Posted on 22 March 2012.
The Cedar Springs Rotary recently selected the winners of their 4-way test essay contest at Cedar View Elementary.
Each year the Rotary works with the eight fifth grade classes at Cedar View, and added a fifth grade class from Creative Technologies Academy this year as well.
The theme this year was “Setting a good example—integrity.” All essays were written at school in 200 words or less. Teachers chose the 2 best essays from their class, and then the 4-Way Committee, including Julie Wheeler, Carolyn Davis and Clark, chose their top three. Or, in this case, their top four—there was a tie for third place.
“We looked at grammar, writing mechanics, spelling, presentation and the story line,” explained Clark. “We looked for a clear outcome, such as the lesson learned or character revealed.”
The first place winner was Haley Price, of Ms. Zank’s class. She won $50. Second place went to Heather Mann, of Mrs. Luttrell’s class. She won $25. Julia Simpson, of Mr. Harmon’s class, and Maddi Huntoon, of Mrs. Boverhof’s class, tied for third, and won $10 each.
“We as Rotarians are aware of the example we set as individuals and as a club in our community,” said Rotary President Denise Gates. “As community leaders and partners, we are mindful of what we think, say and do.”
The Rotary 4-way test says, “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?”
The Rotary 4-Way test is one of the most widely printed and quoted statements of business ethics in the world. It was created by Rotarian Herbert J. Taylor in 1932, when he was asked to take charge of the Chicago-based Club Aluminum Co., which was facing bankruptcy. Taylor looked for a way to save the struggling company mired in depression-caused financial difficulties. He drew up a 24-word code of ethics for all employees to follow in their business and professional lives. The 4-Way Test became the guide for sales, production, advertising and all relations with dealers and customers, and the survival of the company was credited to this simple philosophy.