4-way Test

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 Four-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 test 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 Four-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?
  3. Will it build GOODWILL and BETTER FRIENDSHIPS?
  4. Will it be BENEFICIAL to all concerned?
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Youth Conference 2020 On Feb. 22, 9am- 1:30pm, District 6490 will hold a Youth Conference for Interact members and Rotaract members at Faith United Methodist Church in Champaign. There will be no charge. Lunch will be provided. This event is a great way for Interact and Rotaract members to trade ideas and brainstorm new ideas. To register, please send the following information to District Interact Chair Art Drake (ardra345@hotmail.com) on or before Feb. 15:
1. Which school your club represents
2.How many Interact members will attend
3. How many adults will attend
4. Any dietary restrictions

Next Rotary Leadership Institute Rotary Leadership Institute is designed for those Rotarians who have the potential and willingness to engage in future club leadership, not necessarily as club presidents. RLI provides you a quality education in Rotary knowledge and leadership skills that are so important in voluntary organizations.The leadership skills you obtain at an RLI event will help you in your involvement in Rotary as well as your leadership efforts professionally. Join us for the next RLI: Saturday, February 29, 2020 9:00 am to 3:30 pm at Richland Community College, Decatur. Light breakfast, refreshments and lunch are included in the $50 registration fee. Many clubs sponsor members who are interested in attending RLI. To register go online at http://www.hoa-rli.org/ by Wednesday, February 26, 2020. If you have any questions, please contact RLI Chair, Cindy Guthrie at district6490rli@gmail.com.

Women of Rotary - New Initiative - Let's Grow Rotary! DG Julie Dobski is gathering a group of Rotary Women to brainstorm how to increase women's membership throughout the district on March 2 from 5:30-7:30pm at the Stephens Family (Champaign County) YMCA. Rotarian women interested in participating should contact DG Julie (littlejewels.julied@gmail.com) or her assistant, Liz Palma (lizzym555@gmail.com).

President-Elect Training Training for incoming presidents will be held in Effingham this spring, March 21 & 22. Please go to http://lolpets.org/ for all kinds of information, including event registration, to help president-elects start their Rotary year with success!

Field Trip to RI in Evanston Join district leaders for a group tour, lunch and small-group training at Rotary International, April 20th. Read more about the trip and register at https://dacdb.com/index.cfm?EventID=77445278.

New Fundraising Page Our website now has a Fundraising page. Click here to check it out

New Best Practices Page Our website now has a Best Practices page. Click here to check it out

Presidential Citation Let your club get the recognition it deserves. RI recognizes outstanding clubs with the Presidential Citation. You can find the criteria by clicking here.
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