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Rotary names ‘Four-Way’ essay winners

Posted on Thursday, June 5, 2014 at 10:55 am

The Rotary Club of Hanover County is pleased to announce the winners of its first annual “Four-Way Test” essay contest for fifth grade students in Hanover County. The theme of this year’s contest was “Rotary’s Four-Way Test and What It Means to the Conduct of my Daily Life.”

At a Rotary Club dinner meeting, each of the three students read their essays to the Rotary members and guests. Club President JoAnn Meaker then awarded the winners: Gavin Bralley (first place, prize of $200); Dianna Sherrod (second place, prize of $100); and Lexi Johnson (third place, prize of $50).

The Rotary Four-Way Test consists of 24 words which can help us create an attitude and atmosphere in which to better relate, share, and implement ideas. These four questions encourage us to apply principles of truth, justice and caring regard for our neighbors in our relationships with each other. The four-Way Test asks us to consider these four questions when making decisions about what we think, say or do: Is it truth? Is it fair to all concerned? Will it build good will and better friendships? And will it be beneficial to all concerned?

With 1.2 million members in more than 200 countries and geographic areas, Rotary International and the Rotary Foundation support local and international projects that help people in need and promote understanding among cultures.

For more information about the Rotary Club of Hanover County and to read the winning essays, visit