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Jul 17, 2018
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Hi everyone. With so much having gone on and about to happen (eg our fun-run, our changeover, and the lengthy reviews and plans associated with each), I thought it might be useful in my notes this week to get out of the detail and consider something a bit ‘higher level’– specifically, our values in being Rotarians, and where the ‘Four Way Test’ we’ve introduced recently at the start of our Breakfast meetings fits in. I’m indebted to Mr Google for the extracts that follow, but I think (and hope you’ll find) it’s an interesting read.

Background: More than 60 years ago, during the Great Depression, a U.S. Rotarian devised a simple, four-part ethical guideline that helped him rescue a beleaguered business. The statement and the principles it embodied also helped many others find their own ethical compass. Soon embraced and popularized by Rotary International, The Four-Way Test today stands as one of the organization’s hallmarks. It may very well be one of the most famous statements of our century.

The Test itself: The Four-Way Test is a non-partisan, non-sectarian ethical guide ….. now translated into more than 100 languages.

It asks: 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?

Currency? More than six decades since its creation, has the Test lost its usefulness in modern society, as some critics maintain? Is it sophisticated enough to guide business and professional men and women in these fast-paced times?

* Is it the TRUTH? There is a timelessness in truth that is unchangeable. Truth cannot exist without justice.

* Is it FAIR to all concerned? The substitution of fairness for the harsh principles of doing business at arm’s length has improved rather than hurt business relationships.

* Will it build GOODWILL and BETTER FRIENDSHIPS? Man is by nature a cooperative creature and it is his natural instinct to express love.

* Will it be BENEFICIAL to all concerned? This question eliminates the dog-eat-dog principle of ruthless competition and substitutes the idea of constructive and creative competition.

In Summary: Few things are needed more in our society than moral integrity. The Four-Way Test will guide those who dare to use it for worthy objectives: choosing, winning, and keeping friends; getting along well with others; ensuring a happy home life; developing high ethical and moral standards; becoming successful in a chosen business or profession; and becoming a better citizen and better example for the next generation.

Eloquently simple, stunning in its power, undeniable in its results, The Four-Way Test offers a fresh and positive vision in the midst of a world full of tension, confusion and uncertainty.

Enjoy your week! Doug

Tuesday, 19th June 2018
Four Way Test, Affirmation And Toast
  • Four Way Test:  Is it the truth? Is it fair to all concerned? Will it build goodwill and better friendships? Will it be beneficial to all concerned?
  • Affirmation:       We give thanks for food, friends, fellowship and the opportunity to serve through Rotary. ‘I will give service, above self’
  • Toast to Australia

Apologies:  Lynne Shori, Andrea Hogan, Tracy Rushmer, David Brown, David Park, Evelyn Ciocco, Joy Thompson, Rhiannon Bunting, Ted & Robyn Waters, John Warren

Duties:     Desk – Jack Pack; Notes – Sherry Midgley; Sergeant-at-Arms – Ty Stokoe


Club News

Stand Tall Convention, last week - Great event with a host of inspiring speakers.

2018 Fun Run wash-up and 2019 planning   Next meeting 26th June at Susie's house.

Board Meeting deferred until  3rd July at Pioneer Clubhouse. All outgoing and incoming Directors to attend please

Susie's fundraiser - 7th July. All welcome, BYO. Please purchase your ticket as soon as possible. All money will raised will be matched by a grant

District Changeover - 7th July

Manly Rotary Club, Changover dinner - 24th July.

Doug & Ty had a meeting with Nthn Beaches Police Area Comdr Dave Darcy and key staff to review the fun run route changes – very keen to repeat, and grow the event further, next year.

Member News

Joy is in rehab and looking forward to getting back soon. Get well soon

David Brown is still undergoing tests with the possibility of further treatment. Wished well

Jackie is having a baby – congrats!

Neil Austen, and Maggie & John Shanahan have resigned. Their contributions were acknowledged, with good wishes for the future passed on

District News

  • Footpath Library looking for volunteers to collect books from Brookvale to clients
  • ADI Cabaret - 14th July at Seaforth Bowling Club. All welcome
  • Rotary Club of Howrah in Tasmania is holding a national Netball tournament in Curl Curl in October 2018 and they are looking for volunteers.
  • Soar & Roar event on 9 December in support of the Special Olympics, they are looking for 5-6 volunteers from 6am. (


BowellCare overview:  Ken and Bev did a great job distributing and collecting 217 kits. Raised $3255. Each year the project identifies a number of positive results leading to early diagnosis and successful treatment.

Fun Run discussion:

Financials to be confirmed at next meeting. Rough figures – approx. 1,400 participants; Gross numbers $60k revenue/approx. $45k in profit; Weather did not help; slightly higher costs due to equipment needed for new routes; but over 25 companies contributed either in cash or kind; and we are outlooking significantly lower outlays next year

Lots of good feedback on the fun run which will be discussed in detail in the Fun Run Meeting. All agreed we have a good template for next year.

Thank you certificates prepared for distribution

Some more Fun Run photos, sent from Clontarf Foundation


2018-9 Planning:  Club focus, with need for empowered Leaders/Directors and Teams  

Club Vision/Mission/Strategic Goals and organisation reviewed and re-affirmed

2018-9 challenge – agreed we need to simplify our org structure (no need for 12-13 individual Directors in a club of 25-30!), and align Leaders and their Teams to focus on project areas relevant to our key 2018-9 goals

Club members’ input sought. Revised structure to be reviewed at next Board meeting and subsequent Club Assembly, with Teams and their Leaders to then develop and outline their proposed objectives/plans


A very fun and engaging session held by Ty who always has a lot to say!

Raffle - Jack Pack

Rotary District 9685 Changeover
Rotary District 9685 Conference 2019
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Joke of the week

Weekly Newsletter from the Manly Rotary Club - 19th June 2018