The Four-Way Test is a nonpartisan and nonsectarian ethical guide for Rotarians to use for their personal and professional relationships. The test has been translated into more than 100 languages, and Rotarians recite it at club meetings:
Of the things we think, say or do
The Four-Way Test is one of the reasons I decided to join Rotary.
Switching membership to the Rotary EClub of the Greater San Fernando Valley allows me the honor of sharing fellowship with members who practice the the Four-Way Test, and not just give it lip service.
Here’s the back story, complete with a little dishing on the side:
Back in 1995, I bumped into my Robert Frost Junior High pal, Donna Frohlich at a Studio City Chamber of Commerce function.
Soon after that pleasant reunion, Donna’s mom, Sondra Frohlich, reached out to me, inviting me to join her Rotary Club. Wanting to give back to the community, but not sure how, it was an opportune time to consider membership. After learning what Rotary International stands for and does, I felt it was a good fit and have been an active member to this day.
Here’s the dish:
After Sondra passed away in 2011, there was a notable change in the club’s ambience. Certain elder board members began molding the club in their image, rejecting creative, innovative ideas from younger, energetic members, in favor of living in the past. That included their requiring weekly membership attendance at an expensive restaurant which I could not afford.
I was about to give up on Rotary, when luckily I found the Rotary EClub of the Greater San Fernando Valley. This club does not require members to attend expensive weekly luncheons. They also promote hands-on community service, rather than merely writing checks. Innovative ideas are welcome. I found my tribe.
Sadly, when I switched membership, the old Rotary Club banned my school from hosting its annual Student Art Showcase at their Mother’s Day Art Show, disappointing numerous art students. Since the late 1990s, Pastimes for a Lifetime had supported that club’s show by purchasing a booth and promoting Rotary to the students with Certificates of Merit displaying the Rotary logo. The elders in this club flunked the Four Way Test.
Thankfully, the universe worked its mysterious ways. My school was immediately accepted to participate in the Downtown Burbank Art Show and will continue to do so in place of the Mother’s Day Showcase. Better location and time of year.
Now, each Monday I enjoy attending the Rotary E-Club of the Greater San Fernando Valley‘s online programs from my home office. On the fourth Sunday of each month, I attend their monthly in-person meeting at Denny’s on Sepulveda Blvd., Sherman Oaks, California. The group is a small but mighty bunch of friendly and welcoming members who are making a difference in our community. It is a privilege to be a member.
I extend an invitation to interested public to attend my club’s Rotary E-Club Online Programs to learn more about the good works being done in our community, how to lend a hand or contribute, and enjoy the fellowship.
If you’d like to attend a meeting or have any questions about Rotary, you are welcome to reach out to me on my contact page.