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Rotary Happenings: Rotary 4-Way Test Essay Contest

By Staff | May 17, 2017

Rotary 4 Way Test Essay Contest winners. PHOTO PROVIDED

The theme for last week’s Sanibel-Captiva Rotary Club meeting highlighted one of the founding principles of Rotary. “The Rotary 4-Way Test”

1. Is it the truth?

2. Is it fair to all concerned?

3. Will it build goodwill and better friendships?

4. Is it beneficial to all concerned?

Two visiting Rotary Club members share their home Rotary Club banners. PHOTO PROVIDED

I thought this was a slow time of the year on Sanibel, but couldn’t say that last week in regard to our Rotary meeting. We had a number of items on the agenda and had to speed through our usual greetings and happy bucks rituals to make sure there was enough time to get to everything.

First was a traditional Rotary banner exchange with two visiting Rotarians Bryan Timms from Scotland and Mary Smith from New Jersey. Rotarians traveling to distant locations often take their home Rotary club banner to exchange at their visited club location as a token of friendship. There are 34,282 member clubs worldwide, that’s a lot of banners. If you have ever attended the Sanibel-Captiva Rotary Arts & Crafts Fair, you may have noticed our fair share display of colorful Rotary Club banners from all over the U.S. and the globe that have visited San-Cap Rotary greeting you as you lineup for entrance to the fair. This definitely builds goodwill and better friendships.

Sanibel-Captiva Rotary Trust Board members Rotarians Charlie Emerson, Bill Rahe, and Scot Congress followed the theme of the day by presenting a $1,500 donation check to F.I. S.H. (Friends in Service Here)/Neighbors Helping Neighbors Board Members John Pryor and Jack Alexander for scholarships afforded to their after-school program at the Sanibel School. This program runs four days a week providing a safe, secure setting where students can work on homework, read a book, and get computer time, all under the supervision of school staff. It is designed for boys and girls in grades K to 8 who require academic, social and emotional support. The program is offered before school or after. F.I.S.H. and it’s supporting partners, one being Sanibel-Captiva Rotary-assist over 20 students throughout the school year. This donation is beneficial to all concerned.

Our special guests for this week’s meeting were our three outstanding “Rotary 4-Way Test” Essay Contest winners, Sanibel School 8th graders: 1st place: Julia Dry – The Hardships of Defying Social Standards. How to Use the “Four-Way Test” to be a Better Person; 2nd place: Alyssa Perez – How to Be More Confident and Repress Body Image Standards Using the “Four-Way Test;” 3rd place: Arabella Lilleslatten -The Eminence of a Role Model; their proud family members; and Sanibel School Language Arts Teacher, Paula Bolando.

The Rotary 4-Way Test Essay Contest is a project that Rotary Clubs all over the world have committed to as a way of promoting the principals it stands for. Rotary firmly believes that if all people used this 4-Way Test to guide their thoughts and actions, the world would be a more ethical and peaceful place. Students participating in this essay contest from the eighth grade are encouraged to consider a problem, or conflict faced by teenagers or young people in their age group, perhaps a dilemma they face personally, or an issue facing their community, school, team, club or friends. The charge for the students – write an essay describing how the 4-way test could apply to their chosen topic. The essay should be between 850 and 1,500 words. 2017 essays were evaluated by school faculty and Rotarians, Angela Larson, Bill Gibney, and Chet Sadler using the following criteria: Focus on the topic, insight demonstrated in both the issue discussed in essay and the 4-Way Test, and clarity and quality of writing.

The Rotary Club donated $1,500 to F.I.S.H. PHOTO PROVIDED

More Information regarding these winning “Rotary 4-way Test” essays and exerts from the essays can be found in a separate announcement piece in this week’s paper and whole essays can be found on Sanibel-Captiva Rotary’s website www.sanibelrotary.org.

Sanibel-Captiva Rotary meets at 7 a.m. Friday mornings at the Dunes Golf & Tennis Club. Guests are always welcomed. On upcoming Friday morning May 19 there will be no regular Rotary Club meeting. Club members are attending Rotary District #6960 annual conference in Sarasota.