Focus on Youth: Morrisons Cove Rotary Supports Students

Career Fair

The annual Career Fair is a joint effort of the Morrisons Cove Rotary and sister Blair County Rotary Clubs held annual to introduce high school students to a large variety of career choices and opportunities. Each club provides representatives of businesses and organizations to talk with the students and share details on every aspect of their work.

From the earliest days of Rotary, Rotarians have been 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, created in 1932 by Rotarian Herbert J. Taylor. Taylor later served as Rotary International’s president, when he was asked to take charge of a company that was facing bankruptcy. This 24-word test for employees to use making decisions in their businesses and professional lives became the guide for sales, production, advertising, and all relations with suppliers and customers. 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:

Four-Way Test
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?

The purpose of the Four-Way Test Speech Contest is to foster the principles of ethics in everyday life as well as in business. The contest introduces high school students to Rotary by creating interest through a competitive speech contest, sponsored by their local Rotary Club.Public, private, and home-schooled high school students in grades 9 through 12 are eligible to enter the contest. Levels of competition and awards are offered on a local or club, regional, and district basis.

The specific goals of the contest are:

  • To acquaint a large number of youth with Rotary, and specifically, the tenets of the Four-Way Test.
  • To demonstrate and enhance Rotarians’ commitment to youth.
  • To heighten awareness of Rotary among students, parents, school officials, and the community at large.
  • To recognize, encourage and reward hard work and accomplishment in our youth.
  • To provide an opportunity for Rotarians to participate in a Community/Vocational Service program which focuses on the Four-Way Test as our standard of behavior.

Morrisons Cove Rotary Club 2024 Four-Way Test Speech Contest Winners Announced

Photo Caption: 2024 Morrisons Cove Rotary Club Four Way Speech Contest participants: Front row (left to right) Hailee Socie, Lydia Koontz (3rd place), Addison Love (2nd place), and Avery Aungst (1st place). Second row (left to right) Shana Stern-Club President Elect, Rusty Hoover-Rotary Judge, Chuck Gojmerac-Rotary Judge, Dan Hoover-Rotary Judge, and Lou Ann Mock-Club President.

The Morrisons Cove Rotary Club has announced the winners of their 2024 Four-Way Test Speech Contest held on Wednesday, March 13, 2024 at Northern Bedford High School. Five contestants representing Northern Bedford High School participated.

The purpose of the annual Four-Way Test Speech Contest is to foster the principles of ethics in everyday life as well as in business and introduces high school students to Rotary. Each student is asked to write and present a speech in length of no less than five minutes and no more than seven minutes. They select the topic of their speech, but should incorporate Rotary’s Four-Way Test “Of the things we think, say or do: Is it the truth? Is it fair to all concerned? Will it build goodwill and better friendships? Will it be beneficial to all concerned?”

Avery Aungst, a junior, was awarded first place and a check in the amount of $500. Addison Love, a junior, was awarded second place and a check in the amount of $300. Lydia Koontz, a senior, was awarded third place and a check in the amount of $200.

Also, competing this year were Hailee Socie, a junior, and Max Gochnour, a sophomore.

Lou Ann Mock, Dan Hoover, Chuck Gojmerac, and Shana Stern, all members of the Morrisons Cove Rotary Club, helped with judging the contest and congratulated all the contestants for their excellent presentations.

“We are honored to sponsor the annual Four-Way Test Speech Contest and witness the talents of our local students. Our club encourages all high school students in the Northern Bedford, Spring Cove, and Williamsburg School Districts to participate next year,” commented Lou Ann Mock, Club President.

Interact Club

Interact is a club for youth ages 12-18 who want to connect with others in their community or school. Interact club members have fun while carrying out service projects and learning about the world. Interact clubs organize at least two service projects a year: one that benefits their community and one that encourages international understanding. While Interact clubs receive guidance from individual Rotary clubs, they govern and support themselves.

How can I participate in Interact?

Follow Interact on Facebook and visit Interact’s YouTube channel to see what Interact clubs are doing around the world.

To find an Interact club in your area, contact your local Rotary club.

RYLA – Rotary Youth Leadership Awards

Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA) is a leadership development program run by Rotary. While participants can be any age, most events focus on secondary school students, university students, or young professionals. RYLA events are typically 3–10 days long and include presentations, activities, and workshops that cover a variety of topics, including:

Leadership fundamentals and ethics

Communication Skills

Problem solving and conflict management

Community and global citizenship


Follow RYLA on Facebook to learn about inspirational events happening around the globe. RYLA participants are nominated by their local Rotary clubs. To learn more about a RYLA event in your area, contact your local Rotary club.