Congratulations to Joseph McCollum, April 2nd, 2nd place winner of the District 5790 Decarur Regional 4 Way Test Speech Contest.
 
 
For the priveledge of competing at this regional contest, Joseph had to compete and win the Witchita Falls North and Wichita Falls Southwest Rotary Clubs speech contests held March 8, 2022. At that contest, judges selected two winners to be selected to regional contests. The 2nd place winner was Nicole Stancik who was the 1st place winner representing Witchita Falls Southwest Rotary at the Grapevine Regional on March 26th. Both Joseph and Nicole will be competing in the District contest. on May 14th in East Fort Worth.
 
Competing students were requited to deliver a 5 minute speech on what the "Rotary 4 Way Test means to me."
So, what is the Rotary 4 way test? 

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 (who later served as RI president) when he was asked to take charge of a company that was facing bankruptcy. This 24-word test for employees to follow in their business and professional lives became the guide for sales, production, advertising, and all relations with dealers and customers, and the survival of the company is credited to this simple philosophy. Adopted by Rotary in 1943, The 4-Way Test has been translated into more than a hundred languages and published in thousands of ways. It asks the following four questions:

"Of the things we think, say or do:
  1. Is it the TRUTH?
  2. Is it FAIR to all concerned?
  3. Will it build GOODWILL and BETTER FRIENDSHIPS?
  4. Will it be BENEFICIAL to all concerned?"

Rotary International District 5790 is composed of 73 clubs in North Texas. The Clubs and District annually conduct a Four-Way Test Speech Contest to benefit high school age youth. The specific goals of the contest are:

  1. To acquaint a large number of youth with Rotary and the Four-Way Test.
  2. To demonstrate and enhance Rotary's commitment to youth.
  3. To heighten awareness of Rotary among youth, parents, schools, and community.
  4. To recognize, encourage, and reward hard work and accomplishment among youth.
Competition among orators is fierce. Contestants must be in high school and can be any age. Speeches are to be 5 minutes.No written scripts or props are allowed; however, 3x5 cards may be used. Winning contestants compete Regionally. The top 2 winners of each of the three regional constest will compete at the District contest.
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