If you have prowled any number of Rotary Club websites, you’ve seen the questions at the bottom of the Home Page before: just not in that format.
Rotarians call it the "4-way Test," and the version you have probably seen before has a simpler and more familiar version. It goes like this:
- Is it the truth?
- Is it fair to all concerned?
- Will it bring goodwill and better friendships?
- Will it be beneficial to all concerned?
These simple concepts are not exactly new: They were first proposed by a gentleman named Paul Harris back in 1905 when he founded Rotary International -- and that was over a hundred years ago!
That is something of a "problem." Some people today look at those ideas and dismiss them as basically "corny" and "out of touch." Sadly, we hear about people who think that way every day. They make headlines -- but not necessarily the kind of headlines the rest of us envy or even admire...
So, why would anyone want to be a Rotary Club member today? Are those things in the 4-way Test the best reason for joining Rotary? No, of course not.
There is only one real question: Do you care?
- There are people in this world for whom a little compassion literally means the difference between life and death.
- Kids you may never meet could grow up healthy or never have a chance because of bad drinking water, polio and neglect.
- There are people in this world that hate us because we are percieved as unwilling to share in the concepts that made this country great.
- Some of your neighbors could use a "hand up" as well.
History tells us that, yes, one person can make a difference. We’ve shown examples on various pages of this website that feature individuals that saw a need and cared enough to make a difference [the list].
Fortunately, you don’t have to be a Mother Teresa or Dr. Jonas Salk to make a real difference in this world.
Whoever you are right now -- is just fine.
We can show you how.