The Rotary 4 Way Test Award was given to Keith Williams for his outstanding service to our community. He is the Advocate and Outreach Coordinator for the Center for Independent Living, located on Sanderson Street in Scranton.
The 4-Way Test was started in 1932 by Rotarian Herbert J. Taylor when he was asked to take charge of a company facing bankruptcy. This test was given to all employees to follow in their business and professional lives and became the guide for sales, production, advertising and all relations with dealers and customers. The company survived mostly because of applying the 4-Way Test in all decisions. That ethical standard was adopted by Rotary.
Each year Rotary Clubs select a non-Rotarian who practices the 4-Way Test. This year’s award was presented to Williams by Former District Governor Warren Watkins at the installation of officers and board members for the 2018-2019 year.
At that same meeting, the gavel was passed from past president Laurie Stephens to our new president Attorney Ryan Campbell. Our Secretary is Leah Rudolph and Treasurer is Janice Bevacqua.
The Rotary Club of the Abingtons is part of District 7410. We are one of 43 clubs and our area includes 17 counties. Each year the district’s banner is passed to a new governor, who can take us through the next year. Our own Attorney Roger Mattes became the new district governor this past Sunday at the Ramada Inn. He will lead all 1,001 members of Rotary Clubs in District 7410.
Mattes’ mission for the year is to increase membership in our high schools and colleges by enlarging the Interact and Rotaract Clubs already in place. He spoke of the need for help in third world countries and urged out district to become involved in international service. He hopes to bring more fun into Rotary. His first event is planned for July 14 and 15 with a Jamboree on with live Bluegrass music, barbecue and a campfire at the George Hock Park in Falls. An optional canoe trip and overnight camping is also available. This event is open to Rotarians and non-Rotarians. The camp supper is at a modest cost. If you have interest in this event, call me at 570-563-1171.