Rotary began in 1905 with the intention of creating a friendly professional service club.
In 1932, Rotarian Herber J. Taylor created The Four-Way Test. This test contained the following:
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?
This code of ethics was adopted by Rotary in 1943. It has been translated into 100+ languages.
Today many clubs hold an annual public speaking contest for high school aged young adults, where they translate the meaning of The Four-Way Test into applying the Test to an aspect of life today. Those with the best speech and presentation are awarded with a small monetary prize as well as a chance to compete at the district level, where even more cash is awarded.