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 Four-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 Four-Way Test has been translated into more than a hundred languages and published in thousands of ways. It asks the following four questions:

"Of the things we think, say or do:

  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?
Service Above Self
Educational Excellence

Do you know an educator, support staff member, student or citizen who demonstrates a commitment to education through work, projects and activities that emphasize "Service Above Self? If so, please nominate them for a possible SASEE Award at www.rotarysasee.org.

2019 Honorees

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35th Annual Lobster Feed and Charity Auction



This event was held on June 15, 2019 and it brought in $300,000 for charity!


Lake Oswego Rotary and Lakewood Center for the Arts conduct this annual fundraiser to provide assistance to projects that benefit our community. Details at www.lobsterfeed.org