Published On: Wed, Nov 28th, 2018

The Four-Way Test: Personal Stories from Students

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More than 85 years ago, in the midst of the Great Depression, a U.S. Rotarian by the name of Herbert Taylor devised a simple, four-part ethical guideline that helped him rescue a beleaguered business.

The statement and the principles it embodied also helped many others find their own ethical compass. Soon embraced and popularized by Rotary International, The Four-Way Test today stands as one of the organization’s hallmarks.

And so, “The Four-Way Test of the things we think, say or do” was born:

#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?

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Over the past three years, the Midday Rotary Club of San Miguel de Allende has sponsored a writing competition among the students at Preparatoria Pipla, one of SMA’s top secondary schools.   Criteria for the competition is for students to write a personal story based on how the four principles in the Rotary 4 Way test have impacted them personally.


Rotary Midday of San Miguel de Allende awards cash prizes for the best stories.  Join us Tuesday, December 11th when three of these students read their award winning stories based on the Rotary 4 Way test.  We meet at the The San Miguel Essen restaurant, located next to the yellow caboose on Sterling Dickinson.  Admission is free plus there is an optional breakfast for 100 pesos.


  • Date, time: Tuesday, December 11, 2018  9:00AM
  •  Where: San Miguel Essen
  •  Address: Stirling Dickinson 28
  •  Cost: Free/Breakfast 100 pesos

By: Skip Essick

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