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?

Object of Rotary
The Oject of Rotary is to encourage and foster the ideal of service as a basis of worty enterprise and, in particular, to encourage and foster:

  1. The development of acquaintance as and opportunity for service;
  2. High ethical standards in business and profession; the recognition of the worthiness of all usefull occupations; and the dignifying of each Rotarian's occupation as an opportunity to serve sodciety;
  3. The application of the ideal of service in each Rotarian's personal, business, and community life;
  4. The advancement of international understnading, goodwill, and peace through a world of fellowship of business and professional persons united in the ideal of service.

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Author, Fred First, and the Rotary Share Common Views

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Author and Floyd County resident, Fred first spoke to the Rotary Club of Floyd at its weekly lunch on July 14. In a style, unmistakably his, Fred talked about his book, “What We Hold in Our Hands,” and how practicing the Golden Rule goes hand in hand with the Four Way Test Of the Things we thinks say and do.
 He recently heard  Bill McKibben,  an environmental writer and walker of the talk, speak in downtown Floyd. Having given his message some thought in the weeks following, Fred said that he was  gratified to feel in some small way that, “I carry my readers some small way in the directions that McKibben says our cultural transition must move for those communities that will not only survive but thrive in the America of tomorrow. “
“He told us his opinion that, thankfully, from what he'd seen in his short visit to our town and county, we were already well into motion in the right direction, creating a culture and economy where the emphasis was on that which

  • is authentic and genuine, 
  • comes from local soil, talent and labor; 
  • is fair and just to all; and 
  • and treats the land and its resources in such a way that it can replenish and sustain a responsible way of life for all its citizens now and in the future.”

It came back to me that Rotary is and has been about implementing those same values Bill McKibben and others tell us must be the basis upon which to build a healthy, viable and resilient society. Their Four Way Test and McKibben's measures of sustainable community are cut from the same stock:

  • Is it the  TRUTH?
  • Is it FAIR to all concerned?
  • Will it build  Goodwill and better friendships?
  • Will it be  BENEFICIAL to all concerned?

“It's been said, “Fred continued, “that all we need to make society work is to remember the things we were told in kindergarten. Share. Play fair. Don't hit back. Be kind. And don't take more than you can eat. 
I think that's about right. And I think there's hope for our tomorrow if we realize all the wealth of strength and skill, the bonds of connection and accumulated wisdom that we already hold in our hands. “
With approximately 30 members the Rotary Club of Floyd able to take on some great projects benefitting many organizations and sponsor scholarships here in the county. From the earliest days of the organization, Rotarians were concerned with promoting high ethical standards in their professional lives.
For more information about Rotary and how you can become a part of this organization, call the club’s secretary, Rick Parrish at 745-7425.



Rotary Club of Floyd Installs New Officers

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Floyd, VA, June 22, 2009:  The Rotary Club of Floyd held its annual Installation of Officers dinner at Sweet Providence Farm on Monday evening. The, club, only in its third year has grown steadily since its inception in 2007. The club members, nearly 25, are busy working on planned events throughout the year. The recently held Chili Cook-off brought in money for the scholarship fund. Some of the other projects slated for the year include collecting food items, assist with the Harvest Festival, work with community Action for a coat drive, send two high school juniors to the VT leadership conference and support two college scholarships for Floyd County High School seniors. To find out more about the rotary, please call, membership, 745-3574 or visit

(attached Photo) From Left to Right - Back rows: Dirk Davis – President Elect, Former President and Paul Harris Fellows recipient - Ed Terry and Lawrence Wood-Paul Harris Fellows, Dr. Lorrie French - Director, New President - Stephanie Short and Dr. Terry Arbogast - Treasurer. Front rows: Barry Hollandsworth - Director, Jon Vest - Director, Duane McIntyre - Director, Dawn Barnes – Vice President, and Rick Parrish - Secretary.