Thursday, January 24, 2013



Youth News

Ethically Speaking

Rotaract Club competition inspires positivity in youth

Submitted by Desmond Devnich, Rotaract Club Chilliwack


n celebration of both Sean Hoganís year as district governor of Rotary International District 5050 and the 80th anniversary of the creation of the Four-Way Test, the iRotary Vancouver Conference is hosting a district-wide Four-Way Test Speech Competition.


District Governor Sean is very committed to youth and Rotary youth programs so the success of this initiative holds a special place for the organizing committee.

The competition is open to all high school students (public, private and home-schooled) who reside in District 5050, an area that includes communities between Everett, WA and Hope, BC.

The purpose of the Four-Way Test Speech Competition is to foster the use of ethical thought and practices among youth. By exploring the different facets of the Four-Way Test, students will use critical thinking to discover how everyday scenarios can be approached systematically and ethically. In addition, there is great importance in being able to express oneself in a clear, concise and professional manner.

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?


4. Will it be BENEFICIAL to all concerned?"

"The test was created in 1932 by Herbert J. Taylor, who later became the president of Rotary International" says Chilliwack Fraser Rotaract Club President Desmond Devnich. "Its relevance in our professional and personal lives has never ceased."

The competition gives youth the opportunity to produce an original piece of work that not only looks great on paper, but one that they feel comfortable in presenting to others. The top two contestants will be invited to present their speeches and receive a prize of $1,000.00 each at the iRotary District Conference in Vancouver, May 30-June 2, 2013.

"The four Rotaract clubs in District 5050 are thrilled to host this special competition," says Devnich. "To inspire greater international understanding among young community leaders is an integral part of the Rotaract program."

For further details on the essay component of the Four-Way Test Competition, high school students are encouraged to email for a participant package.

About Rotary

Rotary International is a global community of committed professionals working together to serve others and advance peace. More than 1.2 million members in over 34,000 Rotary clubs worldwide volunteer in communities at home and abroad.


About Rotaract

Rotaract is a service club for young men and women ages 18 to 30 who are dedicated to community and international service. Its membership totals over 184,000 in more than 8,000 clubs worldwide. Rotaract clubs are self-governing and self-supporting and can be either university- or community-based.

Individual Rotary clubs sponsor Rotaract clubs and offer guidance and support, making the Rotaract clubs true "partners in service" and key members of the family of Rotary.

For more information about the Four-Way test, contact Desmond via e-mail here or at 604-701-1399. To learn more about what the Rotaract Club does in the community, visit their website here.


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