4 Way Test

The 4-Way Test
From the earliest days of the organization, Rotarians were concerned with promoting high ethical standards in their professional lives. One of the world’s most widely printed and quoted statements of business ethics is The 4-Way Test, which was created in 1932 by Rotarian Herbert J. Taylor (who later served as RI president) when he was asked to take charge of a company that was facing bankruptcy.

This 24-word test for employees to follow in their business and professional lives became the guide for sales, production, advertising, and all relations with dealers and customers, and the survival of the company is credited to this simple philosophy. Adopted by Rotary in 1943, The 4-Way Test has been translated into more than a hundred languages and published in thousands of ways.

The 4 Way Test Award is given annually to a non-Rotarian who has contributed to the Kernersville community. Past award winners include:

Solly Coltrane (’95)

Joe Dudley (’96)

Roger Swisher (’97)

Charlie Snow (’98)

John¬†Staples (’01)

Doc Long (’02)

Gary Snow (’03)

David Fitzpatrick (’04)

Jack Blaylock (’06)

Bruce¬†Boyer (’07)

Neal Stockton (’08)

Margaret Burks (’10)

Ivey Redmon (’11)

Becky Lewis (’12)

Jim Taylor (’13)

Ned Mabe (’14)

Larry Cain (’15)
Richard Hedgecock (’16)
Jim & Henrietta Barrett (’17)
Ken Idol (’18)
G. Kirk Walker, M.D. (’19)
TBA (’20)

It asks the following four questions: “Of the things we think, say or do:

Is it the TRUTH?

Is it FAIR to all concerned?


Will it be BENEFICIAL to all concerned?”