Student “4-Way Test” essay contest open, with cash prizes

Rotary Club of Ventura is calling on middle and high school students to consider how “The 4-Way Test” can influence everyday decision-making in their lives.

“When faced with hard choices, I find that the “4-Way Test” makes it much simpler to make a decision. If we take the time to answer each of the question honestly, for any particular situation, the result will be a fair solution to that complicated decision,” said Saurabh Bajaj, President of Ventura Rotary.

The “Four-Way Test” is a nonpartisan and nonsectarian ethical guide that Rotarians use in their personal and professional relationships. The test has been translated into more than 100 languages. The test asks us to consider 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 “4-Way Test” Essay Competition, is a way for the students to think of how any decision they make affects others around them. Students can visit to download an informational flyer and essay cover sheet. Deadline is February 23. Students should write a short essay that relates how the “4-Way Test” can be of benefit in the way one thinks and acts. Or students may tell a story of how they have applied these principles in their life. Members of ROTARY Club of Ventura will judge the essays and award prizes in both the Middle and High School categories: First $300, Second $200 and Third $100. The First Place prize winners will go on to compete at the ROTARY DISTRICT 5240 LEVEL with additional cash prizes.

“Ventura Rotary is so excited to once again host the “4-Way Test” Essay Contest. These four questions have profound meaning to each and every Rotarian. They provide guiding principles for how we spend our time and resources for the good of, not only our community, but in making our world a better place. We see sharing them with the youth of Ventura as both a privilege and a responsibility. Our hope is that they will hold them dear as well.”

Margi Wray, Assistant Youth Director Ventura Rotary Club

For more information email [email protected].

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