (organizing ideas and presenting them to an audience) as they plan for post secondary experiences, and as they develop to successful adults. Attachments may be printed for distribution.
The contest is open to all high school aged students in the Southshire and Arlington, including home-schoolers and exchange students. Students are asked to deliver an unwritten speech, no less than 5 minutes and no longer than 7 minutes, applying the Rotary Four-Way Test to their personal life. The speech must relate to how all of the Four-Way Test questions apply to the student’s personal experience or how a segment of society has personally impacted the contestant and/or their peers while demonstrating its impact on relationships with others.
Rotary Four Way Test for all we think, say, and do: