Posted on Jan 28, 2023
What is the Four-Way Test?  I became a Rotarian, this test resonated deep within me.  It is a way of being.  It is your soul.  It is the universe in which one operates. It is the foundation on which all else is built.  It is the universal ethical guideline for living a life of integrity.

Of the things we think, say, or do

  1. Is it the TRUTH?
  2. Is it FAIR to all concerned?
  4. Will it be Beneficial to all concerned?

The test is one of the hallmarks of Rotary. Since it was developed in 1932 by Herbert J. Taylor, who later became RI president, it has never ceased to be relevant. Its four brief questions are not based on culture or religion, a nonpartisan and nonsectarian ethical guide.  Instead, they are a simple checklist for ethical behavior. They transcend generations and national borders.

As Rotarians, we should have The Four-Way Test in mind in every decision we make, all day long. Our utmost responsibility is to speak the truth, to be fair, to build goodwill and better friendships, and to do our very best in all situations.