Scott Valley, Siskiyou, Yreka

Cassie Cash Wins $500 in Closely Contested Rotary 4-Way Speech Contest

Rotary Clubs from Yreka, Scott Valley, and Montague gathered in Montague for a unique 4-Way Speech Contest, featuring two contestants from Etna High School and one from Yreka High School. The event showcased the students’ public speaking skills while emphasizing the importance of ethical decision-making in both personal and professional life.

The 4-Way Test, a cornerstone of Rotary’s guiding principles, was the central theme of the contest. Created in 1932 by Rotarian Herbert J. Taylor, who later served as Rotary International president, the test consists of 24 words that serve as a moral compass for business and professional conduct. Taylor developed the test when he was asked to lead a company on the brink of bankruptcy. By adopting this simple philosophy as a guide for sales, production, advertising, and all interactions with dealers and customers, the company was able to survive and thrive.

The Four-Way Test asks four essential questions:

  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?

Photo: Yreka Rotary president giving instructions to the judges

Since its adoption by Rotary in 1943, The Four-Way Test has been translated into more than 100 languages and disseminated in countless ways, making it one of the most widely printed and quoted statements of business ethics in the world.

The contestants from Etna and Yreka High Schools demonstrated their understanding of these principles through their speeches, which were evaluated by a panel of judges. In a fiercely competitive contest, Cassie Cash from Yreka High School emerged as the winner, narrowly edging out her fellow contestants. The competition was so close that time penalties ultimately decided the winner. Dani Miller and Wyatt Franklin placed second and third, respectively. As a reward for her exceptional performance, Cassie Cash received a check for $500 for her winning speech, second place received $250 and $100 for third.

The event not only provided a platform for the students to hone their public speaking abilities but also reinforced the importance of ethical decision-making and the lasting impact of Rotary’s Four-Way Test on personal and professional success.

Joan Smith Freeman (Montague Rotary) and Cliff (Scott Valley Rotary)in the back ground as Heidi Martin (Montague Rotary) and Christal Duncan (Yreka Rotary) stop for a quick photo..

The 4-Way Speech Contest in Montague exemplified the commitment of local Rotary Clubs to fostering leadership, integrity, and service among young people in their communities. By engaging students in meaningful discussions about ethics and providing them with opportunities to develop their communication skills, these clubs are investing in the future leaders of tomorrow.

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