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					                              ROTARY ESSAY CONTEST
                         FOR GALILEO SERVICE INTERACT CLUB

Fisherman’s Wharf Rotary Club invites members of the Galileo High Service Interact Club to write an
original essay on the topic of the “Rotary Four-way Test.” The contest is open to all registered
members, grades 9 through 12, of the Galileo Service Interact Club.
The winner will receive a $100 cash award, and the runner-up will receive $50. Winners will be invited
to accept their awards and certificate of achievement at a regular meeting of the Fisherman’s Wharf
Rotary Club in May, 2011.


Students are asked to write an original and creative essay of fewer than 1,000 words that
demonstrates an understanding of Rotary’s Four-way Test.

The following is an excerpt from former Rotary International President Lars-Olof Fredriksson, of
Äänekoski, Finland. The title of his essay is “A new look at global ethics and The Four-Way Test.”

Moral codes and ethics give us tools but also raise questions to be answered: How should we live?
What is morally good and bad, right and wrong? Shall we aim at happiness or knowledge? Virtue or
the creation of beautiful objects? If we choose happiness, will it be our own or the happiness of all?

And what of the more specific questions that face us? Is it right to be dishonest for a good cause?
Can we justify living in opulence while elsewhere in the world people are starving? Is going to war
warranted in cases where innocent people will likely be killed?

Ethics deals with such questions at all levels. The subject’s core consists of the fundamental issues
of practical decision making, and its major concerns include the nature of ultimate value and the
standards by which human actions can be judged right or wrong.

For Rotary, The Four-Way Test is the cornerstone of all action. It has been for years, and it will be in
the future. 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 test is one of the hallmarks of Rotary. Since it was developed in 1932 by Herbert J. Taylor, who
later became the Rotary International president, it has never ceased to be relevant. Its four brief
questions are not based on culture or religion. Instead, they are a simple checklist for ethical
behavior. They transcend generations and national borders.

As Rotarians, we should have The Four-Way Test in mind in every decision we make, all day long.
Our utmost responsibility is to speak the truth, to be fair, to build goodwill and better friendships, and
to do our very best in all situations.

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All submissions must adhere to the following contest rules.

            The essay contest is open to members of the Galileo Service Interact Club only.
            Essay submissions will be accepted between the dates March 7 and April 8, 2011.
            Essays must include a title, and it must address the topic of the Rotary Four-way Test.
            Essays must be the original work of students working individually.
            A variety of sources such as news articles, books, personal interviews, and personal
            experience may be used to address the topic.
            Sources used to research the topic must be cited.
            Essays can be no more than 1,000 words (about 2 ½ typewritten pages). Citations,
            bibliography, and footnotes are not included in the word count. Nor is the “Rotary Four-way
            Test” if the essayist chooses to cite it verbatim.
            Essays must be submitted in electronic Word for Windows format.
            Documents must be sent by email attachment no later than April 8, 2011 to:
            The subject line of the email should contain the words “Essay Contest.” The essay should
            contain the student’s name and year in school.


Judges of the contest will be board members of the Fisherman’s Wharf Rotary Club.
Judges will not begin reviewing the entries until all have been received following the deadline for
Judging criteria will be:
      Logical presentation of ideas
      Clarity of expression
      Correct use of sources
      Correctness of grammar, spelling, and punctuation

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