Longwood Rotary History


Chartered in 1997, Longwood Rotary Club lists nearly 100 business and professional leaders dedicated to carrying out the Rotary International vision of "service above self". Members meet weekly to enjoy exceptional fellowship and fun as well as to identify upcoming areas of service.

Longwood Rotary Club is complemented by more than 33,000 other Rotary Clubs worldwide. As Rotarians, we believe that all people have the same basic needs - to be educated, healthy and independent. We provide service when and where we can make a difference locally and worldwide.

The 4-Way Test

Of the things we think, say or do:

  1. Is it the TRUTH?
  2. Is it FAIR to all concerned?
  4. Will it be BENEFICIAL to all concerned?
  5. Is it FUN! (We added this one...)

From the earliest days of the organization, Rotarians were 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 4-Way Test, which was created in 1932 by Rotarian Herbert J. Taylor (who later served as RI president) when he was asked to take charge of a company that was facing bankruptcy. This 24-word code of ethics for employees to follow in their business and professional lives became the guide for sales, production, advertising, and all relations with dealers and customers, and the survival of the company is credited to this simple philosophy. Adopted by Rotary in 1943, The 4-Way Test has been translated into more than a hundred languages and published in thousands of ways.