4 Way Speech Contest
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 code of ethics 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?
4. Will it be BENEFICIAL to all concerned?"
The purpose of the speech is to solve an ethical problem using the principles of the Four Way Test.  The ethical problem to be solved should be something from the speaker's personal experience or general knowledge.  There are no restrictions regarding the choice of topic as long as it is not blatantly offensive. Each one of the four parts of the Four Way Test should be addressed during the speech.  They should be specifically stated, as the intent of the speech is to use the Four Way Test to resolve an issue.