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Detroit Lakes teen's 4-Way Test essay earns cash

Lisa Weber, chairperson for the Detroit Lakes Noon Rotary 4-Way Test Essay Contest, presents Detroit Lakes senior Katie Mollberg with a check for $250 for winning the essay contest.

Katie wrote on the impact of the 4-Way Test on her grandfather's life. Katie's grandfather, Del Mollberg, was a past member of the Detroit Lakes Rotary and an educator in Detroit Lakes. Katie's essay was forwarded to the district level where a prize of $2,000 is awarded.

4 Way Test:

• Is it the TRUTH?

• Is it FAIR to all concerned?


• Will it be BENEFICIAL to all concerned?

The Rotary 4-Way Test was first conceived in 1932 at the height of the Great Depression by a Chicago businessman, faced with the challenge of saving a major company from bankruptcy.

Looking for a way to save the company, he sought a short yardstick of ethics that could be used. Company personnel were asked to learn the test and to observe it as a guide to every aspect of business. As a result, a climate of trust and goodwill gradually developed among dealers, customers and employees, and the 4-Way Test was credited with returning the company to a thriving status.

The 4-Way Test has inspired safe driving programs, crime and drug reduction activities, and has been the subject of countless secondary school essays. The message has appeared on roadside billboards, bronze plaques and has been translated into more than 100 languages.