Are you interested on how the 4 Way Test was developed?
On July 26th you are all invited to participate in the following meeting:
We ask that each participant rename them self to include their club or district. e.g., Jim Dodmead, 6650
President Andy (Rotary eClub of Southeast USA & Caribbean District 6950) announced that he invited John Smarge (Assistant to RI President Barry and Past Director for Zones 33 and 34) to speak on July 26th, at 7 PM Eastern Daylight Time. The meeting will be cohosted by the Rotary eClub of Southeast USA & Caribbean District 6950 and Rotary eClub of the Carolinas District 7750 on https://zoom.us/j/4530225765
These two clubs invite you and your club members to join us for this meeting to hear this distinguished speaker.
We are hoping to have a good enough showing that RI will see that eClubs are interested in hearing from them, so that we may be able to schedule similar caliber speakers for events in the future.
John is characterized as a wonderful speaker and is very knowledgeable on Rotary.
If you or your members have any questions for PRID John, please provide them to me.
Here is the approximate agenda for this Special Meeting (please see the background information on PRID John later in this announcement):
700 PM EDT Meeting will commence. Opening Remarks and Introduction by President Andy
705 PM PDG Roll Call
710 PM Club Introductions
720 PM PRID John comments
At 755 PM: The meeting will close with the four way test:
In the early 1930s Herbert J. Taylor set out to save the Club Aluminum Products distribution company from bankruptcy. He believed himself to be the only person in the company with 250 employees who had hope. His recovery plan started with changing the ethical climate of the company. He explained:
The first job was to set policies for the company that would reflect the high ethics and morals God would want in any business. If the people who worked for Club Aluminum were to think right, I knew they would do right. What we needed was a simple, easily remembered guide to right conduct – a sort of ethical yardstick- which all of us in the company could memorize and apply to what we thought, said and did.
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:
1. Is it the truth?
2. Is it fair to all concerned?
3. Will it build goodwill and better friendships?
4. Will it be beneficial to all concerned?
Herbert offered the words to Rotary International in the 1940s, which they accepted as their own. RI copyrighted the test in 1954.
John Smarge has been a Rotarian and resident of Naples, Florida since 1981. His classification is Moving and Storage. John and his wife Cindy are Major Donors, Bequest Society Members and Paul Harris Society Members.
John graduated from Fairleigh Dickinson University with a degree in Entrepreneurial Management. At the age of twenty-two, John left his home state of New Jersey, moved to Naples, FL and purchased a year old struggling moving company. His multi-office operation handling local, interstate and international moving is now the largest relocation business in SW Florida.
Professionally John was named a National Moving and Storage Association Young Executive Fellow. He has served as a Board Member of the Florida Movers and Warehousemen Association, as a Regional Director of the Southern Community Bank. He has three (3) times been recognized as North American Van Lines Top Quality Agent.
John served as President of The Rotary Club of Naples in 1992-93 and as District 6960 Governor in 1995-96. He is currently Rotary International Director for 2010-2012 and serves as the Chairman RI Board of Directors Executive Committee. Additionally he is a member of both the Social Media and Rotarian Action Groups Committees.
Internationally, John has twice been a Delegate to the Council on Legislation and twice a Member of the RI Board of Directors Nominating Committee. Additionally, he has served as both a Rotary International Membership Coordinator and Regional Rotary Foundation Coordinator. John served as General Chair for the Zone 33-34 Rotary Institute. He is a regular speaker around the world at PETS, Assemblies, TRF and Membership Seminars and has regularly represented the President at District Conferences.
John considers the most rewarding aspects of his many years in Rotary to be the opportunity to participate in the PolioPlus National Immunization Days in India, his medical missions to Ternopil, Ukraine and his multiple humanitarian trips to the Caribbean. John continues to initiate, write and assist with Foundation Matching Grants on a yearly basis, including visiting the project sites.
John has received numerous awards for his Rotary Service including the Rotary Foundation Citation for Meritorious Service, the Distinguished Service Award the Rotary International Service above Self Award and was recognized in 1999 as the District 6960 Rotarian of The Decade.
John and Cindy have three daughters, Jessica, Stephanie and Amanda. He is a past Board Chairman of the Naples YMCA, Boy Scouts of America and Shelter for Abused Women. John has coached girl’s basketball teams for more than 15 years. In his most recent coaching job, John’s team went three (3) years with only losing one game. In his spare time John is a competitive auto racer.
The meeting will conclude at 8 PM.
If available, Dr. Gary Goforth, PDG will host the meeting and mute/unmute any unruly Rotarians present. If possible, he will also record the meeting and will provide a URL from which to view or download the video.
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President, Rotary Club of Motorcycling Rotarians
Immediate Past District 5050 Assistant Governor, Area H
Immediate Past District 5050 Youth Services Chair
Past President Rotary Club of La Conner