Posted by Shannon Furey
Many of you know The Four-Way Test and its ethical guide to personal and professional relationships. The four-way test is a philosophy adopted by Rotary International in 1943 to help guide Rotarians in their decision-making by asking four questions about the action they are planning on taking.
The Four Way Test allows Rotarians to consider:
1. Is it the TRUTH?
2. Is it FAIR to all concerned?
4. Will it be BENEFICIAL to all concerned?
The Rotary Club of Gander has been teaming up with 4th graders in Gander since 2005 to provide an exciting opportunity for children to learn about this decision making tool. This tradition was initiated as a collaborative effort by Rotarians Jack Way and David Peddle.
“David Peddle and myself both wanted to do something with the 4 way test at Gander Academy. Along the way there was considerable consultation with the administration and grade 4 teachers at the Academy as to what would work. The program we have today is the result of much collaboration” says Jack Way.
 The 4 way test poster contest allows an opportunity for children to use their artistic and creative skills to demonstrate their own understanding of the ethical principles. This year 5 Grade 4 students at Gander Elementary were chosen for their inspiring poster work. The work they submitted gives excellent examples of how children can live their daily lives with the principles of the 4 way test in mind.