One of the world’s most widely printed and quoted statements of ethics is The 4 Way Test, which was created in 1932 by Rotarian Herbert J. Taylor. Adopted by Rotary in 1943, The 4 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 and do:

1. Is it the TRUTH?
2. Is it FAIR to all concerned?
4. Will it be BENEFICIAL to all concerned?

The Elizabethtown Rotary Club coordinates with the Elizabethtown School District to conduct the 4-Way Test Essay Contest each year.
Topic of the essay: Rotary’s “Four-Way Test” and what it means to the conduct of my daily life.
Purpose of the essay: A written essay that explains the student’s personal understanding of the “Four-Way Test” and how it relates to his/her life experiences and/or society. How does it influence what they say, think, and do.
Congratulations to our 2018 Four-Way Test Essay Contest winner, Sarah Rhine!

How the Rotary District 7390 Four-Way Test Speech Contest Works
Contestants must be 10th, 11th or 12th grade high school students in a Public, Private or Credited Home School. 

During the months of September and October, a local contest will be held by a school/Rotary Club or both, to determine who advances to the next level.

Three students can move up to the mid-level from any Club or school Contest. The fee to continue to the Mid-level contest is $75.00 per contestant. The fee is traditionally paid by a Rotary Club. A Rotary Club is encouraged to join with these groups to provide guidance and understanding of the Four Way Test. The idea is to pair up a Rotary Club with a school or class. This way the schools and Clubs are drawn together. The Mid-level Contest is assigned to the participant. A participant can request a change of mid-level venue to avoid certain conflicts such as SAT testing, a championship game or illness. The decision of the chairperson of the 4WTSC is final unless the District Governor decides otherwise. 

During the months of November & December mid-level contests will be held in each of five mid-level areas. The winner of each of the five mid-levels will compete in the finals at the Rotary District Conference. In order to received a prize, the contestant must speak at the finals. The finals will be held at the Harrisburg Hilton Hotel in Harrisburg on Saturday, April 28, 2018.
Mid-level Coordinators are responsible to locate schools and administer that part of the program. This includes locating and training the judges. 
Any topic which a contestants feels is timely, interesting, and important may be used for the contest speech as long as it is not profane, obscene unpatriotic or racist. If a contestant or coach has any doubts at all, he/she should clear his/her topic with the Contest Chairperson for the next level where he/she will speak. The decision of the Chairperson is final.

The topic must be specifically subjected to The Rotary Four Way Test. It must be used throughout the body of the speech and is not to be reserved for the beginning or concluding statements only.
Congratulations to our 2017-2018 Elizabethtown winners of the 4-Way Test Speech Contest... Jennifer Slomske, Meghan O'Donnell, and Amber Orban.