District Governor - Rtn. Manjoo Phadke
Editor - Rtn. Madhur Dolare

Our 4-Way Test Back

The 4-Way Test consists of 4 short questions, 24 words, which can make a difference in our lives if actually implemented. We all say the 4 way test [in all our meetings] with great dedication, passion and respect. The 4-Way Test encourages us to examine our patterns of choosing, evaluating and acting. It is an objective guide which we can use in deciding how best to respond in a given situation. There is a great difference between winning success and being a success. Many people have the first without the second. 

The 4-Way Test helps us to stimulate meaningful, growth-inspiring answers for the person who will test his or her thoughts, words and actions by them. The test does not provide answers in itself, but encourages creative and effective solutions in problem solving situations. 

“We sow a thought; We reap an act.  

We sow an act; We reap a habit. 

We sow a habit, we reap a character.

We sow a character, we reap a destiny”


But it all starts with how we think.

The 4-Way Test carries us out beyond the self into the lives and concerns of other people.  It deals with human relationships. Many a times we get drained out in this area of human relationships. 


The 4-Way Test recognizes that the welfare of each individual is linked with the welfare of us all. If used to the fullest, it can create an attitude and atmosphere in which people can better relate, share and implement ideas.


That the 4-Way Test does work when applied in people’s lives has been proven all over the world. Today, the 4-Way Test is translated into the language of more than a hundred countries. It sits on the desks of more than 500,000 business and professional leaders in America alone; it is on the walls of schools, libraries, factories and business offices around the world. This international chain reaction began in 1932 when

Rtn. Herbert J. Taylor, author of the Test, was President of Club Aluminum Products Company.  The Test was adopted by the company as a code of business ethics, that everyone in the company could memorize and apply in their relationships with co-workers, suppliers, customers and the public. 


In 1943, this 4 – way Test was adopted by Rotary International and became a vital part of their Vocational Service Programs. Serving as President of Rotary International from 1954 to 1955, Rtn. Taylor promoted the use of the 4-Way Test around the world.


In fact, Japan has led the world in practical uses of the 4-Way Test.

The town of Noji, Japan, was the first to introduce 4-Way Test posters into high school classrooms.  The late industrialist Masakazu Kobayashi, who aided materially in his nation’s economic reconstruction and helped reintroduce Rotary in Japan following World War II, found the 4-Way Test a positive influence in business negotiations in the U.S.A. shortly after the war ended. He feared that some of the war’s animosities might lurk heavily in the shadows of business negotiations.  In addition there were the language and cultural barriers to overcome. He [late Masakazu Kobayashi] was the head of a large hosiery manufacturing firm and when meeting with U.S. businessmen passed a printed leaflet of the 4-Way Test among them. 



“This is a guide I have learned through Rotary and I find that by adhering to it I always do right.  It is in this spirit that I meet with you”


Negotiations progressed rapidly and cordially, the results proving satisfactory to all.


This year, for the first time in the history of RID 3131, the district membership team made a wonderful frame [wooden] and gifted it to the NEW MEMBERS DURING THEIR INDUCTION CEREMONY. AN AMAZING IDEA BY THE DISTRICT MEMBERSHIP TEAM

Dear Family,

In business, civic life, and at home--the 4-Way Test dramatically speaks its practicality.  It helps us to think beyond our immediate desires, to consider the consequences of our actions and not focus on what is merely expedient. 


The 4-Way Test acts as a lubricant that smoothens personal relations by basing them on truth and consideration for others. The key to the success of the 4-Way Test is to USE IT IN OUR DAILY LIFE. And let’s start from NOW!