Members of the North Clackamas Sunrise Rotary Club lead ethics discussion groups with more than fifty 7th & 8th graders on May 18, 2012 at Alder Creek Middle School. The event involved 12 Rotarians teaching over 70 middle school students to apply the Rotary’s 80-year-old Four Way Test to real life situations that teenagers face today.
Rotarians worldwide follow the Four Way Test in both their business and personal
lives. “Of the things we think, say or do:
1. Is it the truth?
2. Is it fair to all concerned?
3. Will it build good will and better friendships?
4. Will it be beneficial to all concerned?”
Before the event in their classroom, Middle School students developed life situation scenarios that evolved around choice of actions to situations and how the “4 Way Test” may apply. At the event, a Rotary member sat with 6 students and facilitated a round table discussion for the students to discover how the Four Way Test can help them in making good decisions, especially when they may be
pressured by peers or outside influences.
“We were excited to share this approach to ethical decision making with middle school students because we feel they can use this tool to become better citizens in our community,” said Rotarian Dan Fullerton.
Rotary International is the oldest service club organization, founded in 1905. Rotary is worldwide, with more than 34,200 clubs and 1.2 million members in more than 166 nations. Rotary’s motto is Service above self.