Keith Wasserman told this story as the Invocation at a recent noon meeting.  Karen Vedder ask Keith to send his invocation to Past-President Jackie Collins so that it could be shared more widely on our web pages... 
 
Rotary Invocation
April 25, 2016
Keith Wasserman
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In 1930, Herbert Taylor went searching for a code for ethical business relationships for his company Club Aluminum.
 
I searched through many books for the answer to our need, but the right phrases eluded me, so I did what I often do when I have a problem I can't answer myself: I turn to the One who has all the answers. I leaned over my desk, rested my head in my hands and prayed. After a few moments, I looked up and reached for a white paper card. Then I wrote down the twenty-four words that had come to me:
 
He called it the 4-way test of things we think, say or do:
 
Is it the truth?
Is it fair to all concerned?
Will it bring good will and better friendships?
Is it beneficial to all concerned?
 
In 1940, when he was the International Director of Rotary, he offered his company’s four-way test to Rotary International. Never changed, the 24 word 4-way test remains a central part of the permanent Rotary structure around the world.
 
And these are the very values we practice; that make us Rotarians (and the reason I participate in Rotary).
 
On an average day, I don’t meet very many people who live by these values.
 
Truth matters.
Fairness matters.
Good will and better friendships matter.
Considering others more important than ourselves matter.
 
The Rotary test is not some set of questions we lay out prior to each decision we make to build a very unique park, develop a community fountain or give dictionaries out (although it is)….
 
Indeed, the four-way test is something we carry in the pocket of our soul, isn’t it? It becomes a way of looking at the world for Rotarians. It is what sets us a part.  Many groups do good things. Many groups do service in their community. Many groups build things but Rotarians do it with a particular philosophy in mind:  truth matters, fairness matters, good will and better friendship matter to us and doing things beneficial to all concerned matters.   Remember, according to Herbert Taylor, it is the four-way test of things we think, say or do.